Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Transfers (Again) and Triplets

What a crazy this week this has been! 

First, on Saturday I had my first baptism! Suprise!! We baptized an adorable 9 year old named Freydel (I think I sent a picture of us under an umbrella before). We found out she wasn't baptized so we reactivated her family and baptized her. She was SO EXCITED. It was such a cool day. And all her friends came and loved the baptism so we started to teach their families, and a few of them already are asking to be baptized! You really can make a difference, no matter your age. :)

And second, I got transfered! AGAIN! I'm back in Managua in a place called Maximo Jerez and my companions are...wait for it... the sister training leaders for the whole mission! Their names are Cara Behan and Belany Alan. They're basically the sister APs. They are incredible teachers and I am so excited to work with them! I have some super great feelings about this transfer. According to Hermana Behan, Presidente said that I "have a lot of potential" (Pressure, anyone?? hahaha) and so I've got a lot to live up to. Here's to the faith that the Lord and I can do anything together!

Well I have a ton of photos to send but my camera and this computer don't get along. So. Next week. Just to get you excited there's one of me surrounded by about 20 Nicaraguan children all hugging me. Don't worry. Its only the cutest thing ever. 

Well, I love you all and pray for you daily! Thank you for your prayers and all your support! The gospel is true! Have a great week! 

Love,
Hermana Gubler

Monday, October 20, 2014

Three Transfers Down!

I've gotten into a habit of frog catching lately. They're so cute!








This week we'll be finding out if we have transfers and I really would love to stay in Jinotega and with Hermana Hawkins, but I also really want to give my Spanish a workout and have a Latina companion. I'll let you know next week!

This week we had an activity where the whole zone had exchanges and we had 24 hours to try and fulfill all these goals. I was put with Hermana Rachael Arcia and Hermana Muller (how I love that girl) in Hna Arcia's area in Matagalpa. Hna Arcia is going home next week, so she's a super experienced missionary and I learned a lot from her! We also have similar personalities I feel like, so I was able to pick up a little Spanish to reflect my personality. I don't know if that makes sense, but you develop a different personality almost when you learn a new language because you only know the words and phrases of a few different people. So my personality in Spanish is mostly Hna Bernards and Hna Hawkins. Haha I love it. But anyways it was a blast.
In other news we finally had a family in church! We have a few really awesome investigators right now I was planning on writing about but I don't have time :( Next week, maybe! 
Love you! Have a great week!
Sister Gubler

More frog catching! :)

And...more frog catching! :)


This is the kitten at our lunch citas. It likes to sit there the whole meal sometimes. Haha
Monkey Zoo!

This was taken half a second before it grabbed my hair. Classic.

Our feet after climbing mountains in the rain. So fun. (Sense the sarcasm??)

A view of Matagalpa

Monday, October 13, 2014

#RainForDaysss

Me and Freydel, the daughter of a menos activo (less active), under my umbrella outside her house :) She is super cute.
Well, this week was actually fairly uneventful. That's a first! Jamileth accepted a baptismal date, so we're super excited for that! And we found an old investigator of the church that told us he didn't want to get baptized before, but now he does! His name is Abelino, he's a super cute old man with blue eyes (which is my favorite because that's super rare) and his baptismal interview is on Tuesday.

And on the baptism subject, I would also just like to mention that 5 people I found and taught were baptized the next two weeks after I left Villa Venezuela. It was super hard not to be there to see them baptized, but I'm still counting them as my converts. ;) I sent pictures of me with them on my last week in Villa Venezuela, and I sent pictures from their baptisms. I don't know if they made it to the blog, but if you'd like to match them up and put them on, Mom, that would be great. :) (Mother's note: the baptism pics are on previous blogs, here and here)

It's also been raining here for the past week, which has been a joy to work in. But rain is always preferable over the heat! haha

I had a dream last night that was interesting I'd like to share... In the dream I had to go home for a week to fill out some papers or something, and the whole time I was home I was like, "Just get me back on my mission! I miss Nicaragua!" After waking up I realized how much I really love it here. You couldn't pull me away for the world! There really is no way that God is not behind all this. Despite all the odds, I am the happiest I've been in my life. 

Sidenote--in the dream I accidentally told an English-speaker, "Gracias!" and they were like, "Why is this white girl talking to me in Spanish?" and I realized I was not in Nicaragua anymore... haha So I tried to tell them about how I had just been serving a mission and introduce them to the church but I was having a really hard time doing it without using Spanish words. I'm already forgetting English, even in my dreams!! #TheStruggleIsReal 

Well, I'm out of time but I love and pray for you all!

Con Amor,
Hermana Michelle Gubler

Dirt on my skirt! You can't see it very well in the picture but there was a lot. :)

The blanket I bought for my bed so I don't freeze to death every night. It was made here in Nicaragua and cost me $7. #Winning

A picture from the activity we had as a zone last week with all the missionaries from my CCM district that are all in Mataglapa (that's our zone)
My favorite sisters :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Miracles

That is dragon fruit ice cream. It was delicious.
Wasn't conference great?? I listened in Spanish, so I had to focus 100% of the time to understand (and some I couldn't because holy cow those translators talk fast!) so I really got a lot out of it. I loved the two talks that were delivered in Spanish too! I hope they keep with that tradition :) The downside is we were only able to bring 1 investigator to conference. We dropped most of our investigators when they didn't go, which was really sad. But I know if we continue to pray and ask for the Lord's guidance we can find those who are ready. But I want to tell you a story about the 1 girl, Jamilet, who went:

Early in the week, we contacted a couple (Jamilet and Davin) in the street and gave them a spur-of-the-moment tour of the church. They really liked it and Davin whispered to Jamilet near the end of the tour, "Beautiful, right?". So we took down their address and went to find them later in the week, super excited to teach them. But as we went to look for their house, we realized we took down the address wrong and were missing the reference point. All we knew is that they lived in a neighborhood called Camilo Ortega. There are two streets which are part of Camilo Ortega separated by another street with a different name. Anyway, we started asking people on the street if they knew them, no one did, so pretty soon it was clear we were gonna need a miracle to find them. I suggested we say a prayer so we found a little alleyway where there weren't any people and we prayed. I asked for the Lord's help in finding them, and told Him we would talk to every person to do it. After the prayer we went back out to the main street and the first person we saw was a little girl. We asked her and she didn't know them. Then a young guy came up the street and we asked him and he said he didn't know anyone on the street with those names. (At this point we're thinking we should just go to the other Camilo Ortega street, because everyone knows everyone here.) Then a lady came up the street at the same time we noticed a lady at her window so we split to ask them both. I went to the lady at the window, who was on the phone. I thought, "This is awkward. I don't really want to interrupt her" ...but I said we would talk to everyone. So I waited till she could pause and I asked if she knew anyone by the name of Jamilet. She put one finger up as if to say 'just a minute.' Next thing we see is Jamilet's face pop up in the window. We both just turned to each other and our jaws dropped. We literally had been talking to people and asking for her right in front of her house and they didn't know her (the odds of that are next to nothing) and if we hadn't talked to EVERY person, like I asked, we wouldn't have found her. I know the Lord wanted us to find this family, and he was able to help us because we asked. And if we follow through EXACTLY with our promises, He can work miracles for us.

In other news, the rain here is crazy and hates us, we got free bread from boys hitting on us, I had a dream Steven started producing cocaine, I see lots of people here in CAT hats and tee shirts (and think of Dad every time), we found this pico place that has the best honey picos ever, and I was able to buy you all Christmas presents :) Sorry that's not detailed, but I'm out of time! Love you all and hope to hear from you all this week!

Sister Gubler

Jamilet with her daughter Wuendy :)


Baptisms of people I taught in Villa Venezuela! I wish I could have been there for them :´) Mario y Moises.

Fanny's Baptism

Maryurie's Baptism
The little friend we found in our local grocery store :)
Flowers from the garden of our lunch cita! She has the PRETTIEST garden!
Cactus from the garden of the lunch cita
More cacti from the garden of the lunch cita
We went hiking this week. Throught that. SO COOL!
Another picture from the hike.
 My farmers tan is supppeeerrrr bad! (YES)
Sunset



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Peeing in Public and Kissing Catastrophes

Michelle on splits with Mueller (her companion from the MTC)
Now that subject line got your attention, didn't it??

First, peeing. We have a ton of meetings this week we had to go to, and to get there we have to take these public transport buses that are exactly the same as school buses. We were in one for 2.5 hours on Tuesday, and about a half hour in I realized I hadn't peed in about 12 hours. It was super painful. At about an hour in, when it was dark and everyone was asleep, I woke up my comp and told her I was about to die. So we pulled out my little emergency funnel thing (Mom, I am so glad you made me buy that) and I peed in a Gatorade bottle super subtly. And I only got a little on my skirt! I'm not sure if that story was appropriate to share but it was the craziest adventure I've had so far. #WhenInNicaragua

And kissing catastrophes. It's no secret that people kiss each other in greeting in Latin America, but usually that's just for females, right? Wrong. Sometimes the guys lean in to kiss your cheek too, and we have to super awkwardly lean back and be like, nope! and they get all super embarrassed. Well, this week one guy leaned in super fast and I didn't really get the chance to lean back. So I just went with it. And then my comp had to awkwardly refuse and basically it was just extremely and painfully awkward. Who knew I would kiss more guys on a mission than at home!

Also, I spoke in church yesterday for 10 whole minutes. In Spanish. Round of applause anyone??

And this past week was my Cumplemes! Happy 3rd month! And I happened to be on divisions that day with... Hermana Muller! She and I got to celebrate together! It was so cool to do divisions with her and to see ourselves, two white girls who had never been out of the country only three months ago, functioning and teaching lessons totally on our own in the middle of Nicaragua. We've come a long way in these three months! (See photo!)

And one last fun story! I was surprised to look out our window yesterday and see the Grandpa of a member of our ward in Villa Venezuela (my last area). I went out and talked to him and found out our land lady is his sister! And he brought his grand-daughter (who's the member) Leyla, with him! Hna Bernards and I did divisions with her before, it was so nice to see her again! The world is seriously tiny.

Well that's all for this week! Love you!

Hermana Michelle Gubler

Michelle and Wilkins (her other MTC companion)

Michelle and Mueller on splits

Hermana Mueller's apartment view

Some of Michelle's package - only took 2 months! And nothing was stolen! :)

The lush countryside of Jinotega