first week

September 8, 2014

I AM IN NICARAGUA!!!!
This is such a crazy experience being here. I AM A FISH OUT OF WATER!!! They did not teach me this language in the CCM.

There have been so many times when I will be walking down the street and I will just start smiling because I am so amazingly clueless about what is going on. I am in a quad companionship. All of them are from Latin America. This week we had a planning meeting and for seriously 2 hours I just sat there not knowing anything that was coming out of their mouths. It was crazy. But they are all so awesome and patient with me.

Elder Wagstaff with trainer, Elder Cadenas

This country is so amazing. The people are so nice. There have been so many times when we will go up to someone on the street and start talking to them and I think to myself that most people in the states wouldn`t give us the time of day.

Its pretty crazy how fast the roads can go from paved, to cobble stone, to dirt. This country is beautiful. I love this country!!

We live in a pretty nice house. I dont have a lot of complaints besides the fact that the people that we rent the house from sell fish. So everyday we come home to that “awesome“ smell.

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Back door view

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Front door view

I have already learned to love the food here. I think it is so good. I dont know what it will be like in a year from now but I love it so much.

Yesterday was fast sunday and I thought I was going die. I didnt understand what was going on in church and I was so amazingly thirsty. It was so hard to concentrate.

Today we went to a lake for PDay. I was so tempted to jump in. I miss boating so much. But the lake was awesome. The people in my district are great and we all get along pretty well.

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I have learned a lot being here but I still have so much more to learn.
I am glad to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love this work so much.
Love you all so much!!!!
-Elder Wagstaff

A – im on

Mom – So so glad to hear from you! How are you?

A – im doing great

Mom – I am so thrilled that you are loving your experience. I can’t tell you how great it is to know that you are doing well…and haven’t melted. Haha.

The pictures you sent are so wonderful to see. Wow! You look great and I love to see your face. 

What area are you serving in? What is it near? How is your comp? Where is he from?

A – his name is elder c and he is from el salvador.
I am serving in managua a place called lp
Sorry this is kind of a crazy email. im trying to figure everything out right now

Mom – I am glad you survived fast Sunday! I know it is all new and crazy for you…I will take anything you can give. 🙂

Where do you send your emails from?

A – just the church

sorry i don’t have a lot of detail this week but i will try to write more next week

Mom – Every word means the world. Don’t be sorry! We love it and we love you!!! Are you teaching people? Or are you doing training stuff?

A – ya i trying to teach people. its just mostly testifying at the end of the lesson because most of the time i have not a clue of what is going on because they talk so fast.
we have someone doing our laundry its awesome.

Mom – What are you liking most?

A – teaching real people

Mom – That is so cool. You are really doing this! It is awesome. What are you eating?

A – a lot of rice and beans also some meat and bread

Mom – That sounds great. How has your stomach been doing?

What is the weather doing? Every time I check my app it is like 70-80 percent humidity. Also, I noticed the sun sets and rises earlier in Nica. Is it noticeable?

A – my stomach has been doing awesome. i am always hungry. i truly feel the lord is blessing me

the weather is so freaking hot. i am always super sticky.

got to go now will try to have more details next week

love you so much!!!

Mom – Love you tons! Thanks for taking the time to email! Be safe!