A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
From the movie "Calamity Jane"
This last week was full of love, betrayal, hate, loyalty, trial, and a million other things. It would have made for an excellent soap opera, but seeing as missionaries rarely have their lives recorded and put on TV, you’ll just have to settle for this first-hand account, roughly written by a missionary who barely remembers English. But here we go…
We’re walking through the streets in Managua and we see this guy on a step sitting down. He shouts “Hermanas!” ok, it must be a member or someone. He follows…”I Love you! My precious, beautiful love!” ok, definitely not a member. But he doesn’t stop there…”Listen!” and he then begins blowing dramatic kisses our way. We just walked away quickly escaping the little drunk man!
Five hours later…
We’re teaching our last lesson on the restoration and the spirit is so strong when suddenly someone taps on the window and we hear…”Listen, Hermanas!” followed by kisses blown on the wind. Talk about a persistent lover.
I also had a flood of memories come to me this week about my baptism so long ago. The flash flood was caused when an investigator told me that I had no idea what I was getting into when I was baptized at eight years of age. His blunt statement took me back to a Saturday in March when I woke up and it was snowing (how perfect for a baptism, right?) watching the snowflakes drift down, I recall thinking “I should empty the dishwasher, because today, I’ll become a disciple of Jesus, and Jesus was nice. So, I’ll empty the dishwasher.” Other than this moment and also throwing a fit about my after-baptism dress being scarlet instead of white, I really don’t remember much, but it’s clear to me that it was my decision, and I clearly knew what I was getting into. So take that, blunt statement making investigator.
This last week we had President Russell M Nelson with us missionaries and it was amazing! Words just can’t even begin to describe it! I’ll use his words then…Please take a moment to bask in the humor of this old man and marvel at the simplicity of the gospel.
“I love these flowers. Welcome to Nicaragua!”
“If you really want something done in this world, you ask the sister to do it.”
“Moses, Jacob, Abraham, Nephi…They all knew about our day, but then they died”
“You could have come with Columbus across the sea in 1492. That would’ve been fun, but not much. That would’ve been scary.”
“Being baptized and then not enduring to the end is like paying for the whole meal and then only staying for the salad. Why not eat dessert? Postre?” (dessert)
“What you’re about…is a way of life that is happy.”
I testify he is a prophet of God. Fear not, the world is in good hands!
1. Making fruit salad! Because you can actually do that here :)
2. What`s this? No, it`s not an elephant eardrum, it`s a mango seed!
3. Working in a triciclio
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.