Monday, June 19, 2017
Happy Birthday Paul
We cooked pancakes and eggs for the Blattmans. We stopped at the office to introduce them to President and Sister Poncio, then took them to the airport. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Paul and Kim here. It has been fun to show them Nicaragua, but it was especially enjoyable to introduce them to the members and missionaries we work with.
We went back to the office to coordinate medical and supply issues with President and Sister Poncio. Then we took the rental car back to the Hilton and headed for home (we had left our mission car at the Hilton earlier in the day).
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Sister Bell had a bunch of sheet to wash for the sister trainers. She got two batches washed and hung before we left. We made stops at Villa Flor. The Villa Flor zone was having their district meetings. One of the Sisters had some clothes she wanted to donate to our branches. We then went to Tipitapa to deliver chargers for DVD players and to talk with a sister Missionary that has two doctor appointments next week. We also picked up some medicine for her. We went home for lunch and while Sister Bell finished the laundry, I went to Pricesmart and Colonia for food. I also bought 50 bottles of OFF to send to Puerto Cabeza. They are getting eaten alive by mosquitos.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Happy Birthday Kim
We went to the office to drop off the OFF so that Elder Lee can ship them to Puerto Cabezas. Then we picked up a sack full of old ties from the Elders in Reparto Shieck in Managua, Elder Jimenez and Elder Cuesta. There must have been 50 ties, mostly from the 60s or 70s. They were wide ties. We gave away all the ties that Kim brought with her. We still have more shirts so we asked around to find some old ties… but these are ancient.
We then went back to Tipitapa to give the DVD’s to Elder Johnson and Lund. I was finally able to find chargers that worked.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Happy Birthday Steve
We ran more errands this morning. We went to the distribution Center, then to a computer store (we needed a new mouse for Sister Bell's computer), then to the bank, pharmacy, store and then we found me a new tie for Father’s Day. It is a reversible tie… imagine that. We got home for lunch (the house was clean as Fatima came this morning). I then ironed about 30 ties (we threw the rest away).
We hosted the senior missionary dinner tonight (biscuits and gravy). Sister Bell is making the biscuits and gravy. I might be a decent cook, but she is the baker.
While she was slaving in the kitchen, I was out visiting with David. We gave him a copy of the May Liahona with the conference talks. He had been reading them most of the day and had some questions about the Holy Ghost. We had a wonderful conversation about the Godhead and how the Spirit guides and directs us. I explained that the Holy Ghost inspired us to rent our house. Sister Bell felt very strongly about our little house. As we have pondered why, we feel that one of the reasons was to bring the Gospel to him and Salvador. The missionaries are still coming by their house but with their current work schedule it is very difficult for them to attend Church. We hope that someday, their work schedule will change.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Sister Bell started the day washing sheets from the Sister Leaders house. They have a lot of visitors stay at their house; missionaries coming and missionaries going, divisions, sisters coming to Managua for doctors’ appointments, etc. They always have guests, so Sister Bell offered to wash their sheets periodically. It is easy in the dry season, but during the raining season, it becomes harder. So when we have a sunny day (or at least for the morning) we try to get them washed and on the line. Sometimes when it rains we must pull them off and hang them in the house.
We bought more white shirts this morning. We have a lot of large and X large shirts, but didn’t have very many small shirts. So we bought 6 small shirts. We plan to take them to Condega this week-end.
We are waiting for more supplies. We still need 10 new study tables and 20 mirrors. Once we get them, we will take them to the Sisters house. But we can’t do that until after 9pm when the Sisters get home ( I made the run to their house)
We went to El Zocate, a local Mexican Restaurant with the Lees and Helbergs. We stayed long enough to listen to some Mariachi.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
We left this morning not sure what we would be doing all day. We stopped in Trinidad to give Maria Clara and Karen Linneth lessons. We were concerned that their piano wasn’t working because last week at church it wasn’t working. But today it was, a little tender mercy. So Michelle gave them both piano lessons then gave Maria Clara directing lessons. She has been practicing with a Video we gave her a few weeks ago, but she needed a little polishing.
We then went to Ocotal to give supplies to Elder Arias and Ward. We then went to the “The Casa Vieja” for lunch. We said a little prayer to seek inspiration what we should do that afternoon as we didn’t have anything scheduled. We felt impressed to go to Somoto and visit Natalia, the RS President. We found her sick and sleeping. But we had a good visit with Celia, her daughter. Her younger sister was also there. The younger sister came to the Noche de Hermanimiento the Saturday with her two kids. We gave Celia a May Liahona with the conference talks and explained when to teach from it. We showed pictures of the Noche de Hermanimiento and our trip to the Canyon de Somoto. They really enjoyed it. I believe we gave them a little spiritual and emotional boost. We asked the missionaries to go by later and offer to give Natalia a blessing. She was sleeping the whole time we were there.
We then went by President Alaniz’s house to give him a Liahona. He was gone but his wife, daughter and son were there, so we showed videos of our visit the week before. They enjoyed that too.
We then went to Condega for a Noche de Hermanimiento. We arrived at the Ramirez’s home about 10 minutes before 6. No one was home. We called Elder Howland. They were still in Esteli for a baptism but said to wait as they were just getting on a bus. They got there about 7:15. Rosa, Victor (the young man who got baptized) and the Ramirezs was with them.
We passed out shirts and ties. They also picked out shirts and ties for those that were not there. The ties are 70 ties, very wide. They each took 2 or 3.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
We went to Church in Pueblo Nuevo today. Jose came in his new white shirt and tie. He looked really good for an 80-year-old. He gave us a big toothless smile and told us thank-you for the gift. He lives in San Antonio, about 8 km out of Pueblo Nuevo. He has to take the bus and can’t come for an evening activity so Holario picked out a shirt and tie for him. He passed the Sacrament. When we got there, Elder Meneses asked us to talk… so we did. Sister Bell talked about the peace that comes through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon, quoting from President Monsons General Conference Talk. Thank Heaven for Gospel Library on our smart phones.
Arali taught Primary today. The missionaries asked her to do it. She hasn’t been officially called yet, but when I looked in, she seemed to be doing fine. Elder Zeron went in to help out.
Also, Hermana Nubia’s mother was baptized this week and was confirmed today. We had visited her several times, but she was too sick to leave her house. Today she looked great and seemed fine. She raised a large family on her own. We were excited to witness her confirmation.
Elder Meneses tried his hand at the piano after Church.
Sister Bell woke up Saturday morning thinking about Yasser and his family in Trinidad. So we stopped by on the way home. We found his wife and daughter home in their partially completed home. They have made a lot of progress, but they still need a lot more work to complete it. They have not been to Church lately (according to Elder Santizo) but they promised us they would go next week. We gave them a white shirt and 2 ties for Yasser. They seemed to be pleased that we stopped by.
We got home about 5pm, early for a Sunday night.