Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week 24: Puerto Cabeza

Well pretty decent week I would say.

We had changes on Sunday and now I'm in.... Puerto Cabezas. So I get to learn a new language called Moskito. It's over on the Atlantic coast. I took a plane to get here, it was like a little stick of gum haha. My new companion is Elder Martinez. He's from El Salvador. I don't know much about him because I just met him about 2 hours ago.

Puerto is super poor and is on the coast of the Caribbean.

From Lonely Planet: This impoverished Caribbean port town and ethnic melting pot sprawls along the coast and back into the scrubby pines on wide brick streets and red-earth roads, full of people and music, smiles and sideways glances. Old wooden churches, antique craftsman homes and ramshackle slums are knitted together with rusted sheet-metal fencing, coconut palms and mango trees. In a single stroll you’ll eavesdrop on loud jagged Miskito banter, rapid-fire espaƱol and lovely, lilting Caribbean English. Sure, this city has systemic problems (poverty, decay, crime), and its ramshackle infrastructure lags behind the rest of the country. But with tasty seafood, great-value historic lodging options, and seaside indigenous communities a boat ride away, it can also be as alluring as a sweet, yet slightly sketchy, new friend.Read more:

There's about 20 missionaries here, basically the best of the best, because we are completely away from everyone, so the president has to trust us the most because he's so far away haha. Puerto only has one cyber. Everybody is super poor here and their houses are wood built on stilts because I guess it floods a lot. The average a person stays here in Puerto is for about 9 to 10 months, so I'm gonna hit a year here and maybe more we'll see what happens.

It was kinda hard leaving my first area everyone was sad to see me go. We changed church to 11 and only had sacrament meeting because I had to leave to go to Esteli to catch a bus to Managua. One of the people I went with was my zone leader Elder Rowe, and this lady sat next to him on the bus and started talking to him and then asked if he wanted to get married haha. It was really funny. We got to Managua and just hung out at the AP's house for awhile shooting the bull. We only get to take one 30 pound bag to Puerto so I had to minimize everything then we went to bed way late because I was talking to all the people who are going home so I'm really tired right now. I got to take my first hot shower in months at the AP's house. It was quite refreshing, a real life changer. You don't realize how much you enjoy hot showers until you don't have one haha. I guess everyone gets sick in Puerto and loses a lot of weight so I'll probs come back weighing 170 haha. I can't send pictures this week because all my craps packed away so I'll send some next week if i can.

Answers for mom:

I would say my testimony of the power of prayer has grown a lot just seeing every day the blessings and help we receive every day its pretty cool.

Best part about the mission is learning Spanish. That is pretty sweet. I guess I'll learn Moskito too so ill be trilingual. Also, helping people change their lives for the good and just being able to see the change in people and the change of their hearts.

I usually share with members Mosiah 2:41 which talks about the benefits of following the commandments of god (dia de reposo) to just try and help people come to church. For investigators, I usually use Alma 7: 14-15 which talks about how you need to repent and enter the waters of baptism. 

Anyway, hope y'all are having a good week. Have a good week keep it up over there 

Con Amor,
Elder Thackeray

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