Monday, September 26, 2016

I love the work and the Lord!

Monday, September 19, 2016

One year mark, eggs, miracles, and the Atonement

This past week was an interesting week! Sunday of last week we contacted a house next to a house that sells tajadas and enchiladas and other stuff. So while we`re contacting this house. A little old lady comes up to us with so much energy and is like, Are you going to eat? We told her that we couldn't because it was Sunday and we cant buy anything on Sunday. She looked at us and said, No, I`ll give it to you for free! So she gave us so much food which was a blessing because we were starving but couldn't eat anything until we got home at 9:00 at night. Thanks to Heavenly Father for putting this lady in our path because after we offered to come back in the morning and help her clean the dishes. She accepted but when we returned she wasn't there. So when we went back she was sitting in her chair and we asked if we could share a message with her and then she told us a story about how her little boy had to escape to Mexico so that he wouldn't be in a war that was here a long time ago and how she lost touch and for years would cry until on day her other son told her that he had found his brother and that he was in the United States. Now she talks to him every Sunday and he has a family of his own but the story was so sad and then so happy! We taught her how families can be together forever and we taught her about the Restoration of the Church and she said, I want to pray about this but it`s going to be hard for me to change religions because my parents were really Catholic and I grew up Catholic. Please pray for her she`s so sweet and then on Saturday she gave us food for free again!
Alveniz, we had a little rough spot but now he`s reading his Book of Mormon and has a testimony of Jesus Christ which he didn't have before. The only thing is, that he didn't come to church this past week because he had a huge pile of clothes he had to wash! I was so flabbergasted! Keep praying for him though because he has a desire to repent and needs the Lord.
Dorissell is doing good. Her Book of Mormon got wet because it rained and she accidentally left it outside when she was reading it. She`s struggling a little bit but has been praying to know and reading so she`s rocking!
On Friday I hit my year mark! I think I`m in denial because I can't believe that I only have 6 months left....I want a whole other year! It`s not fair that the Elders get 2 years! I`m thinking of extending but they say it`s pretty hard to extend so we`ll see what happens. So for my one year mark we burned a skirt of mine and then while it was burning my companion comes up behind me and all I feel is a wack in the back of my head and gooey stuff running in my hair and I knew exactly what she had done! She had egged my head and yelled happy 1 year mark P-Ridge! (She calls me P-ridge) and so I had to take a shower at 10:00 at night. It was fun!
I love Nicaragua! Rice and Beans for DAYS!! Also I learned that Hermana Vasquez that lives with me, her parents were taught by a Elder Partridge and I asked her what his name is and it`s my first cousin who taught them!
This past week I learned about asking the Lord, What lack I yet? I love the talk about this because there are moments in our lives where the Lord shows us our weaknesses and it`s to help us grow and become the person he wants us to be. So whenever you feel like things aren't going right or something is wrong, kneel in prayer and ask the Lord, What lack I yet? And he`ll show you the things you need to change. And through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to try again. To get up when we fall down and rise to the person who God wants us to be. But we can only do it if we are humble enough to ask that one question, What lack I yet? And then act on it not just saying, well I don't have a problem with that. Because God helps those who are humble and grateful and those people who are humble and grateful are those who will be first in the Kingdom of Heaven. Just like Jesus Christ said, Thy will, not mine be done.
Love you all!
Hermana Partridge

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Multi Zone Conference

I can't really remember anything that happened this past week. We had a Multi Zone meeting about how to work with members and I learned a lot! President Brown taught it and that man is truly humble. His wife is funny too!
On Wednesday we taught this women named Maria Salas that´s Catholic but isn't active. She really likes our message but the problem is her husband. He might not let her go to church but we prayed and she couldn't come to church apparently but this week we´re praying! Then a woman named Dorissell who was a reference of a member went to church 2 weeks ago and then this week told us that her husband left her and her two kids after church because he has problems with money and drinking so she told him to leave and she´s a little devistated. So we had a good lesson with her about the gospel and she´s reading her Book of Mormon and is praying about it too! She´s awesome but really needs your prayers.

Juan Carlos and Pedro came to church and Juan Carlos´s wife came too! Turns out their having marriage problems because as of a year ago he stopped doing a lot of the things the husband needs to do and she works all the time and supports them all. She came and hopefully this week we can have a good talk about marriage and how families need to help and support one another. 

We´re teaching a women named Carmen and her daughter named Hazel and they are SUPER CATHOLIC! But want to hear more about the gospel and this past week Hazel came to church with a friend that she works with that´s a member! She told us that it was really different but she liked it. 

Please pray for Alveniz because he is struggling right now and really needs your prayers!

The Lord is truly amazing! Sunday we don't have dinner because nobody gives us dinner and then Saturday night we contacted this lady who sells tajadas and she asked us to come back Sunday and eat. We told her we couldn't because we cant buy stuff on Sunday and she said, "Don't worry it will be free" So we show up on Sunday and she gave us a Ton of food! The Lord is awesome. WHY? Because he touched this women´s heart and she gave us food. We offered to come back on Monday and wash dishes and she said that was fine! 

I want to share what quite possibly could be my favorite scripture of all time! I only have my Spanish scriptures right now but if you could look up Ether 12:27
"y si los hombres vienen a mi, les mostrare su debilidad. Doy a los hombres debilidad para que sean humildes; y basta mi gracia a todos los hombres que se humillan ante mi; porque si se humillan ante mi, y tienen fe en mi, entonces haré que las cosas débiles sean fuertes para ellos"

I love you all and have a good day! 
Hermana Partridge
My companion and I contacting down this dirt road
My companion and I

Monday, September 5, 2016

Heavenly Father is wonderful!

This week I've learned the importance of how obedience brings blessings! This week has been an amazing week! We worked with members and found new people and at the end of everyday our agendas would be full for the next day! We would go to bed everyday dead tired but it was an amazing day! So one day we were contacting and we contacted this really rich looking house and they had a pool in their backyard which means that you have money! Here in Nandaime is pretty poor and so to see that we were shocked! But the husband answered the door and told us to come back later. So we came back later and him and his wife were there and they didn't seem too happy. We entered into the house and they both sat down with us and basically the husband started to say that they have marriage problems. He told us how he used to have a drinking problem and how he`s really open with his wife but his wife is really quiet and doesn't want to talk about her feelings. So we started to teach them how the gospel can help them and they're not very religious but they agreed to start praying. They told us they couldn't go to church this past Sunday but want to go this Sunday! 

Also, we are teaching a man who I never thought would be interested in the gospel at all. His name is Alveniz. We were teaching a less active a few weeks ago and her ex husband and her are still friends and he comes over to her house every night to be with his kid and help her out because he lives down the street. Anyway, he never seemed like the person who would want the gospel until one day I asked him when he was going to come to church with us. And then basically we started to talk about the gospel and now he comes to church and wants to learn more. He has changed completely from the man he was before! In just 2-3 weeks he has put his love and trust in the Lord and wants to learn more about the gospel. Before he was catholic but he hated being catholic because he didn't believe in anything they did at church. And he was a little scared to go to our church because he thought it was going to be the same but he loved it! We asked him if he would be baptized and he said YES but that he needs a little bit of time because he wants to learn more! Please pray for this man he is trying to change to do good but his family is really Catholic. 

Also there`s this man named Juan Carlos who has a son named Pedro but they can't get baptized because he`s not married to his wife and his wife doesn't want to get married or doesn't believe in marriage. Please pray for his wife that her heart will be softened because he wants to get baptized and pay his tithing! 

Love you all so much and just know that God is great and we can do everything that is expedient through him. The Atonement of Christ changed my life and I know it can change the world, just like Christ like love!

Hermana Partridge

Classic Nicaraguan Flag in the wind.

The ferry between the Island and Rivas.

Here is Hermana Partridge with
Hermana Acosta.  She is from Belize.

Hermana Ramos and I she`s from Dominican Republic

Hermana Vasquez and Hermana Carla (she cooks us lunch everyday.)

Hermana Vasquez and I! I love this sister so much! I think we knew each other in the Premortal existence.

Hermana Naumu my companion (Her hair is all crazy) and Hermana O`Donnal

Here is part of my zone with both my ZL`s. 

  I love the skies here!

Hermana Vasquez fell asleep on the floor after planning .
Another sky pic