Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This past week has been really great, but has been a lot of hard work. Today was changes so this week we have been scrambling to get everything done and ready to go.
Yesterday I spent a good amount of time at President’s house with all the new missionaries that came in. I was a translator for the new missionaries yesterday and that was a very new experience because there are words that I know in Spanish, but I don’t know how to describe it in English. It can be so tiring. After that we went to the office to make the final preparations for changes. We ended up leaving the office at about 1 in the morning to head back home and get a little bit of sleep. Woke up this morning and finished things up for changes and I feel like the change meeting was a success. After that I did some more translating and now we are back to the office. I am so tired, but it’s all part of the experience.
This past week we had a baptismal service and it was really awesome (to) remember the importance of baptism and to see our investigators progress. I know that our Savior lives and loves us. I know that if we are obedient we will receive a lot of blessing. I know that missionary work really does change the lives of others.
I love you all and hope you all have a great week.
So also this week we had a little problem filling up the baptismal font. On Saturday morning as I was running a few errands with one of the APs, I got a call from my comps saying that we had a problem with the water for the baptismal font. They explained that the power was out, which meant that the pump had no power. That meant that the font had to be filled by hand. I got to the church toward the end of the project, but my comps did a lot of hard work to make sure that there was water for later that day. All part of the mission.
- Are you able to sleep well at night or is it too hot? I SLEEP VERY WELL!!! The other night my comp was praying out loud and fell asleep praying out loud. haha
- How is your stomach doing? Have you been sick at all? I feel like I’m doing really well.
- How does desire and attitude affect your work? What do you think? I was talking with one of my comps early this week and we were talking about the importance of your attitude out here. Especially here in the office because you can look at it two different ways. One, this stinks, I don’t get to go work out in the field very much, I’m always tired, this is boring…Or you can look at it as an awesome positive experience that you can learn so much from. That will bring blessing now and for your entire life. So attitude is such a huge factor. The office is really good. It’s really different, but really good.
Sunday, June 20, 2015
As his gift to his Dad for Father’s Day, Elder Wagstaff responded to questions that his Dad (the Bishop of our ward) asked a panel of graduating seniors. Happy Father’s Day!
- What is your favorite scripture and why? My favorite scripture is Alma 26:12. I love this scripture so much because it talks a lot about the importance of humility. I think it’s import to remember that without God we really are nothing.
- How has Seminary shaped your life for the better? Seminary was such a great experience. I wish I would have taken it a little more serious, but you can learn so much if you want to.
- Of all the areas focused on in the Strength of Youth, which one seems to be the most valuable and why? Really all the areas in the Strength of Youth can help you so much. I guess the best area is the one that you are lacking at the moment. You can read from it and apply it.
- What do you think is the greatest challenge that youth of today face? The biggest challenge that youth face today is choose the right. It can be very easy to give in to peer pressure.
- What is the best way to overcome challenges, trials and difficult situations? To overcome challenges you can get on your knees and pray.
- When you are tempted to do something wrong, what do you do to avoid acting on the temptation? When temped to do something, you can sing a church song in your head. Or think about how that decision will be a long-term effect.
- How do your friends influence your life? Friends are a huge influence. I am so grateful to have the best friends in the world. Friends can shape your future.
- Who has the strongest influence in your life right now? The strongest influence right now is my parents. They are always trying to do what is best for the family. They always push me to be better.
- Who is your Gospel hero or mentor and why? Living: the Prophet or Elder Holland. Dead: Ammon. Great missionaries.
- What do you think your role is in the work of salvation? Our role is “invite others to come unto Christ…”
- What principle of the Gospel are you most grateful for? Repentance
- If you were to describe yourself in one word, what would that word be? Happy
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
This week has been so different. I am starting to get the flow of the office life and starting to pick things up. Sometimes the days in the office can be really long, but the week goes by so quickly. I am so excited to see what I can learn here in the office.
This week I saw a lot of miracles in the area. I don’t get it. Sometimes we only get 3 hours to work in the area, but there are so many miracles that can be seen. It is so amazing to see the role of God in our lives. I know without Him we really could not do anything. Without the love of God we really would not have any investigators. I am so grateful to see these mighty blessings in my life.
We need to keep in mind the importance of prayer. I think that is the biggest thing that I have learned while on my mission. That when times get rough, the best place to go is to your knees.
Love you all,
Today we went to the museum with Elder and Sister B and an ice cream guy came up to photo bomb our pic. It was hilarious!
Elder and Sister B are awesome
There’s a chance that you won’t hear from me next week because it’s changes, but love you tons and have a great week.
- Tell me more about your miracles. It’s just so crazy because we shouldn’t have any investigators with the amount of time we work in the area…this area is so blessed.
- Who are your investigators? What are their needs? struggles? Right now you guys can pray for T. She is an investigator we are working with. Her husband is a member and we want to complete the family.
- Is it hard doing office work in Spanish? It’s all a learning process. The hardest part for me is talking on the phone because I feel that’s a skill I already lack, but hopeful I will get better.
- Are you eating a lot more food? The food is awesome. I’m trying to gain weight. I am weighing in every change I get.
- How poor/affluent is the area you are in? My area is middle class Nica right now.
- Do you sleep in a bunk bed? What kind of place are you in? We have a bunk, I’m on the bottom. Our place is huge…seriously, it’s huge because when the new missionaries come in or the old go out they stay at our place.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
So I have now had a full week in the office!!
The office life is so much different from the typical missionary life.
I am trying to learn so much stuff right now in the office and I feel like the information I’m getting is like a fire hose and I’m just trying to open wide to get as much in as I can. The office life consists of starting to work in the office at around 9 in the morning, going to lunch at about 12, then finishing the office day at around 3 or 4 (if we are lucky…there are a few nights where we have been here until 6 or 7). Then after that we go out and do normal missionary stuff, working in the streets and all. Mom, you would be happy to know that we make a lot of charts. haha. It’s such a different pace that I will have to learn to get used to. I’m happy where I am and I am learning so much.
My new area is really awesome. The members here like to work with the missionaries and there is a lot of ward support. I don’t really understand how it works, but this area is extremely blessed. We don’t work a lot in the area, but people like to show up to church on Sunday and are very receptive to our message. I am so happy to be apart of the ward of San Judas.
This week I was really pumped because I got to sit behind the wheel of a car for the first time in almost 11 months. It was such an awesome feeling.
Today we went to a volcano in Masaya. It was really awesome to see the wonders of Nicaragua.
Love you all,
- What was the volcano like? Who did you go with? The volcano was really awesome. I went with my comps and the APs.
- What are your comps like? My comps are awesome.
- Has it been raining a ton? What’s that like? It has been raining a ton here and when it rains all the roads are basically like rivers.
- Are you more or less tired working in the office? It’s a different tired. It’s hard to say.
- How many people do you work with in the office? Any senior couples? There is a senior couple that works here, Elder and Sister B. I have my two comps and also right now there are 2 other missionaries here, but they will probably leave soon.
- Would you say your life is more civilized in the office? What would you compare it to? I really feel like it’s a job. Wake up and go to work.
- Do you hear much from your other areas, being in the office? How does that all work? I call other areas a lot and talk with a lot of missionaries.
- What kinds of investigators are you working with? We are working with a lot of investigators right now. We are working with someone named O. I have only had a few lessons with him, but he is probably 50 years old and doesn’t have a family.
- What do you love about being a missionary this week? What’s been the biggest challenge? I love everything I have been learning. I honestly feel like this is a job. On Mondays we have staff meeting with President. I am learning tons. The biggest challenge is getting used to the change.
- How was it driving? What kind of car? How good/bad are the drivers? Where did you go? The driving is awesome. I haven’t done a ton, but a few times this past week. Toyota Hilux. The drivers here are terrible. We go all over, but mostly in Managua.
- Will you need to get a Nica drivers license or not? Are you considered a Nica citizen? I don’t think I’ll get a Nica license, but who knows. I have a Nica ID though.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
So this past week has been really good, but super crazy.
The good news is that S got baptized. It was such an awesome experience to watch her get baptized after all this time. She has been through so many changes in her life to get her to this point. When I got to Las Colinas, she didn’t want to have anything to do with baptism. She liked to go to church, that was about it. She didn’t have a strong desire to keep the commandments or change her life. But after a lot of time, she started to turn her life around and understand the importance of baptism. She had a mighty change of heart. It’s these kind of moments that makes all the hard days worth it. The mission is awesome.
So on Monday I had a pretty crazy experience!!!
It started out just a normal p-day – get up, study and then we decided to rest. After resting for a while we decided to clean the house. As we were in the middle of cleaning, we got a call from the AP at about 2:30. He said, “Hey, Elder Wagstaff, how are you doing?””Really good.””Awesome, you have emergency changes and you need to pack your bags in 30 min.””Are you serious?””Ya, we will see you in a little bit.”
I started to freak out. All of my stuff was a mess because we were in the middle of cleaning. I threw everything into my bags as fast as I could. It was such a crazy moment. It turns out that he didn’t come to pick me up until about 6:30. But during this time I was thinking, “What did I do wrong to have emergency changes. I don’t feel like I have done anything wrong.” But when they showed up there were a few more kids in the car. One of them was Scheffler and they told Scheffler that he was the new DL of Las Colinas. So that was really awesome.
As we were driving around to send people to their new areas, the APs told me that I was going to Bluefields, the farthest area away in the mission. He told me that we would have to wake up at 12:30 in the morning to take a plane there. So as I was waiting in the Secretary and APs house for a while, they finally told me, “Elder Wagstaff, we have something to tell you. You are going to be the new secretary.” I had no idea what to think. It was such a crazy moment.
So it’s been a really good week, but super crazy. And now my p-days are on Wednesday.
Love you all,
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
hey mom everything is going good. sorry i couldnt write yesterday but i got emergency changes and im now the secretary in the office
i will write you more tomorrow. love you tons