Friday, November 12, 2010

Last P-Day with Elder Sanders 7 November 2010

Speaking of baptisms me and Sanders (Sanders is the AP that has been Kyle's companion) are going to finish strong. We had one baptism yesterday and 3 more maybe 4 on Tuesday (2 priesthood and one family) and they are amazing. Then Sanders goes home on Thursday, so we are working hard till the last day.

Crazy story of helping a guy out today. He was running down the street and seemed just like a homeless guy and we had extra chicken from lunch that we were looking to give away so we rolled down the window of the car to give it to him and he started freaking out that his wife was making tortillas and her water broke and she was about to have a baby. They didn't have enough money to get a taxi and go to the hospital so he asked for a ride but the mission rules don't allow us to let people in the car, so I just jumped out of the car and started running to the nearest store to break the bill that I had so I could give him money for a taxi. While I was looking for someplace to get change Sanders was talking to the guy. The guy was super happy and was so nice and was like of course I will go to church on Sunday. Then he asked what is his name talking about me. Sanders was like that is Elder Bloomfield. The guy then said, "is it ok if I name my son Bloomfield Raynaldo?? How cool is that? Just giving some one in this country a tiny amount of money makes them gracious enough to name their kid after you. Some time this week I am going to go back and see them. We are going to be way busy all week long with changes and all the new missionaries coming and stuff.

For p-day this week, we drove to Matagalpa with familia Arredondo for Sanders last p-day and we hung out at a jungle and hiked trails and stuff. I will send photos of it later. It was really fun. It reminded me of all the little hikes we take with Dad. The Arredondo family (they are the mission president's family) is so funny. Their kids are named Rebecca and Jose.

Elder Sanders and Kyle on their last P-day together in the Jungle near Matagalpa

Nice Pose!!!

Million Dollar Smiles!! Who wouldn't want to be converted by these two??? No wonder they have such success together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taking a rest and pondering in the Jungle

We get 14 new missionaries this change (2 Latinos and one hermana from Canada and all the others are Elders - gringos). 7 missionaries are going home. I am writing in Elder Sanders note book right now. It is like his year book but for his mission- its kinda sad. It is rough to meet so many people and get to know them and know that you will never see them again once you return home, but it's alright that's life

Also I forgot to tell you that one of my recent converts died. She got ran over by a car. I went to her viewing, lets just say they shouldn't have been having a viewing. She was in really bad shape. It is kinda sad to know that she died, but really cool to know that she is just fine in heaven. Pretty cool to think about. I helped her get to where she needed to go. She was only baptized for like 3 or so months.

Love ya,
Elder Bloomfield

Baptisms at the Beach in Leon 31 October 2010

There was not much of an email this week, but there were lots of pictures at the beach in Leon. The mission Elders and the Arredondo's went to Leon to help with the baptisms as there were 22 people baptized.

All the the people and members that were dressed in white for the baptisms.

Sunset on the Beach in Leon.

4 Strippling Warriors (Office Elders)

The Arredondo Family

Elder Gomez, Elder DeFigueiredo, Elder Bloomfield (Kyle) and Elder Sanders

Great Warriors

A dish of Gallo Pinto

Being a Missionary is so Awesome!!!! 23 October 2010

Nicaragua is nice and sunny and hot. I don't really know what we are going to do today for P-day, we thought about going to the zoo, but I don't know. There is not much to do here in Managua, it is the ugliest capitol city in all of the Americas.

I have never cut my hair, I don't have clippers. The ones you sent me broke in the MTC so I just go to a place and pay 1.50 to get my hair cut. Great Nica prices. Always a bargain.

This week was amazing we had trainings all week long and they were all so spiritual and after that all of our lessons were so amazing. Being a missionary is so awesome. 2 weeks ago we had like 5 investigators now we have like 50 it is crazy we are so busy and we only have 4 hours in the area to visit them we run around so crazy short super spiritual lessons. It is so crazy.

Well have a great day.
Elder Bloomfield

Much success working in the field at night. 16 October 2010

Well I love working in the field. Every night we just have the craziest super spiritual experiences. People here are so amazing. Also the members if you give them a little push they are amazing. The other night we prayed and asked what 2 families from the ward we should visit to ask them for referrals. We had one family in mind but after the prayer we felt that we should go to this random family all together that we had never visited. When we got there they were really surprised that we were there. So once we got in and settled we started teaching them and we told them all about our prayer and how the spirit guided us there. The family just started crying and said that about 20 mins. before they were talking about how no one in the ward comes to visit them and they felt kinda like out casts but then we showed up and they were super thankful. Then we asked if they knew of any families that we could teach and they have told us about 3 or 4 families now that we can teach. Then like 3 days later we walked over to the other family that we had in mind the first time. We sat down and started to teach them and they just started crying and saying how they could help so much more and all of that stuff then Thursday night we have a thing kinda like mutual but its a little different and they showed up there with friends and gave us the address of a couple families to teach and they said they are going to bring investigators to church.

Also we have another lady that is just crazy, literally crazy and she is so positive we are now teaching her and her son. They are both so positive and fun. The crazy lady prays like she is angry at god and yells at him. It's pretty scary. Last night she prayed for 10 min while yelling it was crazy. It was a rather awkward situation, but she said after the prayer that she wanted to cry.

I will keep your advice to make the mission better with my mind on it always.

Oh by the way Elder Defig and I won the ejemplar umm in English the exemplarary secretaries award for all the missions in Central America. So that's pretty cool. Pres. made us write out all the stuff we do to show to all the other missions because we only have 4 people in the office and there are others that have like 10 or more so the area presidents wanted to know how we do it.

Well I made it to the gym every day this week again, so that makes it 2 weeks of gym every day.

Well keep me posted.
Much love, Elder Bloomfield.

Finding all kinds of people to teach. 10 October 2010

I have gotten up that early every day this week to go to the gym. It is awesome, but at the same time it really sucks, because it makes me more tired but at the same time it makes me feel much better.

Nothing really exciting happened this week we just did the usual office work and interviews for the whole mission started last week also so Pres and the APs are going to be gone a lot the next week or so.

Alright so last week we talked to this crazy lady and invited her to church to watch general conference and she showed up. But the way we found her was real funny. I was walking down the street and turned a corner and she was standing right there. She just got this huge smile on her face so I decided to talk to her. The second thing she said was that she has been waiting for us to talk to her so that she can get baptized. This week we were able to teach her and it was really good. Also a lady that we baptized about 2 weeks ago had out her baby on Sunday. Baptizing a pregnant woman is like 2 baptisms for one they are great. haha just kidding. Any ways she had a little boy but won't be able to make it to church for a little while.
Also the girl that was baptized like a week ago, came up to us and was like can you teach me how I can pay my tithing and told us that she reads principals of the gospel for 3 hours every night. It is a huge change for her..... her family was asking us what we did to her to help her change so much. The thing is we did nothing it is all the gospel.

Well sounds like you guys are keeping busy.
I love you,
Elder Bloomfield

Busy, Busy, Busy 4 October 2010

Wow mom your emails are so advanced these days the whole urgent red letter and all. haha just kidding (Every week I ask him questions and he never answers them, so I thought I better put them in Red and bold this week so he would answers them -which he did, well most of them as you will see below).

I don't really need any thing or want any thing so what ever is fine with me. (Christmas package requests).
It would be great if you collected stuff. (I was thinking that he is always giving his ties and has given some shirts to the new converts, so I am going to collect old ties and white shirts from members in our ward and send them to him to give as needed), they are always needed here. Sure stockings for others would be nice (I know there are many Latino missionaries that do not get anything for Christmas from their families, so I asked him if I should put together a bunch of stockings full of gifts and send those down for some of the elders that don't get anything. I know most of the US elders Moms are pretty good to send something for their missionaries companion) and some thing for President and his family would be nice also. The po box address I think works better.

Alright so lets see this week- Monday I have no clue what we did. Tuesday all the new missionaries came from Guatemala and from the states MTC's, so we hung out with them and had training and stuff like that for them. They are some pretty cool kids. Then Wed. morning we had changes. We opened some amazing new areas. I missed most of changes because I had to go pick up the Mission Presidents kids from school so I am not sure on a ton of the changes. Oh just so you know, the other secretary left like 4 weeks ago so I have been flying solo for a while now. There were no changes to the office or any thing like that. We are all new in the office except for Elder Sanders. He has been here for like 6 months but he goes home in 4 weeks. He is the ap and my comp. It will be a sad day when he goes.

Sorry I haven't written yet. (He usually write on Saturday afternoons and this email came late Monday night) Things here are crazy, the changes and the end of the month at the same time puts a real downer on every thing.

How is family home evening??
I will finish writing when I have more time .
Elder Bloomfield (One of the benefits of Kyle being in the office is when he does send his emails, they come from the office and he is usually still on the computer doing other things, so we can chat a little bit. We exchanged 18 emails Monday night after we got this one as he was working on some reports. He told me that he has joined a Gym there for 17 dollars and month with a trainer and all. He said they run to the gym and then lift weights with the trainer and then run home usually 4 mornings a week. He also said that being in the office and eating so much good food and eating out all the time he has now gained about 12 pounds. He said not to worry though because when he goes back out into the field he will lose it all again with the crappy food. He had a cute conversation with Cassi she told him that she "Loves and misses him from the bottom of her heart" he responded back that he has sure missed her also. It was cute and of coarse I had to cry. Anyway, I love it when we get the chance to email chat as I feel they are not so far away and I know they are okay).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Always an Adventure 25 September 2010

Bat Man on the Piano

Making a rescue call.

Alright, we had some pretty sweet road trips, but they don't stop here. We leave in like 20 min. on another road trip to Siuna where Elder Brown, Sanders and others are to help with their first baptisms ever. 25 at one time. I will take pics, it will be sick. Well we have already driven over 1000 kilometers this week, so we will probably drive another 1000 today and tomorrow. It will be 2 long days. (I heard from the mother of one of the Elders Kyle was traveling with, that they drove from 3pm to 2 am to get to Siuna. They had to help pull a truck up a ledge that had gone over and was blocking the way. Siuna is the place I sent the email from the other Elder about last week. The missionaries have only been there a little over 2 weeks and they had 25 ready for baptism. They were baptized in a river as they do not have a font there yet.)

Wed. or Tuesday night we slept in a hotel in a little town called Ocotal. It is up by the border of Honduras. It was pretty awesome!! We found an amazing new area for the missionaries to go to.

Also we had a super awesome experience, I think on Tuesday. We were visiting this other area that we were going to open called Rio Blanco. We looked up on the computer to see if there were any members that lived there and there just so happened to be one family that lived there. So, we went to Rio Blanco, it's like a 5 hour drive. We got a flat tire on the way, but no biggy. Check out the cool pic from that. So, we searched around the town to just see how it was. It was really cool. Then we started looking for the families house. We found them and it is a family of 10 people and some of the kids are married already so it is a huge family and they are all members. When we got to the house the dad of the house took us to the back room of his house and started talking to us and letting us know about the family and about his life. It turns out he is a member and has been sealed in the temple to his family and use to be a branch President when he lived in another city. You couldn't ask for any better of a set up. We left with him immediately to try and find a place for the missionaries to live and a place to have the church. We had great success. After that we went back to the house to talk with the whole family. We all shared scriptures and sang and every thing. They had a little six year old kid that had the hymns memorized. It was awesome, after that we gave them the message, we gave every single family member a blessing of comfort, then we dedicated their house with them. They were really scared that we were just coming to see and not to establish the church there. They had been praying that the church would come to the town and every thing. It was so awesome. It was an amazing experience. They all cried as the spirit was so strong and they were happy to have the church in their town.

Beware of the motorcyclist that may be coming down the side walk (country side).

Green Countryside.

Tejas or Texas is spray painted on the front of the house.

With every road trip, you have to have a flat tire. Kyle was the lucky one that got to fix it. There was a bag of white clothing for baptisms in the back of the SUV, so Kyle put on one of the women's white blouses over his shirt so it would not get ruined.

The "Angel" that was fixing the tire is glowing with radiance as he is serves others.

Who is going to drive now?

Well we got to go, love you and talk to you soon.
Elder Bloomfield