First of all, for the record, this is Mindy, posting and acting like Sabrina (since she left for the MTC).
Second of all, I have been THE ONLY ONE on her facebook since she left for the MTC on December 1. She doesn't get online to do anything but email.
Ok, so with all of that cleared up, lets get into the update of her life as a Hermana in Nicaragua from her last email.
So Sunday night again we were told that we were going to Managua for a SUPER PDAY! Our zone gets super pdays alot because we baptise alot of families and they reward us for our work. Which sometimes I don't feel like it's that good of an award because we wake up super early to ride on a bus for 2 hours. Granted, yes we do usually have a lot of fun and do fun things, but we never get the things that we need to get done done because we are always in Managua. Like my laundry, that I haven´t done for like a week! It's such a good things that I brought alot of clothes because I don't wash my clothes very often, because I just don't have time. Anyways after our early morning bus ride, which speaking of laundry I was in wet clothes because I did wash some clothes the night before, but I realized that it was Presidents Day and I had to wear red white and blue for that day, so I had to wear my wet shirts on the bus because they weren't dry yet. We got to Managua and they had rented a huge blow up slide for us and a huge blow up slip and slide that both had water going on so we just got to play in the water. It was so much fun we had races down the slip n slide and they did tricks on the slide it was a blast.
We are teaching a family and they are just really neat. They quit drinking coffee the day we taught them that is was bad. So we had a interview with them and we thought everything was going just great because they had already agreed to baptism and they loved us coming over and blah blah. So our district leaders and zone leaders went with us to interview them. The little brother was good to go and wanted to. His sister wanted to go to church and learn more, Heaven forbid that... Anyways so we were just going to baptize the brother. Saturday morning we called and he was like; "what no I'm not getting baptized today, I just said I would get baptized not today though." Anyways we just were like whatever, ok fine next week.
We went to talk with this girls husband who smokes but hasn't ever been there when we have taught. We went there and he was home which was weird. So we started talking to him and we were going to start teaching him as well so they could all get baptized. This kid has long shaggy hair a nice stud stickin out of his lip, and smokes and loves heavy metel music. Anyways we are talking and he was like: "I've already been baptized." We were like, "oh cool what church you know?" he was like, "I was baptized in 2003 in your church blah blah.." We all just sat there like what the.. it's funny how people change and how quickly Satan gets to you when you start doing the right thing. The family is going to get baptized this Saturday, I think and the guy, we haven't been able to meet up with him since.
We had a multiple zone conference in Chenidega last Thursday, and that is an even worse bus ride. Yes, if you are thinking that I'm not working in my area very much and teaching a lot you, are correct because we are always on buses going to classes, or to Managua or just everywhere. Anyways, so it's a 4 hour bus ride away from us. We got there and it was a great conference the president talked about agency because I guess we are having a really hard time with missionaries being obedient and not doing things that they shouldn't. Anyways, we had pizza at this conference. I was starving, I had been up since 3 and hadn't eaten besides a little junk food that we food at a little stand on the way to the bus stop. So it's almost 2 and I'm ready to eat anything, this pizza didn't look that good, but I ate it because all the pizza has tasted fine that I have eaten. So I ate it and we left and went home. That nigh I just had a really bad stomach ache and couldn't sleep or because I was in pain. I got up and threw up so much I don't know how I did it. So I thought ok, great now I'm going to feel better because I threw up. I went and took some magic medicine and went to lay down. I couldn't sleep because I still had pain. I spent the rest of the night sleeping sometimes on the toliet seat or crawlying to the extra matress we have on our floor, it was so gross but this is the moral of the story. This whole time I am praying Heavenly Father help me feel better. Help me be able to sleep help me be able to work tomorrow, I don't want to look like a bad missionary. After a few of these prayers and about my 9th time throwing up I just said a prayer more furvent and just said Heavenly Father i can´t do this anymore i´m in alot of pain and i have nothing left to throw up please help me feel better. After that I was able to walk out of the bathroom and go to sleep and I felt better, and it made me think, Heavenly Father doesn't ever want us to be in pain or hurting or just not happy but sometimes we have to go through things and hard times and then he will deliever us from them. So, I just thought that it was really neat that my Heavenly Father loves me that much that he will help me feel better and help me be able to go on in this work.
We were walking home the other night and I just started laughing so hard. All over in the streets here are drunk men just passed out on the streets or just trying to talk to us drunker then drunk. So walking home the other night there was a guy that just complely feel off the side walk into the road and couldn't really get back up. It was so funny I just laughed the whole way home an still laugh thinking about it.
We have another family that got baptized a month ago. He is a stud and just a great person in the gospel and just golden we went up to invite him to a movie at the church and he was just like "no, I'm not going.. This is the same day they told us they weren't getting baptized. Anyways, he was just like no, I'm not going things are bad my step daughter and I are fighting they aren't paying my wife at her work, I don't have a job we dont have food or money. This and this and this.. After talking with him for over an hour saying just come it will be good you will be blessed things will get better nothing happened. So Hermana Willford went in to talk with his step daugter because she has a step mom and knows how that goes. I was alone with him out there and I started talking to him and shared a scripture Ether 12:6 and then started talking about how before my mission was really hard and just everything in life was really hard like my break up, my family, not having confidence just everything but i can and i promised him that Heavenly father wants him to be happy and feel his love and he will take care of his family because he is doing what he is suppose to do. We didn't even finish the conversation and he just got up and left. The next thing we knew he was chaging and he was comng with us. It was so weird. So tonight we just got knews that he might be getting a job tomorrow and his wife is going to be getting a new job as well we believe. Again Heavenly Father blesses us and wants us to be happy. This one was kind like a what in the world type thing because I promised him Heavenly Father would bless him and I know as missionaries we aren't suppose to promise things and blah blah but it showed me heavenly fathers love and also the power I have as a missionary.
This week im having to speak more Spanish all the time well as much as I can because I was told that I have to. Which is right because that is how I'm going to learn, but it's very hard and frustrating because they just quit listening to you. Even if you speak spanish, they quit listening to you. But, because I don't speak it very well and I don't know all the words so I have to ask how to say things, they just go off on their on conversations. It frustrating sometimes as well because I feel like the 6th wheel a lot since I am the only one that doesn't speak, so I miss out on a lot of things, but when I will be able to speak it's going to be amazing!
We celebrated Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday with these teeth because Washington had wooden teeth, so we have to show of colors and rep the States here in Nicaragua. Also we have these huge bugs having parties in our house with out us even knowing, what brats. Speaking of brats we have bats that live in our house too how cool is that.. I thought that Toby was a cool pet, I was wrong a bat and gaint bugs are pretty darn sweet.
So Sunday morning we get a call and the president of the branch asking me to play the piano and Hermana Willford to lead. We agree and I'm praying oh please help me. The first hymn went ok, I just played the top hand. The sacrament hymn no one sang, no one said anything i couldn't really play the hymn, but with no one singing, oh it was the worst thing I have ever seen. But, it was so funny because no one even tried to sing the song. Needless to say I will be spending my free time trying to re-teach myself how to play the piano joy!! I really wish I was better because I really do love playing its just frustratin when I can't play like I wish I could. Anyways, things are great and I am healthy and doing really good, and still am very happy. I love you all and will see you in a few weeks.