Thursday, October 29, 2015

Patience and Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! I hope everyone sends me lots of photos of their decorations and costumes. :) I'll try and snap a few of Día de los Muertos on the 2nd next week! I'm already onto Christmas though, TBH. Sorry not sorry. We're playing the music and spraying apple cinnamon everywhere. Tis the season.

This week we had a big meeting with the South Mission and Elder Snow of the Seventy came to speak along with a few others. It was uplifting and very inspiring. And it's always fun to see old friends. There will be more pictures on the blog. :)

Yesterday, in the first Sacrament meeting we have (the normal big one, we have a small one in a neighborhood that's super far away in the afternoon for those that can't pay for the bus to come) there was NO ONE. We normally have 120-140 attendance but yesterday we only had 80. It was partially because we were in Managua for half of the week, but it was still really low and I was frustrated. In the afternoon, we were passing by for people to take them to the afternoon meeting, and we were bringing a little old woman named Juanita in her wheelchair to sacrament meeting and passing by for some others with her. She could tell that I was a little impatient that no one was answering their doors and everyone else was saying no, so she said to me, "Solo tenga paciencia, hermana. Si no tiene paciencia, que tiene? Nada". In English: "Just have patience, sister. If you don't have patience, what do you have? Nothing." I didn't realize it in the moment, but my attitude was extremely impatient. And she's right! If we don't learn to be patient, we can expect a constant stream of misery. It was a great lesson for me. 
 
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Well, I'm out of time. Pray for me that I don't stress over sacrament attendance and my life when I get back home. haha.

Love you! Have a great week!

Hermana Gubler





The girl in the middle is named Catherine, and she was baptized and confirmed this week! She's from the Atlantic coast, she speaks Misquito, which is like a cool dialect there. She's 17 and is seriously amazing. MIRACLES




Monday, October 26, 2015

NO TIME


Mom's note: Sorry, this post is a week late. I forgot.
Matagalpa

I'm in Managua right now and it took us a flipping hour to find a computer place. Drawbacks of being in the rich part of town - everyone has their own computers.

Real talk: It's super strange to come back to Managua sometimes. I've been thinking a lot about how blessed I am this week. Everyone always talks about how serving in a third world country is a big wake up call when you see how everyone lives and that's definitely true. I was driving past all of downtown Managua a ton today and I was almost moved to tears by how much the difference is between the opportunities I've been given in life and the opportunities that the people we teach have. That's what gets me the most, it's not the material stuff we have (because we learn to live and be more than happy without those, believe me) but the opportunities I have to do, go, learn, and be what I want. The possibilities are endless for me, and they don't have many of those. I really just feel we are so blessed! I am so grateful to be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, because that presents them with the greatest opportunity there is, and the only one that really matters in the end: eternal life. I love a sentence in the Plan of Salvation folleto (pamphlet), All that is unfair about life can be reconciled through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is really true though. All will be made right one day.

We've been seeing some incredible miracles in the work lately. Grateful for the tender mercies💕

Kay Im sorry this is such a strange email. Here's the latest of my Matagalpa. Love love love it here.

Thanks for the emails! I'll respond next week! Love you!

Hermana Gubler

Matagalpa

Sick Day and Aniza's Baptism!



My apologies for posting this two weeks late. I was out of town, then I forgot.

I don't like most cats but this one was a cuddler and fat and I love it. Thought you needed to see.

Ok, so there is seriously like nothing to write this week. Hermana Near got sick... so I got to watch the Joseph Smith movie and Mountain of the Lord because no one was available to do divisions with me because they were all partying at a wedding. Whoo. 

But the fun news. Remember the two cute girls from the photos last week?? One was actually not a member yet. Aniza. She has been going to church with her grandma forever and this past weekend was baptized on her birthday! We had cake and all :) She and her sisters were asking me questions about Revelation and telling me how they defend the Book of Mormon and the church to their peers. They're the type of missionary I wish I would have been when I was 11... so cool. 

Oh and sorry the video didn't upload in time last week. I'll try again... (Mom's note: I finally added it to last week's post.)

The mission is seriously the most incredible thing. The Lord has humbled me a lot the past few months but in the end He knows just what I need. I can't imagine ever not being a missionary.. the thought scares me a little. Even though life is not the easiest here because of all the roller coaster highs and lows I am the happiest here that I've ever been. I'm excited to go home and see everyone again but I seriously can't imagine leaving this all behind! This country, these people, and especially this work are a part of me now. I love this gospel and I especially love sharing it. 

Ok, I am so sorry this email is so short... again.

Love and pray for each of you! Have a wonderful week!

Hermana Gubler
Aniza's Baptism

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Blessings of the Spirit



General Conference. WAS SO GOOD. Still not over it. I loved the emphasis on how the goal of the gospel is to help us change and grow and to be happy while doing it. Sometimes that's a challenge for me... ahem right now... but they also shared a lot of HOW to do it. I'm excited to apply it all! I really just love how the Lord can speak directly to us through his servant's words.. I especially loved Lawrence, Bednar, and Uchtdorf. And Holland. And Marriot. Basically the whole thing. The only downside is that we had a LOT of people committed to come to the conference and hardly anyone came. So we'll be dropping a bunch this week.... Can we just all commit right now to never say, "I know it's important to put God first, BUT..." and then follow with some excuse?? We heard that a lot this weekend. There really aren't excuses. 3 Nephi 13:31-33, people. Just do it. Be obedient. So important. 

Well afterwards Near and I were feeling pretty distraught, because the zone threw some fire and we really didn't contribute. So I was kneeling in prayer pouring out my frustration (because we seriously worked SO HARD this week - and fasted - and sacrificed - and nothing - again) when the spirit whispered the words to me from the Doctrine and Covenants 101:16, Be still and know that I am God. Basically I think the Lord was gently telling me to stop complaining and trust that it will all work out in His time. So we keep moving forward! Grateful for the spirit.

I sent home a video of us on a bridge we often cross and we seriously feel like Tarzan status when we cross it! (See below

ALSO, I just found out that Hermana Hatt is back in Los Laureles! I love that place so much! I hope she enjoys being with all our converts. :) Lucky duck. I just thought that was really fun so you all needed to know!

There's a big emphasis right now to work with potential Priesthood holders because that's a requirement for the stake, which is a challenge for us because of all the reluctant guys here, but we're rolling with it. (PS There were so many gross men stories this week that I won't even share one. Sorry I'm over it. Not really but I tell myself that I am.) So we've started contacting OLD men. On Tuesday we contacted 5 senior men at a street corner, and boy was that a ride. They were nuts. At the end we invited them to be baptized and only two gave us maybes... We went back with them and neither worked out; but hey, contacting older men is pretty fun. Makes me miss my Grandpa. :)

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Thanks for your prayers. :) Les amo!💕 

Hermana Gubler