A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
What a gorgeous day it is here in Chichigalpa! Well, maybe it’s just because today is shining bright with radiant possibilities.
First off, let me announce to the world that my sister Tia will soon be a mother to a beautiful girl. When I talked to them this past week, I was supposed to tell them in some creative way, but I couldn’t find a pink shirt or tie. So, I resulted to a crazy kid yelling “it’s a girl!” with his cool Nicaraguan accent. I asked the Stake President’s son, Kevin, to do it. I told him, “Just yell, “it’s a girl” then freak out. Got it?” When he came over to do his performance He said (In Spanish) “Ay, Hermana, there are so many white people I can’t even see myself” I laughed and then told him to say it. He did it quite dramatically and everyone freaked for a few seconds. When calmness had settled my beautiful sister asked, “Wait, he said it’s a girl, right?” Happy Mother’s Day to all!
We also had a miraculous Sunday meeting, with some beautiful messages, but even more wonderful experiences. Pablito, our investigator who will be baptized this coming Saturday, was coming to church with us last night. While we waited for him to get ready, we started talking to his neighbors who told us that the night before, one of his ex’s had come looking for him. She was drunk and looking for money and other things that Pablito had to offer her. The neighbors told us that he got on his bike and drove away, shouting, “No!” I don’t do those things anymore! I’m going to be baptized!” Miracle: This occurred less than four hours after we had taught him the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. Lesson: The gospel really does change people, especially when they understand it with their heart.
We’re still preparing for the coming of the Area President. Which involves a lot of choir organizing, clothes shopping, and skirt ironing, three things that I feel are rather rare here in the Nicaragua Managua North Mission. But I know that it is part of preparing yourself to receive revelation. Something that our Mission President has taught us is that we are always raised a level when we go to church, firesides, devotional, general conference, etc. What depends on us, however, is to what level we are raised. If we come with a 2, we’ll leave with a 3. But if we come with an 8, we leave with a 9. It all depends on us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we prepared ourselves so well to partake of the sacrament, that we would be “filled” (3 Nephi 18;3-7) up to a 10, readying ourselves for the opportunities to come in the following week and having the spirit to always be with us? How beautiful it is to see that the Lord has so many blessings in store for us, following our own faith and obedience.
Divisions...with Hermanas from El Salvador (can I get a papusa?)
I tried the Frescos one more time....a definite success!
My lovely Salvadorian companion
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.