Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weak Things Became Strong

Every day at lunch with Meraris and me. Since I am not allowed to hold her (mission rules) this is what we do like everyday.

This week started off with interviews with President which was really great for me. I asked about reaching my potential as a missionary and he just told me to stop worrying about my potential and focus on others, trusting that the Lord has my progress in His hands. That's like a ton condensed into one sentence but he was just really inspired with his answer. Christ has told me more than a few times in my life that the way to be whole and happy is to focus on others and it's sad how much He needs to remind me. But he's patient so it all works out :)

Other stories... My recent converts are so amazing. Donnovan, who is 9 years old, prayed in a lesson we brought him to with Ellayne and her son Farid that Farid could get baptized soon -- like straight out. I need to be as bold as this 9 year old who has been a member for literally a month. So cool.

Also we were walking home at night the other day and some insane guy comes around the corner with a mask and a Grim Reaper cape walking slowly towards us. Needless to say we ran like crazy all the way to the house. It was a mess. Oops.

And on the weak things becoming strong, my companion always talks about how amazed she is by my knowledge of the scriptures and where things are and how to apply the scriptures to people and answer their questions, which is awesome because I felt that was my weakest point before the mission! She also told me that Pres said that I was one of the best trainers the mission has to her in her interview. What?? Can we just remember for 2 seconds how impatient of a person I was 10 months ago?? Christ has really helped me change so much on the mission. I've still got a lot to go, but I have faith that all is possible with Him!!

Love you all and never forget I pray for you always!!

Love Hermana Gubler

I seriously have no photos so here's this great throwback to the CCM when I looked nice. :) haha

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Enlightenment is Freedom

A throwback to the best one-shot selfie I've ever taken.  #Winning

Sorry for missing emailing last week, I ended up just emailing my parents because sometimes we just need that :) But I'm still in Los Laureles with my hija Hermana Ramos! I'll have seven and a half months here at the end of this change! Whooo! 

Well, they all told us that Semana Santa was the hottest week of the year. It was a lie. The days after have gotten worse and WORSE. The amount of sweat  I'm covered in at the end of the day is so unreal and so disgusting. All I want is to take showers all day... I'm so excited for the rain in May.

We're teaching a woman named Ivana who is extremely religiously intelligent. She's catholic, but she's read just about every Christian book that exists. I told her she's going to be a teacher in the church because she seriously knows SO MUCH. She told us this week that she had been praying for guidance on how to better serve others and make better use of her life and later in the afternoon we contacted her in the streets, and she figured that was her answer! I really just love the little miracles we get to take part in so often :)

Also I'm pretty sure the reason I'm still in Los Laureles is because we're teaching this man, Don Carlos, who is the husband and step father of some members, Eva and Rosa, who has NEVER wanted to listened to the missionaries, until us! He was very worried I was going to be changed and yesterday he prayed that we would continue to be here to teach him. So tender. I really do love this little piece of heaven.

I also have really learned this week that I'm a convert to the "Learning Heaven" and not "earning heaven" concept (See the Brad Wilcox "His Grace is Sufficient" talk I always quote). One thing the Nicas always say, "I like the ____ church so that's why I picked it" or "I don't like that your church believes _______". But unfortunately, the Lord didn't send us to earth to do what "we like". Christ was a perfect example of coming to do "His Father's Will", not His own. As fallen and carnal beings, what "we like" will rarely be what Heavenly Father expects of us. We are here to learn to love righteousness, because it often doesn't come naturally. We are free to choose eternal life or death (2 Nephi 10:23), but we will only want eternal life if we have learned heaven by aligning what we want with the Lord and His desires for us.

When I ever have doubts because "things don't feel right" I remind myself that we need to seek revelation the Lord's way because our feelings won't always tell us the truth. Heavenly Father loves his children, I know that! And we are so blessed to be on this earth learning His kingdom.

Until next week!

Hermana Gubler

A really ugly statue they put up.. The resolution is poor because it was taken on our phone since I'm scared to take my camera out in the street... haha

Ellayne's Birthday Party :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Semana Santaaa

My beloved Auvu'a. She's the greatest.
(Mother's Note: Michelle didn't have time to write an email this week, but I hadn't posted last week's email yet, so here it is along with pictures from both weeks.)

So this week was the hottest and one of the weirdest weeks of my life. Jesus in caskets and processions and craziness. And like Nicaragua is famous for the cat calls and men trying to grab me but this week was unreal! Semana Santa is also vacation week so that means booze which means more painful encounters for girls with blonde hair. My favorite was a seemingly sober 20ish year old coming up to me and telling me I was pretty--the usual-- but as we started walking away like protocol he starts yelling at the top of his lungs, "TE AMO!!" which, being interpreted, is the "I love you" that they only use for their spouses or novios (boyfriend/girlfriend). EVERYONE was looking at me. It was great. Only in Nicaragua.

In other news my comp got deathly sick from street food this week so I painted my nails while she slept all Tuesday. It was great. First time they've been painted in 8 months! Now you all know how humble I live here. hahaha

And wasn't Conference just the best thing ever?? We got to watch it in English (YES) and the two in Spanish we watched in Spanish. Dieter is my favorite. It was so much like Brad Wilcox's famous Grace talk! No temple in Nicaragua though! Soon. Soon.

Also we had a baptism this week! The daughter of Martha, Sonia, and her son Donnovan got baptized on Friday. It was a miracle because the church didn't have water so we had to move the whole thing to the stake center but it all worked out. I love them so much :)

Annndd ELLAYNE IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SUNDAY!! She's nervous so keep her in your prayers still. I am so excited for her! This is probably the biggest baptism of my mission because I just love her so so so so much and we've worked with her for so long! She is trying to move to the states this year so we'll see if you'll meet her in Nicaragua or in the USA, Mom and Dad. :)

Ok, well I love you all lots! Thanks for all the prayers! Make sure you read the Book of Mormon every day! There's such power in that book.

Hermana Gubler

The kids of my converts. So cute.

Did this french braid in my hair all by myself. Yeah. First one on my own hair ever.
Baptism of Ellayne

I love her SO MUCH!!!
Baptism of Gabriel from Saturday. :) He's a nephew of our first recent convert, Martha :) 

Saying goodbye to Elder Ward this morning! Please excuse my pajamas and bedhead. He and I have been here 6 months together and we've gotten to be really good friends. He's headed off to Leon to be a district leader! Now I'm literally the only American living in Villa Libertad. Hahhaa

AND I LOVE BUNNIES. And the dress I'm wearing cost $2.40. Winning.