Monday, March 12, 2018

¡Ya solo faltan 12 semanas!

Well, this past week was really good! I did A LOT of traveling, slept less, saw an apostle, at Pizza Hut, took a hot shower,, aaaannd, we had a baptism!!! And today, I have a new companion as well.

Elder Cook of the 12 Apostles came to Nicaragua to talk to the missionaries here this past week. Our zone here in Puerto Cabezas are at least 17 hours by bus from Managua where he was coming. Normally we don't go, we just see it by video, but our zone has had a lot of success lately, so we were invited to go. 

We wanted to baptize before we left for Managua on Thursday. We called it the Trial of Faith. We had been teaching Daviana for about 2 months, and she finally got permission and all fell into place so that she could be baptized last Wednesday! She is really cool! We were able to have her baptism the day before we went to Managua. And she got confirmed On Sunday when we got home.

We left Thursday at 1pm and we got to Managua at 6:30 am on Friday. We even popped a tire, at 2am, saw a full bus fly off the road at 1am, and told scary stories on the road while waited for them to change the tire. But It was all really fun. It was 17 hours in the bus.

On Friday we worked with some missionaries in Managua. And Elder Reyes got really bad gastritis, so we went to the hospital while there for a couple of hours.

On Saturday we got to hear from Elder Cook and shake his hand. It was really awesome! After he was done, we had to come back to Puerto. 

Today is transfers, so they sent the new missionaries with us here. It was smooth. We have to cross a river in a ferry to get here and it opens at 6am, but we got there at 4am so we had to wait 2 hours there to keep going. We got back on Sunday at 8am. Then we had church that day and had the confirmation for Daviana. That trip took 19 hours.

Today I have transfers. I am now with a Dominican Named Elder Aybar. Is is 6 foot 6. So he is taller than me. I know him very well, I met him when he started the mission when I was in Jalapa. We had 4 transfers together in the zone. Now we have had 2 here in Puerto. It should be good times. I was in Caminante, but now I am in charge of Caminante and Lamlaya. So my area is twice as big now! And I have a new house, and it should all be good!

That's all till next week!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Que dijo un sordo a otro sordo?

Well, I don't have many words today, but all is well here in Puerto Cabezas! This is the last week of the transfer, so we might get changed up, but who knows?

This week Elder Cook is coming to Nicaragua. I'm still not sure if we will make the 17 hour bus ride to see him in Managua or we will just see it from here in Puerto by video. President Poncio was thinking about sending us in bus. I will let you know next week!

Fun story, this past Thursday we were walking in the street and this dog comes out of the nothing and bites my hand, and runs away! Lucky it didn't break skin or anything, just bruised my had a little bit. I am all good now.

Well, I get home in 3 months from today! So that is the good news of my life!

Till next week,​
Elder Taylor

Me chillin' in the hammock

Monday, February 26, 2018

Yang Yulsma

This past week was pretty good!

On Tuesday we were visiting a family that are members, but they have people in their house that are not members and We had taught them before. So when we were there, we invited one of them (Imara) if she wanted to get baptized and she said yes! She said that she wanted to get baptized the next day in the ocean. So that is what we did. It was really awesome. And the other missionaries heard that we were going and they also had people baptized the same day!

This week I also got to eat Iguana meat! It was really tasty! Or at least I enjoyed it.

I had interviews with President Poncio this week as well. He flew over to Puerto. He came to our church meeting on Sunday! And I also gave a talk yesterday as well in church. 

We had 50 people there!

-Elder Taylor

Today I have lots and lots of pics!
From baptizing in the ocean ( I did not go into the ocean)
Playing with Chewi the monkey 
and Building the floor of a house
and cutting my hair​

In these pictures have 1 year today of having been baptized in Jalapa with me and Elder Alvarez​​​​​​

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dia dokisma naha sandy? (What are you doing this sunday?)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Well all is going well here in Puerto Cabezas! We as a zone have 9 companionships and we all had the goal to baptize 14 people as a zone this week. We could all help out and every companionship was able to baptize at least 1 person, and we could baptize 18 people as a zone this week. And Elder Reyes and I could baptize 2 people as well. We baptized Exel and Norbi! They are brothers and they don't speak much Spanish. Only Miskito, so we had to use a translator for a lot of the time. But they are awesome!

I have been meaning to talk about the daily schedule here in Puerto the past few weeks, but until now. Here in Puerto we wake up and go to bed 1 hour earlier then the rest of the mission. We wake up at 5:30am and go to Sleep at 9:30pm and we are in the house at 8pm. Its not too bad of a schedule.

Today for p-day, we went to the beach. Actually we went to a place that was on the beach, but we ended up on the beach! It was rainy but here in Puerto Cabezas it is always at least 80-85° so it felt good. Pics below!

Well, those are the highlights from this week!

-Elder Taylor

Exel and Norbi!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Flight this Past Week

These are from my plane ride from Puerto Cabezas and Managua. It took just 1 hour but it was a good ride!​

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mi 20 Cumpleaños

For the big 20th cumpléaños my district showed up to my house with a cake to celebrate!​

Monday, February 5, 2018

Class is in Session!

Well if you are just itchin; to finish this school year, be happy that you are not in Nicaragua. Because today starts school for the Nicaraguans! They have been in vacations since late November and today they all put on their uniforms to go to school. So be glad that you only have 4 months left in school.

This week was pretty good. We worked hard looking for new investigators. And we found quite a few. We almost baptized as well, but they wanted to move their baptism to this coming week. So we will see what happens. But we are animated to go forward.

I don't have too much to say today, but I have a pic of what the houses look like here, so there you go. Hopefully more next week!

-Elder Taylor

A common house here (a short house on stilts)
Me with a member from here, Antonio

Some food that we made with a member this week - Nicaraguan Hot Dogs and Beans