where has the time gone?

Monday, January 26, 2015

This week has been crazy!!!

I have felt a lot of emotions this week. My comp has been reminding me that I am 1/4 of my way done with my mission. To be honest, that really stresses me out. I have felt like I still have so much stuff to do and the time is going so fast. My testimony has been strengthened so much, I have gained 9 pounds haha, I have had so many amazing experiences and have met so many amazing people. I can’t figure out where the time is going!!

So I don’t know why, but we have been lied to a lot this week. One of our investigators, that we thought was positive, we found out was not telling the truth. We went to go give her a lesson and she was outside laying in her hammock. She clearly saw us and said that she would be right out and then went into her house. After waiting 5-10 minutes, her dad came out and said that she went to the store. We clearly saw her walk into her house, but he would only say she went to the store. I don’t know if they think that since we can’t speak the language perfectly, it means that we are stupid or what? But, I thought it was a pretty funny experience.

Yesterday it was a struggle getting our investigators to church. We woke up especially early and went around to tell our investigators to get ready and go to church. We were literally running in the streets. I was thinking how funny it probably looks to have 2 cheles running in the streets with white shirts and ties. Sundays can often be very frustrating, but I have learned that attitude makes all the difference.

Things here have been great and I’m pumped to be a missionary.

con un monton de amor,

Elder Wagstaff

Dad’s question of the week: Now that you have been on your mission for a while, what has been the biggest unexpected surprise about serving a mission? I think just adjusting to the missionary way of life. It is so different from what everyone talks about. The lessons are different from what I expected and I thought the work would be different. But, everything in life is just an adjustment.

Mom’s questions: How are you? I’m great. Things are good.

Nine pounds!! Really? Where is it all going? How do you know you’ve gained weight? Is there an accurate scale? I don’t know if I will be able to fit into my suit pants in my final interview. Haha

What is the night sky like? I heard that the electricity goes off at night…are there lots of stars? What about water supply? Do you have running water all day long? The stars are good, not like Lake Powell or anything, but they are good. We sometimes run out of water, but it’s never a problem. But, about 5 minutes walk from our house runs out of water like every day after about 9 in the morning.

How are you and Elder B doing? We are doing great and working hard. He is so awesome.

Any new or promising investigators that we should be praying for? Do they have any particular needs? How can we pray for them? What are their struggles? M and N. Just for M to receive an answer. His whole family are members and he has a son on a mission so I’m really pushing for his progression.

What is an average day like? Do you have a pretty set schedule? Get up at 6:30 – study, out the door by 10:30, return at 9:00.

week ???

Monday, January 19, 2015

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So this week has been really good.

We have been trying really hard to find new investigators to teach this week. We have had a lot of really cool experiences and I am having a lot of fun teaching with Elder B.
This week we had an awesome experience. We have been teaching a family for a little bit now and we have been mostly focusing on a now recent convert. He is really postive and loves the church a lot. We started to focus a little bit more on his parents and it has been awesome. This week we talked about the first vision and it was so awesome. The spirit was so strong and you could tell that they could feel it. When we said the closing prayer, both the parents’ eyes were watering. I love these experiences.
It’s great working with Elder B. He is such a hard worker and it’s awesome to have a comp with the same ideas of what needs to get done. The only down fall to this is that I feel like my Spanish is getting a little worse. Hahah. But we are working on that.
Love you all so much and have a great week.
Elder Wagstaff

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Mom – You sound like things are going well. You can feel the enthusiasm in your update. Is the fam you are teaching the same one as the 11-year-old boy…did he get baptized?

A – ya it’s the same guy and he did get baptized this week

Mom – That’s awesome about the boy and his family! How many zones are in the mission? How many missionaries are in your zone?

A – I think there are 6 zones, about 30 missionaries in my zone

Mom – Fun fact: Did you know that Nicaragua is about 300 miles across from east to west? That’s about the same distance from SLC to St. George.

What have you done today?

A – we played basketball with our district

Mom – Are the people overall receptive to your message or are they hard to share the gospel with?

A – They are super receptive the hard part is trying to figure out who really cares and who just wants to talk

Mom – I am sure that is a real challenge…Curious how many shirts do you wear each week if you are down to 6 and some need to be laundered…how does that work?

A – let’s just say my collars can get pretty brown at times

Mom – Hopefully you will get your new ones that we mailed soon.

A – love you tons have to go

the field

Monday, January 12, 2015

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top bunk, desk on left

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New watch? ya I bought it here. it’s a fake g shock.

So this week has been really good!!! Wednesday was changes. We found out that my comp was going to have changes on Tuesday night so I was trying to think who in the world is going to be my new comp. Finally at about 12:30 on Wednesday we got a call from our old zone leader updating us on the new assignments. “Elder Wagstaff, your new comp is Elder B.”

I am pumped because Elder B was in my old district and he is an awesome kid. He is from Idaho and has one transfer less than me. He is a super hard worker and has a strong testimony. They also split my area in half so that is really nice, because our area before was so big. It’s still pretty big, but a lot easier to deal with.

It can be pretty entertaining trying to get our point across with broken Spanish on the streets, but it’s awesome. It’s awesome because when we make mistakes or something is frustrating, we just laugh and it makes things a lot less stressful. I have found that you need to take this call super seriously, but you can’t let the small things stress you out. You have to take the time to laugh.

Love you all and hope all is well there.

– Elder Wagstaff

I did a little walking today. It said it was about 10 miles.

I did a little walking today. It said it was about 10 miles.

happy new year

Monday, January 5, 2015

So not a lot has happened this week, but I had a great New Year’s day.
New Year’s here is super loco. Everyone here buys a ton of fireworks and it sounds like a war outside.
This week I have been thinking a lot about how much my priorities have changed here in the mission. As I was thinking about what kind of New Year’s goals I wanted to make, I was thinking about my last year’s goals. Instead of making goals about how many days of snowboarding I was going to get in, or new tricks I was going to land on a wakeboard or snowboard, or about grades in school or whatever, I was thinking more about how I can find more investigators or how I can teach lessons better. It’s a different thought process here in the mission, but it’s great.
I love you all so much and hope that you all had a great New Year’s.
This time is a time that you can make new goals. Think about what you didn’t like about last year and change for the better. Remember that you can always strengthen your relationship with your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Elder Wagstaff