Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Letter #34 - May 10, 2010

Yay! It was so fun to talk to you all yesterday. I'm so glad everyone is happy and healthy in body and spirit. It is really an incredible support to have a family like you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Well, for everyone else who doesn't know... I'm still in Jinotega and I'm not training. My new companion is Hna. Hernandez from Guatemala. She's bold and not afraid to say it how it is, so that's mostly a good thing. :)

It is nice to be back in Jinotega working like a normal missionary after the last week and a half of activity planning. It's amazing the progress we lose in such a short time of not working. Satan works 24/7 and when we are doing other things, he never rests. We've had a less than steller church attendance the last two weeks and I don't know if we are going to baptize this week, but we have a lot of faith and we're going to work dang hard.

It's started to rain more consistantly. It drizzles at least every day and we've had about three really good monsoons in the last week. I think I'll be damp for the next 6 months of my mission. But, everything is looking more green and beautiful and that is nice. This place really is gorgeous when you get out of the city and look past the trash.

So Paige asked about our investigators yesterday and I realized that I need to repent and write more about the people we are teaching. So here is my repentance, and a few words about some of the interesting people we've met and taught:

1) Felix - an old guy who actually lives about 20 minutes away by bus. He raises chickens and pigs and has a beautiful piece of land and charming house in the mountains outside of the city. He has been investigating the church for about three years, knows it's true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet but wont stop drinking coffee... He's very interesting and very frustrating to teach.

2) Ivania and kids - the wife of a recent convert named José Luis. She can't read and doesn't ever want to pray, but she comes to church and to a lot of the activities. We're still waiting for her to give permission to baptize her two kids, Irvin and Leila.

3) Armando y Yamileth - a lovely pair who are not married, but have two little kids. She really likes everything we teach but hasn't been able to come to church yet, in part because of her crazy three year old. He doesn't want to get married but has come to church once. We're gonna keep working on him.

4) Melba y Noel - she has been to church about 3 times and knows it's true. The problem is that she is living with Noel but is still married to the father of her two sons. Divorces are really expensive and take a ton of time... downer.

5) Concepción - single mom who likes the lessons. She can't read but is really humble and accepts the principles.

As the others we are teaching start to progress, I'll fill you in on a few more. We just usually baptize our investigators pretty fast so all the ones with a continual story are the ones with big hold ups. Anyway. There you go. I'll try to better about letting you know how they are all doing.

Being a missionary is the best thing in the world - especially when you get to talk to your family.

Love, love, love,

Hna. Crosland

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