A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
I know it’s been a while since we’ve talked, so I thought I’d update y’all (fun fact there is a Spanish word for y’all)
Amidst Christmas activities and bustling people, the life of a missionary is pretty much the same: bringing people unto Christ. We did however, have a mission Christmas Activity. Only the poor souls in the far off zone of Puerto Cabezas were excluded. The activity started at 8:00 am. Which means that we woke up at 3:00 a.m. here in Chichigalpa. I just had to laugh because you could totally tell which missionaries were in or outside of Managua, depending on if they arrived looking glamorous or not. Let’s just say that no one looks glamorous after a three hour bus ride, but hey, I tried.
Upon arriving, we were given a short Spanish test, breakfast, and a photo session with the famous Elder Barker and his crazy Christmas props. I was especially animated by the Santa bag full of copies of the Book of Mormon. Ha ha, oh the simple joys of being a missionary.
Now for one of the many surprises of the day. The children of our President Collado (all of which are under the age of 17) presented us with a choice: Frozen, How to train your Dragon 2, In the Tornado, or Mazerunner. I just about dropped out of my seat, amazed that we were allowed to do this. President explained, this was a one time once a year thing. So, we found the majority in favor of Mazerunner. It was mostly two hours of intenseness with a few scenes thrown in of the actress of Twilight. At the end, everyone was super sad. “Chuck!” we all screamed. And then our mind just kept getting blown to bits by the cliffhangers, knowing most of us wouldn’t be able to see the sequel, unless we watch it at the next Christmas activity.
We had lunch and never before has turkey and mashed potatoes tasted so good! Neither have I had such a delicious brownie in all my six months of Nicaragua. Following this deliciousness, a talent show. Some missionaries are funny, others are serious. But there was one missionary that I’m sure he had an interview with president after what he did. I don’t really know if he can be blamed or not, poor fellow only had two weeks in the field. We also had a Latino “One Direction”. That’s right ladies, you heard me, and these ones had missionary plaques! J
Lots of other things happened through the Holiday weekend: talked with my family, looked for two hours for our baptismal candidate, made Hot chocolate, received a beautiful wallet, was given medicine by an investigator (don’t worry mom, I didn’t use it), and painted a cabinet. But my point is, that every week is something new and different. Now I’ve got six months here in the mission and I’ve learned something rather precious: when you’re a missionary you don’t even have to try, it’s always a good time, not easy, but definitely good. As this year comes to a close, I suggest to each of you that you evaluate your plans for the year that comes. Set goals, which should include helping the work of the Lord, and then do it. Don’t wait for the good times to come; make them happen.
Love you all so much! Happy New Year!
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.