A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
...its too late!
*a photo of the church ceiling damage from last week
*Naomi's adopted family in Leon
*HHS class of 2013 represents in Nicaragua (#Tyler Smith)
*sweet Ana who overcame fear of water to be baptized!
Yep, it’s too late to apologize, too late to plant tomatoes, and too late to visit the Cathedral in Leon because as of this moment, I’m in Chichigalpa. Wish I could tell you more about my awesome new area and fantastic companion, but you know, I’ve only been here a few hours…Maybe next week. J
This past week was crazily wonderful! I learned a lot from this little girl, Ana Belen, who overcame her fear of water in order to be baptized!!! If that isn't true courage, I don’t know what is.
I also recognized the light of Christ, which influences all men to do good. I saw it in lots of people, but especially in one of our investigators called Rio. It’s so great to see someone use this influential gift from God to try to overcome the addictions he has had. Which is exactly why we’re here on this earth---to change!!
It was really diverting the other day when one of my favorite families decided to play, “Guess Hermana Beatty’s real name” game. Their logic was as follows: Hermana Beatty is a really sweet person. Her name is probably something as sweet as she is. Sweety? Honey? Hershey? Skittle? Hma. Gonzalez was laughing her kidneys out because she almost had them convinced that my name was “Sweety”. Of course they pronounced it wrong…”Sweeny” they said. And then I thought of Todd Sweeny, the most unsweet person ever. More than everything, it was fun to see their guesses, especially because my name really does mean “sweet” (in Hebrew I think?) Yep, still trying to live up to my name.
I hate changes, mostly because it is the most gossip-iest time of the year! I’ve never seen such rumors spread, especially amongst the missionaries. “oh, I’m leaving,” I don’t want to go” “Yay, Matagalpa” “Finally, a new companion” “I don’t want to change” All this and more I hear in the last two days, almost from every missionary. I just wanted to slap them and say, “You don’t want to change? Talk about denying the Atonement.” Of course, I didn't say this, but it’s true. Repentance IS change! When we don’t want to change, we are telling Christ that “Thanks for the offer, but no thanks” We should, no, we MUST look for ways to change, every day. I see these desires in the hearts of my investigators, it motivates me to change also. Repentance is change, so, Quoting the prophets;
[Change] ye, and prepare the way of the Lord and walk in His paths, which are straight, for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth
(the Lord said it, not me)
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.