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!