faith

Monday, February 22, 2016

So this past week has been really awesome.

I had the opportunity to go on a lot of divisions and work with a lot of very different missionaries. A lot of stressful moments running around trying to get everything done in such a small time frame.

One thing that I studied this week was about faith. When I think about faith, it seems like such an easy concept, but there are so many that don’t seem to understand or don’t want to show their faith. I read something that says that faith is like your arm. If you are working about and using your arm, it will become stronger. But, if you put it into a sling it will slowly become weaker. If we do the small, little things like pray, read the scriptures and go to church, we will become stronger. But, it’s when we stop doing these things when Satan tries to tempt and draw you away. It is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can overcome and become better and stronger. He paid the ultimate price so that we can become our true potential.

Every day we have the opportunity to become better and put our faith in Jesus Christ.

I love you all and hope that you all can look for opportunities to put your faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What kinds of experiences did you have this week? What made this week a challenge. How did it build your faith? I worked with different elders two different days this week. We went around trying to help a lot of missionaries resolve their [investigator’s] doubts and problems that are trying to get baptized. It was an awesome learning experience.

    5 generations of General Secretaries (pic is a little dated)

    5 generations of General Secretaries (pic is a little dated)

make the most of it

Monday, February 15, 2016

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So this week we have been doing a lot of looking for new investigators.

This week we did a lot of contacting. It’s always really interesting when you go up to a door and shout, “Buenas” and just wait to see who will be coming out. Often it can be very surprising who will come out to talk with you. Often you get someone that is kind and listens and other times you get someone that just without even saying a word they start shouting at you. Often there are dogs that want to play and sometimes there are dogs that are not so friendly.

This week we contacted a house and had a really funny experience. We contacted a lady in her 30s and we explained that we wanted to come in and share a message with her. She said that would be ok and very kindly let us in. As we were teaching her, the lesson was going pretty good. We were teaching her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It came to the part of the lesson where we were talking about baptism. We started to invite her to be baptized when her much older mom walked right into the circle that we were sitting in and turned on the tv, which was just outside the circle. She changed the channel to a catholic preachers. I just kind of looked at her stunned and put my head down in my Book of Mormon and just started laughing. Let’s just say that she did not accept the baptism invitation. It was such a funny experience.

I know I have said it before, but I have learned in life and especially on the mission that you can look at something two completely different ways. You can think, “Why is this so hard?” or your can laugh and just work that much harder. Attitude really makes all the difference.

I love you all and hope that you all have a great week.

Elder Wagstaff

A little Davis High Pride! ...it's the second one I have seen.

A little Davis High Pride!
…it’s the second one I have seen.

  • How are you doing? How has your week been? Things are going good. This week has been full of ups and downs, but it’s been good.
  • Now that you’ve adjusted some, what are you liking about your area? How big of an area does it cover? Really like the area. It’s really, really big.
  • How are all of you comps getting along? Me and my comp are doin great.
  • Any interesting facts about Panama to pass along? Pana fact – there is a canal…haha…I don’t know…
  • Do you feel like your health is pretty good? I feel like I am pretty healthy right now. Things are going good, no major concerns.
  • How does the responsibilities you have now compare to that of serving in the mission office? The responsibilities are a lot different. I felt more stress in the office, but the stress is definitely not gone. It’s all good.
  • Do you wash your own clothes in San Marcos? We have a member that washes our clothes.
  • Are you in the dry season yet? Right now the weather is really dry and dusty. A lot of wind –
  • How many are in your zone? There are 22 missionaries.
  • What do you appreciate most about your mission right now? I appreciate how even if they say they don’t have time to listen or they don’t want to listen, they still do.
  • What is the best thing you have eaten this past week? Chicken with jalapeno sauce.

be ye doers…

Monday, February 8, 2016

This week has gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday that I was writing you all.

This week has been great, but has been full of its ups and downs. I was talking with one of the missionaries in my zone this week and we were talking about how hard it is sometimes to get our messages across to the people. You feel like you explain it so well, it’s just a cut and paste type of situation, but they still don’t get it. They don’t understand why our message is so important. They don’t understand how this can really change their lives. But it is so rewarding when it actually clicks in their head. When they understand that this really will help them and will make their lives so much better.

I love this work and I am so glad to be apart of it. I love watching and seeing miracles right in front of my eyes. Sometimes we wait for miracles to happen, but like it says in James 1:22, we cannot sit around. We have to be doers.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

James 1:22 – “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only…”

Divisions with Elder N

Divisions with Elder N

The zone

The zone

Went to the office last week and Sister Russell thought it was funny that I was back.

Went to the office last week and Sister Russell thought it was funny that I was back.

The house

The house

san marcos – pt. 2

Monday, February 1, 2016

J’s Baptism – Elder Wagstaff, Elder Ha, J, Elder L, Elder He

It’s been another great week here in San Marcos.

I got another new comp this week who is named Elder H. He is from Panama and he is so awesome. So right now we are working as 4 missionaries in one area. Elder H is really funny and has a strong desire to work hard. We are always joking around and laughing together.

This week has gone by so fast. It’s so crazy to think that it was a week ago the last time I wrote you all.

This week I got to do a lot of divisions with missionaries this week. It was really awesome to see how different every missionary works. It was really awesome to get to know more people in the zone.

This week we also had a baptism. We baptized a little girl named J and she is really awesome. She is so excited every time that we come over to visit her. She loves learning new things.

Sorry I don’t have a lot to say. I feel like there is so much, but I can’t find the words to explain it.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

  • What do you love most about San Marcos so far? I love how cold it is…I love the members…the people can be hard sometimes (a lot of catholicos) but I love them so much.
  • In one word, describe your companions…Elder Ha – hard worker. Elder L – dedicated. Elder He – hilarious. (Elder He has 13 months in the mission. Elder Ha is training Elder L.)
  • Who can we pray for this week? We are working to find a lot of new investigators right now. You could pray for Marcelo, Maria, Mira…
  • What would you recommend anyone do who is looking to feel the Spirit more fully in their lives? I would recommend that they get on their knees and pray. They need to understand that their Heavenly Father loves them and will help them through any trial.
  • How have you felt God’s love for you this last week? I have felt God’s love in the little miracles that happen every day.
  • Do you like the place you are living in? What is it like? Ya I like it a lot. It’s a pretty good place. More details next week.

san marcos

Monday, January 25, 2015

After having over 7 months in the San Judas I got changed to San Marcos. I know that it has been quite some time since I have rewritten you all. This past week was changes and the week before that we had the mission pday in San Juan del Sur. Thank you for your patience with me.

Well here I am in a new area. So far I love it. I am so grateful for the chance that I had to serve in the office, but I am also so grateful to be serving out in the field again. I love the area. The members here are really awesome. It’s not a problem at all to get member support here in San Marcos. Also, the weather here is so much different. After being under the hot Managua sun for quite some time it is a big adjustment here. Pretty much every morning I wake up here I am pretty much shaking. I feel that it is so cold. haha. It’s so weird because I never thought that I would be cold in Nicaragua.

I honestly love my new comps. I am in a trio with Elder H and Elder L. Elder H is so awesome. He is from Utah and is a really awesome missionary. He has one less change than me. He graduated from Brighton High. He reminds me a lot of Garrett F, it’s funny. Elder L is from Colorado and has less than 1 week in the mission. He has a strong drive to work hard and I am very excited to see his potential.

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

Elder Wagstaff

  • What are your new responsibilities? baptizing and retaining
  • How far away is your new area from the mission home? What zone and district are you in? It is a fast bus. It’s about an hour and a half away. It is part of the zone of Carazo.
  • How different is what you are doing now from what you did in the office? It’s nice waking up, studying and going out to work. I love my new area and am really excited to work in the field full time. It’s so great to be a missionary and I love this work.

a new year

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Every year we have the chance to put goals and do everything we can to complete. I feel that often by the time that February rolls around that almost all the goals are left behind and that we put them on the shelf for the next year to come around. I feel that this really is such a great opportunity that we have to grow and develop more. Our potential can become so much higher to become someone so much better. We truly have the chance to change what we don’t like and be the person that we want to become. It is through repentance and God’s plan that we have the chance to change and become someone better. I know that if we work hard to complete with these things that we will see great miracles in our lives and that we will draw closer to our Heavenly Father.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

  • What’s your week and day been like? Things have gone good. We had a baptism this past week. His name is A and his is a brother of one of our recent converts. Things are going great.
  • What is one thing you learned in 2015? I learned that when we put our faith in God that our lives are so much better.
  • What are you doing to prepare for your big excursion next week? The preparations right now are crazy. We have to think about everything we need to bring, how every second of every hour will be…it is pretty crazy. But it should be a good time.
  • Are you needing anything? No everything is good.

the gospel

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This past week has been crazy busy, but really awesome.

We finished up all the Christmas preparations and everything for the most part went really well. I got to speak with my family which was really awesome to see how everyone was doing and all the new things that were going on at home.

S and me

S and me

This past week we started teaching a new investigator. His name is S. He is 83 years old and has a strong desire to learn more about our message. He went to church for the first time this past week and loved it. By the way, he walks really fast for how old he is. He is always so happy when we come over and visit him. He told us, “You two are the nicest people that I have met.” I have thought about how basic his life is, how little he relies on the help of others, but when he receives help, how grateful he is. I think that we all need to have this same attitude. Be grateful for whatever happens and take life as it comes.

I love you all so much and hope that everyone has a great new year.

Elder Wagstaff

the view of where we ate

the view of where we ate

I probably had my favorite meal that I have had in Nicaragua today. It was really expensive [over $20], but really good. Tell everyone that gave me money [for Christmas] how grateful I was for this awesome meal. It was from a really fancy restaurant. I had filet mignon and chicken wings.

  • How have the last few days been? Things have been really good. This is going to be a next couple of crazy weeks, but really fun. [The mission is going on an excursion for a day for reaching their baptism goal for the year.] San Juan del Sur is going to be so crazy with all the preparations that we will have to do. The mission has over 2060 baptisms.
  • What have been the top highlights of 2015 for you? It has been a very good year. Top highlight: 1. Serving the Lord
  • How will you be celebrating the new year? Any specific goals for 2016? Just a normal day of working hard. Not any specific goals yet, I will have to make a few, but more than anything else, just work hard.
  • Do you want me to send you a calendar for 2016? Don’t really want a calendar because don’t want to think about the second half of the year. 🙂

q & a

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Happy Christmas Eve Eve! What have you done today? How are the festivities in Nica? How are you doing? It’s been crazy these last couple of days. We have multi zone conferences this week and on Monday we went to bed at 2 and got up at 5:30. The last one is tomorrow. Today we did a bunch of preparation for the multi zone conf tomorrow. We do all the behind the scenes setting up. It can be crazy stressful at times, but I am learning so much.
  • Have you received your Christmas packages yet? Yes I got two packages today!!! Thank you so much. I have not opened them yet but I am really excited. Thanks. I have been receiving a lot of letters. I also got the padded envelope with letters inside. Tell everyone that participated how grateful I am.
  • How is this year different from last year? Things are going great. I feel a lot more adjusted to mission life. I am getting along great with my comp. I am overall really happy. Tired, but happy. Will see you Friday. Love you.

new comp

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This week has been really awesome.

I have officially been with my new comp for a week now. He is so awesome. His name is Elder J and he is from California. He is a really hard worker and is really easy to get along with. He has a great sense of humor and we are always joking around. We have already had our fair share of laughs. This is going to be a really fun change with him.

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This week we also had a really awesome experience because we had an investigator that is 16. Throughout our time with him he has been very diligent with completing with his commitments. He has been ready every time we have gone by to bring him to church. Every time we have asked him to read something whether it be a pamphlet…(folleto)? or something from the Book of Mormon he has read it and even marked the things he liked. He is also very excited to receive the priesthood. It has been such an awesome experience to teach him.

Love you all,

Elder Wagstaff

  • How has your week been? How is your new comp? How long do you think you’ll be together as companions? The last week has been really awesome. I love my new comp. I have been doing a lot of training with him. He is learning really fast. He is from California. I think I will be with him for one change because I am training him to take my job.
  • What’s been the best thing about this last week? The best thing from this past week is probably teaching with my new comp.
  • How are President and Sister Russell doing? President and Sister Russell are doing really great. They are working really hard.
  • How are your investigators? How is the ward? The investigators are good. We had a baptism this past week, but we are also looking for more investigators. Also the ward is doing good, but right now we don’t have a bishop because he is working in the states. haha
  • Have you received any packages or letters yet? I got the letter from the ward. Tell everyone I am so grateful. Also tell grandma and grandpa Wagstaff I got theirs too. But I have not received the packages yet.