entonces, esta semana ha cambiado mi intento en obra misional.
here is why:
so on tuesday, we had divisions again, and the cutest guatemalteca, hermana gonzalez, was with me in Chichigalpa. man oh man, i love being a companion to a sister trainer, because i learn so much from each sister missionary.
anyways, hermana gonzalez has been such a huge blessing in my life. not because she can speak pretty good english or because she helped me a bunch with my spanish, but because she showed me how to love missionary work; how to love each investigator; how to have a positive attitude!
but first let me get to the best part of the week…we used to have this family that we were teaching, but hermana baten kept saying: no quieren… entonces, we stopped teaching them. however, they were on my mind a lot, and i wanted to go teach them or even just visit them and see how they were. well, because i dont know how to find addresses(there are no street signs, so you have to know the street names, and then…medio cuadro al sur…or someting like that. im still learning), hermana baten told me to go to la casa de leyla y alvaro. i was super excited, and now i know why. hermana gonzalez and i walked in and just talked to leyla. we had small talk, and then she asked me why i havent been visiting her. i didnt want to tell her we thought she wasnt interested, so i sort of pretended i didnt know what she was talking about….yeah, i know. but the truth is, we had visited her twice and each time her husband said she wasnt home or sick…mentira. when i told her this, she said the same thing…that her husband had lied.
now the most important thing i learned from hermana gonzalez is that you have to earn the trust of your investigators…because if you dont earn their trust they arent going to want to listen to you, even if you hold the message about christs gospel in your hands. leyla really opened up when i was with hermana gonzalez and said how she has always been interested in the church, because when she was little she had a friend who was lds and invited her to church. leyla decided to go, but when she got there she was too scared to go inside…she then said how she really wants to go to church but her husband isnt so sure about us. she said he has a hard heart.
however, later in the week we had a lesson with her and alvaro, and he asked questions and opened up. i think the spirit is slowly but surely working in them. they just have to open their hearts more. and i know if alvaro opens his, his wife will too.
through this experience i learned to always trust in the spirit. ALWAYS. and to always get to know your investigators. always have a smile on your face and show them you truly care about their needs.
this week i have been trying to have my head and my heart solely focused on missionary work, and i have to admit, its true that when you get lost in the work, time really does fly!
i want to share some scriptures that have really helped me this week:
“yeah, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct theee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let all thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”
“i do not glory in myself, but i glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps i may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
“Yea, i know that i am nothing; as to my strength i an weak; therefore i will not boast of myself, but i will boast of my God, for in his strength i can do ALL things; yeah, behold many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”
i love these scriptures, because i have truly learned to rely on my savior so much. i need him for support, which he always gives me. i know i am strong, because i have him in my life. i know i am strong in the work that i am doing because it is His work. everything that i am doing and everything that i acheive is not me…its Jesus Christ. its the holy ghost teaching and touching the hearts of the people in nicaragua. and because of Jesus Christ, i can do ALL things.
more about nicaragua.
my funny story first:
we contacted (door knocked) this old couple while it was raining, so they said we were welcome inside and to sit down…well, as i was looking at one wall of the house, i saw pictures of the virgin mary pretty much on the whole wall..so obvi i was thinking catholic for sure. and some of these pictures and posters were so pretty, so i began to turn my head to the other wall and BAMMMMM, a huge poster of a sexy swimsuit model…i mean lifesize was on the wall. hmmm….okay. lolz. i began to just chuckle to myself. maybe the wife decorates one side and the husband gets to decorate the other.
sometimes i get scared talking to men, because i dont know if the are just being nice or flirty…bc sometimes they are with their wives. so i usually dont do the talking.
as i walk down the streets i see a wide range of things.
-dogs that look like they are about to fall over dead.
-women holding their babies while on the back of motorcycles
-old women shouting, “tortiiiiiiillas” while balancing a huge bowl on top of their heads while they walk.
-women breastfeeding without a blanket
-every old man doesnt wear a shirt
-the park is definitely scary at night..and i feel like i need to give everyone a ley de castidad folleto.
-guys mowing the grass with mashetes.
-everyone asks me if i have a hubby or some kids…like no. lolz
anyways, to sum up my week, i have grown in my love for missionary work. i see it in a whole new perspective, and every day i am trying to improve on my skills, so that i am able to bring more and more people to the knowledge of the gospel.
i hope everyone has a great week.
who is excited for thanksgiving? i definitely am!!!!…..our stake president has promised us a thanksgiving dinner. who knows what is going to be on the menu, but as long as their is mashed potatoes and zero rice and beans, i will be happy. however, NOTHING can beat Kim´s(mom’s) thanksgiving feast.