A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
Raindrops do keep fallin on my head, but only in the best way possible!!!
Yes, the weather is super rainy and all day is sunny and bright, but with loads of clouds. Then suddenly, right after dinner, you see it, coming just over the mountain, the evaporated water bodies curling their fingers over the hills and houses of this city. You can see it coming, in great drones of H2O, you hear it as it slaps pavement, houses, cars, people; you feel it deep deep down and think: now this is rain! A quick sprint from a classroom to the CCM leaves you drenched, despite your greatest efforts to outrun it. It's so awesome! Yesterday, I was praying out my window to our Father in Heaven, telling him all about the things in my life. I was just then thinking of solutions or things I could do better when the most roaring thunder I'd ever heard broke the silence of the sky........ Alright, lord, I get it, that's what I need to do ;) So literal raindrops here, hopefully some will make it back home to Utah!!
Another blessed raindrop(s) in my life includes the food here. So, for the past two weeks we've been eating Central American food. And it's good! The flavors are really delicious. However, one can only eat bean splat so much before one desires a new taste to come to their tongue. President Cox received inspiration that this was the desires of our hearts at the time and with this new shipment of missionaries coming into the CCM, we have been blessed with one American style dish every day! Surely, the Lord God answers so many prayers in mysterious ways.
Last p-day we were fortunate enough to go to the Market in Guatemala. HOLY COLORS!!! HOLY SOCCER JERSEYS!!! (Dad, remember that story you used to tell us about the meat market in Africa or somewhere? Yep, totally know what you're talking about) Our elders had a grand old time, and so did we! They were really sweet, offering to buy us little trinkets, staying with us solo Hermanas so we wouldn't get lost or hurt or abandoned. I'm telling you, the Lord, in just these few short weeks, has made these boys into servants of the Lord. Any young man who desires to reach his fullest potential would be wise to dedicate his time solely to the Lord.
While we were out and about, we were driven to a 3-D map of Guatemala. It was so crazy to see the country of Guatemala laid out before your eyes, a vast expanse of rich, green earth and ridiculously beautiful mountains. While there, Elder Burrbridge, the CCM nurse, shared with us a few hypotheses that he had read from scripturians about the Book of Mormon. He told us how many people believe parts of the Book of Mormon took place here in Central America. I was only half listening until he started talking about the day Christ died and what happened to the people of Nephi that day. In the scriptures, (3 Nephi 11 I believe) it talks about the calamities that befell them. Elder Burrbridge asked, "what could possibly blacken the sky so much that no light could be seen, no fire kindled?" As we looked at this map, it came to us simultaneously: Volcanoes. According to Elder Burrbridge, there are 21 active volcanoes in Guatemala today; who knows how many were active during that time? Needless to say, we were mind blown, we went home and read the chapter, more mind blown. Read it and feed your brain with a quizzical puzzlement about the Book of Mormon.
Speaking of this book, we had a great lecture by a Hermano yesterday. He said we all receive revelation through the Book of Mormon. What's revelation? It's God talking to us, His children. He then put it this way: if your parents were in that restaurant across from the CCM, what would you do to talk to them? Needless to say, there was much talk of jumping out windows, breaking down gates, and hopping fences. This is exactly how we should feel when we have the Book of Mormon in our hands. God is right there, sitting in that book; what would you be willing to do to talk to Him? Would you read it? Would you pray about it? Would you ponder its teachings? Easy things to do compared to physically jumping over the twelve foot wall that surrounds the CCM. This book that we have is not to be taken lightly; it is not candy to be thrown out at a parade. It is a treasure, one which we should prize in our hearts, for it is God's words to you, and to you Austen, and you Grandma J, and you Aunt Paulette, and you, and you, and you, and everyone. I exhort you all to pick up the book, give your Father in Heaven a call, and chat with Him through the inspired words of the Book of Mormon.
Love you all!!!
As a side note, it should be noted that the above mentioned restaurant has Karaoke night... There was a particular gentleman who must have had a disease of the ear, for it took me most of the song to realize that he was trying to sing "I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me". Obviously, he was not made to sing.
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.