Monday, May 25, 2015

Las Palmas Managua Week 50

Well it’s your friendly Elder Hironaka that only has a year left in his awesome mission. I want to start by saying wow, how time just flies by. It was crazy when I heard that I only had a year left in my mission. I still remember walking in the airport when Tricia sang which made me sad, haha. It's just crazy how time flies. 

This week was awesome. I’m going to start with my investigators. Well we had a baptism this week which was outstanding and it was awesome because we also had a wedding as well. I had to do a lot more work for this wedding than what I have been doing because the laws in Nicaragua have changed just a little bit. Now we need to take out a lot more paper work. Let's just say if anyone wants to get married when I get home just give me a call.

This week was also cool because I talked to a man who didn’t want to get married to his wife and she really wanted to be baptized. Yeah, I basically made him feel really sad that told him that he is breaking a commandment of God. So after a hour of that he finally said yes. I was super happy, haha but I'm pretty sure he never wants to talk to me again, but what’s important is that she got baptized right?

Its crazy to think that life is just moving a long so fast.  Remember when you and me went on a walk on the beach together mom. I don’t remember all what we talked about I just remember feeling really good and happy that I had a great mom. I can’t wait tell we call go on a walk on the beach again.

This week was also crazy because know I’m the only zone leader here in Managua. Which means a lot of work for me!!!! It’s not bad just a little crazy. No it’s great.  Right now as I am writing you, I’m making a power point to present for the President of the mission.

Mom it’s also so great to see how everything is doing great and that everything is going see well. I’m excited to read about the great stories you guys are going to have this summer. Please remember to have fun but be safe please. I love you very much and hope everyone is doing great.

DON'T worry this next week when I have more time, if I have more time, I will send more pictures!!! I LOVE YOU MOM!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Las Palmas Managua Week 49

This week was full of surprises; to start with we had changes. My companion, Elder Redd is still here. Elder Kliener and Elder Corbeara are gone. I received two new guys, the other ZL named Elder Agustin who is great. Also I have a new guy with me named Elder Castillo. He has been a member only a year and a half. 
We have worked very hard this last week. Our zone got split so now our zone only has 16 people. We’re the little guys, but you know what they say, you have to look out for the little guy. Our zone is baptizing like crazy and I’m happy to see how much success we have had so far. 
Our zone now has a friend of Rachel Tucker’s here. Hermana Grow. She works like crazy.  
My spiritual moment: I found an investigator that had testicular cancer and he went into the hospital a month ago and he made a promise with God that if God took his cancer away he would become apart of the first church that came to his door. And a day after the operation we came to his door. So he told me that he is going to be come apart of our church.
For my P-day we had a sports day as a zone and then had a brunch, which was awesome, I can make great pancakes.

Advice for graduating seniors: get worthy to be great Missionaries!

Elder Hironaka and Elder Redd

Monday, May 11, 2015

Las Palmas Managua Week 48

Well, I have to say it was awesome and brought joy to me to see my sweet family yesterday!!! I really have the best family ever. I'm very grateful to Our Father to have a great family and to know that we can live forever as a family. Its crazy to think that in 12 days I will only have one year left in the greatest mission in the world!!!

It is changes this week, but I feel like I'm going to be here forever.  So, I don’t think any of my companions or myself will have changes. Our zone is awesome right now we have 29 baptisms this month, but looks like we can have maybe 30 more baptisms by the end of this month. 

Everyone looked awesome and Chloe my companion from El Salvador thinks your really cute haha!!! And Halle you’re so sweet and cute as well. Tyler your getting ripped dude, haha, freak dude! (Oh yea Eric said everyone one says dude and that he is trying not to say it!)

I want to say I miss you all very much. I would like to challenge you guys to have a family home evening with a family who are not members or who are a less active family. Invite the missionaries maybe haha;) 


We had a great Mother's Day call with Eric yesterday. He was super happy and seemed very content. He says that now that he is a ZL he can print out our emails and that he does read all of them each week. His email time writing letters back however, is even more limited. He said that his P-days are very short. They don't start until after they finish their morning schedule which is 11am and when they finally head over to the computer caf├ęs all the other missionaries write their letters before the ZLs write theirs. Then they write a letter to the mission president and then have only a small amount time to write other letters. He expressed that he appreciates all the letters and that he loves getting them, but he just can't write everyone back. So thank you for your support. I know he appreciates it.

He talked about that his current area, Las Palmas being a suburb of the city of Managua. He says it’s like second world country. His last area was more in the jungle and was like a third world country. He said when he was in his last area Belle Amancer that they usually didn't have water after 7:00. They had a large container they would fill up and then would use a bucket to shower. When all else failed they would go to another companionship house to shower. He said his current house is part of a restaurant. He lives with three other missionaries, which include the other Zone Leader and his companion and then Eric and his companion. They have their own bathroom and there is a wall that separates them and the restaurant.

Elder Hironaka seemed very happy, confident and comfortable. We got to meet the other three missionaries. The funny thing was that Eric is the shortest of the four. Nicaraguans are shorter than the average American and Eric is considered very tall there. He says since he is the shortest he has to sleep on the top bunk. We asked him about the different things he was eating and he said he was offered an unusual dish that was basically cooked animal blood. He did not eat it as he said it's the only thing that the missionaries are not allowed to eat. So we are happy he dodged that one. Thankfully he is never been sick even though he eats a lot of crazy things.

He said that the mission’s year goal for baptisms is 1000 and they are almost halfway there. They challenge people to baptism right when they meet them. Then of course they have to teach them the lessons have past an interview and attend church at least a few times. A lot more people commit than who actually follow through but he has had a lot of success. He said it's cool because he has seen people who have had Word of Wisdom problems and other life problems be able to totally turn themselves around and get baptized and have their lives blessed. This includes finding a job and providing for their families. Listening to him you could tell that his faith has increased.

He feels that the time is moving quickly and he can't believe he will soon be at his year mark. We loved talking to him and it was the best Mother's Day ever. 
Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support, Susan

Monday, May 4, 2015

Las Palmas Managua Week 47

Well it's your good old Elder Hironaka!!!! This week was another fast week. I went to a new part of our zone that looked a little bit like Canada but it was super hot or more like scorching hot!!!!

This new place we went to was called Mateare. It was really cool but super super poor. The poor people here, right now, are so receptive. I walked up to the first house in the area and made a baptism date with them. After the first house, I was like, this is the best area ever!  My area is the richest area in the whole mission, I think. The houses have doorbells!  It's the first time I have touched a doorbell in 11 months. I have to say it has been different starting my mission in the jungle part of Nicaragua and to now be in the city.

My companions are great I don't think I’m allowed to say their first names right now because they are missionaries but I can tell you Elder Kleiner has the same first name as Tricia's son, haha. They are great. I love them. It's weird to be with 2 other Americans in the house. But, it is cool too, because I can now go from Spanish to English pretty well. It's fun because we talk English in the house and Spanish in the streets. I work out with Elder Redd every morning and practice English with Elder Corbera. 

I just want to say it is awesome to hear all the great things that are going on back home and I'm happy to hear everyone is ok and doing great. I love you guys!

Q) Now that you are living with Americans, do you speak more English or Spanish? A) Yes, I live with Americans but my son can't speak Spanish yet so I only speak Spanish to him
Q) Tell me about your area. A) I like it but it is not Bello Amanecer, but my members from Bello come to my ward to visit me