So I got changes again, which is chill because I had 6 months in Juigalpa, 3 changes in Sandino 1, and 1 change in Sandino 3. The president told me that I wouldn’t be in Sandino 3 for long but I thought it could be 2 changes, but it’s only 1. I reopened the area from the missionaries fritos before and then right when we were going to get baptisms and stuff I got changed. It’s chill. I’ve learned in the mission it’s all the same work so I’m content working where ever I just go and work as hard as I can no matter if we have success or investigators or just contact all day. I think that is why I’m reopening again haha.
I reopened Sandino 1—it was closed and then Sandino 3 technically wasn’t reopening because it had missionaries, but they just didn’t do anything and left me with 1 investigator. But their one investigator got baptized. Now I’m reopening Rivas 1. Rivas is nice. It’s really pretty nice for Nicaragua. there are a ton of rich people here, well rich for Nicaragua and it’s a nice city. It has a Burger King so that’s dope. It’s like a little touristy because it’s close to San Juan del Sur which is the super tourist place in Nicaragua. It is between San Juan and the Isla de Omotepe which is the other super tourist place so tourists travel through Rivas. Me and my companion decided it’s just like a place for the rich Nicas to hide out because it’s super chill and a nice place. It has a ton of places to eat and stuff but not many tourists. I’ve only seen like 5 and all but 1 was just waiting at the bus stop so the economy here is from the Nicas for the most part not the tourists.
My area is the very last part of town as in like the last 2 blocks for like 10 blocks and then a little finger goes out and then 21 km of road with a few little towns. In this mission we can’t have bikes but our mission leader and bishop are telling us that we have to get bikes. They told us that the stake could buy us bikes if the president will approve because there are no busses and only a few bike taxis here. They are little bikes with a seat in front but they wouldn’t take you all the way out of town so we are hoping to get bikes so we can work out in the little towns.
This area is cool. Rivas is super different from the rest of Nicaragua. The place and the people are like in Managua. If someone lets us in the house usually they were like positive and we could maybe get them to church but here we can get into a ton of houses but then they just want nothing at all to do with us. So we have to do our contacts a little different and teach more on the door step so we don’t waste time teaching a lesson in the house if they aren’t positive.
Here in Rivas there are a ton of Catholics and they have some nice cathedrals that are bigish—not like European big but big for here. In Sandino the Mormon church was by far the biggest church but here there is just a little branch building and there are 2 big cathedrals. Even in Sandino where it’s a ton bigger than Rivas there was just a little catholic church no big cathedrals so that’s interesting.
Our house here is nice. We are with 2 other missionaries in a little 2 story house. Two story houses almost don’t exist for the most part in Nicaragua but in Rivas there is a bunch. It’s a nice place. Our house has a ton of bats in the ceiling.
Also this week a super cool achievement was during a super long ward council where they reviewed a list of 109 members to see if they were active. They went over the list for more than an hour. I held my breath for a little more than 5 minutes. Coolest thing ever. I was amazed. I’ve never held my breath that long before. When I was done my hands were all purple, it was so cool. Five whole minutes. I timed it on my stop watch and held my breath for like 5 minutes and 10 seconds so I can claim 5 minutes solid due to inaccuracies regarding the human error of starting my timer and the exact moment of holding my breath which has the maximum fault of like 2 seconds, but I wanted to be on the safe side. It was so dope.
Peace and Love,