A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
by Dori from "Finding Nemo"
Well, the ridiculous weeks of scorching sun have ended and we’ve entered into a down pouring of rain. It hit on Friday. When it first started off as a mist, everyone went outside to feel and enjoy but as it began to downpour, hasty retreats were made. I was on divisions with Hna. Walker and seeing that our best retreat were some trees, we quickly took shelter (not that it did anything to keep us dry). When it started to let up, we kept going. As we came to the first paved street, we beheld a grand river. It would’ve been cool had we separated it, as Moses did with the Red Sea, and crossed on dry ground, but we found that to be very unlikely. We had three other options: 1- wait it out (that would mean an hour or so), 2- find some empty bottles or some turtles and rope them together using the hair from our backs to make a raft (name that movie), or we could just wade the river. We opted for the third one and began to wade across water mixed with various substances. (I really don’t want to think what else was in there). We were about halfway across when Hna. Walker yelped and slipped. “There she goes!” I thought. “A gringa carried away by the currents of Nicaragua”. I caught up to her real quick and helped her up. We laughed and then kept going. And the missionary Handbook says we shouldn’t participate in water sports….oops!
We also had an amazing lesson with a young couple named Paul and Beatrice. We were teaching them about the Plan of Salvation and Paul said, “Wait, Wait, wait, wait. I’m really confused. If God knew that we weren’t all going to make it back to live with Him, why did He send us here?” Think about that for a second. What would you have told Paul?
It was interesting how we all reacted, the ex-missionary pulled out a scripture explaining that this is the plan that was from the beginning. My companion started talking about the war in Heaven, and I just kind of sat there for a second. I really wanted to answer his question, so I began looking in my own testimony.
In my mind…. First, I went to the office of “Plan of Salvation”, opened file box “Why’s”, found the folder “We were all with God…will we all be with him again?” I opened my imaginary folder…and found it empty. Well, What now? CUE SPIRIT…”Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore, if you have faith, ye hope for things…” So there was an answer! I jumped in..”Paul, I don’t really know the answer to your question, but I do know that God loves us and that His ways are higher than our ways. I know that we will be happy if we keep the commandments.”
It wasn’t a direct scriptural answer, but it made me realize that everything we do, we do because we believe we will be happier in the end. Who really knows the answer to Paul’s question, (if you have some insights, please email me!) but until I find it, I’ll just keep exercising my faith until I know!
PS Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in the world! You’ve influenced my life for the better! Keep raising stripling warriors for the Lord and you’ll keep seeing daily miracles!
A deliciously large watermelon and my lovely companion!
Playing soccer on p-day at the church!
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.