|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!