Monday, October 28, 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Hello Hello!!! From the land where the rivers are milk and the rocks are cuijada (cheese)!!! That really is what they say here.

It has been raining a lot a lot here!! Every morning it is hot and sunny, then about 12 it starts pouring rain. Rain like you have never seen before!! It is really weird when you can hear and see the rain coming before it hits. My companion and I look at each other and say: vamos a mojar!!! We're going to get wet!!! But they say it is only this month, then we enter the winter season here which is supposed to be cooler. Wohoo!!! 

This week has been going well!!! I haven't even felt it. This transfer really has been flying by! My companion only has 2 more weeks left. She has been a great companion, I really love her! She is feeling nervous but excited to go home.

We had zone conference on Friday and it was really good. We learned how to plan better, obtain new investigators, and give better commitments. I love those meetings when I can learn how to be better and learn from the example of missionaries who had success. There are always ways I can improve, and these reunions are good ways to learn how!! 

We are at the awkward point in the change of mission presidents when the rules start changing. A lot of missionaries feel offended and reluctant to listen or follow the rules. While I may not like all of the rules or understand why, I know that I need to be humble and accept that he is called of God and receives the revelation that our mission needs to be better and help more people. So I have been praying to help me feel that acceptance and humility. And I know I will be better for following the rules!! 

Also, yesterday the President surprised everyone by coming to both the morning and afternoon meetings. Because we are a district and not a stake I guess he visits quite often. You could feel the tension in the meetings from both the missionaries and the leaders of the church :) Oh the mission!!!

We are still working hard at finding new inestigators and helping the investigators we do have make the decisions and steps to be baptized. It is a struggle, but we work hard!!! I work hard to try to see their needs and feel the spirit to help them overcome their fears and doubts. Sometimes I wonder how I can be so happy when daily we receive so much rejection, we walk back and forth from tthe same area just to have the appointments fall, baptism dates fall through, teaching the same 3 lessons over and over again. Trying so hard to have the spirit all day, trying so hard to help other people and not focus on myself. That is a testiment to me that this is the truth, because how else could I be so happy in a work that is so hard? I am grateful, so very grateful for the knowledge that I have. The knowledge that there is life after this, that there is a purpose to all the suffering and hardships in this life. Grateful to know that God loves me no matter how many times I mess up, no matter my weaknesses. I grateful to know that families can be together forever. I don't understand half of the things in the gospel, but what I do know, I love, and am eternally grateful to know!!! I just hope I can make a few people feel the love the Lord has for them and feel that desire to change. If I can do that, I know I have done my job!!! 

Thank you all for your love and support!!! I really feel it on those hard days when I don't want to get up :) I feel it when I don't want to walk anymore, when I am soaking wet! I know you are all sacrificing a lot for me to be out her, and I can't thanl you enough for giving me this opportunity!!!

Have WONDERFUL weeks!!! Have a great halloween!! And a great day of the dead (Nov. 2)!!!!! I love you all very very much and miss you!!! Hecho fuego!!! Hasto lo juso!!!! 

Love, su Nicaraguan Hermana con colochas!!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Goodbye October!!!! how fast that has gone by!!! I hope you all have your halloween Costumes ready!!!!! Halloween isn't very big here, so we won't have to worry about children and teens being out trick or treating all night and competing with them :) 

It has been a good week!!! We were able to have a baptism this pastSaturday!! The Elders had a family married and baptized and then Kristhel (Crystal) was baptized. It was about 4 hours (with the lawyer talking and everything) but it was good. Her dad was able to baptize her and she was his first baptism. She was super prepared and practically a member. She is 14 and from Costa Rica, very mature, very smart (can read books like The Hobbit in English). It has been fun to get to know her and see her progress. 

Even though my companion is dying we work pretty hard which I am grateful for. She does not want to be a companion at the end who doesn't want to do anything. I am actually sad that we only have this transfer together...but oh well!!! I am shocked at how fast this 6 weeks has been going by!! We have 3 weeks left. Then who knows what will happen!!!! But I know it will all be for the best. 

Here we have been working with a lot of less actives. Which is SO extremely frustrating at times. I want to shake them and nock some sense into them...but I can't. They have their agency to choose. And sometimes we choose what is wrong for us no matter what everyone else says, and then we have to suffer the consequenses. But I hope that someday they will remember why they were baptized and this is the only place they will be happy. 

One thing that has been fascinating me lately is the power of Faith. I read Ether 12 in my personal study this week. All the miracles that the prophets experienced and did was due to the faith that they have. The Brother of Jared was able to see everythng because of the great faith he had. Sometimes (okay a lot of times) I wonder if I have the faith to do miracles here in Nicaragua. I think a lot of times that miracles happen to other people, but not to me. But really if I have the faith to do it, I can do it. And I probably won't see God, but I can have miracles like helping people find the truth, change their way of living because they know that this is true. I want to keep studying this topic and work on growing my personal faith. Because if I want to help people make the step of baptism, I need to have faith that everything is possible and that anyone can make the changes necessary. 

Keep working hard!!!! I love you all so very much!!!!! Thank you for all your support, and love, and help!!!! You are all great examples to me. Remember the love your Heavenly Father has for you, remember that the Church is True!!!! Hold to the Rod!!!!!

Love, Your Nicaraguan Hermana Morey!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Water Storage

Hola!!!! I hope my weekly emails are a little interesting and don't bore you all to death :) But here is for another week here in Juigalpa!!!

So almost everyday this week we did not have water in our house (the water is unpredictable here and will go every once and a while, but never for days and days). Then on Saturday the whole city of Juigalpa had neither electricity or water....that was a little scary. We had to walk home early from an appointment because it was not safe. It was eery to look into the mountains and see the whole city dark. I think it really made the members take to heart the advice of the prophets to store water because we NEVER know when we will have a crisis. Thankfully it did come back during church on Sunday. Never loved water so much in my life. But now in the shower we have a huge bucket ready for if it ever leaves again :) 

I am still really happy to be here in Juigalpa!!! I LOVE my companion. Juigalpa doesn't have a lack of baptisms...just a lack of retention. There are a lot of horror stories from past missionaries who did not follow any rules making it hard for some members to trust the missionaries. And there are SO many recent converts who were just baptized because they were friends with the missionaries so they don't have a testimony in the Book of Mormon or other essential parts of the Gospel. So we are working hard to build the turst of the members and help these recent converts and less actives obtain testimonies. 

We don't have too many investigators and the ones we do have are a little crazy. One couple the husband tells us everytime he plans of leaving his partner and they spend the whole lesson fighting. Another investigator told us he has been visiting another church everyday....crash with that one. But we are working hard to find new people to teach. I did it with Hna. Perez so I know that it is possible here. It takes a lot of work, but I know Heavenly Father will give us the inspiration and strength to do it.

It is interesting because I always had an idea of what missionaries were (hard workers, these superhuman type people who always did what is right) so I think I hoped I would have that change when I was set apart (like you said mom). But that didn't happen. And I think I expect to look in the mirror one day and see that big change in me. But at the end of the day, I am still Sariah trying to be obedient, and fight satan daily to teach the people here what I know deep down in my heart is true and matters more than anything else in the world. I still have my weaknesses, my faults, and I just try to overcome them. I still make mistakes with words, still talk a lot, an everything else.I have changed a lot, but still have a lot to learn. 

This week we passed by a less active and she invited a friend over for us to teach the gospel to (she is so cute!) and the poor mother has nothing. She doesn't even have a house to live in. Her children are hungry and suffering. you could see in her eyes that she has no hope for a better world. I felt so terrible for ever thinking that I have a hard life or am lacking of things. I wish I could do more for her, but do know that the gospel can bring some peace and comfort. It just gives me a better perspective and a desire to work hard to show these people that God does love them and cares about them. 

I think that that is all!! Except that I am finding it hard this week to eat the rice....yikes!!! I am usually good at eating everything and whatever but find it hard to force the rice down. I am praying that changes soon because I have a year more of rice to eat!!!! But except for the light and water, nothing too exciting is going on!! I hope you are all doing well!!

I know that this church is true and that God is always there for us! I know he will help us through everything. I know that there is a purpose for us here on this earth. If we do our best he will make up for ther rest!!! I love this church, love this Gospel, I love my savior!!

Keep working hard and doing your best!!! I love you all to pieces!!!! 

 Love, your nicaraguan missionary with the curly hair that won't grow in this humidity, Hermana morey :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Places

A year ago I made a decision that totally changed my life. I sat down to watch conference, but something rather than just listen to what they had to say I felt a call so strong to serve a mission that I knew I could not wait hours to start working towards the goal. I look back on that time and think wow. I feel like a completely different person than I was 6 months ago. I know I have a LONG way to go, but I feel like I am moving in the right direction.
So I know you all want to heare where I am. My new area is Juigalpa!!! Area where the rivers are milk not water :) This area is famous famous for its cheese and milk and everything made from milk. It is VERY beautful here. One of the prettiest places to be I guess in Nicaragua. There are HUGE hills here to walk up and down. It reminds me of Holladay. Woot!!! It is October so that means that it rains every single day here. Another woot! The church is dying a little bit here (we don't have a branch president, first counselor is inactive...that is kind of how the branches go here). But I really feel like I am here for a reasong so we will so what we can do here!
My new companion is Hermana Lopez. She is from Costa Rica (never knew how bad the relationship between costa rica and nicaragua was...). This is her last transfer so I will kill her!! She is a convert and joined the church with her family 6 years ago. She is very nice and very encouragin. I think we will get along well!!!
For changes I was really nervous Tuesday. It was weird thinking that it would be my last time walking the streets and seeing the people. The people I had grown to love and worked hard with. But Wednesday I did not feel nervous at all. Just excited to start something new!! I felt peace as I left: even though I did not baptize very much, I did my best in that area. I put my heart into it with both the people and my companions. I don't feel like I could have done more. How grateful I am to have that feeling. Because how terrible it would be to look back and feel guilty!!!
The church is struggling here a little bit in Juigalpa. For instance we don't have a branch president and the first counselor is inactive....woot! And that is kind of how the branch goes. The converts pass to inactives. But I feel like I was put here for a reason to help these people and this area. So I will put my heart into it and do my best!!  The president changed a rule that we are in our areas for about 5 or 6 transfers instead of 4 which means I could be here for 9 months. Woot!  But the Lord knows what I can take, what I can do, and where I need to improve. So I will work with that and make His will my will. And I feel a love for these people that I can't explain. I don't know them, but I love them. I know that it is the Lord helping me!

This week in my studies I am in Mormon. How sad that would be to be the only person left who had the truth and really was sane. I am so grateful that I am not alone in this work. I have lots of people here in the field to help me and at home to help me as well!! You guys help build me up when I am down and give me faith and courage to keep moving forward!!! Thank you so much for that!!!
I know I am forgetting to tell a lot of things, but that is all for today!!! I love you all!!! Go back and look over conference (it was so incredibly good!!) and keep up the good work! Keep up the good fight!!!
Love you all tons and tons and tons!!! Have wonderful weeks!! Talk to you next week!
Hermana Morey

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ya Me Voy!

Ya me voy!!!!!!!!
So, we got a text Tuesday saying that my companion is going to train!!! So that means that I will most likely leave the area while she gets another ´daughter.´ My disrict leader keeps asking me how I feel and singing God be with you till we meet again. I am a little nervous to be honest, but know that God will send me where I am needed with the companion that I need to be with!!! And everyone tells me the first area is the hardest to leave, and then it ges easier. So next week I will be writing from a new place!!!! Woot!!
This week was really good!! We got to go to Women't Conference which I was so happy about. The spirit there was SO strong. The love from every one of them. We had an investigator there and I know that she felt peace and strength from the words and had some prayers answered. I, too, heard some things that I needed to hear. So excited for Conference this weekend!! So excitied to hear the words of the prophet and apostles. Just remember to this week think of some questions that you have and write them down. And I promise that at least one of them will be answered in the conference. It always works for me! 
We have an investigator (Ruth) getting baptized on Saturday!!! I am so excited. Even though I probably won't be here for the baptism, I know I was able to help her in some way.  Leonardo still wants to wait....haven't been able to help him get an answer that sooner is better than later. But he has the desire which is so good! This sunday we had 9 investigators in church!!! 9!!! We usually have 2 or 3. It was incredible. And the family we are teaching came and enjoyed it. The Lord is seeing our hard work and helping us out!! We are seeing miracles here!!! The Gospel really does help people. Gives so much hope and peace and reason to all of the madness.
We had Zone conference on Friday and that was incredible!!! REAlly felt the spirit and learned a lot. We talked about how we really have the power to work miracles in the mission and how we can do it. Our zone learders are incredible and work really hard so that we can become better missionaries. I felt very inspired and energized by them.
That is really all that I can think about this week!!! I am starting to really feel a love for this work which I am so thankful for! I almost have 6 months here (crazy!!!). There are lots of flirtatious men here (once someone told me they wanted me to be the mother of their children....), and still eating lots of beans and rice! Yum!!! And lots and lots of walking. But it is great work!! So good to help the people here in Nicaragua.
I have a firm testimony that whenever we have problems or doubts or anything, pray is the answer. The Lord will help us through anything if we are willing to stop and ask him for help. It may not be how we expect, but he will help us. He never leaves us alone. I love what Pres. Monson said Saturday about how at the end of our lives we will look and see that He was there all along. The Lord loves each and every one of us!! So muhc!!!!
And I love you too!!! Keep up the great work!! Stay awake during General Conference :) And have fun in the beautiful Autumn weather!!!! Stay strong and choose the right!!!!
Love, your Nicaraguan Missionary Hermana Calocha!!!