A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Not much to report from this side of the glove, only that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has two new awesome members. WaHOO! J
It really was a treat to see them both, Brother Felipe and Hermanita Francys. They both had such different needs as investigators, but, thanks to the Holy Spirit, they both ended up with the answer that this is the true Church of Christ. Let me tell you about them.
First, Hermano Felipe reminds me quite a bit of my own grandfather. Maybe it’s the mustache. Anyways, he’s just an old guy who lives in the house of some members as a gardener/housekeeper. He’s about 70 years old, but still going strong. He’s got it all: spunk, real interest, jokes, witty responses. He is a perfect old man: But, with every cute little baptizable viejito, there always comes a few trials. First off, Hno. Felipe doesn’t know how to read. We overcame that one by giving him discs of the Book of Mormon. Something a lot bigger, however hit us. Well, hit me, He doesn’t hear very good. A natural cause of living so long, or so they tell me. So we kind of yelled the lessons. What made me laugh and cry is that it didn’t matter if I shouted or whispered, he couldn’t understand me. He nodded his head like he did and then ask his buddy, “What’d she say?”…Oh, the trials of a second language. But I love this little man so much. He came out of the water saying, “I’m new! I’m new! He may not have understood everything I said, but he knew that baptism would cleanse him from his sins. Our other baptism was just as precious. The daughter of inactive parents, Francys wanted to be baptized from the moment we found them. The biggest problem was helping her be brave enough to do it alone. But in the end, it was worth it...alone or not...When she came out of the font, I was the first to greet her. Soaking wet, literally dripping water everywhere, she saw me and went to give me a huge hug. Luckily a towel was quickly put between us. But I’ll never forget what this nine year old said; “What joy! What joy!” Even a nine year old can recognize when she is doing the Father’s will.
There are always obstacles, especially when it comes to making covenants with the Lord. But we, as human beings and brothers and sister, should always be willing to help, to do ANYTHING, so that our loved ones can experience the same happiness we are so blessed to know.
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.