Wednesday, September 23, 2015

They only send the healthy to Matagalpa!!

Well this week has been fairly uneventful! There were some weird old men that tried to take pictures of us that I had to tell off this week... Near and I found this place that makes an AMAZING Caesar salad and we're addicted. And then my body has been kind of giving out a little. Matagalpa is super physically demanding because we climb mountains all day and it's starting to take it's toll... I'm just really tired all the time! I think we'll eat more salad and I'll drink more water and we'll look for more investigators down low! And I think we might have bed bugs... which is thrilling. So I'll keep you updated on that one. 

The other big news is that we have an investigator that we just found that received all the lessons with the missionaries a few months back, we went back and found her last week and this week she was baptized! Just like that! She is so sweet. She has a lot of problems in her home and has a great desire to learn and to grow to be able to deal with them all and be an example. I know that the gospel will help her do just that! I can't send those pictures right now, but next week I will!

We went to a super neat wildlife garden resort deal today and they had this neat wall with a bunch of cities and countries on it. What Up Salt Lake. 

And I don't have time for my spiritual thought. Again. I need to learn to start with those... The gospel is true! I know it! Have a wonderful week! 

Hermana Gubler

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Don't Worry We're Locals

Picture from the parade this morning. It's Nicaragua's Independence day today! 

Two funny stories.

We were leaving the house and the moment we stepped out the door there were drunk men and people waiting to sell us stuff, no surprise, but there was this one drunk guy who was pretty consistent in trying to talk to us. After a few "Adios Hermano."s he said, "Adios," and started to walk away. Then he turned around and started to say "Goodbye." in English and stopped and said, "Wait, how do you say adios in gringo??" hahahha  I'm now realizing it was funnier in Spanish... oh well I already typed it. There you go.

And the other one is that we were in a lesson this week and the little 7 year old offered to give a prayer so we told her to go for it. Well that was a mistake because I am not joking that was an 8 minute long prayer that we had to awkwardly cut off... it was so funny. Near and I looked up at each other like 3 different times trying not to laugh. It just went on and on and on. Everyone needs to learn from this little girl's example. If a seven year old can thank the Lord for 8 minutes worth of stuff we need to step up our gratitude. haha

Which brings me to the spiritual experience from this week. A lot fell through for us... again... but this week wasn't without its miracles. I was reading in the Book of Mormon (P.S. I finally started reading it in Spanish in my personal study. I love it.) in the 8th chapter of Alma when Alma was trying so hard to have success in Ammonihah, in verse 10:

 "Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit,wrestling with God in mighty prayer, that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance." 

That has really been the case with me the past few months here. Lots and lots of heartfelt prayer and fasting. Well at the end Alma finally decides his efforts would be better spent elsewhere so he heads out when the angel appears and tells him to turn around and head back. This is the cool part. The angel says to him in 15:

"Blessed art thou, Alma; therefore, lift up thy head and rejoice, for thou hast great cause to rejoice; for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God." (added italics)

The spirit spoke to me the moment I read that. I really do have so much to be grateful for. I've tried very hard to be exactly obedient my whole mission and "keeping the commandments of God" has always been the priority, and for that I have great cause to rejoice. There is so much to be grateful for! Despite the challenges if I could just step back I could realize the Lord really has blessed me so much! I mean, I am a missionary! I have the best calling in the history of the world! I really do love this work. Even with its disappointments, it is the best job that there is. 

Last off I need to remind everyone that they should still email me! haha I know I'm coming home soon but I still wanna know how everything is going! I just have had like an empty inbox the last little bit... So just remember that ;) Les amo!


Hermana Gubler

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Back to Short Emails... Sorry!

Hermanas Gubler and Near :)
OK, so I have no time but it's fine because this week was super uneventful. 

Jessica and Alex are great. The papers to get married supposedly are coming today. Pray that they do!

I made an analogy in a lesson this week that including me talking about an old job I had and the lady we were teaching stopped me and said, "Wait, you worked in the United States??" And I replied... "Yeah Hermana, money doesn't grow on trees there either..." and she was way surprised! They all think that we live perfect lives there. Sadly, we don't! No one does. Which is why the whole world needs the gospel! How great is our calling.

And the other fun story is that Near and I had to get onto a really crowded bus this week and she was basically hanging out the door as it took off. So naturally she grabbed onto my waist, but missed and grabbed my chest. This being unbeknownst to me, I mistook her hand as the creepy man's who was pressed up against my side so I started to yell and went to punch the guy when she started yelling, "IT WAS ME!!" And everyone laughed at us. It was hilarious but really... well. Yeah. Awkward. 

And Near and I are going crazy with movie quoting. Like. Too much. I love her.

Well, I had planned to share a spiritual thought but I have no time. The work is the Lord's! I know he's the head! I love being a part of his church.

Also, I get home December 15th at 9:38pm for those who don't already know. Put in on the calendar. Holy Hannah this is real. Freaking out a bit. NICARAGUA IS MY HOME. Pray for me.

Have a great week!

Hermana Gubler

Hermanas Gubler and Hatt