Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Monday, November 24, 2014

Número 15 Esteli

Hollaaaa a todo! 
Another good week here in Rosario! This week was a cool week because I had my last new persons meeting! I cant believe I am getting close to 4 months in my mission. Time is going by fast. The one sad thing that I am going to miss is I get to see all the guys from the CCM at the news meeting, and now I wont be able to see them. I am super close with all the guys.
I am loving Rosario though. I am getting super close with a lot of people here. The members here just love all the missionaries and just make me feel so loved. Also, we have investigators that are the same way. We are teaching this family of about 6 people and they are so cool. They are the type of people that I will want to come back and visit when I get done with my mission they are so cool. I always feel so comfortable when I am in their house. 
Also this week, we had this crazy dude who was drunk come up to us and scream at us for about 10 minutes about how we are wasting our time here and that we are going to hell when we die haha I have never seen someone be so mad at us for just being missionaries. We just gave him a pamphlet and told him to pray and he threw the pamphlet in our face. Usually all the drunk dudes just ask us for money, but he was just screaming in our faces. I thought it was pretty funny so I let him go on his rant, but I just felt kind of bad for the guy. There are so many guys here that just have no life and either drink everyday or sniff paint all day, its pretty sad.
Elder Bickmore and I are working pretty hard here. We are getting to know eachother pretty well and teaching well together. He is a cool guy. He is so goofy and cracks me up all the time. We are working hard with a lot of families right now and I hope these investigators will know that our message is true. Elder Bickmore and I are showing a lot of faith to be able to help them out as much as we can. 
I just love the people here and love how nice a lot of them are. They are so humble. A lot of people struggle to get food on the table but seem to be happy. 
I know that Thanksgiving is coming up and I just want to say that I hope everyone can be able to spend some time with their family. I want everyone to know that the family is so important and should not be overlooked. Enjoy it, laugh, have fun and be grateful. Just think about some of the people that are not able to be with their family for Thanksgiving.
I love you all so much and I hope everyone has a great week! Thank you for all your love!
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"
Elder Sherle

Monday, November 17, 2014

Numero 14 ~ Esteli

Buenas a mi familia y mis amigos! Como estan a todo?
Good week up here in good ole Esteli. I am working hard up here with my new comp, Elder Bickmore.
Something cool happned this week that was super crazy.....I had my first dream in spanish this week! It wasnt anything crazy, but I was just talking normal in my dreams to my companion in spanish. I felt pretty cool when I got up haha. That is a stepping stone in the mission for me! Pretty beasty. I am so much more comfortable here than I was my first week here. I feel comfortable talking to anyone now. I still dont have a super strong vocabulary and dont understand everything, but I can understand the gist of what people are saying. I still have so much farther to go, but I am so happy at where I am at right now. Elder Bickmore has ten months in the mission so he can talk better than I can, so he helps me out a lot too.
Elder's selfie at lunch
Apparently John didn't get the "casual" memo
The new comp and I are doing good. He is a cool kid and we work well together. He came from Leon and is our district leader. I might get changed in three weeks so we might only have a couple weeks together, but we will see!
This week was a little difficult for me because I am still fairly new in this area and dont know everything here and Elder Bickmore was new here so it was a little harder having to remember everywhere we needed to go and find all of our meetings. In other words, I pretty much had to put the team on my back this week and I feel like I did pretty well. We taught some very spiritual lessons and were able to find a bunch of people this week.
One thing here that bothers me more than anything is the people here are just too nice to tell me the truth. There are a lot of people here that just lie to my face because they are too scared to tell me no. I dont know why people cant just tell the truth. I had like 10 people tell me they were going to church this week and they never went. I have definitely had to learn to have a little bit of patience (which is definitely not my strong suit). But, I guess that is something good to learn.
All in all, a good week here. I love this place and have such good relationships with some people here.
I hope everyone has a great week this week! I love you all!
Elder Sherle


Monday, November 10, 2014

Numero 13

Hola a todo. Como estan?
This has been such a crazy day for me. Last night at about 11:30 we got a call from the AP's and we found out that Elder Jacobsen was getting transfered on an emergency change. So we stayed up all night packing and had to go to Managua at 6 in the morning to get our new comps.

I am pretty sad that I had to say bye to Elder Jacobsen. I have a new companion and his name is Elder Bickmore, he has about 10 months in the mission, and thats about all I know about him. He seems like I cool guy though.
Anyways, this week was another good week. We found a super cool family that we are teaching and found some other cool people to teach. We are working hard here to help these people here.
There wasnt anything super crazy this week or anything out of the ordinary. So this week I dont really have that much stuff to write about. The craziest thing that happened was I got a new comp and now I have to teach this dude about our area and show him all of our members and all of our investigators. I am a little nervous for that because I have only been here for like two months and I am not super comfortable with my area yet. But I think I will be fine.
One thing I learned this week is that being missionaries we can talk to anyone. We found a guy this week who we would never have even thought to talk to, but because we were looking for someone else we asked him for some help and turns out he has been super curious about of church and had wanted to read the Book of Mormon. He came to church this week and participated and everything. It is pretty cool to see that some people are just ready to hear this message of the gospel. I hope he continues to progress, I will keep you guys updated on him.
Soccer Fields
Like I said this week there isnt much. So sorry if this email is super boring for you guys. Hopefully I will have a better one next week!
I hope everyone has a great week and know that I love all of you guys!
Until next week
Les amo
Elder Sherle

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Numero 12

Hola a todo de Esteli! Como estan??
This week was a really weird week. Usually the weeks here fly by, but for some reason this week was pretty slow. I think it was because I was super sick in the beginning of the week. I dont know what happened but I just had this super bad tempurature and super bad cough that I felt like I was underwater for like 3 days. It wasnt fun. Especially when I need to be at my best while I am out here, being sick makes it pretty hard. But I am better now, I only have a cough now.

Elder Jacobsen and I have started the process of moving our house. The lady that is in charge of our house wants us to pay 25 bucks more a month. I know that doesnt sound like much, but for Nicaragua money it is like 600 cordobas and we dont have that type of money to pay so we are moving. We think she just sees that we are both white and she thinks we have a ton of money so she wants us to pay more. So we are looking for new houses to more into. We found one that a member here owns and it looks like we are going to move in there but we have to wait because he has 2 teenage girls living in the house right now. So we have to wait until they move out in a month.

Oh it was Halloween on Friday right?? Ya, the people here dont celebrate Halloween. We totally forgot about it until like halfway through the day haha. I am so excited because Elder Jacobsen and I celebrated with a bag of skittles. Which I know that doesnt sound like much, but they dont have skittles here so it was a pretty big deal for us! I was so happy that he shared with me because if any of you guys know me well, you know how much I like my candy...especially skittles.

We are working really hard right now because we have a goal in our zone that if we get 10 people ready to baptise on the 22nd, we are going to baptise the people in a waterfall! So we are working super hard for that goal.

Not much more this week, like I said, it was kind of slow. But we are working hard here. The language is coming along and I am starting to become a lot more confident when I speak to people. It is a pretty cool feeling being able to actually communicate a little bit. I have come so far already.

Thank you all for all your support and all your love towards me. I love all you guys so much. I hope everyone has a great week ahead of them!

¡Les amo! Hasta la proxima lunes.
Elder Sherle