Monday, June 1, 2015

Mayo Ya, June Is Already Here?

 Eating a pico

Familia y Amigos,

Que tal?  How is everyone doing?  Things are going pretty well here in Bluefields.  We had a successful week, even though there weren’t a lot of people in their houses, and we ended up baptizing a couple of people too!  I’ll tell you a little more about it.

But first I want to give a B-day shoutout to Eli, on the 5th!  Happy Birthday E!

This week here in Bluefields was called Mayo ya, or palo de mayo.  It was pretty much just a week full of parties and people being stupid.  It was the most crazy at the end of the week.  There was a big parade on Friday with a lot of dancing and a million people in the street.  I got a couple of pictures so that was cool.

We had a baptism on Friday night that was kind of scary.  The person that got baptized was out with her family all day and told us that she was going to meet us at the church at 5:45 for her baptism at 6.  She had completed with every single compromiso (commitment) before so we trusted her, because the majority of people don’t really complete with compromisos.  Anyway, at 5:45 she wasn’t there.  We called her and her phone was turned off.  I thought it was going to fall through.  We decided to go look for her in the hoards of people and found her walking to the church.  So she got baptized.

On Saturday it kind of died down because it was Dia de las Madres (Mother’s Day) here in Nicaragua.  The church had an activity and a lot of mothers came out.  I’d say there were like 100.  It was awesome to see all the moms out.  We also had 3 baptisms on Saturday that all went through.  There is always a problem with every baptism.  This time it was that the branch president showed up a little late, but everything else went well.

With one of our investigators we have had a lot of spiritual experiences (he’s wearing the yellow shirt in the pictures).  The thing that we see the most often is that he always used to be super sad, didn’t know what to do with his life and stuff.  But he always has a smile now and is so much more happy.  If he keeps coming to church he will be an awesome convert!

On Sunday it was rainy in the morning, which made it a little hard to go and get people for church, but we pushed through.  One of the confirmations fell through because the aunt of one of our baptisms forced her to go to her church.  Basura (garbage).  We’ll be working to get her confirmed this next Sunday!  The asistencia (attendance) was horrible in church, only 75.  It is usually around 140.  Due to the parties and everything, and Mother’s Day, nobody really came out.  It’s kind of sad that the asistencia (attendance) at the activity on Saturday was more than at church on Sunday.

Other than that things are going well.  I am doing great and loving it here.  I love you all and hope you all have a great week!  Here are the baptisms and some other photos!

Elder Hanson

Our baptism on Friday night

Our baptisms on Saturday...

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