Monday, December 12, 2016
We went to PriceSmart today and purchased Sister Bell’s Christmas Present.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016,
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
I loaned my computer to Sister Willes and Zafra, the Sister Leaders today. They needed it to conduct a training for the Sister Leaders across the mission today. I felt like a young father dropping off our first born child to a new babysitter. I gave them similar instructions, like I did as a young father: take good care of it, don’t drop it, don’t let others play with it…. Etc. We went back right at 3pm to gather it back up…… yes…. It was fine…..
We put words together for the 12 days of Christmas specific to our mission. We started brainstorming the words on Saturday with the Lees and Koellikers, but Sister Bell typed it up. We will perform this at the Christmas party next Monday, getting everyone involved. Here are the words:
Las Doce Días de Navidad
En el día primero mi amor me regalo un templo en Nicaragua
En el día secundo mi amor me regalo 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día tercero mi amor me regalo 3 platos de gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día cuarto mi amor me regalo 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día quinto mi amor me regalo 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día sexto mi amor me regalo 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día séptimo mi amor me regalo 7 misioneros orando, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día octavo mi amor me regalo 8 vasos de agua, 7 oradores, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día noventa mi amor me regalo 9 perros ladrando, 8 vasos de agua, 7 oradores, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día decimo mi amor me regalo 10 invitaciones bautismales, 9 perros ladrando, 8 vasos de agua, 7 oradores, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día once mi amor me regalo 11 picaduras, 10 invitaciones, 9 perros ladrando, 8 vasos de agua, 7 oradores, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
En el día doce mi amor me regalo 12 investigadores en la capilla, 11 picaduras, 10 invitaciones, 9 perros ladrando, 8 vasos de agua, 7 oradores, 6 terremotos, 5 familias de oro, 4 Poncios, 3 gallo pintos, 2 compañeros y un templo en Nicaragua
Sister Bell got a call after dinner from the Hermanas in Nagarote, a small town about 30 km out of town. One of the Sisters had fainted and was still very lethargic. She is a new missionary from Guatemala. Members took her to the local clinic where they had given her some fluid to drink and checked her vitals. We drove to Nagarote and took her to the Metropolitano Hospital in Managua. They checked her blood and urine and did an EKG. They determined it was heat related; not drinking and eating enough. She got some fluids, medicine and a good lecture from the doctor and Sister Bell.
While we were waiting for the tests results, Sister Bell and the two missionaries (one Latina and the other north American) were conversing quietly. They were asking each other questions, talking and laughing. I just listened, smiled and laughed to myself listening to them converse. Sister Bell was carrying on a broken conversation in Spanish and enjoying it. We then took them back home and returned to our house about 2:30am.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
We slept in until about 10am. Sister Bell taught Yoselyn Poncio a piano lesson in the afternoon. We had to delay it for a few hours until we woke up. That evening we went to the Helbergs for dinner. After dinner, Ray Helberg asked us for our favorite Christmas Songs. He then found presentations on U-Tube so we could listen to them. We do
live in a marvelous world.
Friday, December 16, 2016
We ran a few errands all day. I prepared our weekly education mailing: microwave Rocky Road Chocolate bars and tips on how to avoid the flu.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
We started in Trinidad for piano lessons. Only Carelys was ready, Maria Clara was still in bed. Apparently she didn’t sleep well the night before and therefore was sleeping in. When we were in Esteli, we purchased medicine for a missionary, then stopped for lunch at Burger King and picked up a subway sandwich to eat for dinner.
We met Elder Spence and Sanchez in Condega. We first went to Freddy and Virginias home. They were baptized this summer. Apparently, they had a fight last Sunday and didn’t come to Church. The Elders wanted to give them a lesson about marriage. Sister Bell suggested we use the story of Joseph and Mary to illustrate the importance of caring for one another in marriage. Joseph put Mary’s needs first when he decided to marry her instead of declining to marry her, which was his legal right to do. I challenged them to two goals in 2017: prepare to go to the temple and Freddy receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. They accepted the challenge. We left feeling really good about the visit.
Then we went to Virginia’s daughter home, Nuvia. She had been very active but hasn’t been to Church for several weeks. We could tell a big difference in her spirit. She is losing the light of the Gospel. She explained that she is having to work all week, including Sunday in order to pay off debts. Her husband has begun to drink again, which is also causing friction. We had a wonderful visit with her, ending with us giving her a blessing. The light was coming back into her eyes when we left. There was definitely a sweet spirit when we left.
We then went to an investigators home. She has a little store in the front of her house. She has been taking the missionary lessons now for several weeks and has a baptismal date in another week. However, her husband works every day and hasn’t listened to all the lessons. She has three daughters, two are old enough to be baptized. While we were talking to her, her brother, who was playing with his daughter in the background came up and began talking with us. He was very interested in what we were saying. We gave him a Book of Mormon and the missionaries set a date to visit him.
We then drove to Somoto. We first stopped at the Church to see if we could get the internet to work, which we couldn’t. Everything was there but we didn’t have the password. We then visited with an investigator. She wants to be baptized but is not sure she wants to marry her “live in” boyfriend of twelve years. Apparently he is verbally abusive. So we talked about how the gospel can help people change.
We then went to Hermana Zaida’s home for a noche de hermanimiento. We showed portions of the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. They enjoyed that but really enjoyed the game we played afterward. Elder Baez directed it. Elder Simpson won….
Sunday, December 18, 2016
We attended the Ocotal Branch this morning. The Branch President had called two counselors since we were there last time (about a month ago). We attended there because we had supplies that needed to be delivered. I also wanted to talk with the Branch President to see how they are doing. Again, they needed someone to teach the Priesthood class, so I volunteered. I gave the ordinance lesson.
We then went to Trinidad for their meetings, which started at 2pm. As we drove through Esteli, there were hundreds of horses tied to trees, trailers, and trucks. They were well bred, groomed and of many different colors. Although the favorite colors tended to be greys and whites. They must be having some sort of horse show.
We enjoyed attended church in Trinidad, in their new chapel (converted home). There were some new faces but mostly the same core of members, about 15 in total. They welcomed us with open arms. It had been several weeks since we have attended one of their meetings, although we are in Trinidad almost every week giving Carelys and Maria Clara piano lessons. Sister Bell was asked to play the piano and we both gave talks. I talked about the Savior and Sister Bell talked about living like the Savior. After Sacrament Meeting, we presented our Christmas Present and took a branch picture.