Monday, January 1, 2018

GOD'S GOAL: ETERNAL LIFE 4 YOU! December 31, 2017

The journey of Nicaragua 2018 is about to come to pass. I hope you all had one heck of a happy New Year and put down nice, balanced goals to help you complete the ultimate goal listed above. Enjoy the pictures :)

Elder Campbell  



House Painting

Tism City 


Free Dinner

OL' SAINT CAMPBELL December 24, 2017

Let the festivities begin Ladies and Gentleman. The sleighs in Nicaragua are not pulled by reindeer or filled to the top with presents, but are hauled by skinny horses and loaded with scrap metal and trash. Turkey is replaced with Nacatamles and Gallo Pinto. Egg nog is drunken in liters as a black substance called Coca Cola. To me, it is a miracle to be in such an awesome country. I have loved every adventure and every minute the Lord has allowed me here and I cannot wait to tell you how my Pre-Christmas preparations turned out during this unforgettable week!

Santa dropped in early and gave me 3 new companions this Monday! My boy, Elder Mendez from Honduras (who is the new AP!), Elder Thackeray from California, and our new son, Elder Barrios from Guatemala! I am in charge of teaching these amigos our area and you would not believe the miracles we have already worked together with the help of the Lord!

Tuesday we picked up Elder Barrios and were basically coordinating managers for all of the Managua with all the missionaries! After all the racket, we settled down and made it to Maximo Town with time to make some noise. We visited Francisco and his family and played our flour game. It was a hit yet again! 

Wednesday was a humbling day for me as a missionary! We gave service at the local public hospital in Managua, cleaning her up and making all the sick Nica´s days a little brighter. We cleaned windows, brought garden hoses INSIDE to spray down the walls (HAHA), weeded, picked up trash, mopped, and just about everything in between. We even saw a dead body!! Everyone, even the news, Channel 2, gave us their thanks. How can we know our master if we never are in his service, huh?!

Friday our dear friend Vincent had his interview along with Francisco done by Elder Hughes. Both have had such amazing rides in their journey trough the missionary lessons. I have come to love them both with all my heart and it was thee greatest feeling to hear their testimonies of the Savior and his church born!

Saturday was the big day for Francisco! He showed up all by himself with thee biggest smile on his face to the church. Has we dressed and talked, he went aside to wait for his daughters. They never showed, but he carried on with a tear in his eye. Right before we went into the font room, he took a seat in a chair and said a humble prayer. That is a moment I will never forget dearest family and friends.

Sunday /TODAY was confirmations and Vincent´s baptism day! His dream was to do the ordinance on Christmas Eve. Earlier in the week, he shared with me what his biggest desire for his life is and he said: A strong, united family, sealed in one of the holy temples. Today, he took that step closer to that goal. After, he melted everyone´s faces with his strong, evangelical like testimony. It was awesome!

These people are testimonies to me that Jesus Christ lives. 

John 3:16 Enjoy the greatest gift ever given!
1 Cor 1:26-29: God calls the weak to his work. Always!

Have thee Merriest Christmas yet. I'll be back for the next one :)

Love,
Elder Campbell 










Christmas Day skype

My cousin, Tom Wilkinson, a pilot for Delta, ran into Brayden in a restaurant in Nicaragua on December 26, 2017.





Friday, December 22, 2017

GOODBYES SUCK AFTER ALL December 17, 2017

After six changes with my dear friend Elder Diaz, he is finally hitting the road to my beloved Ocotal. Also included on that out of Maximo Town list is my best bud, Elder Hughes, after one short change. Gentlemen, you shall be missed, but the memories will etched on fleshy tables of my heart for the rest of my life. The was no better way to finish our miracle filled change than with the baptism of our the Hermana Martha and our Paul-like conversion Super Man, Eduardo! December was always filled with gifts and surprises from Kris Kringle as a young lad, but the Holy One of Bethlehem filled in for his place, showing us how involved he truly is in our work. 

Our Mission, the Nicaragua Managua North mission held our annual Christmas party(ies) in the style of multi-zones and we were able to enjoy ourselves! Capitan America and Star Wars was missed, but soccer made up all the difference in the world. <3

Keep the magic alive this Christmas Season dear friends and family. Your fairytale ending to Francisco's conversion comes to an end this Saturday as he will enter into the waters of baptism. Keep him in your prayers! I love you all. May the force be with you!

Love,
Elder Campbell





Christmas 2017


Saturday, December 16, 2017

FRESH LOBBY & A PUERTO RUN December 10, 2017

Men and women, the sad news of the week is that my dear friend Francisco was not able to take that important step of baptism, but hope is not lost. (Help me Obi-Wan). If you could squeeze him in your little prayers during this important week, I would love you forever! 

Not too much went down with us in Maximo Town this week while I was hardly in the area.. We had the great chance to fly to Puerto Cabezas and meet with thee best zone in Central America at the moment! They are currently baptizing 16 on average weekly and finished the month of Ocotber with a high of 68 baptisms! they are currently on the hunt for that new record and it is a sight and wonder.

Elder Hughes and I celebrated 500 days of being a missionary with a low-quality Lobster lunch with the rest of the troops. It was nothing less than spectacular. 

T-Minus 15 days my dear friends and family. Keep studying the life of the Savior and participating in Lighting the World. It will bring miracles to pass!

Elder Campbell

DyC 88:68
DyC 93:1
Rev. 7:14-15

"The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature." -IDK




Puerto Cabezas


Celebrated 500 days of being a missionary with Elder Hughes

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

THE CASI CHRISTMAS SPECIAL December 3, 2017

Dearset friends and family members waiting for this email back at the homestead, I wish you happy 25 days of Christmas and hope you are Lighting the Dang World with all your heartfelt service. I thank you and know the Lord has a great smile on his face during this time of year to see how the human family tries to unite in a cause for good. The Nicas will be celebrating ''The Day of the Virgin`` on the 7th this week. It is basically trick or treating for them and nobody wants to talk about anything else other than Catholicism. Should be a dang good time!

As always, my dear companion and I, Elder Hughes have been working with all our heart, mind, might, and strength to be able to find the Lord`s elect and raise the Maximo Jerez out of the little pit she is in as we speak. We had great visits with the famous Francisco! We are also preparing our 3 different families for baptism, in preparation for their visits the house of the Lord in the following year of 2018. We could not be happier! (Vincent, Manuela, Eduardo, and Martha!)

Elder Hughes and I felt inspired to contact a house in our neighborhood this week that turned out to be thee best contact of our lives. We were starving, it was hot, and the ladies house had a sign that said, ''Ade`s Kitchen. Eat and repeat.'' We thought, well we love when those two words are together so lets contact it! I learned a grand lesson of the importance of just being yourself with someone. Getting to know them, being friendly, having a personality! Anyway, on with the story. Ade came to the door, we greeted and asked about food. She let us right in haha! Turns out she had been visited by the missionaries in Bluefields, speaks English, and loves to cook lobster and gallo pinto with coconut. As we talked for a minture, she invited us to come back that night to watch the Christmas video from the church and to have dinner with her. Miracles can be found in even the richest of houses! ;)

I am grateful for the great chance I have to serve and represent the Lord Jesus Christ. Thinking of him this Christmas season and his precious life is what keeps me moving forward to find more and more people. Do the same! Change somebody`s life!

Elder Campbell

Francisco

Christmas Ties!

Elder Campbell and Elder Hughes


Packages for everyone

Thursday, November 30, 2017

HOLY HABITS, RIGHTEOUS ROUTINES November 26, 2017

Nicaragua has yet to disappoint in the almost 16 month journey that I have been embarked on. One walks in the street, hears almost every type of cuss word, in English and Spanish, sees the beautiful houses, filled with families upon and families, and is instantly filled with a Christ-like love for every single one of them! Turkey Day was a treat and the miracle of our dearest grandma, Mayra all took place in this oh so fast week of mine.

Monday, my main man, Francisco accepted the baptismal invitation for the 9th of December after we set up our teaching schedule. Clear your calendars ladies and gentleman!

Tuesday-Thursday, I was out of town with my 2nd father and mother, Pres and Sis Poncio, visiting my good pals on the pacific coast in Chinandega and Leon. Our mission is the biggest bro mission in this church if you were wondering! Thursday night (all before 10:30, don't worry) was the BBQ off in our humble brick oven out back. Lo, it ´twas not a success hahahaha. 

Friday, the ol' MTC comp, Elder McCord made his way down to Maximo Town to hit up some divisions! We had the wonderful opportunity together to teach Francsico Lesson 3, emphasizing in the Holy Atonement of our Savior. I had a flashback of teaching with him in the MTC in the middle of the lesson and it was so awesome. Elder Holland once said, "When the missionaries come to understand and use the Atonement, it will carry them for the rest of their missions. But, one of the most important things they can understand is that the Atonement will ALSO carry their investigators at the same time." This is exactly what has happened with Francisco and Mayra in the last 2 weeks. Use it in your own personal lives and watch the changes come to live, just like the stories of old!

Saturday, Hermana Mayra entered the baptismal font and it only took 3 tries, with a seat involved, to get her completely under water. She has been through hell and back in her life, but has helped my testimony grow so much on having a true desire to seek the Lord and follow him through whatever circumstance. I love my dear Nica friends so much.

I am grateful for each and everyone of you handsome and pretty people on there reading this email. Look for ways to use the Light the World activity, it will bless you immensely!

Love,
Thee Elder Campbell 







MIRACLE ON 3 CUADRAS AL SUR, POR DONDE FUE EL PALO DE MANGOS STREET! November 19, 2017

TURKEY DAY BABY! Beloved family and friends, as we are approaching this wonderful holiday season, I am beyond grateful to be here in Nicaragua, eating our oh so delicious Gallo Pinto, with some of the people that I love most. My week was yet again filled with adventures with my good friend Elder Hughes, Diaz, and President Poncio as we scaled the back bones of our mission with our many trips and our POWERFUL lessons with our investigators. Here's how she went!

Tuesday-Thursday, We were on the road at Multi-Zones, getting every mission locked and loaded for the Christmas activity to Light The Entire World and find as many new families as possible to baptize. After the meeting in Chinandega, I came back down to managua and I went with thee one and only Elder Hughes to meet some families in the sister´s area. Just before we went, our dear friend, Coco Loco, gave us quite a visit, trying to speak to us in tongues. His picture is below! 

Friday, we had the visit of our lives with my friend, Francisco. As we got to his house, he wanted nothing to do with small talk, he just said "Let's say the prayer and get going. I have questions!" Ah man, he was pumped. I asked how his reading for ONE FULL WEEK went. The man read all the way to Alma 18, looked the church up on the internet, made connections with the Bible, and told me the book of mormon story better than I could. I was blown away at the diligence this man had to find his answer. He asked question after question, but finally we got him going with Mosiah 5. As he read the conversion of the peublo of Benjamin, his heart was touched. He committed to church for the first time in his life. Of course, he kept his promise and was ready to go this morning bright and early. He received his answer of the church today during sacrament and my testimony of diligently seeking answers increased drastically. He'll be a new convert so soon!!!

Our dear grandmother that weights 230 pounds, Mayra, is getting baptized this week. I'll let you know how we get her in the water without us going down with her! Wish us luck!

make a goal to get on your knees every morning and night and say a sincere, grateful, out of the normal prayer that you do on the routine. Ask him for spiritual experiences, chances to serve and I know he will deliver for you. Study the words of life and take care this week. I sure do each and everyone of you!

Elder Campbelllll 

Alma 34:38 Live in THANKSGIVING DAILY
DyC 84:77-85 Search the words of life CONSTANTLY (EVERY DANG DAY)


Cortez Fam



bridge pic baby


COCO LOCO