one experience

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week was a little funny.

We started teaching this guy and at first he seemed pretty positive. He seemed to like to listen and had a few questions for us.

The next time we went back, his ideas were completely different. We started talking about the importance of faith and baptism. He was listening and then all of the sudden went crazy. We started to read about baptism in Matthew and without us really saying anything, he stood up and started saying that we were talking about how his baptism wasn’t valid. No point in the lesson did we say anything like that. We were just reading from the Bible.

He stood up and told us that we couldn’t teach him anymore. He was so upset and he told us we had to to leave. It was a pretty funny experience because in one moment everything was normal, in the next it seemed that everything went wrong.

Just one experience about the mission.

love you tons

Elder Wagstaff

PS…Mom, here’s an early Mother’s Day gift: I cleaned our house today.

  • What kind of week have you had? It’s been a good week, a little stressful trying to get everything done.
  • How are your other investigators? Were many able to come to church this week? It was another frustrating week, with only one in church.
  • Do you ever sleep in a hammock or do anything different? I have not slept in a hammock yet. We planted a coconut. haha. The coconut had a sprout on it.
  • Do you ever burn your trash or how does the sanitation and garbage system work? A ton of people burn their trash, but there is also a garbage service here.
  • Have you had any crazy encounters with spiders, snakes, etc? We have a lot of spiders in our house, but nothing to worry about. One of our investigators said he saw a huge snake the other day. For the rest of the day I was watching every step that I took.

the work

Monday, April 20, 2015

So, this week I have grown to appreciate the importance of telling the truth.

I feel like this area, especially, people feel like they can’t tell you “no.” So, when you commit someone to church or to complete with some other commitment, they always seem to say, “Well, of course I will.” That can make Sunday mornings very hard; going from door to door, trying to get people to go to church with you; people coming up with lame excuses, hiding in their house (even though you can see them – haha).

But, we are working with an investigator named F. He is awesome!! Last week he told us that he couldn’t go to church that week, but he will go the next week. When someone says this, it usually means that they will never go to church with you. So we explained the importance of the church and continued to teach him. This week he said, “Ya, I will go with you guys this week.” As we were passing by other people it was hard because it seemed like nobody wanted to go. When we passed by his house he was all ready to go. YES. It is so nice when someone actually keeps their word.

This week my camera got stolen. I’m not exactly sure where or when it happened, but I think someone grabbed it out of my backpack when I was riding on the crowded bus.

This week I also got served chicken guts. My comp asked what it was and the lady said some weird name. My comp didn’t know what it was either, so we continued to eat. About half way through the meal, my comp said, “OH, I KNOW WHAT IT IS!” I told him not to tell me until after I was done eating. It was a funny experience.

Well, this was my week. I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Elder Wagstaff

  • Anyone we can specifically pray about for you? S. She is a mom of a recent convert and she is struggling to get an answer.
  • Have you heard any follow up from the family in Sandino? Did the dad end up getting baptized? Last time I talked to my comp he said that the papers are almost done and he is getting really close. But that was a few months ago, so I have no idea.
  • Anything we can do for you? Anything you need? Just make a Skype account for me and think about what time you all want to do it. (Mother’s Day call.)
  • Is there any food that you are starting to dislike at this point? The rice seems a little harder to get down. I can’t eat as much as I once could at the beginning of my mission. This week we basically ate chicken guts. That was kind of gross.

it’s hot!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The first thing that can come to my mind this week is…IT’S HOT!!!

It has been so hot the past few weeks here. There are so many times when I will be walking down the streets sweating bullets.

One of the culture aspects that I do not get here is the idea of SOUP… especially during this time there are so many people making a nice, hot bowl of soup. I think to myself, “What are you thinking? It feels like a 1000 degrees and you want to eat hot soup?” There are many times when someone offers me soup and I feel like I am cooking my insides. It’s not that the soup doesn’t taste good, it’s the fact that it’s so hot outside. Well, I guess that is one thing that I’ll just have to get used to.

The nights are nice coming back and taking a nice, freezing, cold shower. That is one thing that I hated before the mission is cold showers, but now it’s so nice.

Today for p-day we got together as a zone. Certain people were assigned activities to put together. I chose to put together a water balloon game, because it is so hot. It was pretty fun and super refreshing. Afterwards, my comp and I went to McDonalds and got hamburgers. It was a pretty fun p-day.

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One thing that I have been doing for my personal study lately is reading Jesus the Christ. It is such an awesome book and I love reading about the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives. I am so grateful for the chance to learn more and strengthen my testimony.

This week I challenge you all to take a freezing cold shower and eat a bowl of hot soup.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

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  • How has the work been this week? Any new investigators or interesting happenings? I thought that it was an awesome week. We found a lot of new people, got a lot of people to commit to a baptism date. But when Sunday came around, no one wanted to go to church. That can be really frustrating.
  • Are you liking the area? How about your companion? How is it all going? I am liking the area a lot. Super different than my past area (a lot more rich people live here), but I am loving it. My comp and I are getting along great. He is awesome.
  • Hermana Russell sent a pic of the package we mailed (saying that one finally arrived). Did you get your Easter package? She also mentioned that you got your hair cut. How often does that happen? How much does it cost? Thanks so much for the Easter package. I love the cars. I get my hair cut about every 3 or so weeks. It costs 50 cords, which is a little less than 2 dollars.
  • Where do you meet when you get together as a zone? How big is your zone? In a church for Managua. About 30 missionaries. If you want to know what my area is like, my area goes from a shopping mall called galleria to veracruz.
  • How would you describe most of the living conditions of those you associate with? The living conditions can be pretty crazy. Many have dirt floors and tin walls/anything they can find that can last for a while. Very humble circumstances. I am so grateful to have a nice house. I take for granted some of the small things, like carpet. I have yet to see carpet.

conferencia general

Monday, April 6, 2015

So this has been a pretty crazy week!!

The week started off pretty normal until Tuesday around 2 in the afternoon. We got a call from the Zone Leader saying that Elder P was going to have changes the next day. So we finished out Tuesday a little crazy trying to get all of our appointments in and letting him say goodbye to all of the members and his converts. The next day at the change meeting I received my new comp. Elder R.

Elder R seems like an awesome guy and has a super strong testimony. I am so excited to be his comp and see what we can do for this area of Las Colinas. I know that we can do great things.

I was a little frustrated these last few Conference days because our investigators didn’t have a strong desire to go and listen. There is a rule in the mission that if you don’t have 4 or more investigators in a Conference session, you can’t watch it (with the exception of one freebee and the Priesthood session). So as we were going around it seemed like nobody wanted to go to Conference. It was a little saddening, but we will have to work that much harder to get people to church this next week. I only got to watch the 3 session and Priesthood session. I was so grateful for this experience to watch these 2 sessions. I learned so much and especially loved the talks about the Atonement and the Savior.

I know that our Savior loves us. Every time I get the chance to hear about the Atonement, my testimony is strengthened. I am so grateful for this plan that God has prepared for us. I know that he loves us. I know that through the Atonement that families can be together forever and can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father.

I hope you have all had a great week. Love you tons.

– Elder Wagstaff

the zone

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  • Elder R seems like a great guy! Where is he from? What is his personality like? Does he remind you of anyone? From Guatemala. He has a really genuine personality.
  • Has anything scary happened to you since you’ve been in Nicaragua? I honestly don’t feel like I’ve had a ton of scary moments. Maybe when I was robbed, but it really wasn’t a huge deal.
  • Any funny experiences lately? Elder P told me a few times that I was teaching in my dreams in Spanish. Haha – sleep talking!

crazy fast week

Monday, March 30, 2015

This week has gone by so fast. I am often trying to catch my breath.

One thought that came into our minds recently is how simple some of the people live here. They don’t need huge houses, or fancy cars, to be happy. It is the little simple things that make them the most happy. Many people won’t get to experience some of the luxuries of life. Often times I think that we take for granted everything that we have. We focus too much on money or things of the world. Really, we should focus more on what matters most and what we need to do to achieve it.

I am sure that I have already said it, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to pray. It can be such a testimony builder and I am so glad to have this special communication with our Heavenly Father.

I know that our Savior lives. I hope that you all can have the opportunity to learn something new this General Conference.

Love you all!!!!

Elder Wagstaff

  • What do you think makes your mission unique to all the other missions? I think that Pres. Russell really stresses the importance of exact obedience. I am so grateful because when you are obedient, you receive blessings – D&C 82:10.
  • What has been your most spiritual experience this week? I feel like in this area my faith can be tested. There are a lot of liars. So when things get hard, PRAY.
  • How do you feel your communication with the people is coming? Do you feel like you connect more with the older generation or with the younger kids? I feel like the younger.
  • Who can we pray for specifically? Any needs or things that we can do from this end to help with the work? Pray for the opportunity to find new people.
  • What is one thing that you love about Nica that you may not have at home? The thing I love most about Nica is how simple their lives are. I love how they don’t need a ton of fancy things to be happy.