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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Numero 45 ~ Puerto

Hey fam. Wow, i cant believe I am back in the cyber. This week went by really fast.
It was a good week. We had President come over here from Managua and he was here with the two AP's too.
On tuesday, we did a huge zone change where everyone got a new companion for a day and they gave us a ton of goals that we had to complete in our areas. Of course, President put me with Elder Jacobsen so him and I got to work together for a day again. It always cool working with him. I always fills me in on all the information about the mission and whats going on and he always gives me good pointers. We always talk about our time together back in El Rosario and how we were just the two white dudes who couldnt speak spanish trying to help people come unto Christ. Its cool to see how much we have changed. We had a good time. President talked to every one of us about our goals and how we have been doing in the work and everything. He talked to us about church attendance and baptisms and all that good stuff. Its weird now I hardly see President because I am all the way over here in Puerto Cabezas.
We had a baptism set up this weekend but sadly it fell. We were going to get this guy named Ninjer married and baptised but it didnt happen. The thing is, the ocean has been closed for the last 6 months and it opens up tomorrow so almost all the dudes of Puerto are on the huge boats getting them ready to leave and go make some money. This week i think probably 75 percent of the dudes are going to go out to the sea. There isnt much work here and the biggest income comes from the ocean so everyones going. Ninjer is part of that and he has been on his ship getting it ready and all that so we probably wont see him for a couple weeks. It was pretty sad. He is a cool dude. I hope when he gets back he will still want to get baptised.
This week we have a baptism set up. He has been an investigador for about a year now but he has never been able to get baptised because of his divorce. His divorce finally went thorugh this week so now he is able to get married and baptised. His name is Ceforino. He is a cool dude. He just understands so well. He has had a really hard life and has fallen so many times and just now recently he has fixed his life up and now he is going to be ready to enter the waters of baptism. It will be a good weekend.
We are already back to changes. This next monday we will have changes. I dont even want to guess because I am always wrong. We will see what happens though.
Hope you guys have a great week! I love you all so much!
Elder Sherle

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Número 44 good changes

Hey fam. This week has definitely been interesting. Every week has its own little things that make them special.
Well, the work has been better this week. We got to find a lot of investigadors and got to teach a lot of people this week. We worked pretty hard. We really worked hard to complete with all of our goals. 
We saw a little miracle this week. We had worked pretty hard and we were waiting for Sunday to see if all the people were going to go to church. So we went passing by for everyone before church in the morning and all of them told us that they were busy and werent able to go until the afternoon meeting. We only had one investigador there. So we got a little sad for that but we still had some hope. We ate lunch and went to pass by for everyone again and the people we taught all had another excuse for not being able to go to church. So we werent going to have people in the church, but I kept telling Elder Choque to keep his faith because I knew we were going to get investigadors in church. So in the afternoon there is a bus that picks everyone up to go to church and we were on the bus and we get a call from an investigador and she told us that she was coming. Once she showed up she had brought a ton of other people to go to church with her and they told us that they want us to visit them. We were caught off guard for that because we didnt even think that she was going to go with us this week. We turned out to have 8 investigadors in church this week. It was awesome. They all loved it and had a good time. Its crazy what a little faith can do. God works miracles through the people that have faith. He never seems to disappoint. He is always behind the door and all we need to do is knock. 
I learn so much here. This mission is really changing me. I know a lot of people told me to not change but I have changed so much. Good changes. Changes that will help me when I get home. I feel good, I am happy. I love it here. I get to learn so much about myself.
Well thats all I got for you guys today. I love you all and I hope all you guys have a great week!
Nos Vemos
Elder Sherle

Número 43 give it your best everyday

Hey guys!

Sorry I didnt write last week, the power went out in all of Puerto Cabesaz so I didnt get a chance to write a big email. The internet was out all of today too but it just came back :)

This week was a good week. A pretty normal week as well. 

We are now full into rain season. It is nice. We get pretty wet because it rains super hard here but we dont sweat as much. I take being soaking wet from rain than soaking wet from sweat any day. I was on the beach during the rain and it was pretty cool. 

Today has not been the best day. My comp and I woke up today super sick. From 5 am until about 1 we had been taking constant turns in the bathroom. It has been rough. I feel a little bit better now. I think it was something that we ate. Sometimes people give us water from the wells and that water usually isnt to clean. I hope I get better. I have heard some bad stories here haha

The work is okay right now. We dont have a ton of investigadors but we had three in church this last week, which isnt too bad. We might have a baptism this weekend but it isnt for sure. I hope we can make it work. I was a little butthurt this week because everyone who had a baptism went to the ocean because there was no water in the church and we didnt have anyone to baptise. I was butthurt, real butthurt.

I feel like I have learned so much about myself here in the mission. I know when I am giving it my best and when I am going through the motions. I try to give it my all every single day. I try to take one day at a time and control the things I can control. I feel like I always get put little obstacles in my path and God just wants to see what I do with them. The thing that I have learned is that if I push myself through the obstacle and I work in the way the Lord wants me to work, I am blessed with so much more than doing things my way. It is a good lesson. Do the things in the way the lord wants us and we are always blessed more than our way.

Thats all i got for you guys this week. Not much this week.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Nos vemos

Elder Sherle

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Numero 42

hey guys. there was no internet in all of puerto yesterday so we couldnt write.
sorry bout that. im not gonna write a big letter this week because i dont have a ton of time today to write. thanks for writing me :)


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Numero 41 - Meskito meeting

Hey fam! Guess what?! Today is 300 days exactly in the mission! 300 days, wow. So crazy. Elder Monson, my mtc comp, told me that today. 

I am doing so good! This week has been great!

Well Puerto Cabezas, what can i say. What a beautiful place. I thought the pacific side was a beautiful place, but here doesnt even compare to the pacific. 

This place is so different though. I feel like I am starting my mission all over again. Why? Because everyone here speaks Meskito, everyone! I dont understand anything. Meskito literally sounds like caveman talk. It is like an African dialect. We have to bring the members to a lot of our lesson because the people understand Meskito better than spanish so we have to have our member translate for us sometimes. The spanish here isnt very good, just like mine, it is everyone's second language so they make mistakes. I think i speak a little bit better than the average person here. Thats why we bring members to our investigadors because they are more comfortable talking in Meskito. We still use a lot of spanish though. For the most part, everyone speaks spanish. Its so cool to hear Meskito though. I am going to study it really hard to learn it fast. There is a lot more english here too. The enlgish here is way different to though. All the people that speak english sounds like pure jamaicans. They all have super thick jamaican accents when they speak english. Most of the people here dont look like your normal latino. Most of the people here are very dark. They are way darker here than the pacific. I dont know why, but I think its cooler. All the houses are raised up on stilts here too and they are all made out of wood. I think it is because they live so close to the ocean and it rains super hard here. It has been raining super hard these last couple days. 
I taught a lesson literally, literally on the beach this week. It was so sick.  I got some sick sea shells too. That was pretty trunky. It reminded me of hawaii. 
We also had a baptism this weekend. We baptised a teenage guy named Moises. We had a nice baptism in the church with him. I got to baptise him. It was my "welcome to Puerto Cabezas" i guess. 
For the church, we have our meeting at 9 am. We had about 45 people go. Then at 3 there is another meeting and it is called the "Meskito meeting" so they only speak in Meskito. We are lucky because we have two chances to bring people to church and we get to practice our meskito in the church with singing hymns and stuff during the meskito meeting. I was so lost in that meeting because i cant understand anything but it was still cool. The church we have here is pretty nice. We have benches and everything and air conditioning. Its sick. 

Well, it has been a good week. I am excited for this one to come. That is what i got for you guys today!

I love you all so much! 

Nos Vemos

Elder Sherle

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