Monday, November 30, 2015

Penosa Thanksgiving cena y la busqueda (the search)

Just a typical day on the mission.

Familia y Amigos,

I hope that all of you guys had a super great Thanksgiving, I am very thankful for all of you and all that you do for me.  This week was a pretty good one, and by pretty good I mean it was the usual stuff, and nothing too bad happened. We didn’t end up having consejo, and we decided to get to work in the area and not lose too much time in Bluefields, so I didn’t go either.

I’m not going to go day by day here because it was about the same.  There was a lot of contacting and trying to find cool people that would go to church.  We found a good number of people throughout the week that accepted us, a fecha bautismal (baptismal date) and were kind.  But of course then Satan tempts on Sunday morning so not a ton of them came.  We have found that people here just don’t really understand a couple of things, one of them being commitments, another being commandments.  We have been really trying to simplify our teaching and to try and help them understand, it has kind of been working, but not a ton.  We feel like the people don’t really understand the concept of God, so we are starting from the beginning.  It is interesting to see that a country that is so "religious" has a hard time accepting that God controls everything and is willing to bless us if we keep His commandments.  We are trying to help the people understand so they can receive the fullness of the gospel, but there are some hard hearted people here. :)

On Thursday it was Thanksgiving and let me tell you it was the most penoso (pitiful) Thanksgiving ever.  We started off the day eating some pumpkin bread, that was good.  hahah We got 100 extra cordobas each ( a little under 4 dollars) to spend on Thanksgiving "dinner" (ended up being lunch) as a zone.  So the whole zone is latinos, and there is nothing to do here in Juigalpa so we just ordered pizza for the zone.  Super lame but whatever!  We lucked out because Elder Merrill had a friend from Managua who works for the church who was going to be out here working at the church, so he took us out to a super nice restaurant and bought us a nice dinner.  It didn’t end up being too big of a bust, and we had a good time so that is what matters!

Friday I went out to Boaco for district meeting, taught about how they can get to know better their investigators and complete efficiently. Eficacia (efficiency) has been a big focus of mine and Elder Merrill's lately, and the missionaries are having a hard time with that too.  I’m glad my dad always taught me that we should get the job done right the first time, so we don’t have to worry about doing it over again.  Good life lesson.

I really enjoyed studying 3 Nefi 27 this week, I would encourage you all to go and read it, along with the JST of Matthew 16. I like verse 26 that talks about how we have to reject every worldly desire, and keep the commandments to be able to follow Jesus Christ. We need to change the things that we don’t want to change to be able to have success in our lives.  I know that if we do it we will be blessed.

I hope all of you have a great week, enjoying the Christmas season.  Love you all,

Elder Hanson

Elder Merrill and his friend from Managua
A mission can really wear you out sometimes!

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