A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
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Who talked to everyone and baptized the whole world
and she looked so glad in her photograph
Nica´s absolutely love her,
when she Smiles
To all within the sound of my voice,
I´m pretty sure I live in a country that, though awesome, does not quite know what it´s doing. They have a million methods for bug extermination, but I´m not quite so sure that all of them are 100% safe. The worst one that I´ve experienced thus far is are the dreaded leaf-blower people. They walk around with these machines that look like leaf-blowers and just spray their evil fumes around all the neighborhoods and houses. It´s quite choking. I was introduced to another method just recently, one in which you throw this sand type stuff into the pila (sink filled with water). But we have no idea what we´re supposed to do with it now. I just imagine me sticking my hand into the sink to drain it and suddenly having my hand crumble to stone as I yell ¨what is this magic?¨, in a very Querill-y way. Would that not be appropriate? (Prof. Querill is in the Harry Potter story)
This week was extra special because we baptized a whole family. Well, basically a whole family. The dad, Filidelfo, was baptized when he was 15 and immediately became inactive. We found him, reactivated him, and taught his wife, Conni, and three kids (Christopher, Wendy, and Mararys), the gospel lessons. They were baptized on Saturday by the Bishop of our ward and the actual ordinance was beautiful. While we helped Connie and Wendy change, the Elders showed a video ¨Gracias a El¨or in English, ¨Because of Him¨. We walked in just at the close of the video and I glanced back at Filidelfo, who had taken refuge in the very back of the room, rocking his five month old daughter. I cannot even begin to describe what I saw. His face didn´t even know how to show the emotion he was feeling; that is how happy and grateful he was. How grateful was I, to have been an instrument in the Lord´s hand to bringing Filidelfo and his family such happiness, bringing them to the knowledge of Salvation.
Conni invited us over afterwards because she said she needed to ¨give thanks to God¨ :) We went with them and all of their family who had come to the service. They gave us................... (wait for it)........ CHOCOLATE CAKE AND PEPSI!! Wahoo! Never had cake tasted so good! In fact, I think I´m going to order myself a Costco cake when I get home and eat the whole thing. Maybe, Just maybe, I´ll let you all have some frosting ;) And I never really was a Pepsi person, but Grandma J, I understand now :) It was really fun to share such deliciousness with them, but also, we were able to have a lesson with all of their cousins and parents and brothers and sisters who had come. Essentially, we are going to baptize and eternalize this whole family so they can all party with cake and Pepsi in the celestial kingdom (that is, if Pepsi is allowed there ;)
On our way home, I asked Filidelfo how he felt about the Baptisms. He told me that he was happy because now they were united for this life. But in one year, they were going to be united for eternity. This gospel is so merciful. This gospel changes lives. It takes people who stop washing their car and run and hide into their house and changes them into people who can´t wait for their families to be sealed, to people who have the temple as their background picture on facebook! This family can be together forever! And we can too! If you know this, and you´re happy, clap your hands! Smile a bit more! Because we can all return to our loving Heavenly Father, our Brother Jesus Christ, and we can do it, as a FAMILY!!
That is all
-Hermana Naomi Beatty
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.