A dangerously acute account of 18 months in Nicaraguan Territory.
so this is Love, so this is what makes life divine.(Cinderella)
I’m not quite sure why Valentine ’s Day hit us so hard this year, but it came in like a wrecking ball. Actually it came in much harder, like Optimus Prime fighting with the evil guy whose name escapes me.
ANYWAYS, the first love shock appeared on Tuesday when I received a very lovely and delicious package from You-Know-Who (not Voldemort, but the other one). Thank you so much! I love you!
My second love shock almost ended in tears. It occurred at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning, when the alarm went off and ended one of the best dreams I’ve ever had. Are you ready for this? We were doing what missionaries always do, tracting and talking to people, but, this time we were accompanied by three young men from our ward. Two boys and…(wait for it)…Josh Groban! And the best part: He was singing primary songs. Can you just imagine it? Tracting through the jungles of Nicaragua while Josh Groban walks with you and sings “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, I love to hear” Ah!!!! Words cannot describe how sweet this dream was.
More love yet to come: A lovely couple that we are teaching are called Juan and Esmeralda. They’re about 50 years old, but are expecting a baby. (we’ll see how that goes; a real “Sariah” experience). They were SUPER positive and they went to church the Sunday before, so we were passing by to teach them, but it was real difficult to find them in their house. For, five days we passed by and no one was home. On Thursday, we went with Bishop to try just one more time. “Buenas” we said… nada (nothing). With heavy hearts we trudged through the path, with Bishop behind us lighting the path with his motorcycle. Wait! Oh! What’s this? A couple is approaching… Maybe we should contact them. Wait, it’s Juan and Esmeralda! I don’t think I’ve ever greeted someone so happily! While we walked back to their house, they told me a story that still has me chuckling.
In their own words: “Hermanas, where have you been? You’ve both lost us! We were wondering what in the world could’ve happened to you or maybe that you forgot about us. We saw that the gate was open in the church, so we went to look for you. But there were only a bunch of youth.”
Can I just say that investigators are quite golden when they go looking for you? They’re set to be married and baptized this Saturday. I’ll be sure to fill you in on the details.
One way that has really helped me increase my love is to be with my companions. We are now three missionaries and one young single adult, or as we call them, “mini- missionaries”. It’s been quite the adventure, working in all of Chichigalpa with a different companion every day and living with all three of them. The roughest part is training them. One has three weeks in the field, and the other…, well zero weeks in the field, so we’ve all gone about learning little by little.
Finally, on Saturday, we had a baptism of Steven, one of the sharpest 12 year old Nicaraguans I know. I’m not sure why he didn’t get baptized when he was eight, but it was so fun teaching him and reactivating his family. We all had quite the giggles the other day singing, “We are all enlisted”. I’m sure every family has experienced the inevitable giggle-fit at one time or another. There is just no denying the truthfulness of this gospel, and I’m so grateful to have been an instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father to help bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of Steven and his family!
Like the Beatles say,
“All you need is love”
-Hermana Naomi Beatty
hola! I'm Naomi and I love reading, my amazing family, and the color green.