Wednesday, October 30, 2013

28 October 2013

Things are going amazing over here, I couldn´t be happier,    It´s tough but the Lord is truly blessing me.

Letter to All:

Well...great news!  Erasmo and Ronald got baptized!  Friday Erasmo´s daughter shows up with her mom’s papers for the wedding so at the last minute we had to do everything.  We had to buy some shoes for Damaris because she only had 1 pair of sneakers.  We had to get photo copies of all the IDs of the two families that were getting married.  We had to look for witnesses and get photo copies of their ID´s as well and then bring it all to the lawyer.  It was a busy day, from 8 Am we walked all around the city and we didn´t stop walking until lunch and then after lunch we had to go all the way over to Ronald´s to bring him to the church so we could leave in the rented bus to go to Juigalpa.  On the way there the new shoes we had bought Damaris fell apart....nica shoes don´t last...  But in the end it all worked out and we had a great baptism.  Ronald and Erasmo were very grateful to be able to be baptized.

Hopefully their wives will take the same step soon!  

Damaris came to church with Ronald, so we are planning to baptize her on November 9th. 

So we got home at 6pm from the baptism when it was supposed to start at 3pm in Juigalpa.  And we were super tired but we still worked, and I am grateful that we did.  We went to visit a family and then at 7pm we visited Josué.  I´ll just tell you what he told us Saturday.

¨The other day you guys came to my house, late, and drenched from all of the rain that there was.  And I just thought to myself, I wouldn´t do that (going to visit someone under the rain) even if they paid me.  You must have a pretty good reason why you guys come to visit me...I want to know what that reason is.¨

I told him that I wasn´t here to just teach him a pretty message about another church in Santo Tomás.  I said that this is the church of Jesus Christ, the true church.  I explained how I have been so blessed to have this all of my life, to grow up in a family that lives this gospel.  I said, I´m here because I want you to have the same blessings the Lord has given me.  That´s truly why I´m here in Nicaragua, to bless others with what I´ve been given and they don´t have it yet.  That´s why I have to do all I can so that all may come unto Christ our Savior.

Elder Spencer Eastwood wrote me today and put a scripture in the email and it goes perfectly well with the experience that we had with Josué.  1 Peter 3:15 “But asanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give ban answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with dmeekness and efear:”

We have this hope!  We have the truth!  We should never forget that, we should always help others to get up to have hope and to come unto Christ.  I know that he lives, and that he loves me, he has forgiven me many times and he has made me better.  He is the reason we have been having so much success lately, I have been so blessed to be in this area, it has been the best area for me, I have learned a lot lately about how the Lord really can use us to be saviors of men.  I am so blessed, ¨Heavenly Father has been so good to me!¨  

I don´t want to leave here, there are so many I have a love for, the Spirit has guided us to these chosen people.  

The other day I said to Elder Apsley, ¨the only thing that lacks to happen in our area is for a golden investigator to come and contact us.¨ I believe that this just happened today, but we´ll find out for sure.  His name is Cyril, he’s from Belize, and he speaks English.  We were walking down the street going to the cyber today and he yelled, “Hey! Where is the church at?”  We stopped and talked, the missionaries were teaching him in Guatemala, he almost got baptized but we do not know what happened, but now he lives here.  I´ll let you know what happens.

With love,

Elder Willden

So today we learned how to make some food with a member, she taught us how to make empanadas and rosquillas.  We had to do everything, it took 5 hours but it was fun.  We had to go grind the corn and cheese, then make a ton of dough and mix it by hand and then do it again, we got the oven ready with a bunch of firewood burnt down to coals.  Then we put the pans in with the dough for the rosquillas and empanadas then they cooked pretty fast and she gave us each a bag.  It was cool, a lot of work but I enjoyed it!

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