The new Elder is a mini missionary, who we meet up with in Managua and will only be with us for the remainder of the transfer. We had a couple semi normal days of work wich was a nice break from all the craziness before.I worked with the mini missionary, Elder Meza, because Castro had to interview several of Elder Diaz's investigators. It was a little difficult starting out but we really got into the swing of things towards the end of the day and ended up getting five new baptismal dates set! Then I met up with Castro and we went to share a short message with Mama Nerly, who makes us breakfast and Lunch everyday, lets us use her washing machine on Pdays, and feeds us dinners all for a very reasonable compensation. Basically she's super awesome and has been an investigator for months, but has trial after trial come up that have kept her from getting baptized: her husband is atheist, her grandaughter is a disaster, her daughter's pastor periodically gives sermons on why not to listen to the Mormons, and since we eat at her restaurant everyday she hears a lot of peoples opinions about mormons all throughout the day. Everything started to fall in line though and she tenatively agreed to get baptized this coming week. After the message Castro and I shared, she gave a touching prayer in which ahe thanked her Heavenly Father for sending us into her life and she loved us like her own children and she promised she would be baptized. All in all a pretty fantastic day.
we baptized three youth ages 11, 12, and 13. We are working on baptismal dates for of their respective families as well, but it is common for the kids to be baptized first because they don't have any problems, whereas the adults are always super hesitant about getting married or have some other trial that is keeping them from being baptized.
mission president asked us to send him photos of our sacrament meetings so he could send us funds to purchase a new meeting house if he determined that we needed it. We were nervous about getting enough people and since the people always show up late, when we started our first meeting there were only about 7 or 8 people not including us. Thoughout the meeting however more and more arrived until we were overflowing. The same thing occured in the afternoon meeting, giving us an incredible total church attendance of 55 people! It's incredible to see how quickly we are growing, seeing as my first here we only had about 28 people total and we almost doubled the attendance.
Here are some pictures of the two sacrament meetings and the baptism of Joudi, Lenin and Saydi.
Also here is a panorama view of Somoto.