Tuesday, August 8, 2017

RESPECTER OF PERSONS! HOME! August 6, 2017

Brothers and Sisters. As we conclude another journey filled week, I sure am grateful for all the experiences and miracles that the Lord has allowed me to be apart of in this key part of my life. I think one of the most memorable and sweetest things of this life is feeling the Holy Spirit of The Lord work through you to bless the lives of other persons. Our entire focus has been exactly that, working our guts out in the Maximo Jerez and it sure has paid off!

On Monday, we had one of the best Noche de Hogares at the house of my good friend, Flabio. His wife has been inactive for quite sometime and we were able to share an inspiring message about the family. We felt the Spirit like crazy. Flabio then wrote a dope poem and gave us raisins and juice from a plastic bag. (Plan Nica.) Flabio is like that cool uncle in your family!

Thursday, the boys and I completed 1 year of missionary service! We had our monthly Consejo on Friday so the entire world was at our house having a sleeping over. In honor the occasion, we smoked up the oven in the backyard and did some pyro action! From boys to men.. 1 year later! (McCord!)

Last night, we went to the house of a huge family that are all members. Except one. The daughter of our good buddy, Luis, who has been going to church for years and years, but could never get baptized because he mother (who lives in another part of Managua) never would allow it. Her father was scared to confront his wife (.....) and just let her be, as a dry Mormon. We've tried for months to help her get baptized, but she feared her mother too much. We began our fast, and begged the Lord to let a miracle occur. We put it into his hands! We went to their house at about 8:00 pm, walking past all the drunks in the world, with a purpose to have her baptism for the following morning. Elder Diaz and I shared the story of the 3 valiant young men in Daniel 3 and explained that the Lord will always be with us, especially as we face our fears. We explained that the Lord needs valiant sons and daughters and that he would bless her life immensely if she would put her trust in him. The Lord worked wonders and she accepted! This morning, we were able to have one of the most spiritual baptismal services and testimony meetings I have been apart of because almost every member of her family went forward and bore their love for this Gospel. 

Just as Peter explained, The Lord is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35). He does not care who we are or what we have. All he wants is our will. Our life. Our dedication. If we give that to him, loving him with all our hearts (1 John 4:18, that is when he steps in and changes our lives forever.

Nicaragua is the land of promise that all the ancient Prophets talked about, I swear.

Sure do love you guys, especially the members of my family. Keep on keepin' on and have the best week yet!

Elder Campbell

Moroni 7:42-48
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HUMP DAY!!  One year completed - August 3, 2017










Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE LORD'S HANDS July 30, 2017

1 year ago... The Journey began. I am proud of this Gospel and the fact that I get to represent the Savior, Jesus Christ. We were able to bring down some miracles from the heavens this last week and see how the Lord works in his mysterious ways when we place our selves at his feet and let him guide and instruct us!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I was on the road with President Poncio and Hermana Poncio visiting all the houses of the missionaries on the west coast of Nicaragua. We were in Chinandega and Leon, thee hottest cities in this whole world. It was awesome being able to talk to President about his personal life and learn from his experiences! (Momotombo 'volcano' and Corinto ´the beach'). 

Last night, our good friend Steven took that step and got baptized! He is a shyer, quieter dude, but he is one of the most humble little teenagers I have met. He shows up at 4:30 in the afternoon to take advantage of the church wifi and play some Clash of Clans before seminary starts, then he goes to class, then has to return home to where his grandfather treats him like garbage. We were never able to teach him in his home because of his family situation, but the Bishop, being Steven´s uncle, really took on the load and was right by his side. Hours before the baptism, Steven´s grandmother called us and said he would not be getting baptized because he was sick and that he should wait a little longer. As persistent missionaries do, we went right on over to his house. We talked to him, offered a blessing, and told him a miracle would come to pass if he had the faith. Of course, the Lord provided and almost instantly Steven felt better. The Bishop baptized him, and the smile on Steven´s face sealed the deal. The Lord saw our sacrifices during the week, and because of it, he was able to make a miracle happen!

Nicaragua is cool. 

DyC 67:10-13 The Lord will make himself known unto us as we rid ourselves of all ungodliness and put off the natural man!

Take care, each and everyone of you back at home! Good luck to all you fresh missionaries and the ones who are entering into the holy MTC in the coming weeks. Prepare for big things!

Con amor,

Elder Campbell 


Brayden and President Poncio


Steven's baptism


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THAT WE MAY ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM July 23, 2017

Exodus 12:14
DyC 20:77, 79
1 Corinthians 11:24-28
''When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be 'remember.' Because all of you have made covenants-- You know what to do and you know how to do it--our greatest need is to remember.'' -Spencer W. Kimball

How merciful and loving is our Heavenly Father to give us, as imperfect, forgetful, stiff necked (at times), people the chance to come to his House every Sabbath day, hungering to be filled with his holy elements. To sit in self-reflection and self-examination, one on one with him is one of the greatest blessing there is. Christ taught the Nephites that the soul of he who ate of this bread and wine would never hunger! (3 Nephi 20:8). 

The Sandidistas celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Nica Revolution on Wednesday and the entire town was telling me to go into hiding because I was going to get destroyed by a 'yankee-hating savage'! I was safe Mom, don't worry.

We are currently preparing for our next group of baptisms in the coming 2 weeks! They ALL came to church! Do you believe in miracles? (1980 US Hockey)

We'll be back next week with a killer email, I promise. Until then, live it up! 

Elder Campbell 


THE DIVINE COMPANIONSHIP MOVIN' FORWARD July 16, 2017

The Fam Bam! We had quite the time traveling with President out to Chinandega and up to Esteli to do our monthly Multi-Zone conferences with all the troops. He showed us the talk that Elder Holland gave in the New Missions Presidents Seminar in June that completely blew me away. He talks about the divinity of this work and how we literally walk with a God day in and day out to preach the Gospel. He told the story of Moses in Exodus 33 that I loved! The Lord commanded the Moses to take the Israelites out of Egypt, but the Lord´s presence would not go with them because of the ´stiffneckedness´ and 'uncircumsized of heart´ attitude that the people had. Moses begs the Lord to bless them with his guide and says he will not lead the people without his presence. I love the Lord´s response in verse 14! He goes on to explain how the Holy Ghost completes a divine companionship with missionaries and the Godhead. ''We should never do anything to hurt, offend, or send away our mortal companions, and we should never go anywhere or say anything that would hurt, offend, or alinate us from our divine companion.'' Elder Holland has got the salsita when it comes to teaching!

The Maximo Jerez has seen some giant miracles with the progression of our recent converts. Juvenia, the most recent, left with us to do some visits and to meet some of her friends. As we invited them to get baptized and learn more, she whipped out scriptures from the Book of Mormon and testified. It short, it was awesome. 

Yesterday as a ward, we did a huge service project at one of the ghetto schools in the Maximo. My amigo, Flabio, helped me fulfill a lifelong dream of teaching me how to weld. Thanks dude!

Elder Diaz had to take the walk of shame this week in the local laboratory and do a poop test to find out if he had parasites in his stomach. He was taking all precautions because an Elder up north in Ocotal (home) was pulling 15 cm worms and parasites out of his nose and out the other end. Shoutout to Nicaragua, the best country this world has ever known!

DyC 19:15-18: His grace truly is sufficient for us, if we are willing to walk the same rock strewn, thorny, beaten path that the Savior walked so long ago. He can comfort in the moment of need. He can calm our troubled souls just as he calmed troubled seas. He can literally transform us. 


Remember all those Pioneers and enjoy that Utah sun. Sure do love you guys! 

Elder Campbell
Learning to weld

Elder Diaz getting tested for parasites




Sunday, July 9, 2017

BOLOS, MANGOES AND GOODBYES SUCK July 9, 2017

Brayden didn't send a group email but he did send some awesome photos.  On Tuesday, he said goodbye to his good friend, Elder Carter.  Troy and I had the opportunity to attend Elder Carter's homecoming today in Ogden.  It was so great to meet someone who just this last week was with our boy.  We were able to find out that he is doing well and he truly does love his mission!
Sending Elder Carter home



Mangoes - I'm very jealous!!!

YOU PIECE OF JUNK July 2, 2017


After 3 changes, we bid farewell to our beloved amigo, Elder Carter! It was quite the ride man, all the miracles, challenges, bucanales.. Especially the last week here in the Maximo with your Dad! Take care in Gringolandia, Elmer! These have been moments unforgettable for the Elders of the Maximo Jerez. The whole ward is coming together to bring the Lord's elect back home, letting us lead them! We were able to have 2 of the most spiritual convert baptisms last night, capping off yet another successful and anticipated week. Happy 4th of July to all you rednecks and hicks back home! Keep the waters of Lake Powell clean, por favor!

We brought a few companionships down from the zones Las Americas and Leon to divisions in the rain with us. It is quite the chance to work with missionaries from all around the mission and learn from the way they work and teach!

The father of Elder Carter, Mr. Nolan made his way down to Managua during the week and spent time working in our area and meeting all the amazing people. We had one of the most spiritual experiences listening to our dear friend, Octavio, share his testimony about how much the missionaries, through the love and grace of Christ, have changed his life. 

P Day (Yesterday) was the dopest one I have had yet! We started off by going to the Masaya Volcano with the whole gang, then to Lake Managua, and to the Maximo church to play soccer with all the chums. We had the best baptismal service I have been apart of in my 11 months here in Nicaragua, finishing off the day! Juvenia, the lady, was first contacted 6 months ago in our area and wanted nothing to do with the ´Mormons´. Last month, we contacted her again and the Lord prepared and touched her heart during that 5 month break. She progressed, learned, and received her own testimony through the BOM, while facing ALL the fire from the adversary, but endured it well. Miracle and a half! Bryan, the little hooligan, has been on our radar since time began. He was going to church forever, but was scared of baptism. With the help of his family and the Spirit through the BOM, he was able to calm his emotions and replace his fear with faith, he finally committed to baptism. He bore the funniest testimony after about running away from the missionaries because he didn't want to get baptized. He is the man! A picture below shows the entire fan section that showed up.. HE literally directs this work!

Moses 7:27-40 hit home this week. The Lord weeps when he sees us not living up to godly potential. He loves us that much. Give her a read!

I sure do love this work and my Savior. He blesses and heals each of us, one by one, if we are willing to strengthen that personal relationship with him. 


Campbell Out.

Look @ them and weep!

Lake Managua

Baptism of Bryan by Elder Carter's dad, Nolan Carter.



Brayden and Elder Carter



Look at all the people there for the baptism!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DON'T COUNT THE DAYS June 25, 2017

A week of traveling, finding, and changing has come to an end! There is nothing better than being on the Lord´s Errand here in Nicaragua, applying every concept and principle so you can be ready for that defining moment when the Spirit needs you in tune. Shout out to my beloved sister Jentrey and my cool brother-in-law Jake for their ANNIVERSARY! Sure do love you guys! Also.. Feliz Dia del Padre to my Father, Troy. There was no greater blessing than being born into a family with you as my Dad. I owe it all to you!

I think the Sacrament is our time to truly show the Lord that we want to be one with him. As we partake, week by week, applying his holy Atonement on a daily basis, always finding ways to improve in the littlest of ways, He can literally transform us. (Isaiah 49:26)

We were able to see giant changes in the lives of a few members in our ward as their little 8 year old kids took the important steps of baptism! 

I love Nicaragua. 

Elder Campbell

FOTOS:



The Old Companion, MENDEZ!

El Viejo, Chinandega




La Familia Poncio