Monday, June 27, 2016
This week has been super crazy busy.
On Tuesday, I went to Managua to have my final interview with President Russell before he leaves. It was a neat experience to listen to the advice he has and to learn from him.
On Wednesday, we had a leaders meeting with the leaders of the mission in Managua again. We talked a lot about the importance of working with members. It was really awesome to learn about how truly important members are in this work.
On Thursday, we had a meeting with President Russell and the stake president to talk about what we could do both as members and missionaries to work better together to have more success.
On Friday, Elder J and I led the zone meeting and we talked about the zone goals and things that we need to do better as a zone.
Super crazy busy week full of meetings.
This week I also had the special opportunity to see some recent converts pass the Sacrament. It was a really special experience to see them progress. I am grateful for the opportunity to renew my baptismal covenants every week. I am grateful for this time to remember our Savior Jesus Christ.
Love you all so much!
- How are things? Things are going good.
- Have you had to say goodbye to President and Sister Russell? Supposedly Pres and Sis Russell are still here but no one knows when they leave. My prediction is tomorrow, but not really sure.
- Have you met your new mission president? We have not met the new president yet.
- What kind of advice did President have for you in your last interview with him? My interview was a really awesome experience. He gave me a lot of advice of what I need to do to do well in school, work and family.
- Tell me about each of your comps. What are they each like? What are their strengths? What have you learned from each of them? My comps are doing great! Elder J is doing awesome and I am really grateful to work with him again. He is hilarious. Elder M is a very hard worker and has the determination to succeed. Elder C had changes yesterday. Not for anything he did, but to fill another spot in the mission.
- How are your investigators? Investigators are doing good. We are teaching someone named Jose that is progressing very well. He is really awesome and we are excited to see him progress.
- What have you done today? What do you do to try and unify your zone? How big is your zone? We had a zone activity and went to the church to play basketball and soccer. We have 20 missionaries in our zone. Just do anything to get them excited.
- What are you eating these days? Eating a lot of rice and beans – haha. Feeling pretty good.
- How is Elder M doing as a new missionary? He is doing really well. He is doing good and working hard.
- When you look back at being a new missionary in Nica, what kinds of things would be especially helpful to know? What provides the best support in adjusting? What did you especially like or appreciate? Just more than anything, understanding that attitude is everything! Just knowing that with time, everything will come. More than anything, just self patience. I just loved the weekly emails.
- How has the weather been? Super rainy
Monday, June 20, 2016
photo con Presidente y Hermana Russell
This week I had the chance to witness some of my converts receive the Priesthood. They are brothers. One is 13 and the other is 20. It was a very special experience to see the growth and change that they have made in their lives.
I think and ponder about the importance of the Priesthood; the power and authority to act as a servant of God. I know that this power is key in completing with the covenants that we need to make in this life.
I am loving my comps. We have a good time and it is really fun to be with all of them.
This is such an awesome ward. There are so many members her in San Marcos that are very willing to help out in any way.
Love you all so much,
Monday, June 13, 2016
It has been another super rainy week here in Nicaragua. The rain here in Nicaragua comes in waves. One moment it will be normal, then rainy, then normal, then rainy. It is a weird type of weather.
We have been working really hard this week to find new people to come unto Christ. It is very interesting to see the reactions that the people have when we begin to share our testimonies about the Restoration. Some are receptive and others just want us off their front porch. haha. But the work keeps pressing forward.
This week we had multi zone conferences. It was a very good experience listening to the words of President and Sister Russell. I really enjoyed how Sister Russell talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon and the Holy Ghost in the process of conversion. Elder J and I taught a workshop class about repentance. For the most part, everything went really well. It was a little hard because President showed us pictures of the new mission president that will be coming in a few weeks. I will miss President and Sister Russell so much. I know that the new mission president will do a great job.
We have been working with the members to help our investigators progress and our converts stay active.
Love this work.
Have a great week.
- How are you doing? How has your week been? Things are good. Really rainy. Everything is great.
- How are your companions doing? Is Elder C still with you or was he transferred? Comps are doing really good. Elder C is still with us. He is so funny.
- Will you have the chance to see President and Sister Russell again or was that your last zone conference before they go home? I should see Pres Russell for my last interview before he leaves.
- Is there anything you need or anyone we can pray for? Pray for Marbley.
Monday, June 6, 2016
I’m still in Carazo!!!
So we waited for the call to come in to see who had changes in the companionship and also in the zone. As we were anxiously waiting, the call finally came in. Elder S and Elder L had changes. It was a little hard to think that I wouldn’t have another change with Elder S, but I am really excited for this new companionship.
Elder Wagstaff with Elders S, L and C
My “new” companion is Elder J again – haha. [Elder J served in the office with Elder Wagstaff.] I love that kid! I am also training a new missionary named Elder M. He is from Kaysville! He is a super awesome person and a really hard worker. I am really excited to be with him.
Elder Wagstaff and Elder M
Elder Wagstaff and Elder J
To kind of catch up for not writing last week:
1. Carazo set a zone record.
Carazo worked really hard to break the record.
2. Got bit by a dog.
I was contacting and a huge dog came around the corner, but I knew that it was not going to do much. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by four dogs – haha. I was bitten on the hamstring, but it wasn’t that bad. The dog didn’t tear my pants, but I had to take some pills for it.
3. Rained really hard.
It has been raining really hard here, pretty much every day. We have been soaked head to toe – haha.
4. Lots of miracles.
This week we have been working on finding a lot of new investigators. It can be a little hard at times to find new investigators in the rain, but it can also be a window of opportunity to get in the door because the people feel bad for you.
I am really excited to see what this change brings. I know that God’s love is real.
Love you all,
- What can you tell me about your current ward and investigators? The attendance is usually about 90-100, but this Sunday it was only 37, due to the rain.
- Anyone we should especially pray for? Pray for Jose and Marta.
- What suggestions or requests do you have for our family? Just keep prayin and readin and doing the things you guys do.
- Have you received any packages or cards lately? A while ago I got my bday package. Thanks again, but not since.
- How have you been feeling health-wise? I feel really healthy!