pows – pics of the week

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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I know you are in there. haha

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It’s wedding time (my sister got married)!

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  • Is there anything you need or want? How are your shoes and supplies holding up? I think as of right now I’m doing pretty good. Just more time, that’s all I need.
  • Are you excited for General Conference this weekend? I am really excited. I hope I get to (watch all of it). We will have to work really hard to get to go to Conference, but I always love it.
  • How has the work been this week? Are you happy? Ya I am really happy right now. Really tired, but happy. The work has been pretty good. I have a lot to do right now because it is the end of the month, but it’s all good. I love working in the area. I am running in and out of the office getting ready for a multi zone meeting tomorrow. Sorry I don’t have time for the weekly message because I got to go now. But love you tons and have a great week. Thanks for all you do.

life is good

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week has been really another awesome week.

Right now we are teaching a woman named M. She has gone to church with us a few times, but has not made a lot of positive progress. This week we had stake conference and to be honest I am not a big fan of stake conference in the mission because it is usually focused on the members and not the investigators. The stake conference also felt very long because one on the speakers spoke for over an hour. He did a very nice job, but I am not a fan of long talks. To be honest, I felt like I very well could have gone to sleep. haha So as the conference wrapped up, I thought, “ooohhh no, this is probably going to be the last time that she will ever come to church with us or she will never let us in her door again.” I had a lot of these kinds of thoughts running through my mind. But as it finished, she explained that she was not tired and she was not bored. She did not complain at all.

A few days later we went by to visit her and she was noticeably different. She had made a lot of forward progress. She said a very impressive closing prayer and she is now doing really well.

I am very grateful for experiences like these and I am so grateful to be a missionary.

I love you all so much and hope that you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

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  • How has the work been this week? Anything new or exciting to report? What did you do today? I am still learning a ton. Things are great. Today we played soccer and went and bought things.
  • How are you feeling about being away for the wedding? It is so crazy. I feel like the time has gone so fast. I am so happy for her.
  • How is your Spanish these days? Do you feel like it is natural? I feel like Spanish is pretty good. Still can’t roll my r’s. haha
  • Anything funny happen this week? Funny thing, I was translating for the new missionaries this week for Sister R, who was speaking in English. She was explaining how the Latino missionaries need to learn English, because it is really important. As I was translating, I said that they need to learn Spanish…duh. They already know Spanish. It was such a funny experience.

little time

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sorry, but I’m not going to have time to do a weekly letter this week.

the district

the district

  • How has everything gone with transfers today? How are you holding up? What kind of week have you had? Things here have been pretty crazy, but today went really well. This has been one of the easy transfers and all around everyone in the office was super prepared for this transfer. A little tired, but nothing new. But everything is going good.
  • How many missionaries are in the Nica South mission? As of right now there are 186 missionaries.
  • What has been this week’s highlight? Probably all the teaching opportunities. I love these people.

working

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

So this week has been really great, but I don’t have a lot of details of things that have happened. It was a little crazy here in the office with all the monthly reports that have been due. Overall, everything went smooth. We have been looking for a lot of new investigators and have had several positive teaching experiences. Overall, another great week in Nicaragua. I love this work so much.

Love you all tons.

Elder Wagstaff

  • How are you doing? What is new or interesting for you? What have you done today? I’m doing really good. Everything is going really well. Got up, went to the office for about 30 mins then went and bought some things that I will need this week. Then rested, then worked out and now I’m here.
  • What do you do to work out? What kind of equipment do you use to work out with? Actually, today I took some pictures of our workout equipment. But basically just jump rope, a little bit of lifting and abs.
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High class workout equipment.

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Our workout bench.

Our living room/garden. It is inside.

Our living room/garden. Garden is inside.

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Basketball court out back.

  • What kind of things have you laughed/smiled at this week? Not anything specific. We constantly are trying to laugh and have fun because if we don’t everything would be super boring and stressful.
  • What quality or characteristic do you feel you have worked on the most? Probably being more bold. Not really caring as much what other people think of me.
  • Are transfers coming this week? What kinds of things do you have to do to prepare? What office skill are you learning the most? Do you ever speak English on the phone? Transfers are coming. There are so many details that go into play. It will be another crazy week. I am learning the importance of writing tasks that need to get done down. I do speak on the phone in English also.

apostle of the Lord

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

So this week was really amazing!! So much happened!!

This week we got a visit from an apostle. President Nelson came and visited Nicaragua. We have been planning this for some time now and we have been doing so many preparations for his coming. I honestly thought that I would never be doing this kind of work on my mission. I am pretty sure we planned every possible situation; every chair was in the exact place it needed to be. We even got down to the point where every bench was exactly 3 feet apart. It was a very involved process. While President Nelson was here he participated in several meetings throughout Nicaragua. The meeting that we did the preparations for was the first meeting for the missionaries from both the North and South missions.

From the moment he walked in the door you could feel his warmth and love. Every missionary got the chance to shake hands and greet him. It was such a special moment. He said something as simple as, “Elder Wagstaff, it’s so nice to see you this morning.” But it felt so good when he said it. It felt as if he knew me personally. After that, the meeting started and there were several other people that spoke and shared testimonies, including mission presidents and their wives and area authorities. After that was finished, it was time for President Nelson.

He started off his talk by greeting everyone and first started to talk about the importance of missionary work and a little bit about the history of missionary work here in Nicaragua. It was so amazing to hear all of his experiences and stories that he shared with us. After that he paused for a second and said, “Now it’s time to hear from some of the missionaries. Elder Wagstaff where are you at?”

“What!? Did he really say my name? Is there another Elder Wagstaff in the room?” It was crazy, I had no idea. President Russell sent us a vague text about 20 minutes before that said something along the lines of “be ready to serve,” but I had no idea that I was going to get called out by President Nelson. I honestly thought that I was going to have to run to a store to buy something that someone needed or something like that. So I stood up. He then told me that I needed to come to the stand. As I started to walk forward, he then said, “But, you also need a companion. Elder C, where are you at?” It was so insane.

As we got to the stand he called us over to stand by him. He put his arm around me and started to ask us questions, like, “What is a question that your fellow missionaries have right now?” We were on the stand for probably 5 to 10 minutes, but it felt like forever. Usually, I get scared to talk in front of a large group, but at that moment I was not scared of the large group. It was the pressure of the man standing next to me. It was such an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Elder C and I were the only missionaries that were called to the stand out of the 350 plus missionaries that were there. It is something that I will never forget, being called to participate in the talk of an apostle.

I learned so many great things from President Nelson and it was such a great experience.

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Wagstaff

  • Did you get to spend other time with President Nelson? Were you relieved when it was over? No, that was the only time we spent with him. I was pretty nervous. When I was standing up there about half way through I got a little more comfortable and thought to myself that this will never happen again so I should just enjoy the moment.
  • Was Elder C from your mission or the North mission? No, he is one of the other office secretaries in the south.
  • What questions did President Nelson ask? He asked me a lot of questions about our ward.
  • What will you always remember about President Nelson’s personality? I felt very warm when I was around him. I felt like he was like a relative, like he knew who I was.
  • Why do you think you were called out? Who knows?? Good question.
  • Did you answer your questions in English or Spanish? In English
  • What do you have ahead this week? A lot of end of the month reports.
  • Did President Nelson seem like he is 91 years old? He does not seem like he is 91 at all. He still has so much energy.
  • Were you able to get some rest today? We were able to relax today, so that was nice.