Monday, September 28, 2015

Dad Won THAT Bet!

Hey all!
Well, I'm not in Kansas anymore!
This morning I hopped on a plane that took me back to Managua, and from there I took a couple buses northward to León.
Had only a few hours to pack; got an hour of sleep in; then finished packing and headed to the airport.

So, that's my new Zone. León.

My new companion is named Elder Ajquejay (Ah-Kay-HAI) and he's from Guatemala. So, my first Guatemalan comp. Doesn't speak a lick of English.

My new area is called La Posada, and it's actually where both Elder Maughan and Elder Choque started their missions. Some history there.

Also, Elder Lawrence is in my new Zone, so I get to see him now and then. Also got to talk with Elder Spence (also in my zone) for the first time in a year; he's returned to the mission field since going home for a bit. What an awesome kid.
Also found out that Elder Reese (from my CCM group) is in the zone as well. We'll all get the chance to get together this Thursday for the Zone Meeting.

A lot to take in. I'm a bit mentally and emotionally drained right now.
I was the only one to leave Puerto this change; I guess it's kinda fitting since I arrived there alone as well.

I dunno what to think of my new comp. He's pretty "By-the-book" as missionaries go; i.e. unwilling to improvise or be spontaneous. I'll see how things go with him.

I love you all! Here's a pic of my new ZL's Elder Ward & Elder De Leon, with Lawrence and I.



(L-R: Zach, Elder Lawrence, Elder De Leon (in back) and Elder Ward.)


QUESTIONS
1)  What do the Nicas think of the blood moon?
*They think absolutely nothing of the blood moon. It's kinda going over their heads; no pun intended.

2) What have you done with the items from your previous package?
*I've used everything you sent me. Everything was quite needed and put to good use.

3) Where did you get a purple shirt?
*It was left by another Elder before me. I used it for P-Day and some pretty funny pics.

4) Can you get mosquito nets there in Nica? Or do you need us to send one?
*I already have one.

5) How was church today? Do you ever help with youth activities?
*There aren't any youth activities here to speak of. Church was awkward since I gave my farewell testimony, but I managed to do it all in Miskito.

6) What are your plans for General Conference? I sent you BINGO cards- in Spanish!
*I'll be watching it in León. Thanks for the cards!

7) Send pictures!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Yeah! Mission!

Hey all!
In four days I complete 15 months!!
I feel old-ish.
By the way, it was one year ago at this time that I baptized my first convert back in Managua. It was amazing then, and it still is now. More info is in the recording. Hope you like it!

Love you all!
-Zach

Monday, September 14, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Hey all!
This week kinda sucked. We dropped all of our investigators who had baptismal dates because they're not motivated enough to go to church. Oh well. This gives us an opportunity to find new investigators who have a true desire to come unto Christ. Not gonna let a setback like this get me down.

In other news, we are starting Week 5 of this transfer. That means 2 things: Changes are around the corner (Sep. 28), and Maradiaga is now my longest-running mission companion. Remember, I officially got together with Elder Lawrence in Week 3 of the change; 2 weeks after waiting for my cedula to arrive so I could travel to Puerto.

Today and tomorrow the Nicas are celebrating Independence Day for Nicaragua (officially Sep. 15), It's basically a big excuse to get really drunk & party in the streets a bit. Kinda like an extension of the weekend. Not that fun for us missionaries.

There's a "war" going on up north on the East Coast near Waspan/Rio Coco; the miskito people there are against the Mestizos (Regular Latinos). They're both armed shooting at each other, so I don't think they'll be sending missionaries to establish the Church in the northern communities anytime soon.

Sorry this letter sounds kinda gloomy. It's just the current situation right now.

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!
Hope it's a good one. I can't remember your age either. =)
Love you all! -Zach

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week of Randomness

Hey all!
Crazy stuff happening this week!
First off, I got your guys' package! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Honestly American Oreos taste SO much better than Nica ones. I'm not biased, that's just being honest. I loved every single part of the package. New G's were definitely appreciated, especially since we can't go get new ones over here in the Caribbean. So thanks a lot.
 Here's my recordings!
Hope you like 'em.
Love you all! -Zach

[MOM NOTE: He got the date wrong in his recording!!]


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wake Me Up When September…Starts?

Hey all!
Well, this last week of August was just fantastic. We baptized and confirmed confirmed two investigators named J and I, and with that we've baptized an entire family here in Puerto over the space of like 5 months. I'll explain more in a recording tomorrow, but basically this is a story of conversion that began with Elder Choque and I in Loma Verde in March, and has finally come full circle in August.

Left to right: Maradiaga, Aida, José Julian, Judith, Nathzil, Adaya, Imara, Arcenia, and Me. I can't remember the names of the little ones.


I love you all. Hope you like the photos I sent.

-Zach