Loved the Women's Conference last Saturday! I am so glad that I cheated and sat in the back of the chapel with one of the English speaking Hermanas sharing a set of ear buds and listening through the iPad in English! We didn't want to miss a word or lose something in the translation. What awesome messages! Our leaders are fabulous! We're excited for this weekend's General Conference and are so thankful for the technology to be able to enjoy all of the sessions!
We had changes Monday! Hermana Muñoz finished her mission and is home in Guatemala, and Hermana Pratt was transferred to Managua. We will miss them both, but are excited to work with the 2 brand new Hermanas. This change wasn't as crazy as the last one, thank goodness!
Elder Koelliker had his 4th birthday as a missionary this week. He had a great day with many messages from all over, lunch at Subway (his choice), and blueberry cheesecake NICA style. (I'm getting pretty daring in the kitchen with substitutions.) The 4 Hermanas sang Feliz Cumpleaños to him and gave him a Nica t-shirt. Thanks for helping him have a special day! To continue the celebrating, last night Marvin and Blanca had us over for Nica tacos, which were more like giant chicken and potato tacquitos with shredded cabbage, cream, and some kind of hot sauce on top. They were so good that Elder K had 4! We took chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting to continue our exposing them to American food. Thank goodness for La Colonia with the cake mixes and powdered sugar I can only get there.
We had some great visits and lessons this week, reminding people of the upcoming General Conference and how blessed we are to have a prophet and apostles. Many of the people here have never viewed or listened to the conferences, so don't fully understand the significance of these great brethren and our other General leaders. Elder K has the insert from the Ensign with pictures of the First Presidency, Quorum of the 12 Apostles, and other leaders, which he shows the people here so they can see them and start to make connections with the quotes and stories they have heard. We're sad that President Monson and Elder Hales aren't planning to be there due to health issues. Oh how we love these wonderful leaders and so appreciate their powerful and needed messages. They each have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much for us, in their efforts to help us all prepare to return to our Heavenly Father and Savior. Hopefully, we won't have the torrential rain today and Sunday that we've been having, so our people can get to the Estelí chapel to participate. It's sunny right now, so we are hopeful! Definitely a highlight of each year!
Thank you for all you each do for us, especially for your examples, love, and prayers!
We love you all!
Elder and Hermana Koelliker