8 month mark!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Well I keep being reminded that today is my 8 month mark. Holy, the time flies.

This week we had the opportunity to have a conference with the north and the south missions. It was awesome to see everyone from the south and also see what the missionaries are like in the north. At the conference they talked a lot about the importance of this Gospel and the happiness that it brings. I also got to see all of my CCM buddies and talk about the experience that we have had. Good times.

ccm crew

ccm crew

This week was a little bit harder with the progression of our investigators. For whatever reason, Satan has been trying to work in their lives, especially this week. A lot of our investigators didn’t have the desire to go to church or complete with other important commitments. It’s kind of a bummer when people say that they will go to church, but when you pass by their house at 7:30-8 in morning they are either not there or can’t go for some dumb reason. One important quality here in the mission is patience. It can be very hard not to blow up in their faces sometimes. But we will have to work that much harder this week.

Now that I have had a little time in Las Colinas, I have really gotten a feel for what it’s like. I have heard that this area is one of the richest areas in the mission and also if not the biggest, one of the biggest areas in the mission. I am learning to love the people in this area and am so grateful to be serving here.

I am so grateful to be serving here in Nicaragua. I have learned so much, but also have so much to learn.

Hope you all have a great week.

Con un monton de amor

Elder Wagstaff

  • Congrats! Today marks 8 months! Can you believe it? 1/3 of your mission complete. How do you feel about it? List 8 things you have learned the most so far from being a missionary.
  1. God is real
  2. The atonement is for everyone
  3. The gospel brings happiness
  4. The importance of the Book of Mormon
  5. The importance of the Priesthood
  6. The importance of Prayer
  7. The importance of Fasting
  8. Everyone needs the Gospel
  • How have you personally changed in the last 8 months? What area in your life have you seen the greatest amount of growth? I feel like I am the same person who left 8 months ago, but who knows, maybe I have changed. The biggest growth has been my knowledge of the gospel. When I left I barely knew my favorite scripture.
  • What do you love most about the people of Nicaragua? What will you always remember about them? There are so many people here that are so kind. Even if they don’t want to hear about the gospel, they will often still listen.
  • How do you see the world differently since you’ve been in Nicaragua vs before your mission? I think that there are just so many people out there with so many different backgrounds, personalities, experiences…
  • What do you appreciate most about President and Sis Russell? I love how Pres. Russell understands the importance of hard work. Hermana Russell is very sweet spirited and is very loving.

march

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wow, this week went fast!

Today for P-day we met together as a zone and played a little bit of baseball.

This week I had an awesome experience. We were first a little sad because one of the investigators that we were counting on didn’t show up for church on Sunday. So after Sacrament meeting we went searching for her. When we finally got to her house, her husband was there with her. We started talking with them and they both seemed to be in fairly good moods. We finally got to the point in the conversation when we were talking with her husband how his wife has a goal to be baptized. We didn’t even have to ask him if he wanted to be baptized too. He said something along the lines of: “Ya, my wife is a really good example to me. I think I want to follow her example too.” What the freak!! We didn’t even need to ask him to be baptized, he just did it himself. It was such an awesome experience.

Elder P and I have continued to work hard. When we come home at night we are so tired and ready to sleep.

I am so grateful for this chance to be a missionary. It’s not always roses and daisies, but I love this work. I have a testimony that this work changes lives.

Love you all tons and remember to stay positive, because attitude is everything.

Elder Wagstaff

  • Is the mission harder than you thought? I would say the mission is so much harder than I thought. It is so much different than I thought it would be. To be honest, the first few months were such a huge adjustment, but it’s GREAT!
  • Does it feel like the time is going fast or slow? The time seems to be flying so freaking fast.
  • Any packages this week? Ya, I got my Valentine’s package. That’s a big card. Thanks so much. The candy and cookies are awesome.

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  • What’s been the best thing about your day? Taking a nap. haha. We went and played baseball as a zone and that was pretty fun, but I loved resting for a minute.
  • Are there many signs of spring in Nica? Just super hot as ever.
  • Sounds like you and Elder P are working extremely hard. What is the most frustrating thing about being a missionary? The fact that people get to use their agency. haha. It can be very frustrating when they don’t follow through with commitments.

another week

Monday, March 9, 2015

So this week was another great week.

my comp and me

my comp and me

I feel like this week was way too short. I feel 24 hours is not enough time here in the mission field.

This week I had a few cool experiences. One thing that I have learned is the importance of the ward members in this work. There are so many people that are out there waiting to hear the Gospel. One appointment that we had this week was such a cool experience. On Sunday, we got a reference from a member. We visited this reference later in the week and I feel like she is so ready. We got to her house and just started talking, getting to know her. Before we even started the lesson, she already had questions about the important principles, such as baptism. It was a way awesome lesson and she is now one of our most positive investigators.

We are also teaching a girl named J right now. She is 14 years old and she is so excited to be baptized. We have had so much help from the ward members with her also. She is such an awesome person.

There is also a speed bump right in front of our house that for whatever reason people can’t see very well. They often see it last second and we have seen a few cars catch a little bit of air. It is hilarious.

Everything is going great down here and I’m still learning so much.

Have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What do you miss about your previous areas? The thing I miss most about my previous areas is the people, for sure. It’s funny that when I tell people I served in Sandino, they always are super shocked or say some comment like, “That stinks.” But I loved it, the people are awesome!
  • What do you like most about your current area? The thing I like most about my current area is the diversity. I have heard that this is one of the richest areas in Nica, but there are also houses that are basically tin shacks.
  • What have you done today? It has been pretty chill. We just went to the store and bought stuff for the week, came back and washed some laundry by hand because our laundry lady can’t wash our garments, cleaned our house, etc.
  • How do you wash your clothes by hand? Do you have a big sink or do you use buckets? We use buckets and then just rinse them out.
  • Do you have a kitchen in your place? Do you ever cook your own food or snacks? We have a fridge, but that is about it. I eat a lot of sandwiches.
  • Are you able to eat out a little more often? Do you still have a lady that cooks meals for you? Ya, about once a week we go to Subway or something. We have a lady that cooks us lunch every day.
  • We got your pics this week in the mail. Is the picture with the bird one from Sandino? Was it a wild bird or someone’s pet? Ya, it was in Sandino. It is actually a pet of one of our investigators, 2 twins and their sister. I found out that they got baptized a few weeks after I left the area. I’m trying to get my camera back from the sisters in our district because I let them use it for a baptism they had, because they don’t have one. One of the sisters got her appendix out this week, so it’s been hard to find a time to get it back.
sometimes a bird lands on your head

sometimes a bird lands on your head

  • What is the weather doing? It looks like it’s heating up. Are you sweating buckets? It’s been hot as usually, but it’s rained a few times this week.
  • How is your health? Are you exercising every day? My health is good. I have had a hard time exercising in the mornings because I’m so tired, but that’s a goal I have this week.
  • What’s the nicest car you’ve seen? In this area I’ve seen some nice cars like Mercedes, a ton of Toyotas, but I think the nicest car I have seen is a Viper. Also, I loved seeing the WRX, of course. Not a ton of nice cars.
  • How much interaction do you have with Pres. Russell? Every once in a while I’ll get to see him. I saw him this week because we had a DL meeting, but not very often.
  • How is the language coming? Spanish is going a little bit at a time. Gave a talk this week and it went ok.

mission

Monday, March 2, 2015

This week was great.

I had my first real Sunday with my new ward because last Sunday was Stake Conference. There are so many great people in this ward. It’s kind of weird there are a lot of people that speak English in this ward. Kind of different.

I have officially had a full week with my new comp, Elder P. He is great and he is so funny. He also loves trucks. He often talks about how if it’s not a Cummins, then it’s no good. haha. He is awesome. We get along great because we both want to work and we both like to talk about cars.

Right now we are working with a girl named J. She is so awesome and is super smart. She has such a strong desire to follow Jesus Christ. She is great.

I didn’t do a ton of work in my area this week because I had to go work in other areas. It was awesome to see what other areas are like and to work with other people. There are so many people out there with so many different lifestyles. It’s so awesome to help so many different people come unto Christ.

It has honestly been a little stressful trying to get everything done this week. There is so much to do and it can often be very overwhelming to get it all done within a 24-hour time period. But, just when things get hard, the best thing to do is kneel down and pray for guidance. Heavenly Father has so many blessings for us, the only thing that we need to do is ask with faith and we will be blessed. It’s not always on our timetable, but we will be blessed.

I know that God loves each and every one of us.

Love you all and remember, stay classy.

Elder Wagstaff

  • How is Las Colinas? Are you liking it there? It’s great. It’s a lot of the richer people, but it’s good. There are a lot of people with cars here. It also has a lot of subdivision areas, but we can’t go contacting in there because there is a rule. It also has a lot of mixed areas – rich and poor.
  • Any pics this week? I am letting the sisters in my district use my camera for a few days because they don’t have one.
  • How is the responsibility of being district leader going? Honestly, it’s a little stressful, but it’s good. I know I will learn so much.
  • How is your companionship working out? Elder P is doing good. He is awesome to work with and I am learning a ton from him.
  • Is it harder with more people speaking English or does it make things easier for you? It honestly is more people speaking Spanish, but a lot of returned missionaries and stuff.
  • How much responsibility do you have in your ward on Sundays? On Sundays, it’s pretty much bring as much investigators to church as you can. This week I have to give a talk, but we will see how that goes.
  • What is the subject for your talk? le fe
  • Tell me about J. How did you find her? How old is she? What are her challenges? She has been an investigator of Elder P for a while. She has been wanting to get baptized for the longest time, but her dad doesn’t really want her to right now. But we have a lot of faith.
  • What other areas did you get to go to work in this last week? How far away were they from your current area? We worked a lot with the sisters. I had my first interview. It’s like an hour round trip, so it kind of takes a while. We are a little ways away from our church.
  • Are you liking working with the sisters? Where are they from? Ya the sisters are really hard workers. They are from Honduras and Guatemala.
  • What about the food? How’s that all going? Still eating rice and beans? Are you up a few pounds or do you think you’ve leveled off? The food is still great. I had my first nacatamale and it was way good. It’s hard to say if I’m gaining or losing.