March 31, 2014
Dear family and friends :)
Dear family and friends :)
Oh my gosh you GUYS… Guess what?? We had a baptism on Saturday. Haha yaaaaaaaaay a BAPTISM! I WISH you guys all could have been there cause it was SO awesome :´) It really was the best baptism in the whole world :)
Baptism number 15 was to the 24 year old Mario Alberto. His story really is one of my favorites out of all of the people I’ve taught. Hna Mackay and I were actually lost when we found him, haha. We were in the middle of nowhere just walking around when we saw him dressed in a white shirt and white pants just standing in front of his house. He said it was so funny to see two white girls who looked like they had taken a wrong turn in the middle of a jungle haha, but he calls us his “Dos Angelitas" every time he sees us.
He had been working as a bar tender making really good money, but the day we taught him about the word of wisdom, he quit his job without even saying anything about it. This guy has lost EVERYTHING... but seeing the change in him from when we 1st met him until now, is incredible. At the end of his baptismal interview, Elder Baldwin asked him if he had anymore questions before the finished. Mario said “Yeah I have one.” They sat in silence for a minute until he asked “Vale la pena? Todo eso?” (Is it… worth it? All of this?) Elder Baldwin reassured him that it was and Mario said “Yo lo creo.” (I believe you.)
Since the 1st time he came to church the ward just fell in love with him. The room for his baptism was FILLED with members and it couldn’t have gone more… beautifully. After he walked out of the font and we gave him his towel. I excitedly asked how he felt. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said “Perfectamente bien” :´) I seriously couldn’t be more proud of him.
Before I went to bed that night I just… cried. I’m not even sure exactly why I cried. If it was because I was so grateful that the Lord had picked me to go to Nicaragua to find him? Or because it had been so humbling to see what we had done in bringing his soul unto Christ. Or if we hadn’t found him he wouldn’t have been baptize. Or maybe it had truly hit me that we had literally been the cause of his salvation.The truth is, that night before I went to sleep, I felt that Heavenly Father was really really… proud.
I couldn’t feel more grateful to have been called to serve as a missionary here, and that the Lord lead us to Mario´s door step to teach him the beautiful message of the restored gospel. This truly is the Lord´s work and being a part of it is the best thing that has EVER happened to me.
When my time as a missionary comes to an end, I think I might die from a broken heart. I´m just glad I´ll have you guys to go home to to take care of me haha.
I love you all so much. Until next time, the church is truuuue and I love yoooou… :)
Love, Hermanita Nielson