A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
(Please read the blog title in a sing song voice
to Les Miserables' "One Day More")
Happy Birthday America! It was such a sad and happy affair here in the CCM. My companion, Hermana Valdivia, loves to sing, so of course she volunteered us to sing the national Anthem for our district. It was really really cool, despite the blunted acoustics of the classroom. Hermano Menendez, our teacher, told us that he'd never heard such a beautiful song before; and he's not even American!!! Somehow, the news leaked to Presidente (probably through our district leader) and he asked us to sing it at lunch. It was even better there because the chef had prepared a huge cake that was white, with blueberries and strawberries in the shape of the American flag. Hermana Cox was so happy we did sing for everyone; it just reminded us all of our homes, and the happiness our families enjoy because we have such freedoms. Trying to be in the true spirit of the day, we had our own barbeque with boiled hot dogs and plantain chips...... but at least the chefs tried.
We had quite a fun surprise the other night. There I was, sleeping quite soundly, despite the loud American music from the bar next-door, when, Suddenly, I was awoken by this wonderfully annoying rocking....... Fully conscious and completely out of my stupor, I tried to determine its source. Hypothesis 1: someone has a nervous tick and is tapping my entire bed with their foot, kind of like that little kid does during stake conference. Hypothesis 2: my companion (who sleeps in the lower bunk), is having a major seizure and causing the whole bed to shake. I feel bad because I didn't even look down to confirm or dismiss this hypothesis. Hypothesis 3: the earth was quaking. The next morning, we discovered, and president confirmed that it was an earthquake. Of a magnitude of 6.1, at least five people died in Guatemala. Here at the CCM, it was not that big of a deal and was actually quite relaxing. The Lord truly does bless those he calls.
So we're teaching this guy named Pedro right now; SUCH a sweetheart. I just am feeling really inadequate because he is struggling with the most basic principle of the gospel: faith in God and believing that he is. Yesterday we shared Moses 1:39 and Alma 32 with him. We even got him to pray!!! (YEEESSSS) but teaching him and helping him to develop that faith has only increased mine ten-fold.
Even more inspiring, we watched Joseph Smith, the prophet of the restoration, a movie I don't think I've seen all the way through before. It was........ a fantastic film. I don't think it's possible for movies to make you feel that way unless they contain the truth, such as this film did. I was so inspired by Joseph's selflessness, his desire to just do what is right. I hope you all take the time to do something to remember the restoration: read JSH, Look into a little pioneer history, or even watch this movie. Your testimony will be fortified and you will KNOW that Christ lives.
So long everyone!!
P.S. sorry for any mistakes, this email was written in the short time frame of 15 minutes. The reason for this is because we're going to the HUGE Guatemalan market today!! Wish me luck in my Spanish!!!
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.