awesome week

Monday, July 11, 2016

This past week has been great!!!

This past week we have seen a lot of miracles in our area. I know that the work of the Lord truly changes and blesses lives.

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This past week we had a baptism. We baptized a man named V. It was really amazing to see him change his life and receive so many blessings through this Gospel. I truly know that it is through this Gospel that we can be blessed and strengthened.

This week as I walked into the church the bishop asked me if I would like to speak. I decided to share a few words and I focused a lot on the importance of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that it is through Him that we can be changed and we can be lifted.

I know that it is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. I know that through the Plan of Salvation that we can be saved. We have the opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and families forever. I know that this is the work of the Lord.

Love you all so much.

Elder Wagstaff

  • How are you doing? What’s this last week been like? Things are going good. Great week.
  • Is the ward sad to see you go? What are you feeling, knowing you only have a few more days left in Nica? I think I am sadder than the ward! haha, but I have a lot of mixed feelings right now! not sure what to think.

July 4, 2016

This week has been really awesome!

It continues to rain a lot here. There have been many times at night when the road in front of our house has seriously been a river. We have seen old tires float by. It is pretty crazy. Sometimes I love the rain because it can be pretty refreshing during a hot, but here in Carazo when it rains I seriously get so cold. I never thought I would be so cold in Nicaragua – haha.

This week we have seen many miracles in the work. I will say it time after time that I have truly gained a testimony about the importance of fasting. I can’t think about a time when I have fasted and not seen a miracle. It is through our obedience and sacrifice that we see many miracles right in front of our eyes.

One thing that we have started is a member gathering in El Socorro (one of the areas I have been working a lot in). We invite investigators, members and recent converts to join us to share a short message. It really seems to be helping out to keep many active and to also strengthen testimonies.

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I love this work!

Hope everyone has a great week.

Love,

Elder Wagstaff

  • How has your week been? What have you done today? Things are going good. We had a zone activity today. The sisters just put some games together to play for the 4th of July.
  • Which missionaries are traveling home with you next week? How are you feeling about it all? I know (Elders) S, H, A, R are traveling to Utah. (Elders) W, H, H, E, H, K are going other places. To be honest, it is a little stressful. Not sure how to feel.
  • Have you met your new mission president yet? I have not. Will be meeting him on Wednesday.
  • Do you think Elder J will stay in San Marcos? How is Elder M doing? I think J will stay. Elder M is doing good. All a learning process.
  • Any investigators we can pray for? How is J doing? Pray for V. J was doing really really awesome but he drank for the first time in over a month on Saturday so that was really hard!
  • In ten words or less, how would you summarize your last two years?
    • life changing
    • hard work
    • tired
    • miracles
    • testimony builder
    • long days
    • fast days
    • humbling
    • amazing
    • The Church is True!
  • In what ways have you overcome and found strength as a missionary? I have really just learned to value the importance of hard work. Found that in any hard moment that I can look to our Savior and be strengthened.

crazy week

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!

Elder Wagstaff

  • 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

priesthood

Monday, June 20, 2016

photo con Presidente y Hermana Russell

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,

Elder Wagstaff

Monday, June 13, 2016

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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.

Elder Wagstaff

  • 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, 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!

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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.

Love,

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!

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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.