|All my agendas! (next photo also)|
Just so everyone knows, Hermana Walborn is training a gringa. Which makes me a Grandma. I'm so proud.
I've been hearing a lot on current events lately... The church handbook policy uproar, and I heard about what happened in France. My heart goes out to the families of those affected. The handbook thing kind of upsets me though. Sometimes I think we forget that having faith that our leaders are called of God includes having faith in their decisions... sheesh.
We had a neat experience yesterday, we walked into church to find four white people. That's never happened to me before and I felt strange not being the only blonde in the chapel. Their names were Travis and Mandy Lloyd and the others Ryan and Marci (don't remember last names) and they were visiting from Salt Lake. We sat and chatted with them and found out that Elder Lloyd served in this very area 17 years ago. He recounted to us a bunch of his experiences and it was amazing to hear how much the church has grown in that short time! He taught and converted some of the strongest members in our ward who served their own missions and their efforts have had far reaching effects! That all traces back to him! It just made me so excited to come back here in a few years and see the impact from what we've done and the progress Nicaragua will have made. I HOPE TO SEE A TEMPLE!! Soon soon. Also Brother Lloyd says he'll be calling you this week, Mom. He wants you to know how we're doing :) And they gifted the Elders and us some money for lunch but we decided we're going to do secret Santa for a few poor families instead. Crazy that I won't be here for it....
We had some problems this week that stemmed from that cheating experience and all I can say is that it's kind of offensive to me as a woman that all the women here base their self worth off of their cooking abilities. We're more than our cooking skills... I read a really awesome article in the Liahona this week that I believe was called "The Spiritual Influence of Women" that I really loved. It reminded me a lot of Mom. Though sewing and hair styling and cooking and decorating are all wonderful things, they're not what defines us. The Lord needs spiritually independent and strong women who will stand as defenders of Zion. That's my Mommy! I loved it a lot.
So you remember the references from Hermano Heneodoro?? One is an incredible soul who told us this week that she felt like God was calling her to this church and she knew she needed to be baptized. She's been reading the Book of Mormon for quite some time before we got here so her answer came fast. We went to her house in the morning to go to church with her, though, and she told us that she decided to go to her husband's evangelical church because they're going to be moving to a part of Nicaragua without an LDS church soon and she didn't want to have her family religiously divided. We were really devastated. I was praying that day to receive the confirmation that God wouldn't forget her, and that some day she would find the courage to join the church, and I received such a calm, peaceful feeling in my heart. I know that God won't abandon her and someday she'll find her way home. We all wander, but I've learned on the mission that Christ never leaves us. In 2 Nephi 26:24-25 it says, "He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation. Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price." God loves all his children. He's patient with us. I'm a testament to that!
Well, this email turned out to be extremely long. If you made it this far congrats. I don't even want to reread it it's so long. My bad. hahaha
¡Les amo un montón! Espero que tengan la mejor semana. :)
|The backs of the agendas.|
|And Nicaragua changed their money's look! The new one is on top.|