A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Life is like a dream when.....
1. You see a bunch of less-actives that you activated and your own recent converts receive the Melchizedek Priesthood in Stake Conference.
2. You complete one whole year of being a missionary and then start panicking because you`re running out of time.
3. You calmly do an unprepared arrangement of a primary song for the Stake Conference and then suddenly go into a hymn that isn`t in the same key so you transpose it in your head, all the while listening to some very off-pitch young women and trying to follow the very liberal arm of the Stake President`s wife.
4. You are on divisions to bring people to church on Sunday morning and you`re walking through a small path. One dog starts the whole `` nip-at-your-heels`` thing, but his barking brings a herd more. Pretty soon you`re just clinging to the sister at your side while a million dogs bark and growl at you as you walk on. (yeah, the sister I was with totally related that to the 17 miracles movie. not the same, but I felt the same type of panicking fear).
5. You calmly finish directing the choir of missionaries and sit down to prepare yourself to listen to a member of the seventy. He then gets up and says ``we`ll now have a brief testimony from Hermana Beatty, after which I will address you`` (now that one definitely felt super dreamy...... it`s been a while since I`ve been that jittery)
6. You and your companion baptize the sweetest little mother in the world. Sesilia is the neighbor of an ancient member. And she just wanted to be baptized so she could be closer to the Lord. It was such a lovely service!
7. You and your companion spend p-day in Corinto (a.k.a. Island of Nicaragua that is SUPER hot and SUPER beautiful). It was especially fun to just walk along the beach and take pictures together. However, something happened and watch as I totally relate it to the gospel (because you pretty much can do that with anything). We were walking on the beach, the lower part, where the waves were. When the high-tide comes in, it had caved a wall in the sand that was about 12 feet high. When we got to a certain point, we couldn`t continue forward, but had to go up. My companion just laughed and laughed as I tried again and again to climb this wall, but it just wouldn`t work, mostly because it was sand and the sand just came down everytime I tried to get up. In the end, we had to backtrack, but I thought of it this way: we are all in this situation spiritually. We cannot reach the top because we don`t have the power to overcome the sand (sins). But, Jesus Christ, can help us. We literally need him, notwithstanding our own strength, to save us. He alone can do it, and no one else. And that is why I feel extremely happy to be a member of His church :)
I`m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song, seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, so long!!! (thank you Carol Burnett)
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