Have more questions about volunteering in Nicaragua?
Here's more info about what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is like in Nicaragua!
A Volunteer's Perspective
What's the congregation like?
"The congregation is a lot smaller than most of the wards you see in the states, but there are a lot of members. There are your people that go every week but then you have the others that will show up off and on. The members are so nice and you can tell that even if you don't speak the same language they love having you in the ward! They always make sure to greet you and say hello. There are missionaries in the ward, and they are also great and willing to help with anything! The ones we have now speak English so it's easy to communicate with them."
What is similar or different about church in Nicaragua?
"The cool thing about the church is that you always seem to know what's going on even if you don't speak the language. So basically it's all the same, you have sacrament first, then you split up into either Relief Society or Sunday school, depending on which Sunday it is.
The spirit feels the exact same, so even if I don't know what the members are saying I still get that spiritual feeling and have the desire to listen or we bring our scriptures so we can study while they give lessons.
They also follow the same lesson guidelines for come follow me so we will read the English version while they talk about the Spanish versions so we basically are learning the same lesson. You also learn all sorts of Spanish hymns it's great. Also, the best thing about going to church here is that it is one of the buildings that has AC so you get a chance to cool off from all the summer heat."
Any other thoughts?
"Overall we love going to church here, it has been nothing but great. The people are so nice, and it's comforting to know that we have a ward we can rely on if we ever need extra help."
How To Get To Church
Getting to church from where you live as an ILP volunteer is really easy! You can walk or most groups will just grab a taxi to get there quicker. Taxis will cost less than a dollar per person to get to church.
Don't forget about the Temple−
In April 2018 General Conference the building of the Managua, Nicaragua Temple was announced. Managua is only about an hour and a half from where volunteers live in Granada, making it really easy to get to!
There are not any concrete dates announced for the groundbreaking or dedication of the temple, but keep updated here to see if that's something you could attend during your semester.
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