Monday, June 17, 2013

dogs, drunks, and discussions 6/17/13


Hola!!!
First off…today is exactly 2 months here in Nicaragua!!! And a little over 3 months total!!! To celebrate…ice cream!!!! I´m buying! Haha.
Did I tell you guys that last week when we had companion exchanges, we were teaching a lesson, and they had a dog. The dog was panting and apparently it was like dying. I didn´t think they meant like actually dying…but we taught our lesson and at the end I looked over and the dog was dead. No joke. It was funny and sad at the same time. I don´t know exactly when it passed away, but sometime during the lesson.

So this week with teaching….weird week. We went to teach an investigator, Margarita. Well, we were going to teach her the law of chastity, but her friends uncle was there…drunk. He goes, ¨I love to hear the words of God! Tell me! Teach me!¨He grabs a bucket and sits directly in front of me. Hermana Puyol yells at him that we will only teach if he moves way way back. So he does. Then Hermana Puyol  explains that we are going to pray. He goes, ¨Amen! Amen!¨Hermana Puyol tells him to be quiet while we pray. So we start to pray, and he starts talking about who  knows what, and singing. Afterwards, he goes, ¨I didn´t hear the prayer¨. Hermana Puyol explained it was because she told him to be quiet, but he wasn´t. So long story short…we didn´t anything. Just a quick scripture. The drunk and Hma Puyol had a discussion how she couldn´t teach him because he was drunk and whatnot…he would just go Amen! Later that day, there was another drunk that called to us, and started to walk to us, and Hma Puyol told him to calm down. Luckily the bus was right there. That was a weird day…Later on in the week, we went back to teach and he was there again… the first time…okay a little funny. The second time…annoying.

Also this week we went with the elders in their area to help contact. That was interesting and fun. Haha.
This week we had a small earthquake…I hate earthquakes, so my body inside was a little freaked out. Haha. But we are all good.
I got becca´s long letter! And picture!! Thank you!! I love it! I am sending you one back! I also got a letter from my friend Hanh! I was so happy!
So we were at a members house, and one of the boys comes home. He is an RM. Anyway, he says that he fell off his bike, and cut his leg. I heard something about he would show us, but the missionaries are here. But then he starts to take off his pants! I then realized he had shorts on underneath. Haha. Hermana Puyol told me later she was watching my face because he told us he was going to take his pants off, but that he had shorts on…well I didn´t catch that part. Haha. Funny.
Becca, please do me a favor…write an actual letter to my companion Hermana Puyol this week. She doesn´t get letters. Her mom didn´t want her to serve a mission, and I believe they don´t really go to church. Just use the same address, just cross my name off and put hers. Thanks!
So… our investigator Fernando… he is not being baptized this week. I am sad. He was supposed to have his entrevista, or meeting, on Sunday, but he left for Managua to study for finals. Then we found out from our president that because he is living with his girlfriend and her family, he can´t get baptized. I knew it…but my district leader had said it was okay, and I found out that my companion got baptized when she was living with her boyfriend. It doesn´t make sense to get baptized if you live with your boyfriend or girlfiend…but since they said it was okay, I didn´t question it.
But we do have a baptism the next week  after. Maria. She is getting married the 22nd for sure and baptized the 29th.
Intersesting fact here…to get your ears pierced…they use a needle and thread. So they jab it through and then you wear the thread for a week…oh! Painful! Right?
Funny story…we are in sacrament..and my comp was giving a talk. I was looking at her and saw her name tag. I realized…I forgot mine!!! So when she was done we ran home and made it back before the other speaker was done. Haha. You would think after 3 months  I would remember.
So to include more thoughts…not just the things I do. Each day is a little…a little better. Obviously I still have my moments where me and my companion ¨butt heads…mainly because of the language barrier. I still have moments where  I think what the heck  am I doing…this is way too hard. And today I got an email from a friend who mentioned how satan tries to convince us we can´t do things. And I realized that Satan does that every day. I think, I can´t teach this. I can´t learn Spanish, I can´t speak this…I can´t help this person. And at times he wins. This is something that I am trying to work on more and more each day. But sometimes my fear gets in the way. Also, my dad mentioned how he is working on seeing the lord´s hand in his life everyday and recording it in his journal. I realized I want to try to do this. I think if I purposefully look for the miracles and help that God gives me everyday, it will be easier to open my mouth and not be so afraid.
It is hard, because I am learning this language on my own. Only get 1 hour in the morning to actually study, and some days I don´t have time because we have other things to do. I know nothing beats actually talking to people, but I need to study too.
I am also a little nervous…in 3 weeks we have transfers and I am 90 percent sure I am staying. Because my comp has been in this area her whole mission…8 months…and I don´t know where anything is! Everything looks the same!
 So one thing I pray a lot for is to feel the spirit and to recognize it. My other goal this week.
Well, I love you all!!!
And Krin Petersen…if you are reading this…CONGRATS on your call!!!
Love,
Hermana Chase

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