las colinas

Monday, May 25, 2015

So this week has been overall pretty good.

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S is getting really excited about the gospel and is still progressing. She is such an awesome investigator. This week I had the opportunity to go on divisions with one of the guys in my district and I learned so much. He is such an awesome missionary and teaches so much by the Spirit. That is one thing that I have learned while I have been out here is that if you are not teaching by the Spirit, not a lot is going to happen. The Spirit is the true conversion.

One night this week we were walking home and there were a bunch of fire flies. They were so awesome. Also, a few nights later while we were getting ready for bed, a bat came out from one of the curtains. It was such a big surprise and kind of a funny experience.

This week I studied a little bit about the importance of sacrifice, trying to help my investigators understand the importance of church and sacrificing a little bit of their time for the Lord. I was thinking a lot about the importance of sacrifice and in the long run, it’s not really a sacrifice, because if we do what we need to do, we will receive eternal life, which is something that we can’t pay for on our own. Only through Jesus Christ we can gain this great gift.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

  • What have you done today? played soccer with the zone

still in las colinas

Monday, May 18, 2015

So this week has been great. I have been really tired, but great!!

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A poorer part of our area – Las Colinas

So I am still in Las Colinas with Elder R. We are still working hard and looking for new people. It’s awesome to see the progress in investigators, like S. S is doing really good and is always really excited to hear our message.

Yesterday was the first big rain storm in Las Colinas. It was so awesome!! I put on my rain boots and went outside. I was so excited. I felt like a little kid because I would run through every puddle that I found. The rain is so awesome and I am so grateful for the rain.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

I found a new pet you can get for Oakley (a squirrel).

I found a new pet you can get for Oakley – a squirrel. (The man in the pic is a member that we are working to reactivate.)

Thanks so much for the gifts!!

Thanks so much for the gifts!!

  • How did you celebrate your birthday? We bought pizza and ate the (freeze-dried) ice cream you sent.
  • Sounds like S is progressing well. Anything we can pray for specifically? How about F? How are things going for him? Just keep praying for both S and F. F went to church yesterday, but hasn’t received his answer yet.
  • What are you loving most about this week? The rain for sure. Seriously, you should of seen how excited I was! haha

p-day was crazy

Monday, May 11, 2015

So this week was pretty good.

the world's best district

the world’s best district

I got to go on divisions, got to talk with the fam, had a lot of ups and downs with investigators. But, p-day was crazy.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day

So it’s common that for one’s birthday that they get one or two eggs to the head. So for p-day we had a zone activity. We played sports and a few games with water balloons. We started playing this game that you had to walk through a bunch of water balloons that were placed on the floor. We were blindfolded and if you stepped on one, you had to have a water balloon thrown at you. While me and this missionary in my zone were waiting blindfolded to go, all we heard was, “3 – 2 – 1 – GO!” and a bunch of eggs and flour were thrown at us. I probably got 10 eggs thrown at me. It was hilarious. I was not expecting it at all. The part that was most funny is that I had to take a bus back to our house.

Love you all and hope you have an egg-free week.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What were you wearing? Any pics of the scene? I was wearing gym clothes, so when we got back I changed into mission clothes, but I still stunk. I have a video, but can’t send it.
  • Does it really feel like 102 degrees there? Are you cooking? Ya, it sometimes does.
  • How do you stay hydrated during the day? Drink a ton of water
  • How often does the electricity go out? Maybe 4 times a month.
  • What is your favorite food you have eaten in Nica? Gallo Pinto
  • How many sister missionaries are in your mission? What percentage of all missionaries are Latino? There are about 90 sisters and about half of the missionaries are Latino.

From Hermana Russell – President Russell’s wife:

To the mothers and significant women in the lives of our missionaries,

Thank you for raising wonderful sons and daughters. Please know that they are healthy and happy and working very hard. When I visit with them, I see kindness and thoughtfulness in your children who are becoming men and women of Christ. I watch as their fears depart, their confidence in the Lord increases, and their personal testimonies deepen.

As mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and close family friends, thank you for personal influence. Throughout the years, you have guided them and provided a solid foundation so they are now able to serve the Lord with all their might and are able to give their whole hearts to the people of Nicaragua. As I speak with them individually, I notice a deepened awareness and gratitude for their mothers and significant women in their lives.

President and I will be always feel blessed to count among our four children all of our missionaries whom we love dearly. May you find great joy knowing that your missionary is exactly where the Lord wants him/her to be, doing exactly what the Lord wants him/her to be doing. Thank you for sharing them us

Happy Mother’s Day.

Sincerely,

Hermana Peggy Russell

testimony

Monday, May 4, 2015

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So this week I had an awesome experience.

Sunday morning started out having its ups and downs. The first house that we went to, our investigator came out all ready to go. That was such a rewarding experience, having him all ready to go to church with us. But after that, it seemed that nobody wanted to go to church with us. House after house, door after door, we got shut down.

We finally got to church and as you all know, it was testimony meeting. As we were waiting to take the Sacrament, I was thinking a lot about what we did wrong this week and how we were going to improve. I was very grateful to renew my baptismal covenants and draw closer to our Savior.

During the testimony meeting is when the highlight of the week happened. One of our recent converts got up and shared her testimony for the first time. It was such a powerful experience to hear her talk about the importance of prayer. She explained that for a long time she didn’t think that our message was real and that it didn’t have a lot of significance in her life. But as she prayed, she started to realize its importance. She explained that the only way that you can know if it’s true is get on your knees and pray. Moroni 10:3-5.

Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Any by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

I am so grateful to be a missionary!!!

Love you all and hope all the Moms out there have a great Mothers’ Day!!!

Elder Wagstaff

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I’ll see you in a few days. Love you!

  • How’s your week been? It’s been pretty good. Always has its ups and downs, but it was good.
  • How does the literacy rate affect the work? Do you have many experiences with people who can’t read? Is it difficult for investigators who can’t read to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon? Do they struggle understanding or does the spirit testify more intensely? Most people here can read, but there are some that can’t. It can make it hard when we leave pamphlets, but we usually just explain it to them. It can obviously be a little bit harder, but the spirit does all the work.
  • How’s Elder R doing? What kind of family support does he have? How big is his family? He is doing good. His brother is serving in the DR. He has 3 other siblings. I just ask Jake (if Elder Rs brother is in his mission), but I guess we will find out. I am pretty sure he is in Santiago.
  • Have you had much trouble or seen many scorpions? We had a couple in our house in Sandino, but not a lot here.