Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy 19 months!

Hey all!
Here's my first recording in a while. So happy to hear Dad's back!
THe meeting with President Christensen went quite well. I had no idea that both he and his wife speak Spanish.
All in all it was very spiritual.

Love you all!
-Zach
 
 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Feeling a lot better

Hey all!
Well, this past week was a rollercoaster of miracles and weird physical infirmities, but thankfully it's all resolved itself now.
We found a TON of new investigators; most of them were references from members in our area. We're back in business. All are at varying stages of positivity, but that's to be expected.
One of my favorites is a guy named C_____. He's never considered himself to be particularly religious, but his older brother was a bible studies teacher some years back. So, not really isolated form religion either (his older brother's a nice guy).
We contacted him while trying to locate a separate reference, and ended up sharing a great deal of our message with him. We didin't think much of it at the time but when we passed by the following day, he'd thoroughly studied the entire pamphlet we gave him (a rare thing here) and wanted to know more.
After some inspired teaching and elaboration, he expressed his desire to walk in Christ's footsteps, but that he wasn't sure how to do it.
Davidson and I kinda glanced at each other, then jumped into the prophet Alma's invitation to baptism. He accepted.
Those are my favorite type of lessons, I've come to realize. The ones where the people we are teaching express a desire to repent and start anew before we present it to them. I feel that it makes the whole scenario a bit more spiritual.
Anyway, not much else happening here.
Things are pretty rough with Elder Davidson right now. I feel that it might be the culture gap, but I'm not sure. One minute everything's going great between us and the next he's super pissed off.
I dunno. I need to find how to be more Christlike to him.

I love you all.
-Zach

QUESTIONS

1) We’ve been worried about you all week! Are you feeling better?
-I am feeling much better, thank you.

2)  Did you take any medicine?
-I took some anti-bug stuff (Mebendazol) over a period of 3 days.

3) Was it viral or bacterial or parasitic?
-Dunno. But it was high time I took some anti-bug stuff again.

4) How was your singing event?
-It will take place on the 25th of January (Happy 19 months)

5) Are you still with your same companion? How is that going?
-I'm in a really rough patch with him right now, even though we've been having a lot of success lately. I'm doing my best.

Love you too.
-Zach

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

...wow...

Well.
It appears that many things have transpired in a short time.
Mom, Alex, and Bree, I want you to know that my heart and my prayers are with you, even though I myself cannot be right now.
I love each of you so much.

I just got back from Managua (again). I've been invited to participate in a dual-mission choir (North & South Missions) for a multi-mission conference that will take place on January 25. We'll get to enjoy talks by President Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Alonso of the Seventy as well.

Last night, I came down with a terrible illness. At least, I felt terrible. My whole body ached, I lost my voice, I had a pounding headache, and my back muscles began spasming involuntarily. Fortunately, I managed to sleep most of the night.
I have no idea what the sickness was, but I offered a fervent prayer to Heavenly Father, asking that both my body and my voice might be healed for today's travels.
I woke up this morning with neither sore throat nor body pains; just some soreness from the spasms last night.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the Lord loves us deeply and just like He's promised SO many times in the scriptures, He will watch over us and answer our prayers.
Never Forget the power of prayer. It is real and everyone can partake of its blessings.

I love you all so much.

-Zach

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First Email in 2016

QUESTIONS

1) How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Was it filled with escapades of drunk people chasing you through the streets of Leon? Or was is more low key and you were able to sleep uninterrupted all night?
 -We spent New Year's Eve with the extended family of some members in our ward (they're awesome). More details on the recording.

2) Did you have a chance to set some new goals? We talked about them over Christmas. What are they?
-Perhaps a more detailed recording would be better. I'll make one for next week.

3) You mentioned that your tummy was bugging you earlier. Have you taken the medication you took before to get rid of your parasite? If not, you should do so now, and then again in a couple of months.
-Will do.

Love, Zach