changes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Another crazy change in my life. I am now serving in the great area of Las Colinas. This is my first time outside the zone of Managua and into Universitaria. It’s so crazy how things can change in my life so fast.

My new comp is awesome. His name is Elder P and he is from Colorado. He and I get along great and he is super smart. He has a change more than me and his Spanish is really good. It’s great having a lot of North American comps because they are easy to communicate with and usually like to work hard, but at the same time it’s hard to improve my Spanish. But, I’ll just have to work that much harder.

I feel like I have a lot of things I need to improve. This is one of the reasons why I like changes so much because you can take what you didn’t like about your teaching or bad habits or whatever and improve. Get Better.

I’m pumped to learn so much from this new responsibility.

Love you all and have a great week.

– Elder Wagstaff

  • What do you mean by ‘new responsibility’? Well I was made DL, but it’s just a title. It’s the shoes I need to fill.
  • How is the leadership in the wards in which you’ve been serving? The last area I had was awesome because there was a ton of missionary support. People always wanted to know how they could help. It just really depends on the area.
  • What vicinity is Las Colinas in? How far away from Managua are you? It’s basically in Managua. Just a little bit outside, between Managua and Granada.
  • What are the people like? How are they similar or different from Sandino? I will have to let you know next week, but I think I’m going to love this area.
  • Can you roll your R’s in Spanish yet? Not even close. It’s hard having North American comps, but Elder P has been helping me a ton with my pronunciation.
  • What additional responsibilities do you have? Report numbers, divisions, interview for baptism, district meeting weekly, other stuff, I’m excited to learn.
  • How are your living conditions? I think this is my favorite house so far. I feel like there is a lot more room.
  • What is the environment like? What about roads…are they paved? dirt? cobblestone? A lot of mixed roads, I mean a ton of diversity. It’s kind of tropical.

the field

Monday, February 16, 2015

So it’s been another great week down here.

Things are going great and the work of the Lord is progressing. I can’t even explain how grateful I am to be a missionary. This experience is such a privilege and not a right. This work brings so many blessings to me and so many other people.

The people down here love pictures. This week me and my comp wanted to take a quick picture with M and his wife and daughter. When we told them that we wanted a picture with them they said, “Hold on, we need to go get ready.” So everyone went into the house and put on their nice clothes and did their hair. It was a pretty funny experience. Also, I think it is really funny how nobody here likes to smile in their pictures, but it’s great.

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We are teaching a guy right now that will do almost anything to be a member of the Church. We can tell that he truly has a testimony. He is always super happy when we come over and is always waiting for us when we have an appointment with him. One time we had an appointment with him at 1 in the afternoon and we showed up at 12:59. He said, “I was looking at my watch and I thought you guys were not coming.” It’s so awesome how much he loves to hear our message. We are working through his problems right now so that he can continue to progress in the Gospel. He said, “I am going to die in this Church.” He is so awesome.

Love you all tons,

Elder Wagstaff

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Little girl we baptized this week

Questions of the Week:

How are you liking Sandino? How is it different from Managua? I love Sandino. It’s very different, but I love it…a lot more dirt roads.

Any cool service projects you’ve been working on? We did some shoveling this week and some wood cutting.

Anything fun going on today? Much sightseeing or anything? It’s my comps birthday so we are going to his old area and a member is cooking for us.

How are the mosquitoes treating you? Have you learned to deal with them? The mosquitoes have not bothered me hardly at all. A lot of people are getting diseases from them, but I have not had any problems.

keep working

Monday, February 9, 2015

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So this week has been really good. We have been working really hard and every night when I go to bed, I say my prayer, put my head down, and I am out. I fall asleep so quick. I was thinking that last night I took a little longer to fall asleep because I was up for probably 50 seconds. haha. It is so awesome.

This week we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Duncan, the area authority president. He had a lot of awesome stuff to say and he is such a spiritual person. He had a ton of awesome insight of what we need to do better to help our investigators come unto Christ. It was great.

I can’t tell you how many people here are so prepared to hear our message. They just have little problems, but overall have been waiting for us to knock on their door or say ‘hi’ to them on the street. I am so grateful for this amazing calling.

So I don’t have a ton of details this week, but love you all a ton.

Elder Wagstaff

Mom’s questions of the week: How is the ward? Are you teaching much on Sundays? Any recent or upcoming baptisms? What about English, do you ever teach English to others? The ward is good. On Sundays it’s even harder because we get up early to bring people to church. Then it’s just a normal day. M got his answer, so that is awesome. But now we are just waiting for a divorce process. It could take up to 2 to 3 months. We found a guy we are teaching in English and he is so awesome. He is pretty golden. After the 2 lesson about Joseph Smith we were testifying and I said that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He said, “I know that he was a prophet too.” We didn’t know how to respond. He is awesome.

amazing week

Monday, February 2, 2015

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This week has been so amazing.

My testimony of fasting and prayer has grown so much this week. I have seen the importance of fasting and prayer. One investigator that we have been working with forever has really been wanting to receive an answer to his prayers. His wife and daughter are members, and he also has a son that is on a mission. But, it has been really frustrating because he wants a dream or a vision. We have explained to him that there are many forms to receive an answer. We explained that one of the most common ways to receive an answer is through the Holy Ghost. But he has not been convinced, so we have been fasting and praying that he will receive an answer.

Tuesday morning during our companionship study we were studying about ways that we can receive an answer to our prayers and thinking about what we were going to tell him. When we got to the appointment with him, we started with a prayer and after started to explain that we would like to talk about the importance of prayer. I asked the question, “So how do you think we can receive answers to our prayers?” He started to explain a few ways that we could, but then started to explain how he has been thinking about how he wants to get married to his wife and get baptized. Elder B and I went crazy!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?? We didn’t even give the lesson, he just expressed everything that we wanted to explain to him. It was so amazing.

My testimony has been strengthened so much this week. It has been a great week and we are still working.

“…And my soul hungered…” – Enos 1:4

Elder Wagstaff