Monday, June 20, 2011

Yes I got changed this week and now am in managua. Let me back up and give you a recap of my week and will get to changes next I know you all are dying to hear what its like here.Monday after I wrote you guys we went and had a lesson with Bismark who is really cool I have been working with him for 2 changes and his wife is a member. We have been teaching him because he has just gone to church for a year or more with his wife but never has listened to the missionaries or got baptized so we started teaching him. He was kinda against baptism didnt feel ready and didnt really want to get baptized. So we kept working with him and teaching him he kept going to church, but for a little bit we didnt teach him because we could never go to his house because it was late at night and he was never home because he works like crazy. Anyways we finially set a time and sent to his house last monday. We were talking him and I joke around all the time because he is just a jokester and just a really good guy I love the family alot. But I knew I had changes so we went to teach them and we were talking and I asked him how his scritpure study was going.. He said bad then I asked about praying the same I asked why and he said he just didnt read or pray but he had an idea, that we needed to give him something to read and he would read and we would talk about it the next time we came. So we were like what in the world ok we will do that. So we gave him alma 32 and we had an appointment for the next day because the zl were going to give him an interview to get baptized. The next day tuesday we went back and when he came to the door he just seemed really different and quiet and not joking around with him or any of us so I was like oh no whats going on.The elders started teaching the lesson and the spirit was so strong. I started getting a little teary eyed because I could see the change in him while we were talking about alma 32. Then the elders asked him if he would get baptized and he said YES I lost it. I started crying in the lesson because he is amazing and the change and the miracle that I just saw was amazing. He got baptized on sunday I wasnt able to be at the baptism but Im just so happy for them. His wife told me on Monday to take the battery out of the phone and not answer it when they call me to tell me that I have changes. I love that family and know I was suppose to be in Matagalpa for thats reason and now my job is done and its time for me to be in another area. Managua the place I did not want to be in on my mission! its everything I thought it would be and Im trying to get use to it. Matagapla was just another world everything was so calm and chill and happy and just a little isolated place and here its crazy and busy and ya. My comp is Hna. Winter so if you are keeping track I have had a new comp every change and I have learned so much from every comp every change honestly its good but its sad to because I loved Hna. Galdamez so much we had so much fun together and just laughed but I know the Lord has another job for me to do here. Mine is not the options to pick and choose when and where and how I will serve inthe Lords kingdome.
I love reading Alma I love the scriptures and the stories that are in them what in the world they are crazy. But also I was reading in the ensign from Nov. Quenton L. Cook Hope ya know we had a hard time and really that was an answer to my prayers this morning I want you to read it for family home evening tonight and each have a copy and read it because it talks about we all go through hard times in our lives but there is hope and we are promied blessings if we just hold on a little longer. We sometimes ask O God where art thou but heavenly father never leaves us alone and tells us my son or daughter peace be unto thy soul, thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment and then if thou endure it well god shall exalt thee on high. I think oh small of a moment because when I am going through a hard time it seems like forever and I hate it. But reading this I have thought this mission is just a little tiny part of my life, this change is a even smaller part this life I have here on earth is even smaller it blows my mind but God promises us we are never alone and we will be blessed after the hard times. I really like the quote from Harold B. Lee which says sometimes the things that are best for us and the things that bring eternal rewards seem at the moment to be the most bitter, and the things forbidden are oftimes the things which seem to be the more desirable. Its so true in our lives. I also like the scipture wherefore be of good cheer, and do not fear for I the lord am with you and will stand by you. What more do we need? In mormon 9 I was reading today and well in alma and everywhere else I thought how many times in the book of mormon does the Lord tell us not to doubt? not to doubt him? but how often in our lives do we doubt that he will bless us with this, we doubt ourselves we cant do this but with the Lord we can do all things. Do not doubt yourself, do not doubt the power of the Lord like it says in Mormon 9 miracles seized because of our unfaithness our unbelief. God is the same today tomorrow and forever he doesnt change he is a god of miracles and they do exist today I get to see them everyday here on the mission and I testify they are true. It gives us a warning in the end of the chapter BE WISE in the days of your probation. Be wise family do the things we are suppose to and dont doubt in the Lord he loves us and want to help us. I know the atonement of Jesus Christ is true with all my heart and it heals us. I know that Heavenly Father is there and he hears every one of our pleads and our tears I know the Savior knows each heartache that we face and if we go to him he will heal us. I know this church is true and I know if we are wise we are blessed. I love you all family and hope that you have a great week. Hna. Evans

Whenever we have storms in our lives we just have to hold on for just a little bit and the light will come and the storm will pass. I dont really like change in my life I have decided and I have a little bit of a problem with it. But this week I have learned after much prayer I learned that I was in matagalpa for a reason to baptize or teach someone and now my time there is done, its time to move on and close the door behind me. Not forget the people there but forget about there and focus on being here, I am here for a reason and comps with my comp for a reason right now its my time to now go and find out what that reason is. Managua is fine its a little more boring then the Moutains because we could just go play in the mtn for pday here we have Mcdonalds which is horrible ya Im not going there any more. But I dont know we have only had 2 weeks here so we will keep looking for fun things to do. I have so many clothes I broke our little cheap closet that we had for us because we just live with a cute little old lady that is our recent convert but anyways i broke it after I finished hanging up all my clothes we had a great laugh because I had just stepped away from hanging up the last thing and it started breaking little by little and falling little by little till everything broke. We have had 2 families baptized last week and got the Holy Ghost this week. One family was a miracle because we got to their house Sunday morning and I knew that satan was going to work hard on this family because theyhad to wait a whole week until they got the holy ghost anyways the lady was ready but the guy was not going to go. We talked wtih him the elderst talked with him ya nodda. So we left, I had a feeling that it was going to be ok while we were driving away but I didnt know what it meant just felt ok about it. He is a good guy and knows this stuff is true and he is a softy and is close to his feelings I think so I knew he was goin to feel bad after we left. We were sitting in sacrament and after we confirmed her and another lady we baptized to complete a family and then took the sacrament he came walking him.. We were all so happy he got the Holy Ghost and was just happy and everything was great. The Lord blesses people and loves families. This work is amazing. Right now we are looking for families to teach because all the families my comp had progressing have fallen and we are starting from scratch. I do know and can testify thou that when we forget ourselves and go to work we are blessed and I am starting to figure out why I am here on the mission and finding a love for everything. Last night I stayed up because during the sacrament I thought of with the help of the spirit and Heavenly Father a way that we can better our retention here and also find people to teach and plan better and alot of things so last night I was color coding things and writting and planning and figuring things out. I love the mission and love working and finding and teaching, its true what the prophets say and what everyone says that to forget yourself and go to work, and to work, work, work it makes you feel alot better and makes the day fly by. I love it thou I love going to teach and contacting people and getting to know people. The work is amazing and it really blesses and changes lives. I read a quote this week well alot of things this week that I like. This one is from Fulton J. Sheen Choose your goals, work towards them. Direct your thought, control your emotions get into action and you ordain your destiny. I like this one alot for me because its hard sometimes on the mission because I am tired or hungry or just not having a great day and I have to be happy and its hard but this reminds me to be happy and I can do anything to forget myself and work. Also I really like a talk says come to know the savior no on is perfect but the commandment to become perfect is to encourage us to achieve the best fo ourselves to discover and develop the talents and attributes with which we are blessed.. God will not require more than the best we can give neither can he accept less than that. I really like that alot we have to work hard and give it our all because thats what the Lord wants us to do. I love the talk from last conference about the current bush because thats me right now I was complaing about my change and i read that and was like oh ya you are the gardener here you know what you want.. Its true I am learning to be a Indidan not a chief. I really like this one with thoughtless and impatient hands, we tangle up the plans the lord hath wrought and when we cry in pain he saith be quiet man while I untie the knot.. The Lord is so patient with us and blesses and loves us so much I stand all amazed alot of time at this work and our lives and the blessings that we have. I do have a food lady again here she isnt as good as my other one she gives us the same things for dinner every night which is fine because I like the food but still a little bit of different things would be great right? anyways yes I have her she always has a washing machine so she washes our clothes which is so nice I love it. We walk alot but also take the bus sometimes and the bus is crazy there are so many people on the bus. But I have gotten use to it, I have also just been super happy I dont ever have to drive here. The city is crazy there are alot of weirdo and drunks which are everywhere but I had one scream at my today bad words in enlish and tell me to watch my mouth.. I dont know its really weird that people here when they are drunk can speak english. Anyways yesterday the elders dared me to put a baptism date with a drunk so I did becasue they thought it was funny and he asked for my name and told me he had a computer we could chat I said sorry I am a missionary I dont have a computer he said give me your number I will call you I said sorry I dont have one of those either he then asked if I wanted him to give me one so we could talk... I was like oh my heavens have a great day and then went and thanked the elders that were laughing their heads off just a little ways away.. Oh elders are great.

So the pictures are we were walking down the street today and I found this store with my name I screamed shut up and told my comp she had to take a picture of me how fun is that? Also that is my closet that I broke with all my clothesAnd my dirty clothes and clean clothe how I look when I take them to the lady to wash them.. I think I like it I could easly back 4 kids around with me one on my back, on in the front and one in each hand.. I told my food lady that and my comp and they just laughed but I was serious I could do that.. I know I have told you I love their broken english it makes me laugh so hard we plan games in reunins when they have to say things in english and i just laugh and laugh.. Also my comp the other day we were walking past a fence that had a dog and she just said talk to my hand and held out her hand infront of the dog it was so funny..