Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Letter #44, July 19, 2010


¿Cómo están todos? Sounds like you are busy doing a bunch of fun things. That's great. Hey, today is national Sandinista day. Viva la revolución...or not. We had a ward activity this morning so we got to stay in our area and hang out with the members, which was good because we wouldn't have been able to take a bus to meet with the other missionaries in the zone anyway.

All the buses are being occupied by the Sandinistas and all the major streets are full of people with red and black flags, doing who knows what. Supposedly is kind of a dangerous day, but we have successfully avoided everything. We spent the morning playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, potato sack racing, water relays and having a BBQ (super yummy shish-ka-bobs with rice and a tomato and onion salad) with the ward. We also had a few investigators there and it was really great for them to make some friends and get to know the ward members in that type of setting. I also washed the Medina's dog, Go-go. It made me miss Riley.

Yesterday I was hoping to have a lot more investigators at church than we did, but María Auxiliadora (Shilo) and her husband José came and also the husband of one the members came. We had another couple of really good lessons with them and started teaching their daughter and son-in-law, Mijaly y Yolanda.

We also had interviews this week and found out that the church is changing things a little bit. Instead of having interviews every change, they are every two changes as well as multi-zone conferences. But every change there is a leadership conference for the ZLs, DLs, and trainers. We talked a lot about the importance of asking good questions and listening to our investigators to teach them by the spirit and find out their real needs. As we've put this more into practice, we've had some really great lessons. Sometimes it feels like we don't get to teach very many principles, but we've felt the spirit more strongly in our lessons and that is always really good.

Well, sorry this is a short email. I hope all goes well with Leslie and Boston and give Grandpa a big hug and kiss for me. I'll definitely keep them in my prayers. Also give my best to Annett and Joerg.

Being a missionary is the best thing in the world - we are called to preach the gospel BY THE SPIRIT.

Love, Hna. Crosland

National Sandinista Day

Potato sack racing with the ward.

Washing Go-go the dog

New Mission President, Carlos F. Arredono, his wife, daughter and Hermana Crosland

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