A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
I just never seem to understand how such a short 48 hours of General Conference can change lives’. Isn’t it awesome to hear the revelations of our prophets, of love and hope, service and temples? Yes! You should know we were kind of bummed to not hear “Nicaragua” mentioned among the future temple sites, but I know that with time, the Lord will move His work forward and we will be blessed with His Holy House here in this land. It is probably one of the biggest trial of the mission, not having the joy of entering the temple, but I have learned to appreciate my covenants even more. I echo the words of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson “Go to the temple, you will find more peace and serenity in your life.” I personally, have plans to step off an airplane in December and go straight to a session. You’re invited, if you want to come!
So, we’re walking around the other day and I spoke one of my rather random thoughts: “is it just me, or is everything greener today?” My intelligent Honduran companion replied: “I believe it is called ‘photo synthesis’”. Ah, hah that would definitely be one of the biggest effects of this ridiculous sunshine. A nice sunburn would be another. A billion types of abundant fruit as well. It actually amazes me that fruit is so plentiful here. I know it pains you to hear it, but mangos are literally rotting in the street because we can’t eat them fast enough (and we’re not just talking one or two mangos in the street, I’m saying PILES of mangos). And it’s rather odd that no matter how many mangos you eat or how many bottles of water you drink, your mouth is dry and you have thirst. It’s a purely Nicaragua experience…But at least now we know where all the mangoes go!
Although it was General conference, we were blessed to be a part of Miguel’s baptism. He is a young adult of 30 years who is trying to look for God. Well, he found Him in a book, a holy scripture called “The Book of Mormon”. Upon reading it, he discovered the true promise found in the introduction (Note: if you haven’t read the introduction, read it!), that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah. What was the next logical step? Baptism!! He was really nervous, but it all went smoothly. We finished the service with the “Because He Lives” video and we all really felt the Spirit.
Another spiritual moment: walking down the street, looking for Pabl, but not finding him. Going to look for someone else, not finding them, trying to contact, getting rejected. Trying to do everything we could. Having exhausted all our ideas, Hma. Bradshaw suggested we pray, we kind of poured our whole soul out to Him, here were two gringas, standing and sweating in the hot Nicaraguan sun, just trying to help other receive the same blessings they had received. But when we were discouraged and our hearts, were depressed and we were about to turn back, the voice of the Lord cam unto us, comforting us. I remembered in the moment, a scripture I had read just that morning, “Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if you are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you. Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not.” (D&C 6:34-36) Life is hard, missions are hard, but the Lord is with us. In this battle, good has already conquered evil. Christ has already won the war. We now have the duty to hang on until He comes. In the words of our prophet, “we marvel as we watch Him open doors we cannot open and do miracles we cannot imagine.”
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.