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.