A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
from "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles
This last week was way better than a fire hydrant exploding on a hot summer’s day! That actually didn’t happen, but it seemed to because the Spirit was just so strong!Yesterday, we went and tried to have a spiritual lesson with a reference from the Stake President. He accompanied us, so the Spirit was a very looked forward to companion. We got to the appointment and before we could even ask to begin with a prayer, the husband jumped in and said, “Look, I’m Catholic, I’m not going to change my religion, I’m completely closed.” Because he was a reference, we kept trying, talking about eternal families, God’s plan for us, the Atonement, etc. We did just about anything to help them feel the spirit. In the end, President Narvaes lost his patience. He said to the man “martin, do you believe that the Catholic Church is the true church?” Martin replied “Yes”. President Narvaes said “I invite you to share with us your testimony then. Give us your testimony.” Martin just kind of stood there stunned and without words. Pres. Narvaes stated, “You can’t share your testimony because you don’t really know Martin. You just go off what every preacher has ever told you. But when you ask God and He tells you , then you can say that you really know.” The poor guy didn’t want to admit that Pres. Narvaes was right, so he quickly stated, “I’m closed.” How sad it is to think of people who really believe that God is “closed” like a dusty Bible on a shelf, or an old rundown theatre. The great news is that He’s not! God is just as ready to speak today as in times past!Speaking of such, yesterday was also the Stake Conference of Chinandega Oeste Stake. It was so amazing, we had Elder Alonso of the seventy with us and he shared the story of Mary Magdalene’s search for Jesus’ body. Three times she asked/assumed that someone had taken His body from the tomb. She was seeking a dead Christ. What she didn’t understand is that He Lives! Now, personal question: Do we seek a dead Christ? Do we live the gospel because of what’s happened in the past? Or do we anxiously look for a living, breathing, smiling Savior”? Do we wake up each morning praying this be the day of His coming? Just as He asked Mary in the Garden, whom sleekest thou? May we all seek the Living Christ who loves and cares for each of us!--Hermana Beatty
*my companion dressed up like the Snow White Witch...she looks pretty authentic
*a lovely Nica family
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.