A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Rain just keeps peppering the streets all of the days, but I´m just ever so happy below my umbrella, nice and safely half-way dry. It´s rather fun to find ways across the street rivers.
Speaking of rivers, the other day we went to a part of our zone that had yet to be adventured. we discovered a quaint little group of houses and were given a reference for another group. Following the path as we had been instructed by the Natives, we came to a large black river, the which was moving at the pace of a sloth on a hot day. I´ll let you figure out why the river was black, but the actual cool part is that we had to cross this body of water on the oldest wooden bridge I have yet to see that wasn´t in Disneyland, I felt like Hermana Indiana Jones. The real challenge was knowing wether to cross slowly so as to not move the UNNAILED boards, or just to run, and hope that the board in front of you didn´t fall off. My companion and I were laughing and crying as we crossed it, probably was the adrenaline rush.
Another rush we received when we FINALLY baptized Gabriel, the most pilas investigator I´ve had in my mission. He was attending seminary more faithfully than the members and was bringing investigators to church for us. He was SOOOO happy to be baptized and be able to be part of his new family. He received the Aaronic Priesthood the same day and was ordained to the office of a Priest. It was wonderful to hear his voice in the night session, blessing the water of the Sacrament. This is how we really establish the church, not just baptizing numbers, but making people become active, contributing members of the Church of Christ.
I love thinking that this gospel is something we do together, but at the same time, our greatest conquest will be ourselves, to see how we were and who we are now, make a vision of who we want to become. The Lord´s prophet, Thomas S. Monson, says it best ´´ One of God´s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final´´. i hope we put goals, that we try, and that we reach them, no matter how many times we fail. Isn´t this, or in other words, repentance, what the Lord sent us here to learn?
-Hermana Naomi Beatty
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.