Wednesday, July 22, 2015
So as many of you know tomorrow I will be hitting the one year mark!!!! That is so crazy because it seems not long ago that I was saying good bye to everybody and getting ready to leave. The time has gone by so fast.
- I have learned so much in my short time here in Nicaragua. My testimony has been strengthened and I have learned so much more about what really matters in life.
- I have learned that really without our Savior Jesus Christ we would be so lost and hopeless. Really without him we are nothing and would have no future.
- I have learned that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can be blessed. We can learn to be happier and we can eventually return to our Heavenly Father.
- I have learned that this life is full of challenges. Life can be far from easy, but when we put our faith in Jesus Christ we can be lifted.
- I have learned to get along with people that are so much different than me.
- I have learned that there are so many people out there with so many different backgrounds and experiences. We should not be too quick to judge.
- I have learned that the church is still true, even here in Nicaragua.
- I am so excited to have had so many more experiences and learn so much more.
So this week has been really great.
On Saturday we had the opportunity to baptize one of my favorite investigators that I’ve had here in Nicaragua. Her name is T and she is such an amazing person. Her son is a recent convert and her husband is less active. At first it was a little hard for her to open up to us, but when she did she loved hearing about the Church and how she could become better. She explained to us that after every lesson she has a notebook that she writes down everything that she can remember that we taught her. It has also been amazing to see her family strengthen through her conversion process. Before she was even a member she was bringing other family member to church to show them how great it is. It has been amazing to see her family strengthen through this process. My testimony of the importance of families has grown so much as I have seen the gospel change the lives of families.
Being in the office can also be very crazy. You are always on call to drop whatever you are doing at anytime. The hours we work can also be very crazy. A few days this week we had to get up very, I mean very early to take care of some things. On Monday we got up at 3:45 and Tuesday at 2:45 in the morning!! The hours can be very weird, but its such a great learning experience.
I love missions. I know that they change the lives of many people. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true.
Love you all,
- What have you learned from your companions? Does having a companion teach you life lessons? From my companions I’ve learned that it does not matter if we have different personalities or interests because we are here to invite others to come unto Christ. It can be very easy to disagree or fight with them, but if you are doing that you won’t have much success. So it does not matter what other people think in life, you should just learn to get along with them.
- As you have mentioned the people of Nicaragua live on much less than we do. Do you think there is a benefit to living with less?
I won’t say living with a lot of stuff isn’t nice, but I think people often over do it.
- Are the children or adults more receptive to the message? I would say that children are more receptive to the message.
- Do you feel you have changed much in the past year? I dont feel like I have changed that much. I feel like Im still the same Alex that left a year ago. But my testimony has grown and I would say that I can be much more open to people now.