Saturday, February 27, 2016

Service

[Mom note: I was sent these photos from a family from Utah who are working on building a community center in Nicaragua.]

Thank you for sharing your sons.
D. M. Young

Work!

With shovels.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Happy 20 Months!!

Here are my two recordings.
Love, Zach







QUESTIONS

1) I’m assuming that you got the log in info you needed for your ecclesiastical endorsement? Any problems?
*No Problems there. Did my part; now I just gotta make sure Prez holds up his end.


2) Do you know anyone going to BYU that you may want to room with? We are leaning towards the dorms for at least the first month. Do you have thoughts on that?
* I think the dorms would be a fine Idea.


3) Easter is coming up soon. What are you plans for celebrating? What do Nica’s do for it?
*Dunno what I'll do to celebrate. I'll think of something.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy Singles/Aloneness Day!

Hey all!
This week was definitely pretty positive.
We baptized and confirmed J________ the past weekend. She's really one of my most studious converts, with a sincere desire to follow Christ and a profound interest in the Restored Gospel. I am extremely grateful to Heavenly Father for giving us the opportunity to teach and convert such a soul. I know that if she continues faithfully in the Church, she'll be able to serve a mission in a year and perhaps bring many more souls unto this Gospel.
 
Much more than wishful thinking. I'd call it "faithful thinking."

This Thursday we got a Multi-Zone meeting with Chinandega and Chinandega-Oeste (plus our zone, Leon, so three in total). I'll get to check up on Lawrence again (serving his last 6 weeks of the mission in Chinandega), and possibly a few other familiar faces. A nice little boost of morale.

As for investigators, we are in search once more. We've recently decided (Davidson and I) to retrace our steps and re-contact a lot of the old investigators in our area. There's surely some success to be found in that regard.
 
By the way, I have almost 5 months (4 changes) in this same area and zone- which marks the most time I've ever been in one single area. I'm surprisingly not tired of it in the least. I feel that there's many souls here searching for the truth, though they might not know where to find it yet.
 
By the time I finish this change (last week of March), I will have served 6 months in Leon-- a quarter of my mission here.
And I love it.

I also love the newfound drive to share the gospel back home- I've got our guys' email on-screen as I'm writing this. Good for you guys. I'm so pumped that you want to share these bountiful blessings with your friends and associates.

Also also, Happy Last Valentine's Day Without Being Able to Share it With a Cute Girl.
Yeah. Looking forward to dating in 4 months. Gotta be honest.

I love you all!
-Zach

P.S. Please respond to my urgent request by tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Under 20 Weeks!

Hey all!
Still waiting for your guys' email, but I'm gonna go ahead and send my own.
Not a bad week; but definitely not the most eventful.
Most of our investigators fell through, for one reason or another. Basically a sudden lack of interest. Not totally unusual; I've seen this many a time.
One of our most positive investigators at the moment is a young lady named J_______. She's the bishop's niece. Her mother is a less-active member who's sadly become more interested in the local evangelical churches and has long since stopped attending the LDS church.
However, J______ grew up in a very Bible-centered home and at a young age developed an interest in the scriptures and doctrine. We met her a few weeks ago and were able to share some of the Restoration with her, connecting it to several key points of doctrine found within the Bible.
Her reception was very positive, as she was able to see the doctrinal connection between old and new.
She's come to church several times now, and participates actively in discussions. She's got a baptismal date for this Saturday.



Also also, BRONCOS WON. 24-10.
That's all I have to say about that.
Let's just say I've got some really good member friends who I happened to eat dinner with last night.
Yeah.

And, Congratulations to Alex for her recommendation AND her dance proposal (that's what it's called, right?) and Congratulations to Bree for All-State. I knew you'd do awesomely.

As to the trip, when would the time frame be? I want to be home at the start of August so that I can welcome home a couple of my friends from the mission- namely, Elder Choque (He ends August 2 and he invited me to his homecoming). Personally, I'd prefer a trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, but if it doesn't work, the other option's fine.

Just received your email as I finish writing this. Whew, you guys had me worried for a sec.

I love you all!
-Zach

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Changes, or not so much?

Hey all!
I've got a couple recordings for you on account of size limits to the email.
Hope all is well!
-Zach








QUESTIONS

1.     Have you moved? Or had a transfer? Or change of companions?
*No, no, and nope. In that order.

2.     The big news here is the danger of the Zika virus being spread by mosquitos. It causes microcephaly and/or severe brain damage. I hope the government takes some kind of prevention measures. It’s way worse than Chikangunya.
*They're finally taking "preventative measures" and sending members of the "Ministry of Health" (Ministerio de Salud) to check on people's houses. I need to explain; there are TONS of neighborhoods with unpaved roads. So, when it's the dry season (NOW), things get REALLY dusty and desert-y. A lot of houses in these neighborhoods have this really nasty water pit right next to their house that they draw water from to toss on their dirt ("watering the dirt"). IT happens to be a major spawning point of baby mosquitoes, which is why all homeowners found with these pits are currently fined money.
They're also burning all piles of garbage because the smoke supposedly kills mosquitoes.
Glad they finally got on the ball.

3.     What was up with your stomach bug? Was it a tapeworm?

*Dunno. Don't really care; it's gone now.

4.     Did you get to finish the BYU ecclesiastical endorsement stuff that we sent you? The next step might be registering for classes or for housing. Let us know when you are ready to move on.
*I'm working on it now.