Monday, July 16, 2018

10 Weeks Left!

Helllooooo!!

WELL, it was another good week here. Everyone was talking about France winning the World Cup! Hahaha I guess I'm OK with that, I really like that team so I'm excited for them!!! It's cool that they could win... That's awesome for them! I bet Zizou could be looking to coach them soon :D

But yea, this week was good! I gave a talk yesterday, and that went REALLY well :) Low key gonna use part of it in my homecoming talk soooooo it's another one you're gonna have to wait for :) 

But it went really well, and, I may have cried a little :) While I'll save the talk for later, I will tell you I talked about 4 really important people that helped me get out to the mission, spiritually speaking, so I want to throw a special shout out to Bishop Steve Alston, Brother Willis, Lauren, and Cody Hancock :) Just so you know, the ward here in Delicias Mexico knows about em! :) So tell them I love them and that I say Hi and thank you for me! :) 

But yea, the coolest thing that happened this week was with a lady weve been talking with lately. She's been trying to find a job, so Elder Riley and I shared with her a scripture from the Bible, when Christ says that God knows all of our necessities, but if we look to the Kingdom of God, everything else will be added. So, we promised her a job, and she kept doing all that she needed to do, and Friday, she told us that she got a job with good hours, good pay, and she doesnt work Sundays!!! So that was just incredible honestly. It's a good feeling watching people recieve miracles in their lives! :)

What else, well, we're 10 weeks out today, so next week we hit the one digit week mark! 9 left, so that's nuts. 

And finally, we saw a chicken used in cock fights and that thing was SCARY.  So I took a pic with it! Ha! Elder Riley got it RIGHT before it started chasing me. I'll try to send that pic too!  Haha :D


I love you guys!!! I hope youre well, I'm happy, healthy, and working hard with mijo.

que esten bien todos!
hasta pronto,
Nicki





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Photo Update! Nick's Itinerary Arrived Today!!

It’s official!! We received Nick’s itinerary for his travel home!! Monday, September 24th, we will get to hug on our happy missionary!! ❤️


Nick didn't have an update today, but shared a quick note of cheerful encouragement. He is happy, he is healthy, he loves his companion and the people in Delicias, he is working hard and appreciating seeing the miracles in peoples lives as they become closer to Christ.  The biggest challenge they face is the geography and limited resources... it's a humble area and people are so spread out, everything is so far away including church, and bus fair can be kind of pricy.  Other then that, everything is good and he promises lots of stories with lots of details when he returns home in 3 months!!  Haha!  











Nick had the chance to pick up a shovel and help a sister out with some yard work.  He said it made him feel right at home, and realized he missed the whole yard work thing.













Till next time!


Monday, July 2, 2018

12 Weeks Left - The Two Cycle Countdown Begins!!

Hey family!!!

AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD AND LO!!!!!!!!!  Thank you for all the photos - Everyone looks amazing!!!!!! I hope you guys really are amazing!!!!!!  You all look younger than ever though!!! (That is everyone but Nat, she definitely got old!) Haha ;P

Everyone here is freaking out about Mexico and the World Cup!  Time is flying faster then ever, I know I was here last Monday but it feels like a day ago... So, training here in the mission is your first 12 weeks, or 2 cycles.  And well, I only have 2 cycles left, so I'm starting my last 12 weeks! It's like I'm in training again! Haha!! So officially I only have 3 months left… that's so weird!!!  After this letter you'll only get 11 more from me. I'm just freaking out a little thinking about it??? WHAT IS HAPPENINGGGG?!!  I'm not trunky or anything, I just can't wrap my head around it.

Elder Riley and I are great! This cycle has been a blur and his training is half over. Not gonna lie, our ├írea is kinda hard, but we get along super good, so it's not even a problem! We just work hard and do our thing :D On a sad note, Elder Hostman left the zone... that kinda bummed me out. We were in the same ward and this will be his last cycle and we were looking forward to being able to spend it together here in Delicias. But he'll be in good hands, Elder Mamani will be his District Leader in his new area!!!


It was Elder Riley's birthday, so, in the morning I made him pancakes and a smoothie, that was pretty cool!!! And well…  We celebrated more at dinner with our good friends, a family here in la Revo!!  It was way fun and we had a lot of laughs!!









Also, I don't remember if I've told you guys or not, but I've learned how to cut hair here in the mission.. and, low key, I'm pretty good at it. Soooooo, We were in the Ciber, and long story short, I ended up cutting a kids hair for free... and it turned out really good!!! So my fame of being a 'barber' has spread amongst the kids on the soccer fields! jajajajaja!! but it's all cool!!!



Other than that, not a whole lot more has happened! It's finally starting to rain, so that's been cool. Although, la Revo is pretty much just dirt, soooo it just becomes mud. But it's cool!!! :) The bikes are good, we're well! We've been working hard and we haven't found a lot of new people to teach, but we'll keep working on it!

I hope your guys are well as well, and that you're enjoying your time in Pajaro Dunes!!! Not gonna lie, I'm low key jealous... Sooooooooo, we're going next year, yeah??!!

Chico pues (Awesome, so) until next time!!!!!!
love you guys!!
Nicki





Monday, June 18, 2018

Everyone's Talking About the World Cup!!

Hey Fam!


This week has been great - honestly! It's been amazing and Elder Riley and I are getting along fantastic and the days and weeks just go flying by!!!  We`ve already been together for four weeks, starting the fifth one now! This week we start the 5th week of the 6 week cycle, and then you don't even wanna know how long I have left in the mission! Hahaha!

So yea, this week's been kinda crazy... everyone's talking about the World Cup!!! And how Mexico totally beat Germany!!! Even our Sunday School teacher totally used it in his lesson about why we're here on earth and everything!! Hahahaha! So yea, it's a big deal when Mexico plays here!  

This week was great. We've seen a really cool thing happen here in la Revolucion. One of the people we're teaching has a daughter. She's 12 but if you didn't know, you'd think she was like 16. When we first showed up at her house, her mom (a member) told us that her daughter wasn't gonna want to talk with us about the gospel. So, we did a dynamic in the teaching to get her in the room listening to us. Then we left and came back a few days later, and when we got there, the daughter was in her room watching TV.  So, we invited her to come out just to see a magic trick. She came out to see it, and stayed for the lesson. Then, she went to church Sunday, and when we came back to teach a third time, as soon as we got there she came out and sat down and listened to us, and when we asked if someone wanted to read a scripture, she almost shouted out MEMEMEMEME and we were like woah okay, cool, you read it!!! :D It's been amazing teaching her and her family and she should get baptized soon :)

But yea, it's been amazing here, super hot, but amazing. We're happy, we're good, and we took some fotos!!! Soooooo that's kinda all I have for this week! :DD

But I love you guys, I hope youre well!!!!!!!!!! 
Stay goooooood!!!
Till next time,
Nicki






Friday, June 15, 2018

God Loves His Children!

HEY FAM!

Okay, So, Jose got baptized a few weeks ago - which was so great - but, afterward I was secretly nervous because I'm training, right, and we had NO other people to teach... sooo we were out there contacting and I was wondering what else to do. I prayed a lot for help, and the Lord came through, we got a call from the bishopric in our ward... AND THEY HAD A REFERENCE FOR US!!!!! 

A sister that had been inactive for 4 YEARS called them and said she wanted to get back on the path! So she asked them to send us to her house!  We went, and we meet her, and sons, P, who has been baptized and her younger son, JM, who is INCREDIBLE.  He's only 10, and hasn't been baptized yet, but he is amazing!  When we went to their house the first time, they were so happy, and just so kind. We asked if we could sing a hymn with em, and they totally had favorites and knew all the words, they even knew the page number of the hymns and they don't even have a song book. They're incredible!

THEN this sister tells us that her sister ALSO wants us to visit her!! It's been just incredible seeing God work miracles here! 

... AND THEN my buddy, Elder Hostman, passes us a reference -- Another amazing person that wants to be baptized... Sooooo yea, we're teaching and working a lot now!!!!!!!!!!  Our prayers were answered and we're busy and happy - and sweaty, and happy, and sweaty... and happy... and sweatttyyyyyyyy!! Hahahahaha! :D

But it's good! It's always cool to see the Lords hand in our lives.  I'm especially grateful as I see God work through us here in the Revo (Nick's area is called 'Revolution'), and recognize everything He's done for us. He's really helping us out, and it makes me realize how much God loves His children - people really matter to Him. Pretty neat :) But, that's about it so I'll send ya some pics :D

I love you guys, I hope youre well, 
Hasta Prontooooooo!!!!!!!!
Nicki





Monday, June 4, 2018

I'm 20!!



I'M 20!!!!!!!!! 

That's cool! :D I'm not a teenager. NOT ready for that! Hahaha! And now we're in June soooo that's weird. Time keeps flying!!!

I'M TRAINING and we've been together two weeks already!! My new companion is Elder Riley from Idaho Falls. He's a cool kid, big kid, fun dude. We are enjoying ourselves. And we are burnin up here in Delicias, and well, I've given up on the don't sweat thing, now I just kinda embrace it! Hahaha! Let's just say I totally sleep without a blanket. It's hot, like 92 or more degrees in the house hot. Hahahaha!  But I love it!!!

We had another baptism here too!! The same family as the last, the son J got baptized two days ago!  Elder Riley did the ordinance! They were both just sooo happy and it was really cool -- it was really sweet. Good stuff!!



What else, umm it's been forever, but I'm just gonna send pics because it's been like overwhelmingly long. 

But, before I go, we learned something cool... a way to make sure your spiritually healthy, like your pulse is an indicator of your physical health.  So, consider your spiritual pulse.  To make sure your physical heart is healthy you have to:

eat right
exercise
get plenty of rest
drink plenty of water
pay attention to your body

To make sure your spiritual heart is healthy you need to:

pray
use compassion and understanding
lose yourself in service
rely on the spirit (holy ghost)
emulate the Savior

If you do that your spiritual pulse will be strong! But yea here's a few pics for ya! Hahaha!
I love you guys!! I hope you're well!!! Till next time!
Nicki

My last Sunday with Tommy Boy!

(I very well may be 20 but I'm such a kid! Hahaha!)!