Friday, October 31, 2014

Oh boy where do i start. the first day was SOO chaotic and so much information to take in. our instructors speak 0 english to us. Ive been so lost and confused O.O  tonight we teach our first "investigator" in spanish! crazyy. So fridays are my P-day so be prepared for my emails then! i can write and send letters throughout the week though! im the only person in my district who hasnt gotten any mail... so show me some lovee :( Mi district is awesome! and mi companero is pretty sweet! We consist of 3 elder companionships y uno hermana companionship! ill have to send a picture next week though. we meet the branch president last night and after interviewing everyone he called me back to meet with him and his counselor and guess what?! im the District Leader! alot more i have to do though to go along with studying spanish so yeah. lots of studying to do! Things are going good though, so much food its awesome. Everyone here is so awesome, its awesome! Language study is super hard. Youre immersed into it and theres nothing you can do about it. But its good that way because it makes you rely on faith and the Holy ghost to get through everything. I cant wait to be fluent its not even funny haha. I wish they had nap times too haha. were up and busy from 6:15 till about 11 at night. Mi companero Elder Robinson and another set of elders is going to the same mission as I so were the "Managua Crew"! I feel like this letters rambling all over the place but thats just how a missionarys mind is! we went to the temple today which was really awesome. I love the temple and the blessings it brings to out lives. Ill have to take more pictures this coming week if my camera battery comes in! I hope everyone is doing great! I hope yall love the pictures! Times Up! if you need info im in District 41 and mailbox #25! Hope yall like the pictures!

Despite all of the Chaos in the language here. I know that this is what im supposed to teach in. Its a challenge but its not a challenge i cant handle. I love you all and i love my savior and this Gospel. Yo se que Jesucristo es el salvador, que la iglesia y el Evangelio de Cristo es verdadero y amorso. Este testimonio ayuda me superar desafios y ayuda me tener esperanza y ser una buena persona. Te amo! -Elder Baltimore 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My last night of watching TV and staying up late...

Well tomorrow I will be set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints! 132 days ago I received my mission call to serve in the Nicaragua Managua North Mission and I am anxious more and more every day to go out into the mission field and serve the Lord. I leave to the Provo MTC this Wednesday for 6 weeks. As I look back in my life there have been periods of time where I have, and have not wanted to go on a mission. But I guess I matured a lot at the end of last year/beginning of this year. I realized how grateful I am for all that I have in my life. I realized that all I have is because of the love of my Heavenly Father. I wanted to find someway to give back to Him for all that he has given me. As many of you know, I like to work and serve others. I realized the best way to serve Him, was to go on a mission. I looked around and saw many good friends going on missions and what great examples they are in my life and how grateful I am that Heavenly Father put these people in my life to help provide that great example for me. I started my papers as soon as I could and ever since have felt the spirit assuring me that this is what I need to do in this time of my life. And so here I am right now, T-minus 3 days till starting the greatest journey of my life! I am grateful for this opportunity and for all who've helped me along the way. I'm not the best writer nor do I like to write but I will try my best to write something for my amazing mom to post on here so you guys can know how the mission is going! I love you all and hope that you enjoy reading about my life as a missionary, un misionero de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias. Oh and my mission is in spanish so be prepared for some spanish! ;P

As I was preparing my "farewell" talk last night I found an awesome scripture that I'd like to share with y'all. In Galatians 5:13, the apostle Paul is talking and says "But by love serve one another". In order to serve one another, we must love one another. Its not always easy but hey, we CAN do it. We can love one another and happily serve. As we serve, we must have love in our heart. If we don't have love in our heart, are we purely serving?