A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Well, this week was rather difficult simply because Nicaragua has been celebrating its independence. Which means there is no one in the streets or in their houses because they are all in the town square watching all the hula-baloo? It was very frustrating trying to preach the gospel this week. BUT, I shall not continue to bore you with my babblings of unfair and unjust traversing. Better, perhaps it is, to talk of beautiful spiritual moments.
Jessena and her sister, Francys accompanied us to a Nicaraguan Cultural night where we ate cassava (does anyone even know what that is?), Rice and beans, and drank corn with milk. I know your mouth is just watering thinking about all the deliciousness that is dripping from my words, but don’t worry, we’ll have a Nicaraguan culture night when I make my return.
Afterwards, there was a baptismal service and Jessena and Francys accompanied us. They were both nervous simply because they thought the skinny kid doing the baptism wasn’t going to be able to support the bigger guy who was being baptized. In the end, everything turned out alright. They both felt the spirit and in that very moment we challenged them to be baptized. Francys’ face just kind of said, “wow, first time in their church and they’re inviting me to be baptized, are they crazy?” Jessena just said “that’s an excellent question” and looked sad. I know she wants to, it’s just these blasted sins that get us so down that we forget to choose the right! “Courage, not compromise brings the smile of God’s approval” (Thomas S. Monson)
Ok, here’s another topic: Mormon, the ancient Nephite prophet is an excellent example of enduring to the end. Listen to this scripture:
“Behold I had led them, notwithstanding their wickedness I had led them many times to battle, and had loved them according to the love of God which was in me, with all my heart; and my soul had been poured out in prayer unto my God all the daylong for them, nevertheless, it was without faith, because of the hardness of their hearts,” Mormon 3:12 “But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle for their lives without calling upon the being who created them” Mormon 5;2
It amazes me that he knew exactly what was going to happen to his beloved people. He could see it happening yet he carried on. He loved them, he fought for them, and he preached to them, he did everything he could to save them!
So now, when our lives get tough, “turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer, [when] things fall apart [and] the center cannot hold; [when it seems that] mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,” (it’s Shakespeare I think)
Let us trust in the Lord, our God, maker of the Heavens and Earth. He loves us! He does nothing save it be for our good! Have faith that he will come to your rescue.
This is what a tropical storm looks like as it comes your way!!!!
I've got a lovely little coconut! "tee-dah-li-dee" (Name that movie)
Shakes with my Hermana friends!
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