Thursday, November 16, 2017

GALLO PINTO November 13, 2017

Dearest Homies,

For the first time since I can remember, this week was not plagued with meetings, travels, training, or errands. It was incredibly nice and I could feel the Spirit working through us to find so many awesome people during our battle time. We helped many families come to understand the importance of the temple and our entire ward is falling in love with missionary work! 

Grandpa invited us out to eat. He is so rich and is thee coolest dude in Nicaragua!

Elder Hughes and I are the dynamic duo of the Maximo, I'll just put it that way. We had such a humbling experience with a man named Francisco that wanted NOTHING to do with the Book of Mormon. I met him at the house of member, and gave him the Book after a few minutes of bashing me. He agreed to let us come back and we did indeed. He had read ALL of 3 Nephi 11, went to all the Bible references, and had 1 million questions. Instead of bashing, we testified and just read the book with him. His heart softened! The Book of Mormon literally speaks for itself. He requested EIGHT whole days to study, meditate, pray, and ponder. We'll see what kind of work the Spirit puts in during this next week!

Rice and beans baby.

"Conscience is a celestial spark which God has put into every man for the purpose of saving his soul." 

Love,
Elder Campbell


Rice and beans baby.


BUBBA DUNK November 5, 2017

Worst brother of all time, but I give a 2 year shout out to my beloved Sister and Brother-in-Law, Maddie and Tanner, for dos aƱos married. They say chivalry has died, but I beg to differ with my man Tanner. Long live the Withers-Campbell clan!

Well, we started out our week with the baptism of my little pal, Hosmin! He turned 9 on the Halloween and wanted so dearly to be baptized that day. Our little challenge with Hosmin was that you pulled a plan Elder Zwick from General Conference on us.. He doesn't know how to read! As we first started teaching him and his family (they are inactives) the parents didn't want anything to do with us. We took Hosmin to primary, taught him letters and pronunciations, and taught him about the Lord! As expected, the hearts of the parents changed! While they are burdened with many difficult circumstances and ruined relations, the Lord can heal even the deepest of wounds. We hope and pray that Hosmin can be an example to help his needful parents out of their rut. 

We threw it back to the divine companionship, Elder Mccord and I! We both broke mission baptismal records in the same month and President Poncio invited us over to the mansion to celebrate the success! McCord grew up so fast.. 

My compadre, my friend, my brother, my COMPANION, Elder Hughes is making his way down to Maximo Town with Elder Diaz and I. Just get ready for one heck of a change. Christmas Risk!

"One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination,an unwillingness to accept responsibilities NOW." -Spencer W. Kimball
"Hell is paved with good intentions." -Spencer W. Kimball

Hebrews 5:8-9: Self Mastery!
James 1:12-16 "I was born this way!"
John 8:12.- I AM



Love,
Elder Campbell
CONSEJO DADDY

La Mansion

Tism

We kissed Shrimps this week

Friday, November 3, 2017

GRANDPA DENIS STRIKES BACK! October 29, 2017

My dear friend and the late, great (Elder 4ever) Nick Andriese is hitting the big 21 this 4th of November. I remember the night before you left for your adventure in Mexico, we had some sweat coming out of our eyes as we watched the last Lord of the Rings and said goodbye. Thanks for being one of inspirations to serve a mission with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. Sure do love you man and hope you have thee best birthday yet! Man, we hit the ground running in Nicaragua this week. October is the rainiest month of the year in this tropical beast, but that didn't stop us for one moment!


 Tuesday-Friday, we girded our loins and worked like crazy. I went on splits with this guy named David Rosales and we had tons of spiritual experiences with our members in the Maximo! A 15 year old in our ward named Rut had a stroke and we had to ditch mid lesson to run to her house and give her a blessing. Keep her in your prayers!

Saturday, my dear friend and 2nd grandpa named Denis overcame the impossible and was baptized. I'll never forget the journey we had with him and the testimony he shared moments after his baptism. He began by telling the story of how we met. We were walking, fast like always, and he saw us from the distance. He had the natural instinct to go inside to avoid us, but something made him stay. Of course, we contacted the man while he was sweeping his porch! He was friendly and invited us back! Slowly but surely, as he read the Book of Mormon, the Spirit whispered it was true. He came to General Conference and through the voice of the Lord´s servants, the Spirit whispered yet again. In a sacrament meeting talk given by a youth, who talked about the Holy Ghost and the way he WHISPERS made all the dots connect in the life of Denis. He was an atheist, for the first time in his life, was giving religion a run for its money. As he told us these experiences, tears swelled in his eyes. He has set the way for the rest of his family to take the same steps! Greatest feeling ever! The miracle month has almost come to a close.

Happy Halloween to all you bagos out there. I sure do love you and appreciate all the love you have been sending my way. Take care this week!

Elder Campbell

D&C 84:19-22 God MANIFESTS himself through the ordinances that we do. Think about it deeply!





Baptism of Denis


SEALED FAMILIES & CORDON BLEU October 22, 2017

We were blessed and privileged as a mission to have a special 3 day visit from Elder Valeri Cordon from the 70 during this last week! The number one thing he taught us was HOW we establish the church as missionaries. He flat out taught that it is through strong, faithful families that are sealed in the temple. He then expanded on how we needed to change our culture and our visions as missionaries, to come to truly understand just how valuable each and every soul is to our Lord. With Elder Diaz, we traveled up to Matagalpa (HOME) Tuesday to be the 2 Elias.(preparing the way) We checked the sound system, made sure the armed guards were set and ready to go, and then made our way over to the one and only SOR MARIA! Hermana Bianca and Darving invited us over to have a birthday celebration, remembering all the old times. They both shared with me thee happiest news I have heard in the last 15 months of my missionary service... They are planning to get sealed in the temple in the coming months! I never felt the Spirit so strongly as we enjoyed that moment with them. I was able to be an instrument in the Lord`s hands in helping this oh so special family. Now we just wait for the big day! I gave Darving some beef jerky that my mother sent me and he almost shed some tears. The Nicas LOVE beef jerky hahahaha. 

All throughout the week, we had one on one meetings with Elder Cordon. He is the definition of the ``polished shaft in the Lord`s quiver`` that Isaiah talks about, no doubt. He taught me so many important tips and tricks on how to be a good man and missionary.
 
Friday, I got egged by a family in the Maximo. I love them so much hahaha!

Saturday, we were able to my baptize my good friend, Gabriel! He is the coolest little 10 year old you will meet! He loves the Book of Mormon, singing the hymns, and rejecting cups of coffee from his family members hahaha! His mother, wouldn't give us permission for his baptism 2 months ago. His dad, a member, fought his cause, but ultimately lost. We took a different approach and we taught the mom. Slowly, but surely, she changed. The Spirit worked his magic yet again! Now she is preparing for her baptism in November! 



October is a month of miracles. That is the only way I can describe it. This week I came to understood my purpose in a deeper way. God is real. Jesus Christ came earth 2,000 and did the most miraculous act to be done upon the face of this earth. He can heal you, if you just let him. Read Maxwell`s quote to understand what he truly does with us! I love you all. Dueces!




"God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capacity!"  -Elder Neal A. Maxwell
The House


EGGED!


'Tism


HE KNOCKS, WE RECEIVE (REV. 3:20) October 15, 2017

20 years ago, 2 full decades, on a windy, fall afternoon, your dear friend Elder Campbell was born, weighing in at a startling 9 lbs 2 oz! Thank you to my beloved mother for allowing me to come to this world to fulfill all the assignments that my Father in Heaven has entrusted me. AND! Thank you to every single one of you who shot me a birthday wish or a birthday pray or a thought. I love you. Mission birthdays allow you to put yourself aside and go help someone else. President Monson once said that all he would ask for his birthday would be an opportunity to help out a friend in need.  I tried my hardest to fulfill it, but the Nicas in the Maximo are some of thee nicest people to walk this planet and sure do love their missionaries! 

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were spent on the road with President in the lands of Chinandega and Leon! I spent the night with my best buds, Elder Mower and Nonu. We taught thee coolest family about the restoration after our interview tasks with President! At night... all I have to say is Trouble. In Leon, I was with another pair of best buds, Elder Rush and Morrison. I can easily say that the Nicaragua Managua North mission is stacked with pals hahaha.

Friday, we made our return back to the Maximo! We worked and worked and worked. We had so many spiritual lessons with our investigators, including Yornele! She is 17 year old from a pueblito named Waslala. She was sent to Managua to work for her uncle, but I know for a fact is was to be able to hear the Gospel. At the moment, there are no missionaries in her home town! She was scared and nervous to commit to her baptism for the following day. Elder Diaz and I helped her to feel the Spirit and realize that the Lord was calling her. It was powerful! 

Saturday, President Poncio took us down to Masaya to play hahaha! Of course, we had to work some magic with the car battery because she was fried, but it worked out! We went to the Chocoyero-El Brujo natural reserve and saw 15 foot snakes, spiders the size of my face, and a whole herd of monkeys! After, I saw yet another set of Toucans at the zoo. Dreams to come true!  Our baptisms were set for 5:00 pm and before we knew it, it was 4:45! So we got on our horse and flew back to Managua, just in time for the prime time event! We got to the church, and the service was FULL! Yornele and Edward were dressed in white, ready to go. Edward saw me and gave me the biggest smile a 9 year old could. Edward is one special lad! His Dad is a member, inactive due to his addictions. Everyday, Edward prays that his dad can overcome his problems and stay in the house instead of going out in the street to get drunk. On occasion, Edward has to go drag his dad back home and give him a shirt and pair of shoes to put on because he is so gone. But, this little 9 year old has taught me one of the biggest lessons of my life. It doesn't matter what kind of trials we go through, we can choose to endure them and serve God and our family with a smile on our faces. We can face up our peers that talk garbage of our beliefs (All of his friends) because we place our trust in God. It was a humbling experience for us 4 Elders.

Sunday! Early in the morning, our dear friend, Luis was baptized by Elder Diaz! We weren't there to see it because we had to go out and search our investigators, but I know it was a miracle and a half for a family that has been praying for this moment for more than 2 years! In the afternoon, 2 of my favorite families invited us over for some cakey cake. Pictures are attached to see how it went :)

The mission is a time to grow up and to put it all on that altar for the Lord. The people are the most important part and I love them with all my heart. Here's to yet another year full of adventures!

Elder Campbell


HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY!




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NO RAIN, NO GAIN! October 8, 2017

All I can say is I got soaked almost every day during this week because of the storms hahaha. It rained for 36 hours non stop and the entire country was on red alert for floods! BUT, we kept going baby! Valiantly and proudly, talking to anyone and everyone that would give us a chance! This week, Mayra and Alvaro got baptized! You can read there story in my soon to be novel that is coming shortly.. They are so awesome! We should baptize FIVE more this week. The pieces are finally falling into place mother!

Another part of an email he sent me. 
 
 Now for the group one-This one is dedicated to my first cousin on the Kimberly side of the family to receive his call to serve from the Prophet of the Lord, Jake. I've never been more proud of you dude. You'll love those dog infested streets of Peru and be a witness of the marvelous work and a wonder that the Lord does among his children. Sure do love you man! Nicaragua was quite a hoot this week with non-stop rain and non-stop preaching the Gospel. Managua was not affected too severely from the storms but our brothers down south got hit like a truck..  

Our week was filled with new missionary meetings, trainings, and our monthly leadership Consejo. Elder Diaz and I are currently preparing for the visit of Elder Cordon from the Q of 70 in the following week. We have to give a practice to all the troops in the middle of his big machete that he is going to give us. Should be dope!

Thursday night, Elder Diaz and I went to teach the final lesson of Mayra and Alvaro, our 2 newest converts in the Maximo Jerez! We felt inspired before to teach about Chastity. As we began, we helped Mayra understand that all the big changes she had felt in herself were signs of the Atonement of Jesus Christ working wonders. She could literally feel the transformation as she repented and kept her commitments! We then went into teaching. At the end, I asked the deadly question, ``Mayra, do you have ANY problems with the Law of Chastity at this time?`` She hesitated. ``Yes, I think she so.`` she says. She goes on to explain how she as been talking again to her Ex-Husband that wanted to get back together and all that jazz. Mayra then said she didn`t want to get baptized for this very reason. We feared the worse! As she said that, he son, Alvaro, who rarely talks, shouts ``I'm still getting baptized, with or without you Mom!`` It was awesome haha. Mayra realized that she had felt with us was worth more than going back to her old life. She made a 180 degree turn right then and there. 

Saturday morning came and we went to clean our baptismal font! The best noise in the world for a missionary is the sound of running water in the Church. There were tons of spiders, ants, worms and what not swimming in the water 10 minutes before show time. I had to improvise and work some magic to get all that out.. But Mayra and Alvaro came and we had a spiritual service. President Poncio came and shared an awesome message! Alvaro chose me to baptize him and I felt honored. They both shared powerful testimonies about staying faithful until the end and how they both felt ``renewed!``

I love this work. It amazes me week after to week to see the hand of Lord helping the people of this special country. October 15th is right around the corner! ;)

Elder Campbell

Luke 16: Search and find where it talks about temple work.
working hard!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DISPENSATION=STEWARDSHIP, BOY!!! October 1, 2017

Well, after running around in the raining (literally a hurricane for the whole weekend) we were able to bring a grand total of.... 17 investigators to conference!!! It was a flat out miracle, just like Elder Rasband talked about. So many of these 17 loved the talks and are reflecting on the messages. Elder Nelson´s testimony touched the heart of an old man named Denis that has been investigating deeply into Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He came in clutch! We are currently with 10 progressing investigators for baptism this month of October and I couldn't be happier seeing how the Lord brings so many awesome things to pass if we just trust in him and work our guts out. Holland and Christofferson's back to back duo talks on the Sacrament and the Atonement of the Lord brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful. I know he lives man because of the mighty change of heart he has wrought within me these last 14 months. There is no other explanation. 
(This is an exert from the email Brayden sent me.  More to follow in his email.)

At the end of another General Conference and another seven days full of miracles being produced from God´s hand, I am proud to say beloved family and friends that the Savior is a compassionate king and we are his eternal debtors. I know he lives and has influenced the lives of each of our investigators in the Maximo Jerez. October is know to be a month of miracles in the Nicaragua Managua North mission and it is cooking up as we speak. Just be prepared!

Our beloved friend, Nora, finally allowed the Holy Spirit to witness unto her heart of the importance of obtaining her baptismal record for the Church. As we began teaching Nora, we soon came to realize that she never experienced a true conversion to the Church as she was inactive for the better part of her life. She denied the Book of Mormon, claimed the Testigos doctrine to be more correct, and claimed God did not talk to prophets. Slowly but surely, as we taught her and humbly prayed on our knees after every visit, she began to have one of the most drastic changes I have seen in my mission. As we got closer to her planned date, she fell. She had doubts. We recovered, but then she fell again. Finally, we made a plan with the Lord´s help. We focused on the temple. As we explained in 1 year (exactly when her son returns from the mission) how she could go through the Lord´s House, she got pumped! But, the doubt still lingered in heart of a second baptism. We concluded her last lesson with Alma 34:33. ´´Why wait Hermana Nora if you know how true this is?´´ was the Golden Question. Saturday, after I baptized her, she shared an inspiring, convert testimony of the Savior and his heart-changing powers!

As we battled the rain every single day this week, trying our hardest to get our investigators ready for Conference, the Lord stepped in and put everything into place like a puzzle. We were able to bring 17 different investigators to the 5 sessions! Each of the Apostles delivered key messages that sparked big time desires in our friend´s hearts! We now have 10 likely candidates for baptism for October.

Ah yes, I hacked my toenail. Had to walk around in a flip-flop and get made fun of everyone and anyone. The Lord´s work can't be stopped hahaha!

All I have to say is the Elder Christofferson and Elder Holland back-to-back duo stole the show. read and reread those talks, por favor! 

´´Salvation is an individual matter. Exaltation is a family matter!´´ 

Luke 15 and D&C 84:38-We are all prodigal sons. The Lord wants to give us ALL he has. The perfecting power takes place in the eternities!

I love you all! Take care up there Elder Hales!

Elder Campbell
He's learned so much - maybe one day, he will learn to clip his toenails!!


Nora's Baptism