Monday, May 6, 2013

Gallos and Gallinas

What a week. I’m FINALLY used to my new life as a Nicaraguan and have accepted that this is my new home for the next little while. Instead of missing home, I’ve switched my mind set and fall more in love with Nicaragua every day.

I absolutely LOVE our investigators. Every single one of them is so special to me. We teach young people, old people, families and all sorts of interesting characters. It’s hard walking miles from house to house in the heat to find them not home, or busy, and a lot of them don’t fully accept out messages. I’m learning the beautiful trait of patience while working with these people (especially my crazy companion) but there are those few that God has fully prepared for us. Sweet little William, (reminds me so much of Matthew and his dog so much of Topher) has gone to church, Young Mens activities and soaks in our messages like a sponge. What a wonderful boy he is. On the phone I’ll tell you about all of them individually so you can love them with me!

WE had our second baptism this week! A completely uneducated (can't read) man named Julio and I love him to death. I couldn't be more proud of him. The baptism was so beautiful and he received El Don del Espiritu Santo on Sunday at church... Ha, couldn't be more happy for him! Baptisms are the BEST part of missionary work!

Living here, contacting and walking around these streets is so scary for me sometimes. Because I’m so white and look so different, I stick out like a sore thumb. When 2 Nicaraguans are on either side of me we look like an Oreo! haha :) Its scary being out here so alone with no one to keep an eye on us or take care of us, but I know that Lord doesn't leave us alone for a second. Hermana Vasques takes care of me like a mother bear watches her cub. She gets frustrated with me sometimes (a lot) but there is no other Hermana I would rather be with.

Ahhh, I love you soo much and can’t thank you enough for everything you do for me. I wish there was something I could do to repay you! I am forever indebted to you all, and promise to serve to the BEST of my ability. Thank you for EVERYTHING. Words cannot express my love for you all. Ahhh MOM the shirts are PERFECT! I cant wait to get them! Thank you sooo much! As for the other packages, I know they are safe and in good hands. God is watching over them and they will be with me in no time. I promise. I can feel it.

My least favorite animal in the entire world: Gallos y gallinas. I STRONGLY dislike those nasty like things... (big things) haha and they’re EVERYWHERE. We'll be teaching a lesson and a big fat disease infested chicken will come waddling through our legs. I LOVE the dogs no matter how gross they are but chickens? No...

Ahhh this gospel is beautiful and so true I can’t believe people want to live without it. I feel so much like Nephi in 2 Nephi 33:3 when he cries for the people on his pillow at night. Whenever I’m missing music, ice-cream, t.v, air-conditioning, my beautiful family and friends, all I have to do is realize this isn’t about me. This is about them. This is about the salvation of the beautiful people of Nicaragua. The Lord needed a body, and he picked me to be an instrument in his hands. It's an honor and a privilege to be here, and I couldn't be more grateful. I cant wait to talk to you all this next coming week! I have to much I personally want to tell all of you that I can’t type! What ever day it is that I can call, cant come soon enough. I love you soooo much and will talk to you then!

Dad! Thanks for the language help! And Mom LOVE the pictures you sent me, they are BEAUTIFUL! LOVE your beautiful children aka my siblings! Tell them I love them!

With Love,

Hermana Nielson

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