Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy Easter!

April 17, 2017

Hello family!  Happy Easter!  Happy Bday Matt and happy anniversary Mom and Dad!
   This week was the semana santa (holy week) and it was pretty crazy.  There were a ton of catholic processions and they decorated the streets very elaborating.  There was also a lot of alcohol consumed.  The ward elders quorum had an activity on Friday morning where we all went to a baseball field and played.  It was awesome because everyone there knew how to play so we had a great time.  We could only stay for a little bit because we had to run over to district meeting after but we enjoyed it.  It started at 8:30 and apparently the guys stayed and played until like 2!  They were all sore in church yesterday.  Oscar went with his member father-in-law, and we had an inactive member come that we had visited in the week so I'd say it was a success.  Also a couple other people brought some non-member family.

   This week we worked a lot with Maycol and he is getting baptized this week.  He went to church and is doing awesome.  

We also worked a lot with Yoheyli and she was doing awesome all week until Sunday where somehow she was asleep for church at two o'clock and didn't go.  I guess Sunday naps exist in Nicaragua too.  But all of her reactivating family went (like 8 people in total).  On Saturday Yoheyli's family made us cheese soup which was ok.  I thought about poor dad who had to eat soup his whole mission.  It's hard to eat hot soup when it's 20 billion degrees outside.  And it made me really tired.  And then right after someone gave us food that we couldn't turn down.  And then that night after the member family fed us Mexican food where we had an appointment another family called us and told us to come over and gave us another dinner.  Which we couldn't exactly turn down.  I'm going to be so fat.

 We got our hands on a birth certificate and Brandon is only 8 so the ward will take care of his baptism.  

   We've got a busy week ahead of us... Tomorrow we have to go in to Managua to get our ID renewed, and we have to go in again on Thursday to do divisions with the APs.  Hopefully we can get home fairly early tomorrow so we can have some time to get out and work.  And we have house inspections coming up and we have A LOT of cleaning to do.  A LOT.  But it's ok.  

   Today for Pday we played soccer with some Elders from the zone.  It was ok.  I went to the artisan market to price out some stuff I'm going to buy for you guys.  

   For Easter I didn't really do anything spectacular but I did take a picture with a picture of Jesus in the street.  I'll send that.

   One thing I've enjoyed about Easter here is that the Easter bunny doesn't exist, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the true meaning of Easter, and the resurrection of the Savior.  I'm so grateful for Him and what His atoning sacrifice means for me, the opportunity I have to be clean of my sins and have the hope of a resurrection and Eternal life.  It is truly a blessing.   In Elders Quorum yesterday we talked about a story of a prominent leader of another religion who asked (at the time) Elder Hinckley why we don't have crosses on our temples if it's a symbol of Christianity.  The response was that all of us members of the church are the symbol.  The way we live should represent Christ and show our belief in Him.  

  I love you and hope you have a great week!  


Elder Smith

p.s.  We have seven member families assigned to feed us dinner one day of every week so every day we have dinner with someone.  A special food they have is fermented jocotes (fruit) in a sweet sauce.  I think it's gross.

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