week of miracles

Monday, March 28, 2016

This last week was awesome!!

This past week I had a lot of really awesome experiences that helped me to strengthen my testimony.

First of all this past week I did a lot of work working with other missionaries. I did back to back divisions this week both Thursday and Friday…so I went two full days without even sleeping in my bed, went on divisions Thursday, came back to the house Friday just to change out my dirty clothes and got on a bus to go on division again. I also love divisions because it can be such a great learning experience for me. [I went to La Concha and to San Rafael del Sur. San Rafael was really really hot. But every area is unique in its own way.]

District Masatepe

District Masatepe

This week we also had a multi zone meeting. It was really awesome and I enjoyed how Sister Russell talked about the importance of repentance. Also Elder H and I were given the opportunity to teach a class about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon and prayer.

This week I also got to see a lot of blessings with my investigators as they completed with their commitments. It can also be so rewarding when someone has the desire to complete with their commitments because they progress so much faster. They actually have the desire to follow our Savior Jesus Christ.

Right now we are also teaching several FAMILIES. I love teaching families because you can see how the Gospel can strengthen them to become something better. You can see how it can help them to become more united.

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend and were able to think about the importance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that you all were able to reflect on the importance that he plays in our lives. He can heal us and it is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we can become better.

Love you all and hope you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

  • How did you celebrate Easter? What do the Nicas do to celebrate? We didn’t do a lot to celebrate. It’s called La Semana Santa. It’s basically a Catholic holiday where they parade around all week.
  • What are you liking most about your companions these days? I think they are just really easy to get along with and hard working.
my new friend. This is the first pet monkey I've seen. It is a pet of a member. Not a lot of people have pets here besides dogs, cats and parrots.

My new friend. This is the first pet monkey I’ve seen. It is a pet of a member. Not a lot of people have pets here besides dogs, cats and parrots.

They drink this stuff like water...haha. Thanks for the package.

They drink this stuff like water…haha. Thanks for the package.

the work

Monday, March 21, 2016

It’s been another awesome week here in Nicaragua. The weather here is getting really hot as we are approaching la Semana Santa (Holy Week). I am so very lucky to be in Carazo where the weather is a lot cooler. But I still feel like I am dying of the heat sometimes.

This week we did a lot more work out in El Socorro. I came home on Sunday and my shoes were so dirty inside and out. I love teaching the people and getting to know their needs and how the gospel can help them. I honestly love these people so much.

Love you all so much and hope you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

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A lady that is a “little” shorter than me. (Grandma and granddaughter…awesome, genuine people.)

  • How has this week been? What has been positive about it? What has been a challenge? The week went really well. We have seen a lot of progression in some of our investigators. At the same time we saw some investigators take steps backwards.
  • Any funny experiences this week that brought a smile to your face? Not anything in particular, just trying to make the most of every moment.

    CATEGORY:

    TRANSPORTATION

    IN NICARAGUA:

    IN K-TOWN:

    Fill in the blank…

    My most common form of transportation is…

    moto taxi, bus

    Suburban

    When I need to travel less than two miles, my usual mode of transportation is…

    my shoes

    Suburban

    When I need to travel more than five miles, my usual mode of transportation is…

    moto taxi

    Suburban

    When I need to travel long distances, my usual mode of transportation is…

    bus

    Suburban

    Most people in the area travel by…

    bus

    car

    The majority of roads are in:

    a.    excellent condition

    b.    good condition

    c.     poor condition

    poor condition

    excellent condition

    About how far would you say you walk in a given day? That is a very good question…at least a few miles but I have no idea how much. ??
    Road conditions become hazardous when…

    when people are driving, haha

    snow

    I would describe most drivers as…

    terrible drivers

    pretty good

    It is…(describe level of difficulty)…in obtaining a drivers license.

    pretty easy

    pretty easy

    Pedestrians have the right of way…(yes or no?)

    kind of…not really

    yes

    The closest gas station is…(how far away)?

    really close

    really close

    A liter or gallon of gas costs…(how much?)

    25 cords

    who knows??

    The most unusual form of transportation I’ve seen is…

    horse and cart

    ??

    It is not uncommon to see…

    wrecks and a whole family on a motorcycle

    fast cars

 

love the mish

Monday, March 14, 2016

This week has been another great one.

This week there were changes and my comp Elder H had changes. So once again I am with Elder H and Elder L in a trio. It can be a little weird sometimes because we don’t know who will talk next in the lessons, but it will just take some getting used to. It will be a great opportunity to work with members and other missionaries.

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Right now we are working in a place in our area called El Socorro. It is a very, very poor location where pretty much everyone has a tin/plastic house. It is very dusty and there are no paved roads. When the wind is blowing it can be pretty hard to see. One of the biggest problems that they have out there is there is no running water. So they have to walk a pretty far distance to go get water and carry it back. They are very humble. W is one of our investigators that lives in El Socorro. He is progressing a lot in the gospel and is very grateful for all the blessings that he has seen in his life. He has turned his life around a lot since we have been talking with him and he is very excited to continue to follow our Lord and Savior.

I love teaching the people of Nicaragua. I know that this church is true.

Love y’all,

Elder Wagstaff

in a moto taxi in El Socorro

in a moto taxi in El Socorro

  • What has made this week great? Just continuing to see blessings. W is doing really well and continues to see a lot of blessings in his life.
CATEGORY:LIVING CONDITIONS IN NICARAGUA:

IN K-TOWN:

Fill in the blank…

I spend the most time with…

My comp

Family

My days are typically filled by…(doing what?)

Teaching

Playing

I would best describe my home and living conditions as…

Sufficient

Very well off

I would best describe the living conditions of others in my area as…

Very Very humble

Very Very well off

I share my home with…

My comps and animals

Family and dog

When I look out my front door I see…

Humble people

O’s front door and the Great Salt Lake

Most homes in the area are made of…(what type of construction)

Tin and cement blocks

A lot of things

Most homes in the area have …(what type of)… walls

Tin and cement blocks

Drywall, wood

The most common decoration in a home is…

Pictures

Pictures

I sleep with a:a.    fanb.    air conditioner

c.    heater

d.    mosquito net

e.    other

Fan

Mosquito net

AC

Heater

If I can’t sleep it is usually because…

Always fall asleep

I have slept too much

My bed is:a.    Papa Bear – too hardb.    Mama Bear – too soft

c.     Baby Bear – just right

Papa Bear to an extreme

Baby Bear

My bathroom has:a.    cold waterb.    hot water

c.     flushing toilet

d.    shower

e.    bathtub

Hot-ish water

Flushing toilet

Shower

All

I have running water:a.    all of the timeb.    most of the time

c.     some of the time

d.    never

All of the time

All of the time

I have electricity:a.    all of the timeb.    most of the time

c.     some of the time

d.    never

Most of the time

All of the time

My kitchen has a:a.    fridgeb.    stove

c.    oven

d.    microwave

e.    hot plate

f.     dishwasher

g.    toaster

h.    pantry

Fridge

Microwave

All of the above

Homes in the area have (what type of flooring):

a.    carpet

b.    hardwood

c.    tile

d.    linoleum

e.    cement

f.     dirt

Dirt

Cement

All, (except dirt)

(Who)…typically washes my clothes

Member

Mom

My clothes are washed by…(describe method)

Hand

Washing machine

(Who)…typically prepares my main meal

Restaurant

Mom

killer week

Tuesday, March 7, 2016

Another awesome week here in Nicaragua.

This past week it has been another testimony strengthener about the importance of prayer.

This week I have learned more about the importance of specific prayer. We have been trying to find a lot of new investigators and we have been trying really hard to find those people who are just waiting to hear the gospel. This past week as we were contacting an area pretty much in the middle of nowhere we found a man that was really excited to hear our message. This area is all dirt roads and is really dusty. This man went to church and loved to hear what we had to say. He is very excited to learn how the Gospel will change his life.

I challenge you all to make your prayers more personal and strengthen the relationship that you have with our Heavenly Father.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

Misión Consejo con Elder y Hermana Ochoa 26 Febrero 2016

Misión Consejo con Elder y Hermana Ochoa
26 Febrero 2016

For the next few weeks, we are going to post a few comparisons of life in Nicaragua as a missionary vs life as Elder Wagstaff remembers it in his home town. This week’s category is “food.”

CATEGORY:

FOOD and FLAVOR

…IN NICARAGUA: …IN K-TOWN:

What is the…?

…most common food or basic meal?

  -breakfast: rice and beans

-lunch: chips and bread

-dinner: rice, beans, chicken or pb&j

-drink: coke

-dessert: doesn’t really exist

-breakfast: cereal

-lunch: sandwich

-dinner: anything

-drink: milk

-dessert: brownie

…best thing to drink on a hot day?

Water

Gatorade

…most common ingredient?

Oil

Sugar

…most common fruits and veggies?

Oranges

Rice and beans

Strawberries

Carrots

…most common seasoning or flavor?

 Salt

Still salt

…something you love to eat when you are hungry?

Pinguinos

(like hostess cupcakes)

Anything in the fridge

…strangest thing you have eaten?

Chicken guts

Snail

…best restaurant in the area?

Pizza 2 Go

Arbys

How are most foods prepared or cooked? (fridge/pantry to plate, oven, stovetop, bbq, microwave, fire pit, etc.)

Stovetop

Everything

What utinsels do you most commonly eat with? (knife, fork, spoon, hands…)

 Fork

Fork

Can you drink water from the tap?

 Yes

Yes

What does an average kitchen look like? Are they inside or outside?

Mix of both

(inside and outside)

Always inside

How casual or formal are meals? (sit down, fully set table, on the run, etc.)

 Sit down, on the run, set up

 Sit down

What holiday has the best food associated with it?

New Years or Christmas

Thanksgiving

What food will you miss or do you miss the most?

 Gallo pinto

BBQ and berries