A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Take One Down, Pass it Around...
This last week the Central America missionary doctor came to give us a breakdown and chew us out for living terribly unhealthy in a third-world country. Among the many chastisements we received, the biggest one was about the water. Apparently, the sewage water mixes with the water that we drink out of the tap. Having been here a while and walked in the streets of Nicaragua, I can totally believe that, I just never thought about it before. So now, our choices are: Boil the water, use filter water bottles (which most missionaries have stolen within their first three changes here), or add 6 drops of bleach to every liter of water. For time saving purposes we chose the six drops of liquid in every liter of water/refresco/juice. He testified that it doesn’t change the flavor, but I personally think he was wrong about that. I feel like I’ve been walking around with a breath scent of “freshly-sanitized bathroom”, but hey, hopefully I’ll never get parasites! J
To help us get a better quality of investigators, we left with the members to look for the chosen ones. We had many spiritual encounters, but we also laughed a little bit. Well, it was mostly just me laughing at my adorable little Nicaraguans. One sister, named Hna. Blanco, came with us for a bit. She is a little old lady that would make a perfect female oompa-loompa. So we left, contacted a few references, had a few spiritual experiences, but the best part was when we passed by a different members house to make an appointment and although the Elders’ bags were outside, they were nowhere to be seen. While my companion talked to the member, I stood chuckling as I watched Hna. Blanco sneakily reach up on her tip-toes to get the Elder’s bags, scuttle behind a tree, and hide them in a giant bush. She then lurked over to me, giggling and winking. I’m still smiling and laughing about that one. What a blessing to have such a curious woman to work with. J
The coolest thing happening this month in the whole entire world is that an apostle will be coming to Nicaragua! What does that mean? (Cough, cough, temple soon, cough, cough). It means that this missionary is really preparing herself to receive some revelation in these coming days; to do so, I’ve been studying the words of the prophets and a particular part stood out to me: “To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith, it is to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives and in everything around us. Our amazement also produces spiritual strength. It gives us the energy to remain anchored in our faith and to engage ourselves in the work of salvation” (Gerald Causse’)
Family, Friends, Strangers: This work is marvelous! This life is Fabulous! This Gospel is wonderful! I couldn’t be happier, knowing I’m here helping this work to move forward, something I hope we’re all doing! Love you!
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.