Monday, February 24, 2014

Sick

Hey mom!

So... it turns out I'm kind of sick :( My uterus got SUPER huge Thursday afternoon and really hurts. I look like I'm pregnant! My tummy is HUGE. Its hard to sit and walk and do really anything. In the mornings I feel like I'm going to throw up and my head feels like someones stabbing it. The mission nurse says its a ovarian cyst. So I have to go to the doctor tomorrow and I'm FREAKING out! (AS YOU WELL KNOW) Doctors are my BIGGEST fear... ESPECIALLY Nicaraguan doctors. So that's all that's new. Hopefully they'll just give me some pills and I'll live.

So that's it for this week haha. Here are some pictures of my freaking out talking to the mission nurse and throwing a fit not wanting to go to the doctors. Look familiar? haha. I love you!

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Post Script: I spoke to the mission President's wife a few days later after having been a nervous wreck myself worrying about her. She said Sarah was a brave Hermana who endured a full exam like a champ. It turns out that she had a bad case of Strep and some sort of Uterus infection as well. She received a blessing and was back to work in no time. Thank goodness! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

With Hermana M

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Last days in Managua

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Yamileth

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Maite, Byro and lil Nathan

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Lil Nathan blocking the door so they can't leave :'(

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Goodbye Managua, Hello Carazo

Feb 17, 2014

Hey ya'll! 

How ARE you guys? I miss you so much! I hope everything is AWESOME over there in Utah :) Everything's great over here in Nicaragua. I just completed 11 months... Can you believe it? One more month and I'l complete a YEAR! So crazy.

I got moved out of Managua and have a new companion! I'm now in an area called Carazo with Hermana Mackay :) We both lived in Helaman Halls at the SAME time and didn't even know each other! How crazy is that? In this short week we have become dearest friends and couldn't be a happier companionship :) She is my newest and greatest blessing.

Here are a few lil pics of my dear friend Yamileth, my FAVORITE family in the world Maite, Byro and lil Nathan (he was so upset when we told him we had changes and blocked the door haha) my new companion and I in our little house, and two little Nicaraguan sisters that look just like Analisa and I :) 

I love you guys sooo much and hope you have a AWESOME week. The church is true and I love you :)


Love, Hermana Nielson

Monday, February 10, 2014

P-Day in Beautiful Nicaragua


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These last 3 pictures from Hermana Nielson make me laugh! I wonder why they sleep with blankets on their heads? Can we guess who's not a morning person? Katherine said they looked like polygamists in their matching gowns :) I love their bright colored shirts. Going out to serve with hearts full of love <3


Monday, February 3, 2014

Birthday Pictures

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My 21st Birthday!

My family and loved ones! How ARE you guys? Did you have a upper awesome week in this new year of 2014? I sure hope so. On Friday I turned 21 years old. Can you BELIEVE it?? I feel so old! But my birthday was so wonderful :’)
I received new garments, a hair bow, candy, scrunchies, gum, Nutella from Kooper, a card from Grammy, a magazine for after the mish, a tiger stuffed animal, an AWESOME video from my FAMILY and a dress typical de Nicaragua that is so gorgeous. OH my gosh. (Oh and a shot glass of Coca-Cola cause I’m 21… haha my companions are HILARIOUS)
We had a special birthday breakfast with some members who made American French TOAST (oh my GOSH), the district bought donuts, some of our investigators sang an EFY song for me that they had been practicing for weeks, the Galo family organized a happy birthday arrangement with a guitar, and the Ocon family surprised me with a BEAUTIFUL cake that said Felicidades Sarah :’). I can easily say, my birthday in Nicaragua was one of the best birthdays I have ever had. It was VERY humbling to feel so much love :’). I cried that night thanking my Heavenly Father for blessing me with such wonderful people. Thank you EVERYONE for making my 21st birthday one that I will never forget. I love you guys.


Sunday night we were teaching my favorite Nicaraguan family of all time. In fact, it was in their house a while ago when I fell in love with Nicaragua while sitting on their floor eating spaghetti (a story for another day). This time we were sitting on their floor eating rice and eggs when we asked them about the love that God has for them. I felt God’s love for them very strongly so I was sure they would respond positively when she looked at me and said “God does NOT… love me… If He loved me, why did he let my 4 year old little girl die? Por quĂ©?? Why.”
After a moment of silence I reassured her that God loves her very much and that her daughter was in peace in the spirit world with Him. With tears in her eyes she replied ”But I don’t WANT her to be with God. I want her to be with ME!...” Her husband then went off about how life isn’t fair and that justice in all things will NEVER be served.
It was then when the pains of this family who I cared so much for, came upon me. It was in that moment when I realized I am a literal representative of Jesus Christ.
I went home that night very sad. Not being able to sleep, I looked through some old notes for comfort and came across a quote by Bruce R. McConkie which read the following.
“I am called of God. My authority is above that of kings of the earth. By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Master and He has chosen me to represent Him—to stand in His place, to say and do what He Himself would say and do if He personally were ministering to the very people to whom He has sent me. My voice is His voice, and my acts are His acts; my doctrine is His doctrine. My commission is to do what He wants done; to say what He wants said; to be a living modern witness in word and in deed of the divinity of His great and marvelous Latter-day work. How great is my calling.”
How great is my calling indeed. This poor family doesn’t believe anything is this life is fair or just, and the truth is, it’s not.  Life itself isn’t fair. If I’ve learned anything out here on the mission, it’s that life is very very hard. But through the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ, EVERYTHING is made right, pure, just and perfect. It is through the power of the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we can be happy, because of the mercy and love He has for every single one of us. I know that Christ lives. I know that He is our Savior and Redeemer. Out here on the mission, I have truly come to know Him. (That’s the REAL purpose of a mission. (Don’t tell anybody that but it’s the truth.))
If it take 18 months to 2 years, every missionary come to know Him while walking in His footsteps. If it be through dirt, mud, sand, snow, in 100 degree weather or 100 below-  I know that this truly is the work of the Lord. Before I know it, my time here will come to an end, but the things I have learned and experiences I have had will stay with me forever, never to be forgotten, making me the person I am.
I love this gospel so much, and I love YOU guys so much. Me and my 21 years of age will talk to you soon. Have a WONDERFUL week! The church is true and I love you.

Love, Sarah

PS: And Happy Birthday Matthew!

Christmas in Nicaragua

I don't think we ever anticipated a Christmas more! Seeing her beautiful face on the computer screen brought tears and cheers of delight. She looked radiant with her missionary tag shining brightly on our screen. Hearing her speak English with a hint of Nicaraguan accent was so endearing. The kids performed Christmas songs as we all watched tears roll down her sweet face. They later convinced her to sing for us, so she graced us with the 1st verse of Silent Night in Spanish which had us all bawling. How we miss her angel voice! Our time flew much too quickly and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. "Mother's Day will be here before you know it",we all shouted. One more phone call to go and then come fall then she'll be home! Here are a few pics she sent in December. I doubt she'll ever forget the time she made a Christmas tree out of duct tape in Nicaragua. 

We love you Hermana Nielson!! Shine on! 

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