Well this week was another week with my comp! I seriously enjoyed every moment toghether she is so funny and has helped me grow up a lot. I love her so much.
So we had a family home evening with an investigator family and it was so fun. They are the family of Enrique Camacho a young man that wants to get baptized. His family is cute and I really want them to experience the joy of this gospel. We will continue teaching them with my new comp and see what happens.
So yeah Cambios! I am staying in my area and Hna. Renovato is coming here. She is from Texas but is also mexican! It will be great.
I learned so much about my patriarchal blessing this week. I know that God has so many blessings for each of us but sometimes we loose them if our faith in Him is shaken and we begin to be negligent in our obedience.
I am grateful for moments of meditation and personal revelation. I know that God lives and he wants to communicate with us, He has a perfect and complete vision of our lives and wants to help us take the better path. I know that to be true with all my heart.
Here are some pictures from my week. We also bought mathching rings Hna. Geertsen & I Ill send pics too and of our lunch today. Also this week when we went to the hospital to see if they would take her cast off we found out they wouldnt and other Hnas that were with us bought us all heart lollipops to feel better it was so sweet and there I also saw some dear hnas from my first ward here in Bolivia
15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! D&C 18:15-16
Hello family and Friends! So I wanted to start off with this scripture because it is exactly what I experimented this week.
So this Saturday we went back to Linde to witness a beautiful baptism. Damar and Famila Mamani got baptized! They are people that I taught there and now they were able to enter the waters of baptism. I loved going there and with hugs and smiles greet the members and them. Damar is a very special young woman to me. I love her and her family and seeing her in white and hugging her brought tears to my eyes and after hugging her I realized she had tears too! It is the most amazing feeling ever!! It explains perfectly the scripture I shared in the beginning. So yea every part of the baptism was beautiful and uplifting. From the familia Mamani the parents got baptized but their little son once in the water got so scared and he couldnt do it. So they decided that in a few weeks it would be best if his dad could baptize him!
Well another Joy of this week was skype with the family! What a blessing! I was so happy they looked good and happy!
I know that this church is true and that this gospel of Jesus christ changes lives. I see it each time that there is a baptism and I feel it when we have powerful lessons. I know that the work my Heavenly Father sent me here to do is true. I love the book of Mormon, it brings me so much peace and comfort in hard times and I know it is true.
I invite any of you that have not yet read it to give it a chance. I promise it will change your life like it has mine.
Love you all and Till next time.
Thanks for your emails .
Pics: Well this pday we went paintballing with the zone and then to eat with the hermanas in our zone, we saw this young man eating alone and invited him to sit with us, he was really cool spoke good enlgish and accpeted visits with the missionaries! You can always do missionary work haha
We also had Zone conference this week. I saw Hna Mendoza there!
And the baptism pictures :)
I forgot the funniest story with the trash bags and this woman in the pictures. So I was in intercambios with Hna Cristobal in their area when we contacted this woman who looked like she was struggling with her cart of big bags. It was hilarious because when she saw us approach her she got so mad and with her grouchy face said ''I dont want anything go away'' and we almost did but there was something that said stay and talk to her. We stayed and figured out what was wrong and we offered to push her cart! She finally laughing super funny said ''ya pues'' ok then haha so we did and it was so heavy but we had such a good time helping her it was funny because there were times we had to run to hurry before cars came ah okay that was it but she was cute her name is Marina
Hello Friends and Family!
So this week my comp went to another area to work just till Saturday. I was with Hna Moquillaza! We got to contact a lot. The area is slowly progressing but I got to experience the joy of finding someone that wants to listen after a whole day of rejection and truly it is the best feeling in the world. So we found this woman named Jimena, she is so pregnant and she is from Potosi! She let us teach her the Plan of Salvation and was so glad that she got to learn something new. We also helped her wash her clothes and towels. Service really is the key in everything we do. We feel a greater love for those we serve and we feel happy.
So this Sunday was really spiritual and we really needed that. I loved each testimony and in the relief society class the teacher taught about ''Come what May and Love it'' This lesson made me cry because these past weeks with my comp have been rollercoasters but we felt so much love from our Savior while we heard the words of that message. We felt they were personalized. I am grateful that God really does know me and he sends me the things I need in His time.
So this Saturday Jhonny Condori a young man got baptized! We are so proud of him for making this decision on his own and for being so brave. We got to sing at his baptism a cover of Im trying to be Like Jesus it was cute haha then we laughed. My comp is obssesed with milk now its so funny she drinks at least 2 cups of it each day haha
Love you all, take care and Dont worry be happy :) Entonces hoy me celebraron mi cumpleaños jaja y Elder Palmer hizo pie de cereza y Elder Pozo mi ex lider de distrito hizo lasagna
y nosotras nos tomamos fotos con pelucas jajaj
Hey there Friends and Family
So last Monday my poor comp broke her leg playing futbol...
It was really sad because it hurt her so bad and we spent the rest of pday in the Hospital and in the mission home. For the rest of the week we couldnt work. We had intercambios planned already so we did those and it was really nice because the hermanas ended up helping us a lot.One of them would stay half of the day with my comp at home and the other go out with me then they would switch.
But overall this week I learned so much about service. I have never served someone as much as I have this week and I really needed that. A lot of it is giving up what you want for what the Lord wants. I feel that this time is preparing me for the future to be a mom!! So I am grateful for all of these experiences. I have had to completely rely on Him to keep going somedays, I love that in 1st Nephi where Nephi breaks his bow he has to trust God more than his bow to find food for his family. I love to think about that. I often ask myself Where is your trust in your bow or in God?
I really liked this scripture from my week of studying haha
1 Tessalonians 5:16-23 I based a talk I had to give on Sunday on this scripture. I talked about being ready to see God.
Funny moments this week haha ok well since my comp cannot really get up from the bed I have to kill every bug that we find in our room.... turns out this week is the week that every flying thing enters into our room. I am so scared of little bugs that fly so it was terryfying to try and kill a moth hahaha then the next day a wasp flies in oh my.
Then well it was my 20th bday this weekend and we couldnt go anything but it was really nice of the Hnas Temporal to come over and suprise me and make us breakfast. Ill send pictures.
I am grateful for trials, Iknow that God knows all things and he put Hna Geertsen and I for a reason, I am happy she is staying and once her foot heals we can work together again. I love this work, I love the people we teach. Bolivianos are my favorite. I love my Savior for taking upon himself my worries and stresses and helping me do the things I could never do on my own.
WE have a baptism this weekend coming up!
''Each of us will be called upon to act in moments that are difficult and yet defining these moments will determine who we are and what we have become'' WE also made tacos this morning with the district! WE didnt really know how and we all improvised and they came out soo good
I lvoe how happy my comp looks with her guitar hahah ah She makes me laugh too much!
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
So I want to be able to say that at the end of my mission.
This was one of those weeks. No one wanted to listen to us, and other things happened that brought us down at least our animos. Satan is really working with my comp and I to discourage us and to try and scare us but I have faith that it will all pass.
Well this week I will focus on learning more about my Savior because I know that with him we can get through anything and we can have hope along the way.
I will walk 547 days wearing his name next to mine and after my mission I will walk the rest of my life with his name on heart. I really liked this thought Hna Geertsen shared with me.
I know that there are people just around the corner that we will find and that is why everything is going down in this moment.
Here are some pictures of the week. We met two hermanas from Sucre that came to do tramites here in Cocha, they were super cute and happy we then took them to the airport. Today was a cool pday we played futbol, my comp is great but she hurt her ankle :( WE hope and pray we can work this week. We're worried about that.
To end I shared this scripture with President Helaman 3:35 in our latest interview
Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
This is how conversion happens, step by step, President said that it amazed him that it said ''stronger in their humility'' because usually in the world being humble is considered to be weak but not in God's sight. Humility is strength is His eyes.
I know that in this time I need to be more humble through these hard days and seek the light :)
I love you all, have a great week
I forgot to explain some of these pictures so
1) our pensionista always has pretty flowers on her table
3) So this is George and he lived in the US for a while so we are talking to him outside his hoouse because no one else wanted to listen to us and he was super cool, the funniest thing is that when he says goodbye he says ''ok, honnies'' hahah ah it was so funny. He is the coolest old man.
4) The hnas going back to Sucre
5) ARE THESE SEATBELTS haha we were too excited to see seatbelts
6) My comp too excited to play futbol
7) so today after getting hurt, we almost blamed this elder but it wasnt really his fault just wanted to stage a picture
8) Lunch with the Zone at Inka Terrra ITs always great to see my old pensionista, I love them
9) Trying to help her foot
This week was the best! The first day we went out with the new hermanas from this cambio to contact with them and stuff! it was the best, even though it started to pour. I was with Hna Salazar from Chile and Hna Acevedo from Peru they are so cute and prepared.
I also loved to meet the people here in Cala Cala! We are teaching a few families and it makes me so happy because they are progressing so well. One of them is the family of Enrique he is a young man that the hnas were teaching before I got here but he has such a strong testimony of everything and wants so badly to be baptized! And he is being such a big help to his mom to listen to us and accept baptism. I love it!
WE contact each day almost all day but it is great because with Hna Geertsen it is always an adventure! She has the craziest ideas she understands me and I learn so much from her each day. And a bonus is that she plays the guitar for me at night!!! How blessed am I! :)
Pics: WEll some of these are my comps I stole them but shes in a thing where all her pics are black and white but I love how they come out! So this week a dog said helllo to me and ah I was in love with him and I told him I wish I could hug you and seconds later he was jumping on me haha ah It was so funny, he really wanted a hug. Serving cookies with my compi was fun but the real thing we did at the Presidents open house was serving pepsi and 7up floats! It was fun because no one knew what they were but they loved them. It was almost like root beer floats. This is what my lunch looks like now, its heaven seriously. My other favorite pictures are of some of the families I love in Linde la familia Mirabal and Rojas (bishop) and my dear Rosemary she has become my friend she will be getting baptized on my bday! I couldnt be more grateful when I heard she had made the decision to be baptized.
Love you all take care and have a blessed week!
REMEMBER TO PRAY! & SMILE :)
Cala Cala :)
It will be a new experience to be an STL and honestly I am more than scared but I have hope and faith that God has something well, lots for me to learn and do. I know this is a greater opportunity to serve and forget myself.
This week we had a beautiful woman enter the waters of baptism. Her name is Pascuala. She has always since her husband passed looked for the true church and when she came to church a month ago or so she did not stop coming. She told us starting the lessons that she wanted to get baptized and so we did all we could to help her be ready, little did we know that God has ways that we do not understand. We worried about her ablility to understand or the language barrier for she only speaks Quechua. We did all we could going over the lessons before her interview and prayed that the District Leader would know she is ready to be baptized. When Pascuala, the translator, a very loving member that accompanied us the whole time we taught her, and the DL came out of the interview everyone was crying and our Dl said he had never felt the spirit so strong. God provided a way for eveyone else to know she was ready to be baptzed.
Here are some pictures of the baptism!! & saying goodbye to some of the sweetest families and investigators, tonight we will be visiting a few more!
And tomorrow mornng we go and meet our new companions.
I loved every talk in this conference but my favorite was by Elder Ulises S. Soares.When he was ending his talk he talked about how in our most desperate moments he hears our prayers and that sometimes we do not understand the ''why'' of a problem until later on. That struck me and comforted me for the trials that I had this week. I also loved a scripture ''Perfect love casteth out fear'' When we have a perfect love for God then fear disappears and we are drawn to Something great this week is that we moved, we have a new apartment! We watched conference and we had 2 investigators come, one that said her questions were answered as she listened.
I know that no matter what question we have or doubt or fear we can find peace, hope and love from our Heavenly Father and his plan of salvation. this mesage we share of love is REAL. And it brings to our hearts REAL joy and peace not as the world gives it but as He does.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:7-11
This week was a really good one
We had many great and inspiring messages from zone conference and also from Women's Conference.
Some of my favorite quotes were:
''mujeres imperfectas pero con testimonios poderosos'' Linda K. Burton
Imperfect women with powerful testimonies
I loved this phrase because it teaches me that we do not have to be perfect to have powerful testimonies. I know that to be true.
I know that God loves all his children even when we make mistakes. I know that Christ is my Savior and that because of Him I can be cleansed, I can live again and I can see them someday.
We got to watch this video this week!! It brings so many feelings of gratitude and hope.
I cant send pictures this week because the computers but I send all my love.
We are going to the temple tomorrow!! We are really excited about that
My favorite quotes from this week...
'' A feeling of remorse after a mistake is a fertile soil wherein repentance can flower'' E' Richard G. Scott
'' I believe that you can leave the most precios personal direction of the spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you.'' E' Richard G. Scott
Monday: Fuimos a Mexical! Cumpli 8 meses en la mision!!!
Tuesday: Do we really believe that everyone needs the gospel? That was the topic of our STLs message this weeks meeting. Do we talk to as many people as we can?... Everyone has something going on in their minds and if we just open our mouths the gospel can help them. Our DL taught us the difference between knowing and understanding ... understanding is knowing something with your heart. So I also tried to make pancakes today from scratch ..this time they looked good but they were too salty or sugary.
Wednesday: We contacted a lot today and found new people to teach! At night we got to visit a little boy for his bday. He turned 8! Hes getting baptized! It was real cute to sing him happy bday and seeing him all happy!
Thursday: Today we contacted an old man named Luis and when we thought he wasnt interested he let us in and we got to teach him lesson 1. He knew many truths due to much study. He taught us a super cool way to explain that there is a God. We went outside and he pointed to the elextricity cables. He talked about the power elextricity has but how we cannot see it, or oxygen helps to keep us alive but we could never see it. You know it exists by the effects it leaves.
Friday: Todays miracle was Rosemary! We had been praying for her all week to feel better and today in our cita she looked better she was herself. And from everything else she said I know the power of prayer is real.
Saturday: Today we had tramites... they take forever. Later in the day we taught Jorge hes such a cool guy that wants to change his life since his little girl was born. I love to see that desire in people to change to start over. That is what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers everyone.
Sunday: FAthers DAy here in Bolivia! Jeremy's Baptism and we had tons of food today haha
This pday we had a zone activity where we all played sports and stuff. & had interminables (huge pizzas)
Love you all,
Hello Friends and Family!
Well this week was great! Let's start off with a quote that I really liked
it goes something like this '' The most effective tract we will carry will be the goodness of our own lives and example.'' - Pres. Gordon B Hinckley
I loved this because its's so true. The best that we can offer others is our good example, sometimes that is the best missionary work we can do.
So this was my week:
Monday: We bought glasses and rainboots! And also had an Fhe with the bishop's family. He is the coolest bishop and his family the cutest. We talked about the upcoming conference, had homemade pizza and played a game!
Tuesday: So today we tried to visit out conversa Lili but we actually took the wrong trufi and ended up in the mountains... the view was amazing so we didnt mind! When we made it to the river we always cross to get to her house we found it with water!! haha After looking around we found a few rocks where we could jump and make it to the other side. we felt so accomplished when we did!
Coolest experience of the week!
Wednesday: Womens Day! ''It's amazing the power women of faith have''- Pres. Gordon B Hinckley Today was a blessed day in urb. ecologica we contacted this place for the first time and we found like 6 new people to teach just today. Everyone was really nice and let us in to teach them! My comp and I were so suprised and decided to call that area blessed barrio. Carlos Orellana is one of them. He said he had never talked to any missionaries but he is in need right now. He wants to know God! He prayed for the first time! By our 2nd visit he had explained everything to his wife!
Thursday: Today we explained to someone the beauty of prayers. We pray directly to God and an intermediary to pray to him. He loves us so much that it doesnt matter what sins we've commited we are never too bad to pray to Him. Today we also started our intercambios with the Hnas capacitadoras Hna Hoffman and Hna Ordoñez! I stayed in my area with Hna Hoffman!
Friday: I learned so much from her! We're here on the mission because we know the gospel makes a difference in our lives. We live it each day and therefore we can testify to others with conviction and our words have power. She taught me that if we love the people we need to be firm with them. Testify and help them make commitments. Together we read The Profile of a Prophet... go read it its a really good talk that helps us see that God does speak in these days! That statement stayed in my mind and as we taught the Restoration I was able to mention it.
Saturday: I dont really remember what happened this day.....
Sunday: We invited many to come today! I think that for the first time I didnt get sad that most of our investigators didnt come but I was happy with whatever happened! 2 came and many menos activos we were hoping came! I lvoed the lessons of today and the manual for this year of President Hinckley's words.
To all missionaries he said: ''I cannot promise you fun. I cannot promise you ease and comfort. I cannot promise you freedom from discouragement, from fear, from downright misery at times. But I can promise you that you will grow as you have never grown in a similar period during your entire lives. I can promise you a happiness that will be unique and wonderful and lasting. I can promise you that you will reevaluate your lives, that you will establish new priorities, that you will live closer to the Lord, that prayer will become a real and wonderful experience, that you will walk with faith in the outcome of the good things you do.''
PDAY TODAY: we went to play wally and eat Mexican food with the zone!
Hello Friends and Family!
This week was a feast. We ate too much but also spiritually we had experiences that touched my heart. We met a woman that wanted to go to church for a while but she didnt know where the church was and had problems that didn't allow her to get there and she couldnt read the book of mormon because she was blind so when we talked to her she cried and cried and it touched my heart how much she missed reading the word of God and going to church. She needed it. It made me rethink of the importance of reading and going to church on Sunday. We will be taking her to church on Sunday! I wish you could of seen her smile. The book of mormon brings light into our lives, peace and joy. It doesnt matter what we are going though the words therein will penetrate our soul and comfort us. There is power in this book when we read to know it's true and ask God we will receive an answer. I love hearing the testimonies of the members here in Bolivia of how they knew the book was true. It strengthens my own.
This pday was a productive one we got ready for all the rain we are receiving here we bought matching rainboots, funky umbrellas and also glasses. We are loosing our sight so next week Ill send pictures of all of that.
The mountains are beautiful in our area!
Love you all.
So this weekend was Carnaval weekend here in Bolivia and we have to stay inside two days but its great because today I finally had enough time to wash all my clothes. I felt so accomplished and tired haha Lets see this weekend was also cambios but we didn´t have any! We are staying together at least one more cambio together! We're really excited because this area is the best I love it!
This weekend was the baptism of my pensionista's son. They are the cutest little kids and I love to see them because they remind me so much of my nephews. A miracle of the week was when on Saturday we were starving we walked by where bishop lives and he was just arriving and he gave us a slice of pizza each! I was so happy and grateful that God put him in our path. I love the members here and everyone we teach they're so nice and have such strong faith. They're a great example to me. Also, Fruit here is the best! My distrcit Abinadi took pics on our last zone meeting before cambios.
These days we had to stay inside Ive spent it watching many pioneer movies and it made me think of how much people have sacrificed for this gospel to be restored and that today we may have in full access the book of mormon. This book is true and it changes lives. Here I have gained a greater testimony of its power as I study it each day, it strengthens my testimony that God lives and he loves me, it helps me understand who my Savior is and what he did for me and how I can partake of his grace everyday.
I love this scripture;
I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your
trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be
lifted up at the last day - Alma 38:5
Hey friends! So the greatest thing this week was that Lily and Pablito got baptized! It turned out really well. We had good asistencia and the talks were good! I mostly loved to see them in their white clothes like the song says... when the one youve come to love gets dressed in white. I loved their smiles and testimonies. I love to see the outcomes of the efforts and faith we put into the Lords work. I know this work is true that the gospel changes lives and it has changed mine it keeps doing it each day as I study my scritpures and see my faith grow.
I love training because HnaMendoza is the best haha she is not afraid to do anything and she teaches me so much by her example and good attitude.
This week we also had a zone conference where we talked all about the atonement and repentance. This quote striked me '' Jesus died of a broken heart... in a similitude, we now offer ourselves- our own broken hearts- as a personal sacrifice. It's all that he requires of us a broken heart and contrite spirit and obedience to his commandments the rest he already did it. He can heal any broken heart I have seen it in the people we teach each day and in my own life.
Keep getting closer to God
Get to know him not just know of him
Love you all,
This pday we got to clean and rearrange our room! I love it! We cleared up the area by the windows and now there is more light in our room. We also had the chance to dress up as Cholitas from la paz because our home owner has the clothes and she wanted to dress us up
We had so much fun this morning. And we also went bowling with the district.
This week we walked a lot and met new people to teach but also had so much stress.
Something great is that Lily and Pablito want to get baptized this weekend instead of next which is great but there are some minor things in the way we hope it all works out and this weekend they can enter the waters of baptism. This week put my patience to the test and faith but I love the challenges that help me be a better person. I love my compa Hna Mendoza she helps me a lot to not stress out. Well I felt the Lords hand this week when I had a hard day and as we listened to music a song came on that said '' you are not alone'' and talked about Jesus being there and it was such a personal comforting moment. I love that God is always aware and I love he lets me know. I love Moroni 8:25-26 It has been my scripture of the week to invite people to be baptized. Well take care amigos hasta la proxima
Hi friends and family!
First off in the pics you'll meet my novio Lucas my pensionistas son. He's so cute he calls me Hna Campanita and always wants to sit next to me during lunch haha
Then a picture with Damar's cute puppies (I love dogs now...what the mission does to you haha)
Then a pic infront of our chapel with our bestfriend Rosemary. We love this young woman we are teaching.
Also our journey through the rocky river
Anyways this week was a great one we met our goals and overcame the challenges when all of our citas fell through on Saturday. We got to meet with Scarlet a wonderful young woman and see her desires to know the plan of salvation is true since her mom passed away a month ago. I love when the Lord guides us to people who want to listen. I know that this Plan he has for us is true and I know without a doubt we will see those we love after this life. I know it as well as I know God lives and he loves us and wants us to find peace and joy in this life.
I love being a missionary here and also training. I love it when Hna Mendoza has those moments she says I love being a missionary. If anything I just wanted her to love the mission. So life is great and even greater Gods ways and purposes. I heard something yesterday I loved
They said you can count the seeds in an apple but you cannot count the apples that will come from one seed. I love this! Its true we plant seeds of the gospel in the hearts of the people and if they let it and nourish it they will grow into trees with many generations.
Les amo se cuidan
I love you all take care
This week was a great one as well. We got to visit the very top of our area close by the mouintains. Its called Villa Belen its reallly green and pretty and people live more humble. This last week it has rained almost each day Its so pretty I love it. We have a great young women we are teaching her name is Kiara and she is getting baptized the 21 of this month. I love this talk I read this week during personal studies https://www.lds.org/liahona/2010/11/faith-the-choice-is-yours?lang=eng&media=audio Its called ''Faith, the choice is yours''
What I loved about it the most was that it talked about Matthew 17:20 When Jesus is explaining to his disciples that if they had faith even as a grain of mustard they could move mountains. This talk says that yea maybe we wont see literal mountains be moved but we can see mountains of pain, doubt, sorrow, guilt be removed by our Savior Jesus Christ. I know this to be true. I know there is no way to feel true joy and peace than to have faith in Christ and to apply his doctrine into our lives. I have seen it in the people that we teach and in myself as I repent daily and prepare to take the sacrament. as I excercise my faith in Christ by knowing that all that happens is for my own good and that God will take care of everything. He is ever loving and just which means we must do our part so that the power of His sacrifice can pull us out of our hard times and lift us higher than we ever could on our own. Another great talk is ''Is it still wonderful to you? by Elder Causse from the May 2015 conference. This talk says that we must be alert to notice the little miracles each day, the Lords hand in our day and that way we receive spiritual strength. Stay strong my friends and family!
Love you all,
"Look not behind thee."Happy New year! I hope you all had a great time this weekend. We sure did in our house, we had confetti to play with before going to bed but I cant send pictures today so I will have to be next week. This week was good except th