Monday, May 30, 2016

This has been a really awesome week here in Carazo. I am really happy to be a missionary. This past week we worked really hard with all the areas in the zone to help them with their investigators. It was really awesome to get to know each and every investigator that the zone is teaching.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

Not sure if you will get this, but don’t have a lot of time to write today. Things are going great. Really happy and healthy. Everything is good. Probably will have transfers, but we will see. Got bit by a dog, but it was nothing to worry about. Things are great. Got to go.

Love you tons.

joy in the work

Monday, May 23, 2016

This week has been really awesome!


One of the main focuses that we have had this week is not only help our investigators, but other investigators in the zone prepare for baptism. We have been doing a lot of running around, visiting those who (are) approaching this great step in their lives! It is such an amazing experience to see how this Gospel changes people’s lives. One thing that I have noticed while I have been down here is that when you meet someone and you are happy, then they will also be more receptive and happy. So as we have been doing these visits, we make sure that we do everything that we can to show really the happiness and joy that this Gospel brings into the lives of these people.

On Thursday, we had a meeting with President and we presented how the zone is doing and what we are doing to have success.

On Friday, we got to travel around the zone with Elder H, one of the APs of the mission, and visit the people who are preparing for baptisms. Elder H is such an awesome person and a great example to me.

pic courtesy of elder H

pic courtesy of elder H

I am so grateful to be apart of this work and to see the joy that can come into the lives of these people through this work.


Elder Wagstaff

  • What kind of day have you had? It’s been a good day. We had a zone activity which was really fun. We had some investigators tell us they wanted to get baptized this week which is also a plus.

Monday, May 16, 2016

This week was overall pretty awesome.

one of my favorite pics I have taken in the mish. Got to love this country!

One of my favorite pics I have taken in the mish. Got to love this country!

This week we have been focusing a lot on what we can do to help out the zone and make sure that they are working hard. We had interviews this week and it was really awesome to see what President had to say to us. One thing that we do in this mission is we do house checks when we have interviews. Sister Russell makes us brownies and if our house is clean then we get a brownie. I got to go with her to see if the missionaries had a clean house or if it needed improvement. I am so grateful for the love and support that President and Sister Russell have for us. You can tell that they truly care for every one of their missionaries.

This week we had a funny experience. As were were bringing people to church, there was a family that stopped us and asked us how we were doing. I contacted the father of the family about three months earlier, but he didn’t seem to have much interest in our message, so we didn’t thing much of it. But as they stopped us, we invited them to church and they said they would like to go with us. We told them that we would pass by in about 15 minutes so that then we could go together. As we went to go bring them to church, they were walking in the street. The mom thought it would be a good idea since she had to run an errand after church and she didn’t want to return home before doing whatever she had to do. So, she brought her chicken to church with her. That was something I had never seen before. Before she entered in the church she just put her chicken in her backpack like nothing happened. Got to love it. haha

A tradition here in the mission when someone has a birthday is that they throw eggs on their head. So, today I had a nice egg shower.

Happy Birthday, Elder Wagstaff!

Eggs…Happy Birthday, Elder Wagstaff!

Love you all so much,

Elder Wagstaff

  • Happy Birthday!! I hope it’s been a good day so far. How are you doing? What have you done today? Things have been going well. Just a normal day…sleep, buy. But I did get egged. haha
  • What did you learn in your interview with President? I just continue to learn the value of hard work.
  • Did you and your comps get a brownie? 🙂 We did get a brownie.
  • Are you teaching any lessons tonight to celebrate your big day? We have several lessons planned for tonight.
  • How does it feel to be 20 and out of your teen years? How would you sum up your last 20 years of life? Feel pretty much the same – haha. Sum up for my last 20 years…enjoying every moment.
  • (Elder Wagstaff’s sister got her appendix removed this last week.) Any words of wisdom? Hope she feels better – don’t go running.
  • Who can we pray for? Pray for Jimmy and his 2 brothers. Moises and Rosa.

put your faith in God

Monday, May 2, 2016

It has been another awesome week here in the mission!


El Socorro

This week we have been focusing on the needs of our investigators so that they can grow and progress. I have learned in the mission that life can be hard. When life gets hard there are really two options:

1. Put your faith in God.

2. Put your faith in the things of the world.

Obviously, when we draw nearer to our Heavenly Father we can grow and be strengthened. It is a real opportunity for us to learn and grow, to become something better. This week I have been trying to focus on truly loving these people. At times it can be frustrating – when someone slams the door in your face or when they shout at you in the streets – but if you focus on loving them then the work becomes so much easier. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord and to help others come unto Christ.

Helping an investigator fill up his supply

Helping an investigator fill up his supply

This week we had the opportunity to give service. In a part of our area there is not running water available. So, there are two options: either bring it in by truck or to bring it in by hand. One of our investigators can’t afford to bring it by truck so he has a little handcart that he uses to haul his water. We decided to help him by pushing his handcart to help him out.

Right now we are teaching the husband and son of a recent convert. They are progressing well in the Gospel and we have seen so many blessings in their house since we have started to pass by and teach them. I know I have said it before, but the Gospel truly blesses families.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What’s been the best part of your week? Just making the most of every moment.
  • Has the rainy season started yet? The rainy season has started a little, but has not rained too much.
  • What’s been the best thing you’ve eaten this week? Today we ate at a gas station and I got a bacon cheeseburger. haha
  • What investigators can we pray for? William, Marta, Felix, Ali, Karen, Dennis, Carmen, Jimmy
  • How can we be more helpful to you and the work you are doing? Things are going well. Not a lot of needs.