Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week 90 Elder Ochoa

Hey everyone!! Once again it's your friendly neighborhood Elder. Elder Hironaka. This week was a great great week!! Elder Ochoa of the 70 this last week visited the mission. It was a 3-day visit and I was very honored to be able to work closely with a strong spiritual leader.  This week was full of preparing for his visit, reunions, and baptisms.

We have been preparing for his visit for a week. Day by day we organized who is going to speak, and what zones were be attending what day. It was a long process. When a general authority comes for anything the church prepares everything and sets up the church nicely and has all the audio and visuals set up. Well unfortunately there was a miscommunication and unfortunately they didn't prepare anything for his visit. Which meant Plan B; plan B is when we have to do everything, which includes, setting up the computers, microphones and projectors.
So, I was in charge coordinating that. I learned a lot and quite frankly enjoyed the crazy rush of getting everything ready. The secretaries are really a good bunch of Elders.  They did an awesome job helping me set up everything for the conference with Elder Ochoa. 

We had two days of instruction from Elder Ochoa. The first day was 5 zones and it went well except that the power went out and we lost the AC, which was terrible. I realize I have been in a 3rd world country now for to long, and I’m wondering if there is and I phone watch type of thing in America right now? The reason why I bring it up is Elder Ochoa had something like that and it was awesome. He plugged his phone into the computer and from his watch started a presentation. It was sick. Anyway, the 3 days of instruction was not super planned out. He really didn't tell us to prepare anything so we had no idea what to expect. I ended up having to practice how to teach someone to repent. It was fun and went well. However if you were to ask me to do that a month ago I could not do it. I think from the experience of being an assistant I have learned to be confident in speaking in front of a big group of people. In the meetings we talked about the sacrifice of our loving brother Jesus Christ and how his death made it possible for us to repent when we commit errors. I really enjoyed the conferences and it was an honor to meet Elder Ochoa and Sister Ochoa.

Another big part of this week was baptisms!!!! We ended the month really strong in my area. And it was a great day for us as a companionship. I'm sorry the photos are really really bad. (No photos were sent)

I'm starting to get a little sad though. Everyone when they talk to me is like, “when are you going home.” Or they say, “Elder Hironaka, how do feel to be going home.” Or “Elder Hironaka, the day is coming soon.” I never talk about how much time I have left, but it's a little sad for me that they know it's coming.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Week 89

Well like always it's your friendly neighborhood Elder, Elder Hironaka. This week was a long week but I really enjoyed it and loved it!!!

Monday: Today day for Granada!!! The Granada zone had a good last month and won the BBQ. Yes, I believe my buddy Elder Elison has rather enjoyed him self-going to the last 4 BBQ. Most Elders and Sisters will only go to one, but if they are lucky maybe two times in their mission. So anyway, it was fun talking to other missionaries and to see how much success they are having and how well they are doing. At the BBQ we played some games like Ping pong and table soccer. I personally like table soccer, I'm not to hot at Ping-Pong. 

Tuesday: It was a longish day as well because we had to go out to a zone called Jinotepe. Jinotepe is the biggest Zone in the mission right now. A part of their zone is an hour away in a different city named Rives. It was fun doing house checks and seeing the living conditions of the missionaries. Our mission is really blessed to have great houses that we can live in and feel the spirit.

Wednesday: So we were back with the Granada Zone for their interviews. I have talked about Granada a little bit before and that it is based off of Spain.  I really like visiting it and wish I'd had the chance to have served there. There the members are really great like all of Nicaragua. There I had the chance to speak with the district President and his story about how he became a member is out standing.

Thursday: Thursday was the last day we had interviews. This is Elder Kliener's Zone. It was awesome seeing him again and being able to see how he is doing. He looks great and he is working hard. His zone is the most spread out zone in the mission. His zone includes Bluefields. He has not gone there yet but his companion Elder Merrill has and loved it. Elder Merrill is a cool guy who is going to play basketball for Utah State. He came into the mission 6'4 and is still growing. All I want is 2in!!! But it's what the Lord wants. Right?

Friday: So we have another 70 coming to the mission this next week so like always we are on like clean and make everything perfect mode here. We spent the majority of the day planning for his visit that will take place next week. We have been super blessed to have been visited by so many great men who have been called of God. Friday we also went and helped out a family who doesn't want to be baptized. They are great people but have been putting off marriage for a long time. We discussed the blessings their family will receive through this big step, being married.  They have a 7 month little girl who has a heart problem. This little girl is the reason her parents are going to be married and baptized.

Saturday: so yesterday was a day of baptisms. We had a lot of baptisms as a zone this last week. In my area baptized a woman named Joconda got baptized. We are still looking to baptize 8 more people, but we need to do a lot of work this next week to help make this happen. 

All in all it has been a fun week!!! I love you all. Please be safe in everything you do. I love you!!

Elder Hironaka








Sunday, February 14, 2016

Week 88

Hey guys! So what a week it has been... Full of running around to all the zones with President and Sister Russell. Every three months every missionary has an interview with President Russell. This week we visited 4 zones Carazo, Los pueblos, Masaya, and Sandino. It was awesome being able to see all the missionaries and how they are doing. This week we were able to work a good little bit in our area and today we were able to see the results of our hard work, as many people came to church. It was a pretty good week.

The interviews like I was explaining are a little long. President Russell takes the time to speak to missionaries and help them out if they have any questions. The interviews sometimes can be a little bit long and when there are a lot of people to be interviewed you can just imagine how long the day can be at times!!! During this time I leave with Sister Russell and one of the ZLs to check all the houses to see if they are safe and clean. Mom, you will be happy to know that Sister Russell has the same desire as you to have a clean house!!!! I mean we need to dust everything scrub down a lot of things and be organized. If the house is clean than Sister Russell gives Brownies!!!! Let me tell ya, those things are like heaven after eating rice and beans every single day!!! A funny story we had when we were looking at houses was with a ZL who is really really blunt haha. He is one of those guys who are like why go camping when you have your own bed type of guy. He is an awesome missionary but it funny to see a germ freak in a 3rd world country hahaha!!! Anyway, the Latinos always have a ton of deodorant. And I’m talking like 6 glasses full of deodorant.  Well this ZL would frequently comment, "No wonder the companionship didn’t contact a lot because people took sniff and crossed the street haha." Also another funny thing that he said was that, “some people here are more confused than Adam and eve on mothers day" haha. It was a fun day.

After the interviews for this week my companion and me worked in our area. We have many people that are progressing really well. We hope that we will be able to baptize 7 people by the end of this month!!! This last week we found a man named Francisco. He is awesome and really is changing his life to life in the guidelines of our Loving Heavenly Father. We found Francisco from a reference we received from a member. It has been so easy to teach him because of the help we have received from this member. President Gordon B. Hinckley said there are 3 things a convert needs to stay active. Those things are a friend, a calling, and to keep receiving the word of God. Something helpful that I have seen from my time in the mission is that before a person is baptized if they have a friend that is helping them along the way they will be more open to learn about the gospel and will then later be able to receive the wonderful blessings from are loving father in heaven!!

SO that was my week!!!

Q) Do you think you have changes coming up? A) PERSONALLY I think I will have changes. Reason being is I leave right before President Russell leaves and I think he will put a new assistant in now so he won’t be new when the new President comes in. IDK the exact date of changes. You don’t get to pick where you go but if I can I’m going to pick an area where I can work really hard and I would hope to be training as well!!!

Q) Any requests for your last package? A) I would love little flags from AZ haha to give to them out, haha.

Q) When do you want to come back to Nicaragua with your family after your mission? A) I’m good to come back to Nicaragua when you guys want!!!

I Love you guys BE SAFE!!!

Elder Hironaka!!!

Happy Valentines Day Mommy! I love you

Q) Do you think you have changes coming up? A) PERSONALLY I think I will have changes. Reason being is I leave right before President Russell leaves and I think he will put a new assistant in now so he won’t be new when the new President comes in. IDK the exact date of changes. You don’t get to pick where you go but if I can I’m going to pick an area where I can work really hard and I would hope to be training as well!!!

Q) Any requests for your last package? I would love little flags from AZ haha to give to them out, haha.

Q) When do you want to come back to Nicaragua with your family after your mission? A) I’m good to come back to Nicaragua when you guys want!!!

I Love you guys BE SAFE!!!

Elder Hironaka!!!

Happy Valentines Day Mommy! I love you

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week 87

Well it’s your friendly Neighborhood Elder Hironaka!!! I just want to say I love you all and I’m happy you are all doing really great!!!

Monday: So today we started off the day with our usual office meeting. During these meetings we prepare for the things that will happen during that week. They are usually short and are more geared  towards the secretaries than us. After that we were told that we would have to present a presentation for the Zone Leaders the next day. So,  most of the day was spent planning and making a presentation. Unfortunately my companion has been having a very hard time seeing recently. So, we went to the eye doctor and it turns out that he needed glasses!   Haha, si, yep he has glasses now!  

Tuesday was a rather big day because we had the ZL meeting with all the ZLs. It is quite different coming to this meeting as an AP because you are thinking about each and every zone and how they can function better. It is also a great opportunity for us to see the progress of each area and zone as they are trying new ideas or are making higher goals. The meeting is great because we have the chance to see old ZL companions and see how they are doing. I enjoyed speaking with each of them. They’re a great group of guys. 

So Wednesday was interview meetings with President Russell. The zone that was getting interviewed was Elder Bennett’s Zone. Elder Bennett is now a ZL in Managua and is in one of my all time favorite areas, Las Palmas!!!! He is doing a great job and the bishop loves having him. I don't know who wouldn't be happy to have him in their ward he is a great missionary. 

Thursday wasn't anything too special. We went to a huge zone call Universitaria. This zone is the biggest zone we have in the mission right now and is located in the capital! The missionaries are really doing great there and this next week will have stake conference. Stake conference is a little bit hard for a missionary here because we cannot baptize those weeks and depending on where your area is, It might be hard getting people to church. 

Friday: So in the morning my companion had his driver lessons!!! Don't worry when he is driving we go to a huge open lot where nothing can happen! I have to say driving stick looks hard. The other part that doesn't help us is that his teacher is also a pastor in a evangelical church, haha. He just thinks we are weird. I also had the chance to work in our area on Friday!!! I worked with a different Elder named Elder Penalba. He is a great guy. He reminds me of Ted Bell a little. The people love him and feel his sprit really strong. Together we found a guy named Francisco!! He is older man but wants to be baptized again because his other church did not baptize him in the way the Bible indicates. I'm excited to see how he progresses.

Saturday was spent in our area the whole day. I loved it. It was such a great day contacting finding new people and inviting others to go to church. It was awesome. 

So my companion is a great missionary. Elder Alcerro loves McDonald's and it's like the most amazing thing for him. He has received many great blessing during his mission and I know it's because he has worked very hard. He will be returning home knowing how to drive and speaking perfect English. He also currently has one year in the mission. So he is still a young missionary. We teach very different and have a couple of different Ideas but we work very good together and are starting to have a lot of success. 

Well, that's all folks!