Monday, February 16, 2015

End of Another Change...

Me, Ayoleth's son Chris, and Elder Roney

Familia y Amigos,

How is everyone doing?  I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day!  I totally forgot about it until it was actually Valentine’s Day and then I remembered.  But I hope everyone is doing super well!

Anyway not much really happened this week, it was actually kind of a rough week. We have had a hard time finding people here in our area.  We find some super awesome families who have already been to church 2 times, and a bunch of other people who are ready to be baptized, but they always live in the area of the other Elders here in Bluefields. So we turn them over to them and they get to work with them.  We haven’t really been finding a ton of people in our area and our investigators aren’t doing so hot.

This Sunday as we went to get each one of our investigators for church, but as hard as we tried, nobody would come.  Everyone pulled the classic Nica excuses, about how they had to wash the clothes, cook, and the classic, ¨voy a llegar¨ (I’m coming).  But none of the people ended up coming.  Pretty much all of the people that we were teaching just didn’t want anything, which means a lot of our hard work with the people went down the drain. 

Anyway, when we got to the church we had 8 new people there.  A member had woken up early and walked from her house to a part of our Area that we didn’t know existed and brought 7 people.  Another family where all the members weren’t baptized also just showed up.  We were super grateful for the member and knew that it was definitely Heavenly Father’s hand in our work here.  These are the people that our Heavenly Father wants us to teach, so we are going to teach them.

After church we went and put fechas (baptismal dates) with a couple of them, one of them was super pilas (ready) and could maybe be ready to be baptized this Saturday, as she has been to church 3 times and is just lacking a little bit of the teaching.  So we will see what happens with her.

Ayoleth is still waiting on some papers for the marriage, and it is a super complicated situation so who knows when she will get baptized.  She is super ready, reading the Book of Mormon everyday, but the whole marriage situation is really messing things up.

I wanted to share a quote with you all that my mom sent me a couple weeks ago that has helped me this week and might help you all.  It is from Richard G. Scott, and it says, “Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously.  When those trials are not consequences of disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Proverbs 3:11-12).  He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit.” 

Other than that, not much is happening.  Cambios are this week so I could have a new companion the next time I talk to you guys!  I’ll let you all know what is going down.  And if you see the McDonalds charge on the Card in Managua, it probably means that I had cambios (which is really unlikely) but who knows!  Anything could happen!  Have a great week!


Elder Hanson

Elder Roney at a cool cafe we found to eat at in our area

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