Monday, May 27, 2013

Look what was hiding under my bed. Good thing he was already a goner.


The children here are so cute and sweet. They also love me!
                                                        Glad I have a good rain coat.



I finally got my mosquito net. It should save my legs from getting eaten nightly. So far so good, a great help. The pic is a before the net.

memorial day letter

So a lot happened this week. Or so I think anyway. First of all, our investigator didn´t get a divorce, so he wasn´t baptized saturday. I was sad, but I know he will get baptized. Also we have one girl who just needs to get married and hopefully will be baptized this saturday. She wants to, but her thing is that she wants to know more about the scriptures and stuff. The bishop explained that even at his age he is still learning. She also had a dream where her family made fun of her, so it is a little hard. She lives with her boyfriend and his family, and they are members...well her bf is MA. 

There is a girl named Meilin who is about my age. After church she was crying. We went to see what was wrong and she said that she can´t do this anymore. That this sunday was her last sunday here. I guess when she was about 7 she was abused by her step father, and I guess she has just been treated bad by people. I almost started crying for her. We are going to visit her this week. I dont want her to stop coming to church. If she stops, it will only get worse for her.

In san juan, I saw...a jehovas witness church...they are even here too! haha
And next to the elders house is the pentacost church...haha
I love when you ask people how they are they usually say, BIEN GRACIAS A DIOS. I love it.
I had my first experience of someone walking away from us. We tried contacting this man in the street but he says, Im catholic and walks away while we were talking haha.
One bad thing...I get stared at here a lot...because well I am mormon and white. I often get looks or whistles or stares, but the other day there was a boy in a mini taxi who put his fingers to his lips and then at me....people sometimes are just dumb.
I also found out a RC who has had a problem with drinking actually came to sacrament this sunday! I didnt see him but Elder Rivera did.
Oh dad, so my comp made torta frita...it´s like a tortilla. Just salt, egg, water and flour. It was good. I keep getting a taste of your mission food. Did you eat that a lot? Also here sometimes there are like 4 people on a motorcycle...babies too. No joke!
Also I had my interview with presidente. Super short because I didn´t know much spanish. But it was nice. That same day  I got a package with my mosquito net!!! I believe it is helping a lot!!! It´s kinda hard to climb in bed...but its fine if it saves my life. haha. Also, the first nutella you sent...gone in a week. Ate it all my self. This second one I am sharing some with hermana puyol. She loves it. She has never had skittles, starbursts or nutella before!!!
Also, I made goals for Elder Rivera. He has 1 year out and hasnt even finished his first english study book. So I set goals for him to finish it.
Changes are this wednesday...I am sure I am staying here with hermana puyol but the ZL said that prob Elder Hammond will train someone which means we either lose him or Elder Rivera...sad day.
Anyways, I have started a spanish plan. I am forgetting spanish and just sttudying and speaking. If I cant say something, oh well. I arise at 6 to read the LDM for 30 min out loud. And then study chapter by chapter from my spanish book during idioma study.
I love you all!!! Thank you for your prayers!! It makes it that much easier for me!

Today for P-day we went looking for monkeys with the elders.

Got the mosquito net and I think it's saving my life!
Hermana chase

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Good Week


Family and friends,
This week we had divisions with the girl leaders. I went with Hermana Garcia to Masaya. It was super hot there. But it was really good. We went to teach someone lesson 3 and I actually taught a lot of it. We ping ponged back and forth. So I talked about each principal...faith, repentance, baptism...etc. Afterwards, she told me I did really good, and I told her it was my first time REALLY teaching that lesson. she was shocked. Haha. there was another lesson however where she wanted me to explain a scripture, but I had no idea what it said....so I couldn´t. Luckily the people didn´t see and so she explained.  I told her after why I didn´t explain. We ate dinner with a member and she thought I was Hermana Shaffer, the nurse. Another member we visited thought the same thing. We look sorta alike I guess... both white. haha. 
I also got to help with the area book and write what we taught, which I had never done before because my companion always does it. Overall, it was a very transfer for a day. The only bad thing was waking up at 4:45 am to travel back to La concha. haha. 

Oh, so one day this week we walked from San Juan to La concha...all up hill! It took about 20 minutes or so. Ya...It was tiring. haha

So best week ever. On friday at district meeting I received 2 letters from Becca, one from Mom, one from a sister missionary I met at BYU-I who is in Florida spanish speaking mission, and one from Uncle Tim and his family. Those letters were all so amazing! But also, I got TWO packages!!! there were only two other missionaries that got 1 letter and here I got 4 and 2 packages!!! haha. Oh it made me so happy. It was right before we were leaving for divisions so we quickly went home, and I quickly opened the packages. One was from dad...it was CANDY! I have missed candy so much! I am trying to make it last, but IDK...haha. It totally made my day. Also got one from mom...it was a new dress, a shirt, and hidden in between was 1 jar of heaven...NUTELLA!!! oh my goodness. I was so happy! Oh there was also socks and stuff. haha. 

So, Fransisco...his baptism is scheduled for this saturday, and if his interview goes well tomorrow...we will be having a baptism!! I am so happy. Sunday after church he was going to have his first wife sign the divorce papers. So...hope it went good. He is so cute. Last sunday he bought a small backpack to carry his scriptures and hymn book. Then yesterday he was wearing black slacks, and nice shoes, and a white shirt...not like church shirt, but just a white shirt. And I believe he has ties...so after baptism I think he will wear ties too. I am so happy. Sunday night him and his family even came to a church meeting. I was very surprised at that. We are visiting him today so I will find out if we have a baptism or not. Also set a date with Maria de Los Angeles...for June 8th I believe. 

Oh so we visited this one investigator...who loves me. haha. The first time he gave us bread and soda. So when we were walking to his house I was hoping to get that again. NOPE...instead he gave us 3 avocados, regular bananas, and the other kind of bananas, dulce stuff, the tree that you get the dulce from, a piece of candy, 3 lemon oranges each....haha. It was crazy. But super nice of him.

I feel so bad. There is one hermana, hermana Lourdes who is married and her spouse in less active. She wants to get her endownments, but doesn´t have the money to travel to the temple. I pray for her a lot so that she can go to temple and receive those blessings. Itá hard because I had so much I wanted to tell her, but didn´t know how in spanish. Thats the hard thing. I always have so much in my heart, and only say about 1/10 of what is in my heart. Also in Relief society this week each of the ladies set a goal, a date, to go to the temple this year. And hermana Puyol explained that even if you don´t have the money, if you put your trust in God, and set a date, a goal, then he will help you achieve it. I encourage all of you who have a temple near you...TO GO! Please. I went every week after my endownments, and I miss is so much, and the fact that some of these people go once and thats it, or once a year breaks my heart. So please take advantage of the temple. 

We also went with a member, Hma Migdalia, and she took us to visit this one lady, Yohana. Wow is she ready. She had been taught a little by elders in the past. And one elder she really felt the spirit from. She still has a book of mormon too. Anyway, when I prayed she said she felt the same thing. She said she couldn´t go to church yesterday, but that next week yes. In the past she couldn´t because of work, but now most sundays she doesn´t work. One bad thing, she is in the elders area...so I don´t know if we get to teach her...

Oh, also they sell movies outside in spanish. So I bought 3 sets of disney movies. about 18 movies total in spanish. So we have been watching them on pday. haha. very fun! 

I also heard about sister monson. I am so sad and heartbroken for Pres monson. I hope he is okay. I am sure he misses her like crazy. 

dad-thank you somuch for the package and the candy! That was amazing! totally made my day!!!

Well, everyone...its been a good week. My goal has been patience, and I have been doing really good with it. I am suprised haha. The spanish is still the same. Not knowing what to study, or how to learn it. I just pray that one day I will eventually be able to  speak really well to express all the stuff in my heart! I will let you all know if we have a baptism this week. Love you all! This truly is the true church. I feel it everyday! I read a scripture about charity the other day, well a few...but you know it mentions that without charity you are nothing. Well, it´s true. Jesus christ is the perfect example of charity. He gave his LIFE for us. What kind of more charity can you get? If we want to be like Christ we NEED charity. Without it, we really are NOTHING. I have learned here on my mission, that even if I can´t speak the language I can serve the people. So that´s what I do. When we go for dinner, I help to cook. I help carry things, I help people learn english. I serve. My goal for you all, be like our savior and redeemer Jesus Christ and serve. If you don´t have charity, pray for help so that you can become like Christ. I love you all!
Love,
Hermana Chase

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

toilets, spiders, rats, AND a very inspirational story


Familia y amigos,
I forgot to mention last week that we had divisions. I stayed in my area and my comanion left to another area. My new comp for the day was Hermana Gonzalez. Since I had only been here for like 3 weeks I didn´t know how to get anywhere. Luckily, a member, Hermano Douglas went with us to our first few appointments. The elders took us to our dinner apt, only they didn´t have dinner for us. So the elders left and we shared a scripture. Then we got lost coming home. We are supposed to be home by 9....we got home around 9:30. Good thing is that we got a ton of contacts because we would ask for directions and then invite them to church, haha. 

Oh turns out my dad served in the same area where my companion lives. And my dad and her dad are like the same age! crazy!

Mom, happy late mothers day!!!

I got to skype my family sunday for mothers day!! that was fun!!! I got to talk to them for 1 hour. i loved it!!!

So an interesting experience...we were out with a member and my comp had to use the bathroom...we went to someones house and they weren´t there so the member went around the back and had us use the bathroom anyway. she asked if i had to go and i figured i might as well. wrong choice!!! so the bathroom is a cement rectangle with a curtain for the door. I pulled back the curtain and was disgusted. it was just a toilet but you couldnt flush or anything. The toilet lid was like flipped over half covering the seat and IDK what was on the lid. I half squatted and half sat as best I could. Also no toilet paper...and I forgot mine. Ya. haha. The place with no toilet paper is actually the church. yep. 

I met a norte girl who is living here for a bit. She is studying spanish. SHe is here all alone living with someone. Anyway, she came to church this past sunday. She is a member from utah...and her last name is Chase. haha!

So the elders and us helped our investigator Fransisco with his house. He was making the roof taller. So me and my comp helped with laundry and washing dishes while the men did the tough work. haha

We have a little rat or mouse in our house. We tried to get it last night but couldn´t. I video taped it. It´s pretty funny. Mainy because I freaked out at one point. haha.

So..the other day I showered first. My comp goes in to shower and I hear, OH FREAK. I walk over and she goes... YOU SHOWERED WITH A MAN. I look and there is a GIANT spider on the outside of the curtain. Yep...I showered with a HUGE spider. eew. I´m glad I didn´t see it or I would have freaked. 

Sunday night we had dinner with the bishops sister, Perla. I helped her cook. I cut and peeled bananas!!! That night I felt a little better with the spanish and a little more comfortable. Each day I am slowly feeling more comfortable here. 

A member in the ward made me a backpack. OF course I paid for it but it was really nice of him. 

In one lesson with a member family...i was so tired...and it was about 8pm and they were talking about where my comp is from...and I started to fall asleep. Hermano Rodriguez saw and I felt terrible. I was like, LO SIENTO LO SIENTO...ESTOY MUY CANSADA...LO SIENTO. He laughed and they kept talking. Its hard sometimes when I dont understand everything. haha. 

So today for PDAY the elders, and another sister companionship met at the church and made lunch and watched cars 2..in spanish of course. haha. It was fun. We made spaghetti. And then the elders went and got ice cream for us. Pictures will be posted of all this. 

I´ve been speaking more spanish these past few days. Some phrases come a little easier...but I still need to learn grammer rules and stuff.

So its starting to rain. And it rains for 6 months. The other day we were walking through a dirt path and there was a huge puddle and we couldn´t go around it...so we lifted our skirts and trudged through it. So far we aren´t allowed to wear rain boots...but the mission pres wife is going to ask. 

Overall, an okay week. I am getting a little more used to things...slowly. I love you al!!! Thank you for your prayers and letters!!!



Love, 
Hermana Chase

PS...this helps me every day...
Testimony of a Missionary
The following event took place in a ward in Salt Lake City in 1974. It occurred during a sacrament meeting and was told to me by a Regional Representative of the Twelve who was in the meeting. A young man, just before leaving on his mission stood in sacrament meeting and bore in essence the following testimony:
Brothers and Sisters, as you know, the past two weeks I've been waiting for my mission call. During the time I was waiting I had a dream. I knew it was not an ordinary dream. I dreamed I was in the pre-existence and awaiting my call to come to earth. I was filled with the same anticipation and excitement that I had before I received my mission call. In my dream I was talking to a friend, and I felt a special closeness to him, even though I've never met him in this life. As we talked a messenger came and gave me a letter. I knew it was my call to go to earth. In great excitement my friend and I opened the letter. I gave it to him and asked him to read it aloud. It said: "You've been called to earth in a special time and to a special land. You will be born to the true church and you will have the priesthood of God in your home. You will born into a land of plenty, in a land of freedom. You will go to earth in the United States of America."
My friend and I rejoiced as we read my call, and while we were rejoicing the messenger returned. This time he had a letter for my friend. We knew it was his call to earth. My friend gave me the letter to read aloud. His letter said:"You've been called to go to the earth in circumstances of poverty and strife. You will not be raised in the true church. Many hardships will attend your life. Your land will be fraught with political and social difficulties - which will hinder the work of the Lord. You will be born in Costa Rica."
We wept, my friend and I, as we read his call. And my friend looked at me with tears in his eyes, and said, "When we are down on earth, you in your choice land and me in Costa Rica, my friend, please come and find me."
The this young missionary, with tears in his eyes, said, "Brothers and Sisters, I have received my mission call. I am going to Costa Rica."
There is a sequel to the story. About a year after the sacrament meeting, the bishop received a letter from the missionary in Costa Rica. The letter had one sheet of paper in it and on that sheet written in capital letters were four words:
I FOUND MY FRIEND
my teacher hermano chavez gave this to me....but replaced it with nicaragua...wow

Monday, May 13, 2013

P-Day Fun




We made spaghetti, watched a movie for district meeting at the church. Yes, the church has an oven and stove the only ones I have seen yet in Nicaragua

Dinner with the Bishop's Sister






That is rice, banana fried and fried baloney

Money, Shower companion, Drawings




Nicaraguan Money, A shower companion (Yikes), and two drawing of me by a primary girl

Mate with my Companion



Drinking Mate like my dad did in Argentina

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bats

Yes, we had bats that came into our room nightly for a couple of weeks until a member finally sealed up the holes. This is a piece from some fruit that they left.

Lunch and where I study every day



My first place to live in Nicaragua






Top is my study area, desk, a taxi!, Filling the fridge, my sleeping area, my first spider(yikes)

Guatemala Temple


I had the opportunity to go to the temple while at the MTC. I love the temple!

MTC Guatemala



This is my MTC Experience. Of course in Spanish it is called the CCM

Monday, May 6, 2013

prayers answered


Buenas everyone!!!
I forgot to tell you that we have an english class here once a week on Fridays. Elder Hammond teaches it and I usually end up helping him. haha. Its fun. His companion Elder Rivera always tries to stay stuff to me in english. haha.
So I got an awesome email from my cousin that was so good I printed it off. My cousin told me that even if I didnt understand spanish i should smile. always smile. So that next day I decided to work extra hard. I went to study a few min early so I could be done praying by the time I needed to study. I didnt get frustrated during companion study or language study..well i did but I held it in.
That day we went contacting and we went to this one house to contact. The man eagerly let us in before we even said who we were. haha. His name is Fransisco. Golden I tell you. His wife and daughter are less active, and he literally broke down in tears saying that he wants to be baptized, that he believes it...He told us he had a dream about something like this happening. He had me say the opening prayer and he was crying during that...and I barely know any spanish. haha. There is just one problem.. he is married to 2 women. The first wife wont divorce him... so he has agreed to be baptized the 25th of this month, but that is if he can get the divorce completed. I pray all the time that everything will work out. Him and his family came to church Sunday!!! I was so happy!!! I was afraid he wouldnt. I helped him during class and asked if he liked it after, and if he any questions. I was so happy he came!!!!
I know that because I worked harder that day we were blessed. The Lord truly does bless us when we are obedient and work hard.

Also I can testify that God answers prayers even if they are small and lame. We dont have water all the time...and i havent had stomach problems at all. Well one day I had to go, and we had no water...you cant exactly go if you cant flush...I was sitting there during study time and I prayed so hard that we would have water...literally the second after I finished I heard the water filling up in the toilet. Stupid, but I am so grateful for that.
Another time, I was wearing a skirt that is not good to wear on the bus...last time it ripped on the bus and I had to fix it. I was so nervous. I prayed to heavenly father that I would have a seat on the bus because last time it ended badly. I told him I know I hate standing, and  I know I have to...but this time please let me have a seat. When the bus pulled up there were 2 seats for us. IT was a small prayer that was answered but I was so grateful.
So girls can now have leader positions on the mission.scary but exciting.
Im lucky in my area to get food every day. Some areas dont. So this area I  might gain weight. haha. All we eat is carbs. Chicken, rice and beans. Although heres a shocker...the other day I had rice, chicken, tortillas, and...pasta! wo. haha. So good!

Here they burn trash so every now and then it smells when you walk by a house. haha
So our neighbor fixed our roofs so bats dont come in anymore!!! We can now sleep with the lights off!!! YAY!!! :)
So last night our power was off...um I prob lost 10 lbs in the night. LEt me tell you...it was 80 degrees in the house. I have a temp thing on my clock...ya. our power came on early morning around 2. By about 11 in the morning it was 95 in the house...ya...haha.
So I received 9 letters this week! Thank you mom for the labels!!! Dad thanks! Becca!!! Sister Friedrichs...so sweet! Brother King, your letter from the bowers...wow. Thank you! Grandpa Alatorre...I am so excited for you and grandma!!! How exciting and fun!!!! And Aubree... I got yours too! I love what your friend said about us and heavenly mother. Thank you all!!!
So fast sunday here...so cute...when they bear their testimony they do it as a family. even theres 7 in the family..they all get up together and stand with each other while they bear their testimony. kinda cool i think. haha
Mothers day here is the 30th but luckily president was at our church sunday so we asked him and he said i could call sunday since thats mothers day where i live!!!! YAY!!!!! i am so happy!!!

WEll...I love you all!!! 
Love, Hermana Chase