A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
I’m not quite sure the extent of your understanding of my missionary life here in Nicaragua, but I hope my letters have accurately portrayed that one of the responsibilities of us missionaries is to establish the church, and trust me, we literally ESTABLISH the church. One of the many joys of doing so is gently reproving and helping the members come to understand how a church service should be. Yesterday’s sacrament meeting was very beautiful because we were given the opportunity to take the sacrament, but as for the screaming children, gossiping teenagers, and sleeping viejitos (old people), I just couldn’t help but smile. And the best part was at the end, when I was asked to accompany the congregation (fortunately we have a piano) as we sang “Tis’ Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love”, cue intro, cue congregation…with only two beats into the hymn I realized that not a single person was even close to singing the melody which the hymnbook dictated. On the contrary, they were all united in a tune which is not to be found in any hymnbook. Creating a very awful harmony. Later, while asking a Relief Society member about the song, she told me that that is how the song is. I’ve come to the conclusion that, going years without a piano and only having the Stake President’s wife to give them the melody, they learned the melody how they heard it. Let’s just say that this Nicaraguan dischord is something to be experienced. J
Today is actually changes for all the mission, but I shall remain here in Chichigalpa with my same companion. It was just really weird to say goodbye to so many of my good missionary friends who are going back to their houses. They won’t get to have two hours of scripture study every day, neither will they only listen to Hymns and EFY songs, saddest of all, they will no longer have the official “representative of Jesus Christ” name tag, but that doesn’t mean they won’t keep sharing their testimony with every single person they meet, inviting them to Come Unto Christ and be partakers of His love.
PS. Hey, if you’re thinking about going on a mission, stop thinking and just do it!
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