q and a

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • How have transfers gone today? Everything went pretty smooth. I am pretty tired because we went to bed at 3:30 last night and got up at 5:30.
  • Are you doing the same responsibilities with the same comp? Anyone new on the scene? I still have the same responsibilities and comp, but there were some office changes. There is a new office secretary and a new AP. I am super pumped about the AP because he is a pretty good friend of mine. He came to the mission with me.
  • Will this be your last transfer in the office? How do you feel about it all? I don’t think I will be training this change. I think I will have at least another change in the office. But, it’s all good. I am still learning every day.
  • Is there a mission phrase or mantra that missionaries use a lot? Mission slang…A la grande. Dale Pues. Nos vemos. Que honda?
  • If Nicaragua was a color, what color would it be and why? Yellow. I feel like it’s always really hot.
  • How did the multi-mission conference go? What did you learn? Was it hard to do that and get ready for transfers? Everything went really well. We learned a lot about how important it is to give it your all now. One thing I really liked is they explained that..we want to wear you out…we want you to be tired. It was a little hard with transfers going on as well, but I think everything went well.
  • Did you have much time to teach this last week? Any promising investigators? We have not had a ton of time to teach lately. But we have a few positive people that we are teaching right now.

service

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It has been another great week here in Nicaragua.
We have had a lot of teaching experiences and a lot of chances to help people understand why we are really here.
One of the great ways that I have learned to help others come unto Christ is though service.
This week we had to the opportunity to give service to one of our investigators that we are teaching. She mentioned that she need help moving some dirt to a different part of her yard. When we got there we realized that it was not dirt. It was gravel, which made things a little bit harder. As we were shoveling we were sweating so much. I honestly don’t think I have sweat so much in my entire life. We were soaked!! As we continued to work, we realized that they didn’t really have a set plan of what they were going to do with the rocks. As we shoveled and shoveled we realized that they were coming up with a plan in that very moment. It was funny to see them try to put a vision together of what they wanted done. I learned two things: First, the importance of making plans and second, how hot and humid this country really is. But it was an awesome experience and I was very grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Love you all and hope you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

  • How are you? What is new in the city of Managua? I’m good, things are good. Managua is still alive and running.
  • What has made your week great? What has been a challenge? What is something you love about Managua? What is something you could do without? I have been very grateful for the little things like people taking the time to listen. The challenge has been the fact that people don’t understand the importance of our commitments or do understand them but won’t complete. I love the fact that for the most part the weather is really nice. But also (don’t love that) there are a lot of drunk people in the streets.
  • What have you done today? Today we played basketball. It was way fun. We did a pick up game in the park and played some local Nicaraguans.
  • How are the Nica teenagers similar and different to American teenagers? Really I feel like they are not that different…just the language, obviously. Even though I am thousands of miles away, there is a lot in common.

enduring

Thursday, October 15, 2015

So this week has overall been pretty awesome.
The last week we had a lot of crazy stuff going on here in the office and at times it was a little stressful. But this week has been a lot more manageable and things are not as crazy now.
Sorry everyone that I was not able to write yesterday…we went to Mombacho with President Russell. Mombacho is one of the volcanoes here in Nicaragua and it was so amazing. The whole experience was so awesome. While we were up there we did a bunch of hiking around and after had a BBQ. It was so much fun.

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I have been thinking about the importance of enduring. There are many times in our lives when we think that we should stop and we cant go on. This week I had a pretty awesome experience. It was late at night and it was close to 9 o´clock and were thinking about calling it a night and heading back to the house. As my comp and I were talking about what we should do I told him, ¨Let´s get a few more contacts before we go home.¨ As we contacted a few more people we were not having much lucky and not a lot of people wanted to listen to us because it was getting late. Then I saw a family walking in the street. I told my comp that we should go contact them and we did. We started to get to know them a little bit and we set up an appointment. When we went to go teach them we found out that the man spoke English. He had lived in the states for many years of his life. It was really weird speaking and teaching in English. We got to know him a little better and he was very receptive to our message. The next visit we had with him we explained that our message was centered in the families and we invited her to listen also. She was also very receptive. It makes me wonder, what would have happened if we would have taken the easy way out?…gone home to rest and finish off the day? During the multi zonas that we had the previous week I really liked something that President Russell said, ¨Many miracles happen at 9 o´clock.´´ Referring that you are here on the Lord’s time and you need to give it your all. I know that if we are diligent and we give it our all we can see many miracles in our lives.

Love you all and have an awesome week!!

Elder Wagstaff

conference

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This week was another great week. Conference was so awesome. One of the highlights I loved was from our prophet, President Monson. I loved how he told us KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!!!! It’s a phrase that is so simple, but so important. I think a lot of times we lose perspective of how important the commandments truly are. We forget the blessing that come through obedience. It is such a great blessing. Sorry I ran out of time this week. But love you all so much.

Have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

We got to drive President's car!

Got to drive President’s car!!!

We had to go run an errand for President so he handed me the keys to his car…

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

  • How has this week been? What made it great? What made it a challenge? It’s been a really good week. We got to watch some of the conference sessions and we had a really good week with our investigators. Hard part is dealing with the investigators and watching them not progress.
  • Which Conference sessions did you get to watch? How was it in Spanish? How different was it from a year ago? I got to watch priesthood, and all of Sunday. I loved it. It was so much different because a year ago I couldn’t understand anything…
  • Do you ever eat with anything other than a spoon? For Brett’s homecoming (Ecuador Quito mission) we ate with spoons only because that is all he ate with for his mission. Is it the same for you? We pretty much use all the utensils – fork, knife, spoon…that is funny.