Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sister Missionaries

I came across this quote today and was amazed! I haven't been able to find what talk or article it is from, but if I do, I will be sure to post it! 

‎"Today many sisters are being called to serve. Many more are preparing to serve. Not because they aren't married or don't have anything else to do, but they have the desire to serve. One reason that the Lord wants more sisters to serve is because within the next generation He will send His priesthood army to the earth. He wants to send choice spirit children to mothers who have been prepared, properly trained, and taught in the gospel. What better schooling can a mother have than the experience and growth she gains through serving a mission." 
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Is that quote not incredible?! I read it and was amazed! It made me feel so happy! I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to serve a mission, especially after reading this quote. We know that the Second Coming is soon. We have also been told over and over that we are the chosen generation, and that we have been saved for these last days. Does it not give you great joy to know, for those of you raising kids right now, or will be raising kids soon, that your kids were saved for this day, and that YOU were chosen to raise these great kids. I will be raising part of God's great army. It makes me so happy! And a little nervous. Haha. 

I feel so blessed to be able to go on a mission and serve. I know that a mission is not for everyone, but for me I feel that this is the right thing. And I could not be any happier at this moment!!! 

Let me know your thoughts about this quote! I hope you all loved it! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thoughts about my mission

I have been thinking a lot about my mission lately, and a lot of emotions have been running through me. I decided to do a video expressing my feelings as I prepare for my mission.

I just want to share with you my testimony simply that I know God is our loving Heavenly Father. I know that He lives. I know that He loves us and knows us each by name. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that He loves us. I know that God loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. I know that Christ loved us so much that He was willing to. I know that because of the Atonement we can be forgiven for the wrongs that we do. I know that families can be together forever. I am so grateful for temples and the blessings that come from it. I know that the scripture are true. Both the Bible and The Book of Mormon and I am so grateful for the Spirit that is felt when I read them. I am so grateful for missionary work, and I look forward to bringing this happiness to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Researching Nicaragua

So, I found this great blog by this missionary who served his mission in Nicaragua Managua South Mission, who just got back in August of 2012. I quickly looked through it, and wrote down some interesting things that I found. This is what I have to look forward to. My biggest and probably only problem will be the bugs. Definitely the bugs. 

-don't need visas to get into Nicaragua 

-extremely humid

-Mission Home-they have a bunch of bunk beds there. pretty crowded and not the cleanest but wasn’t too shabby. Just like a dirty house that you are scared to walk around barefooted (especially in the shower).

-We actually had the white AP translate for us because the President and his wife don´t speak a bit of English. They said they are trying to learn though.

-bathing situation is just fine. We have our own bathroom. Only two problems. First, they fill up the water for the city every night. So, sometimes in the morning there is no water and we have to wait before we can use the bathroom. Not that bad. Second, the water is COLD! Which is ok at night after a long hot day, but in the morning, it wakes you up pretty fast.

-the investigators´ house, it was literally just blankets held up by sticks

-ate a lot of stuff. A banana and pineapple at the house made out of blankets. And some drinks at others and a hot dog bun. 

-All the missionaries get a mission debit card. We go to the banco and withdraw cash from the ATM though. They give us a certain amount at the beginning of the month and the middle of the month. Total personal money is something like 800 cordobas a month ($36 USD). Which isn´t very much. Even here. mostly just spent money on transport. In buses and taxis.  usually walk everywhere in Boaco.

-(Sacrament meetings can be a little irreverent, lots of kids and the door and windows are open to the street

-Now depending on the bus this ride can be Ok or very miserable. The trick is to get a seat. Otherwise you have to stand for an hour and a half sandwiched between people in the aisle. And people are constantly trying to squeeze by..)

-you wouldn’t want carpet here with the humidity and it would get really dirty 

-tradition- the Muñeco.  they make dummies of people and put them on the street the night of the 24th... stuffed with bombas! (fireworks) And at midnight, they blow them up!

-So Christmas happens on the 24th here

-who plays the hymns for church. Well we do, with our voices. How it always works is whoever is directing sings the first line so we all remember how it goes and then we all sing.

-there are dogs everywhere. It’s crazy but every street has a couple

-Nicaraguan toys? Excellent question. Well, a really cheap toy that you always see the kids on the street playing with are called Clackers. Ha ha and that is about all they do. They are these two balls connected together with a string. And you put the middle of the string in between your fingers and move your hand up and down until the balls hit above and below your hand and make this really loud clacking noise.

-What else... they like playing with cheap fireworks. Oh and we see them playing street baseball all the time. I have seen them play with all kinds of balls too. Including bottle caps. And of course fútbol.

-lots and lots of spiders. and Monkeys! 

-Scorpion in bed 

-And yes, they have traffic lights. Here in Boaco they actually only have two. I haven’t ever seen the lights working on one and the other if there is a taxi waiting at a red light but there aren’t any other cars they usually just ignore it.

-Baptized in font or rivers

-street vendor food. Which is always really good when you buy the right stuff but it usually leaves your stomach that night

-Wash clothes by hand

-yes, the kids go to school in Nicaragua. And yes, they have a fourth grade, but the grades are a little different. The little kids can go to preschool but the real school starts in Colegio, which is the equivalent to High School. And they just use numbers like, I’m in 1st Año (1st year) or 4th. And if you don’t pass your classes you stay at the same number, so there are lots of different age groups. I

-There are lots of ducks here. they eat them here...

-It seems like the lightning is louder here.  Cañon here while it is raining- They told me it is about up to your knees, we will see.

-the rivers of water had already started. I thought my bag was pretty water proof. Well, luckily they had a plastic bag I wrapped my scriptures in before putting them into my backpack. It rained almost the whole time we were out.

-Has there been anything crawling in your house? well no, nothing too terrible. Only lots of geckos, ants, lightning bugs, mosquitoes, spiders and other bugs I don’t know. But really it’s not that bad. One time there was a snake... But he wasn’t in the house. And he was pretty small too.

-for the rain, I just put everything in one of those vacuum bags you gave me for packing my suitcases and it keeps it all dry.  a good missionary is very resourceful.