great christmas in nica

Monday, December 29, 2014

So this past week has been pretty great.
On the 24th we had a multi zone meeting and it was so much fun. We played lots of games and learned a lot about how we can better ourselves and come closer to Christ. It was awesome to see a bunch of my friends in the mission and we had an awesome dinner. So that was pretty sweet.

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On Christmas day it was great. It’s a little different here because most people celebrate Christmas on the 24, so the 25 was not a huge day of celebrations. A ton of people were sleeping from partying the night before. haha. But I had the chance to talk to my family on Skype, so that was a new and awesome experience for sure.

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Right now we have an awesome investigator. He is an 11 year old, but has a great desire to become a member of the Church. The first time we talked to him he had chains and earrings, but noticed that we wear white shrits and ties. He took out his earrings and this past sunday said that he wanted to wear a white shirt and tie like us. He is such an awesome kid with a desire to better his life.

Love you all tons!

 

Mom – Hey, do you have any pics with you and your comp? I don’t want you to be transferred without a few pics…

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Mom – Anything new since we talked?

A – no everything is pretty standard

Mom – What are you liking most about being a missionary?

A – I really like seeing people change

Mom – I agree! What are your plans for New Years?

A – not anything

Mom – Any goals for the new year?

A – work

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thanks for all your help on this project

Mom – That’s a good one! It will keep you busy!

Love the pics of you and the Russells. The Christmas letters were a great thing to be involved with! The spirit was directing the project. I am glad for all of it!

Do you stay out late most nights? How late?

A – we try to return to the house at 9 but its usually 930

Mom – Is it pretty safe to walk around at night or do you have to be careful? Does your comp have your back?

A – I think it is pretty safe you just have to be smart about what you do. i hope so

Mom – That’s good you are being smart! Are you safe from cars and stuff…as a pedestrian? 

A – the drivers here are pretty crazy but you just have to be smart about it

love you tons have to go now but have a great week

feliz navidad

Monday, December 22, 2014

This past week has been great.
Not a ton of stuff has happened, but overall it was a great week.
I have really enjoyed talking about Christmas with the people here in Nicaragua. Reminding them the true and real meaing of Christmas. It’s awesome because pretty much everyone here accepts Jesus. So when you start talking about Jesus Christ and the fact that He is a huge part of our lives, they will almost always listen.
Hope you all have a great week and…
FELIZ NAVIDAD
-Elder Wagstaff

 

tis the season

December 15, 2014

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So this week has gone by really fast, it seems that just yesterday was pday.

It’s really weird the people here in Sandino seem really different to those in Las Palmas. There are those that seem to accept the gospel fairly easy, and there are those who will have nothing to do with it. A lot of the kids here are punks. They think it’s hilarious when we walk by to ask if we want coffee. But overall this area is pretty great.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas at all here. I don’t know if it’s because there is no snow, if it’s because I’m not looking forward to Christmas break or what, but it’s really weird to think that Christmas is just around the corner. It is kind of fun to contact people in the street because we have little pass along cards that we can give out to talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Even though not everyone wants to accept our message, they usually will listen to us talk about the Savior, which is so great.

Love you all and have a great week!!

-Elder Wagstaff

 

Mom – So great to hear from you! Glad your week went by quickly and that things seem to be going well.

Any details on getting to talk to you next week? Should we make a plan?

A – i still have heard nothing but will let you know when i find out.

Mom – Ok. Sounds good. Thanks.

How is the work going? Anything you want to share? Investigators?

A – things are really slow right now it can be hard to get me and my comp on the same page. we are most likely going to be baptisming a little girl this week

Mom – Sounds like you are still making a difference. Tell me about the little girl. How old is she? How did you find her? What is her family like? 

A – she is 10 and was a reference from a ward member. they are a huge family and the only people that are not members in their family is her and her dad so we are working with them right now

Mom – That is SO great! How big is the family? Any idea? Hopefully the dad will find that the gospel has a place in his life too.

A – Its probably a family of 25-30 because its the grandparents and everyone.

Mom – I love that an entire family can be united through the gospel. That is fabulous! Keep up the diligent work in linking families forever!

Does your ward have a Christmas celebration or gathering? How about the mission or zone? Do you celebrate together?

A – i honestly dont really know. I think we might but vamos a ver, which means we are going to see. When people say that here that usually means that things arent going to happen…when going to the church or whatever.

Mom – I am sure that can be fun, especially when you’re trying to get a commitment out of people. Whatever the case, hope you have some fun festivities planned. What did you do for pday today?

A – HAD A BIGMAC!!! and walked around but honestly i like last pday better with football Americano

Mom – Big Macs are good in a foreign land, for sure! I would have loved to have seen you play football. I meant to ask last week, any touchdowns?

A – i honestly dont remember but it was way fun

Mom – Glad to hear it! Hey, did you see that we tried to have a Nicaraguan dinner last night? How close did we get to what you eat?

What are you eating these days? Anything interesting? How is your stomach?

A – that was really close. we are eating pretty good here because we have both lunch and dinner with members. my stomach is pretty good. i have a new one for you its called leche algreia. basically milk that has been sitting out for 2 or 3 days. they love it here. the taste isnt bad but the idea is what gets me

Mom – Wow! That sounds like a nasty yogurt. Ahhh, I am not sure we will be trying that! But when you are in Rome… 

I’m glad that you can eat with the members, that is a great way to get to know them. How long do you get to spend at their homes?

A – we are supposed to be there for an hour or less.

Mom – Have you heard anything about the Christmas package we sent with the member from Las Palmas?

A – no we will probably get the packages closer to Christmas but ill also let you know on that. I got to go now but love you so much and hope all goes well for you this week.

la vida

Monday, December 8, 2014

It’s been another week in paradise.

This week has been a little slow, but attitude is really everything. Things aren’t always easy, but when we have a good attitude it makes it so much easier.

Last night there was a festivil (i can’t spell) of sorts in Nicaragua. It’s called the policima. This is so crazy because people can get free food. When anyone says anything about free here, it is super crazy. The streets were crazy and it was a little difficult to work. But we tried our best to get things to work. One thing that made it more enjoyable was the fact that we got to work with a kid in our ward. His name is W and he reminds me so much of Sam P. It’s crazy. It’s cool to find people that remind you of people at home. 

For p-day today we got to play football. It was so much fun. This has been by far one of the best p-day activities for me. It was cool to do something with our new district and overall have a good time.

 I don’t have much to say, so I’ll send a picture, because a picture is 1000 words. haha

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

Mom – Glad you are making the most of things. Como es la cueva de los murcielagos? (How is the bat cave?)

A – its awesome haha. i opened the door to that room the other day and there were probably 5 or 6 hanging from the ceiling

Mom – Oh dear! Remember to be very careful…Cathy had to have rabies shots from a bat brushing against her.

I am happy you’ve had a good p-day. Abbi just walked in the door and is wondering if it was a football game or a futbol/soccer game? What position did you play?

A – real football american. wide receiver

Mom – Awesome! 

The festival sounds fun. What kind of food was free? Who was giving it away?

Speaking of celebrations, what do you know about Christmas? Phone call/Skype?

A – its a festivil to worship mary. so its not the best. but they were giving away rice beans and sugar. its sad because a ton of members went to it and it was super bad.

have not heard much yet

Mom – Is it an annual celebration? Sorry to hear that it wasn’t good for the members. Was it bad because of behavior or not ideal because of the tradition of worshiping Mary?

When you learn of any details about the Christmas Day phone call or Skype, please let me know as soon as you can so we can plan.

How are things going with your companion?

A – many members think of it as a sin.

i will for sure

we are getting there. there are times when i feel i am more dragging than walking with my comp but we will figure it out

Mom – Just keep in mind you have LONG legs, so one step for you may be ten for him. Haha.

What is the most spiritual experience you had this week?

A – often the simple lessons are the most spiritual for me

haha that is true. 

Mom – Remember, it is the small and simple that can often lead to the biggest differences.

Did you get the baptism pic of you and Ben and Nick? I love that picture!

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A – ya i did thank you so much i love that pic

Mom – Hopefully it is what you were wanting. We’ll also keep looking.

Thanks for the Christmas letters. Everyone can’t wait to open them! Did you open the padded envelope last week?

A – yes i did thanks so much for all the stuff i have been slowly snacking on everything and love the cliff bars

Mom – Glad you got it…and that there was still something inside to eat. Was that tshirt ok? Do you want a different one?

How does W remind you of Sam? How old is he? Does he go on splits with you?

A – the shirt is perfect.

so many of the things they do are so similar. no we only work with him because i think hes 12

It is so tempting not to (accidentally) fall in. haha These guys remind me so much of Sam and Ben.

It is so tempting not to (accidentally) fall in. haha These guys remind me so much of Sam and Ben.

Mom – Just got the pic! Love love love it! You are a kid magnet!

How the language coming? How are you feeling about it? Any dreams in Spanish?

A – really havent had a lot of dreams so i have no idea. haha

but the spanish is coming for sure. still people that dont understand but its better for sure

Mom – That is fabuloso! Haha. But really, it is great that it is coming along.

Back to Christmas…since it is coming. Do you know if it is a possibility to Skype where you are serving now?… where would you do it from?…or do we need to send you info for a phone card? And would you do it on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

A – i am almost 100 positive we get to skype. but i will let you know for sure

love you tons got to go now but have a great week

new area

Monday, December 1, 2014

So it’s been a really crazy week.

The week started off a little hard for me because on Tuesday I found out that I was going to be moved to a new area. This was a hard thing for me because I truly learned to love the people of Las Palmas. So Tuesday night was hard realizing that this is probably the last time I will ever see some of these people again.

Wednesday was the day of changes. I went to the change meeting and found out that I am going to S. It’s still part of the Managua zone but is super different. It’s not like Las Palmas at all. It’s a lot of cobblestone and some areas are a little remote. On Saturday we went to an area in S that reminded me of hiking in the mountains behind our house. I think I’m really going to love this area. It is pretty cool to be in a new area, but right now it’s far from easy here.

My new comp is Elder M. I don’t think that we could be anymore different. So far I have been able to find similarities between my comps but this kid is so different from me. His personality and work ethic are so different from mine. It’s weird to have a new comp. But I just need to keep in mind that this is not going to last forever and that we are here to invite others to come unto Christ.

The area is a little hard right now because I came into the area basically having no investigators. It’s a little hard but this just means that I need to work that much harder to find new people.

Hope you all have a great week and I love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

 

Mom – I have been thinking of you so much. Sounds like everything you knew about Nica is now different…wow! Big changes. You got this!

How far from the main city (Managua) are you? Which direction… east/west/north/south? Where are you living?

A – I am kind of far from the city maybe a 30 min bus ride but dont know what direction

Mom – Wow! I am sure it is tough having a comp that you don’t see much in common with. You have a good perspective, which will make all the difference! Where is your comp from? How long has he been serving?

Anything I can do for you?

A – El salvador same time as me in nica

no but my package came but i havent opened it yet

Mom – Sounds like your comp needs some fire lit under him. I am sure there is a reason you are with him. Pres Russell recognizes that you have great leadership and personal skills. I am proud of your willingness to serve, even when it is hard.

What package came? The one in the padded white envelope?

A – ya padded

Mom – You should open it! It may be just the thing you need…(a tshirt from your closet)!

Where are you emailing from? Do you know much about the Christmas Day phone call? If you have the option to Skype?

A – ok i will

no havent heard anything yet

Mom – Are you still emailing from the church or are you at an Internet cafe?

So, how remote are you? What would you compare your new area to? How big is the ward?

A – internet

not super remote but there are some really remote spots our area is pretty big

1000 plus members but only 130 attend

Mom – Glad we can communicate! It makes me happy.

Abbi was thrilled to get your email! Thank you!

Sounds like a big area to cover, with a lot of re-activation potential. How many missionaries are in your area?

A – only us 2

Mom – Lots of work ahead!

How was Elder C about leaving for home? Was it sad to say goodbye?

A – ya it was a little hard to say goodbye. but the only constant in this 2 years is change

Mom – That’s for sure. As long as you can remember why you are there, you will have the best experience possible.

What are your living conditions like? Running water? Flushing toilets? Kitchen? Sleeping? Bugs? Etc?

A – everything is pretty normal. we have two rooms. one is for sleep and studying and bathing. the other is for storage because there are bats.

Mom – Bats are fun! Are they inside? Or just in general?

What did you do for pday today?

A – ya they are inside. but only in that other room

just chilled

I have to go now so have a great week and love you tons

tell abbi to feel better

Mom – I will for sure! She wants to know if you knew that Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller are son/father…she can’t quite get over it.

Love you SO much! Send pics if you can. Have a great week!!!

A – dont have pic now but next week

Haha that is awesome. love you