the field

Monday, February 16, 2015

So it’s been another great week down here.

Things are going great and the work of the Lord is progressing. I can’t even explain how grateful I am to be a missionary. This experience is such a privilege and not a right. This work brings so many blessings to me and so many other people.

The people down here love pictures. This week me and my comp wanted to take a quick picture with M and his wife and daughter. When we told them that we wanted a picture with them they said, “Hold on, we need to go get ready.” So everyone went into the house and put on their nice clothes and did their hair. It was a pretty funny experience. Also, I think it is really funny how nobody here likes to smile in their pictures, but it’s great.

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We are teaching a guy right now that will do almost anything to be a member of the Church. We can tell that he truly has a testimony. He is always super happy when we come over and is always waiting for us when we have an appointment with him. One time we had an appointment with him at 1 in the afternoon and we showed up at 12:59. He said, “I was looking at my watch and I thought you guys were not coming.” It’s so awesome how much he loves to hear our message. We are working through his problems right now so that he can continue to progress in the Gospel. He said, “I am going to die in this Church.” He is so awesome.

Love you all tons,

Elder Wagstaff

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Little girl we baptized this week

Questions of the Week:

How are you liking Sandino? How is it different from Managua? I love Sandino. It’s very different, but I love it…a lot more dirt roads.

Any cool service projects you’ve been working on? We did some shoveling this week and some wood cutting.

Anything fun going on today? Much sightseeing or anything? It’s my comps birthday so we are going to his old area and a member is cooking for us.

How are the mosquitoes treating you? Have you learned to deal with them? The mosquitoes have not bothered me hardly at all. A lot of people are getting diseases from them, but I have not had any problems.

keep working

Monday, February 9, 2015

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So this week has been really good. We have been working really hard and every night when I go to bed, I say my prayer, put my head down, and I am out. I fall asleep so quick. I was thinking that last night I took a little longer to fall asleep because I was up for probably 50 seconds. haha. It is so awesome.

This week we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Duncan, the area authority president. He had a lot of awesome stuff to say and he is such a spiritual person. He had a ton of awesome insight of what we need to do better to help our investigators come unto Christ. It was great.

I can’t tell you how many people here are so prepared to hear our message. They just have little problems, but overall have been waiting for us to knock on their door or say ‘hi’ to them on the street. I am so grateful for this amazing calling.

So I don’t have a ton of details this week, but love you all a ton.

Elder Wagstaff

Mom’s questions of the week: How is the ward? Are you teaching much on Sundays? Any recent or upcoming baptisms? What about English, do you ever teach English to others? The ward is good. On Sundays it’s even harder because we get up early to bring people to church. Then it’s just a normal day. M got his answer, so that is awesome. But now we are just waiting for a divorce process. It could take up to 2 to 3 months. We found a guy we are teaching in English and he is so awesome. He is pretty golden. After the 2 lesson about Joseph Smith we were testifying and I said that I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. He said, “I know that he was a prophet too.” We didn’t know how to respond. He is awesome.

amazing week

Monday, February 2, 2015

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This week has been so amazing.

My testimony of fasting and prayer has grown so much this week. I have seen the importance of fasting and prayer. One investigator that we have been working with forever has really been wanting to receive an answer to his prayers. His wife and daughter are members, and he also has a son that is on a mission. But, it has been really frustrating because he wants a dream or a vision. We have explained to him that there are many forms to receive an answer. We explained that one of the most common ways to receive an answer is through the Holy Ghost. But he has not been convinced, so we have been fasting and praying that he will receive an answer.

Tuesday morning during our companionship study we were studying about ways that we can receive an answer to our prayers and thinking about what we were going to tell him. When we got to the appointment with him, we started with a prayer and after started to explain that we would like to talk about the importance of prayer. I asked the question, “So how do you think we can receive answers to our prayers?” He started to explain a few ways that we could, but then started to explain how he has been thinking about how he wants to get married to his wife and get baptized. Elder B and I went crazy!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?? We didn’t even give the lesson, he just expressed everything that we wanted to explain to him. It was so amazing.

My testimony has been strengthened so much this week. It has been a great week and we are still working.

“…And my soul hungered…” – Enos 1:4

Elder Wagstaff

where has the time gone?

Monday, January 26, 2015

This week has been crazy!!!

I have felt a lot of emotions this week. My comp has been reminding me that I am 1/4 of my way done with my mission. To be honest, that really stresses me out. I have felt like I still have so much stuff to do and the time is going so fast. My testimony has been strengthened so much, I have gained 9 pounds haha, I have had so many amazing experiences and have met so many amazing people. I can’t figure out where the time is going!!

So I don’t know why, but we have been lied to a lot this week. One of our investigators, that we thought was positive, we found out was not telling the truth. We went to go give her a lesson and she was outside laying in her hammock. She clearly saw us and said that she would be right out and then went into her house. After waiting 5-10 minutes, her dad came out and said that she went to the store. We clearly saw her walk into her house, but he would only say she went to the store. I don’t know if they think that since we can’t speak the language perfectly, it means that we are stupid or what? But, I thought it was a pretty funny experience.

Yesterday it was a struggle getting our investigators to church. We woke up especially early and went around to tell our investigators to get ready and go to church. We were literally running in the streets. I was thinking how funny it probably looks to have 2 cheles running in the streets with white shirts and ties. Sundays can often be very frustrating, but I have learned that attitude makes all the difference.

Things here have been great and I’m pumped to be a missionary.

con un monton de amor,

Elder Wagstaff

Dad’s question of the week: Now that you have been on your mission for a while, what has been the biggest unexpected surprise about serving a mission? I think just adjusting to the missionary way of life. It is so different from what everyone talks about. The lessons are different from what I expected and I thought the work would be different. But, everything in life is just an adjustment.

Mom’s questions: How are you? I’m great. Things are good.

Nine pounds!! Really? Where is it all going? How do you know you’ve gained weight? Is there an accurate scale? I don’t know if I will be able to fit into my suit pants in my final interview. Haha

What is the night sky like? I heard that the electricity goes off at night…are there lots of stars? What about water supply? Do you have running water all day long? The stars are good, not like Lake Powell or anything, but they are good. We sometimes run out of water, but it’s never a problem. But, about 5 minutes walk from our house runs out of water like every day after about 9 in the morning.

How are you and Elder B doing? We are doing great and working hard. He is so awesome.

Any new or promising investigators that we should be praying for? Do they have any particular needs? How can we pray for them? What are their struggles? M and N. Just for M to receive an answer. His whole family are members and he has a son on a mission so I’m really pushing for his progression.

What is an average day like? Do you have a pretty set schedule? Get up at 6:30 – study, out the door by 10:30, return at 9:00.

week ???

Monday, January 19, 2015

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So this week has been really good.

We have been trying really hard to find new investigators to teach this week. We have had a lot of really cool experiences and I am having a lot of fun teaching with Elder B.
This week we had an awesome experience. We have been teaching a family for a little bit now and we have been mostly focusing on a now recent convert. He is really postive and loves the church a lot. We started to focus a little bit more on his parents and it has been awesome. This week we talked about the first vision and it was so awesome. The spirit was so strong and you could tell that they could feel it. When we said the closing prayer, both the parents’ eyes were watering. I love these experiences.
It’s great working with Elder B. He is such a hard worker and it’s awesome to have a comp with the same ideas of what needs to get done. The only down fall to this is that I feel like my Spanish is getting a little worse. Hahah. But we are working on that.
Love you all so much and have a great week.
Elder Wagstaff

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Mom – You sound like things are going well. You can feel the enthusiasm in your update. Is the fam you are teaching the same one as the 11-year-old boy…did he get baptized?

A – ya it’s the same guy and he did get baptized this week

Mom – That’s awesome about the boy and his family! How many zones are in the mission? How many missionaries are in your zone?

A – I think there are 6 zones, about 30 missionaries in my zone

Mom – Fun fact: Did you know that Nicaragua is about 300 miles across from east to west? That’s about the same distance from SLC to St. George.

What have you done today?

A – we played basketball with our district

Mom – Are the people overall receptive to your message or are they hard to share the gospel with?

A – They are super receptive the hard part is trying to figure out who really cares and who just wants to talk

Mom – I am sure that is a real challenge…Curious how many shirts do you wear each week if you are down to 6 and some need to be laundered…how does that work?

A – let’s just say my collars can get pretty brown at times

Mom – Hopefully you will get your new ones that we mailed soon.

A – love you tons have to go

the field

Monday, January 12, 2015

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New watch? ya I bought it here. it’s a fake g shock.

So this week has been really good!!! Wednesday was changes. We found out that my comp was going to have changes on Tuesday night so I was trying to think who in the world is going to be my new comp. Finally at about 12:30 on Wednesday we got a call from our old zone leader updating us on the new assignments. “Elder Wagstaff, your new comp is Elder B.”

I am pumped because Elder B was in my old district and he is an awesome kid. He is from Idaho and has one transfer less than me. He is a super hard worker and has a strong testimony. They also split my area in half so that is really nice, because our area before was so big. It’s still pretty big, but a lot easier to deal with.

It can be pretty entertaining trying to get our point across with broken Spanish on the streets, but it’s awesome. It’s awesome because when we make mistakes or something is frustrating, we just laugh and it makes things a lot less stressful. I have found that you need to take this call super seriously, but you can’t let the small things stress you out. You have to take the time to laugh.

Love you all and hope all is well there.

– Elder Wagstaff

I did a little walking today. It said it was about 10 miles.

I did a little walking today. It said it was about 10 miles.

happy new year

Monday, January 5, 2015

So not a lot has happened this week, but I had a great New Year’s day.
New Year’s here is super loco. Everyone here buys a ton of fireworks and it sounds like a war outside.
This week I have been thinking a lot about how much my priorities have changed here in the mission. As I was thinking about what kind of New Year’s goals I wanted to make, I was thinking about my last year’s goals. Instead of making goals about how many days of snowboarding I was going to get in, or new tricks I was going to land on a wakeboard or snowboard, or about grades in school or whatever, I was thinking more about how I can find more investigators or how I can teach lessons better. It’s a different thought process here in the mission, but it’s great.
I love you all so much and hope that you all had a great New Year’s.
This time is a time that you can make new goals. Think about what you didn’t like about last year and change for the better. Remember that you can always strengthen your relationship with your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Elder Wagstaff

great christmas in nica

Monday, December 29, 2014

So this past week has been pretty great.
On the 24th we had a multi zone meeting and it was so much fun. We played lots of games and learned a lot about how we can better ourselves and come closer to Christ. It was awesome to see a bunch of my friends in the mission and we had an awesome dinner. So that was pretty sweet.

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On Christmas day it was great. It’s a little different here because most people celebrate Christmas on the 24, so the 25 was not a huge day of celebrations. A ton of people were sleeping from partying the night before. haha. But I had the chance to talk to my family on Skype, so that was a new and awesome experience for sure.

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Right now we have an awesome investigator. He is an 11 year old, but has a great desire to become a member of the Church. The first time we talked to him he had chains and earrings, but noticed that we wear white shrits and ties. He took out his earrings and this past sunday said that he wanted to wear a white shirt and tie like us. He is such an awesome kid with a desire to better his life.

Love you all tons!

 

Mom – Hey, do you have any pics with you and your comp? I don’t want you to be transferred without a few pics…

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Mom – Anything new since we talked?

A – no everything is pretty standard

Mom – What are you liking most about being a missionary?

A – I really like seeing people change

Mom – I agree! What are your plans for New Years?

A – not anything

Mom – Any goals for the new year?

A – work

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thanks for all your help on this project

Mom – That’s a good one! It will keep you busy!

Love the pics of you and the Russells. The Christmas letters were a great thing to be involved with! The spirit was directing the project. I am glad for all of it!

Do you stay out late most nights? How late?

A – we try to return to the house at 9 but its usually 930

Mom – Is it pretty safe to walk around at night or do you have to be careful? Does your comp have your back?

A – I think it is pretty safe you just have to be smart about what you do. i hope so

Mom – That’s good you are being smart! Are you safe from cars and stuff…as a pedestrian? 

A – the drivers here are pretty crazy but you just have to be smart about it

love you tons have to go now but have a great week

feliz navidad

Monday, December 22, 2014

This past week has been great.
Not a ton of stuff has happened, but overall it was a great week.
I have really enjoyed talking about Christmas with the people here in Nicaragua. Reminding them the true and real meaing of Christmas. It’s awesome because pretty much everyone here accepts Jesus. So when you start talking about Jesus Christ and the fact that He is a huge part of our lives, they will almost always listen.
Hope you all have a great week and…
FELIZ NAVIDAD
-Elder Wagstaff

 

tis the season

December 15, 2014

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So this week has gone by really fast, it seems that just yesterday was pday.

It’s really weird the people here in Sandino seem really different to those in Las Palmas. There are those that seem to accept the gospel fairly easy, and there are those who will have nothing to do with it. A lot of the kids here are punks. They think it’s hilarious when we walk by to ask if we want coffee. But overall this area is pretty great.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas at all here. I don’t know if it’s because there is no snow, if it’s because I’m not looking forward to Christmas break or what, but it’s really weird to think that Christmas is just around the corner. It is kind of fun to contact people in the street because we have little pass along cards that we can give out to talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Even though not everyone wants to accept our message, they usually will listen to us talk about the Savior, which is so great.

Love you all and have a great week!!

-Elder Wagstaff

 

Mom – So great to hear from you! Glad your week went by quickly and that things seem to be going well.

Any details on getting to talk to you next week? Should we make a plan?

A – i still have heard nothing but will let you know when i find out.

Mom – Ok. Sounds good. Thanks.

How is the work going? Anything you want to share? Investigators?

A – things are really slow right now it can be hard to get me and my comp on the same page. we are most likely going to be baptisming a little girl this week

Mom – Sounds like you are still making a difference. Tell me about the little girl. How old is she? How did you find her? What is her family like? 

A – she is 10 and was a reference from a ward member. they are a huge family and the only people that are not members in their family is her and her dad so we are working with them right now

Mom – That is SO great! How big is the family? Any idea? Hopefully the dad will find that the gospel has a place in his life too.

A – Its probably a family of 25-30 because its the grandparents and everyone.

Mom – I love that an entire family can be united through the gospel. That is fabulous! Keep up the diligent work in linking families forever!

Does your ward have a Christmas celebration or gathering? How about the mission or zone? Do you celebrate together?

A – i honestly dont really know. I think we might but vamos a ver, which means we are going to see. When people say that here that usually means that things arent going to happen…when going to the church or whatever.

Mom – I am sure that can be fun, especially when you’re trying to get a commitment out of people. Whatever the case, hope you have some fun festivities planned. What did you do for pday today?

A – HAD A BIGMAC!!! and walked around but honestly i like last pday better with football Americano

Mom – Big Macs are good in a foreign land, for sure! I would have loved to have seen you play football. I meant to ask last week, any touchdowns?

A – i honestly dont remember but it was way fun

Mom – Glad to hear it! Hey, did you see that we tried to have a Nicaraguan dinner last night? How close did we get to what you eat?

What are you eating these days? Anything interesting? How is your stomach?

A – that was really close. we are eating pretty good here because we have both lunch and dinner with members. my stomach is pretty good. i have a new one for you its called leche algreia. basically milk that has been sitting out for 2 or 3 days. they love it here. the taste isnt bad but the idea is what gets me

Mom – Wow! That sounds like a nasty yogurt. Ahhh, I am not sure we will be trying that! But when you are in Rome… 

I’m glad that you can eat with the members, that is a great way to get to know them. How long do you get to spend at their homes?

A – we are supposed to be there for an hour or less.

Mom – Have you heard anything about the Christmas package we sent with the member from Las Palmas?

A – no we will probably get the packages closer to Christmas but ill also let you know on that. I got to go now but love you so much and hope all goes well for you this week.