Hello my dear friends and family I hope you all had a beautiful christmas! I sure did because we got to contact singing and we got to learn how to make empanadas and other yummy christmas treats. Also most importantly we had a ''white Christmas'' with 3 baptisms. It was a beautiful day Friday when they got baptized. It was Pacifico the older man, Jorge the young man and a little girl the elders taught. Both men we taught were so prepared to be baptized they are truly converted and they were so nervous and happy for their baptisms. One of them even fasted. I love to see how the gospel changes people and inspires them to be better and I love to hear their testimonies at the end too. This christmas we also got to skype! It was great but so weird It felt so unreal haha but I am so grateful to see my family! I love them so much. And I got to show them what paneton is. Now you can all see its this fancy dandy bread with fruit!
This week no one was really home at least when it got close to Christmas but we got to go to the plaza and sing carols and contact. super fun evening with the zone. Then we got matching shirts sort of for christmas from my comps grandpa that lives in Hawaii. Really nice of him to send me something too!
I am so grateful to spend Christmas on the mission and focus always on Jesus Christ and serving others. I love that this week we got to do more service and sing for the older people.
Well take care! Hope you all have a fun week and great new year!! I sure will sleeping :)
Hey everyone! So my comp and I are so excited for Christmas!
This week on Friday we got to take our investigators and recent converts to the temple to see the lights and also to the mission home for an open house. I loved that it was fun but also it feels so good to be on the temple grounds. I cant wait till our zone has a temple day! I love Hermana Mitchell she always has creative ideas and it has been so fun to be working together. Everyday is a new adventure like for example this week in the spirit of Christmas we will try contacting caroling haha I'll let you know how that turns out but Im excited! We are also as a zone going to carol this Wednesday in the plaza! It'll be super cool and our goal is that our beautiful voices haha will get us some references. I love Christmas and I am glad that it can be very special here on the missh also. On Christmas day we get to skype our families! I cant even explain how I feel about that haha I am a bit scared but very excited! For the rest of the day we plan to visit families and share christmas videos with them. We have baptisms planned on the 23rd but its been so stressful with them this whole week so we are not sure if they will be able to be baptized or not but we'll see :) We finally got our Conference liahonas and they are the best! I loved this talk '' There is Power in the Book'' I mostly love the promises to the families that read it! https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/there-is-power-in-the-book?lang=eng
Hey everyone so this week we had cambios and I love my new area truly I feel like I am somewhere else. There are cows! My new comp is also from my group her name is Hermana Mitchell and she is from San Diego Cali!
I love her curly hair haha The weather here is a little more wet it rains almost everyday but I like it! And Recently I taught my comp to peel her apples haha she needs to be safe like my mom Hna Braathen taught me. We are also super excited for Christmas! we might decorate now that we have a few gifts to open. Hna Mitchells family sent her christmas packages that included gifts for me too haha aw so very sweet of them. Also this Friday we had a Zone conference and it was really great! We overviewed what we learned from E' Falabella and we also talked a lot about obedience and we also had a christmas devotional! Where we sang and President dressed up as Santa and gave us all gifts and I got a package from home!! Lots of mexican candy and tapatio! Im grateful for the way that God answers my prayers this week I was praying a lot to find families to teach and to help our contacts be interested in making an appointment and Sunday was such a miraculous day we found 7 new people and a new family to teach! They are a young couple and they are really interested! Also this Saturday we got to go back to our old area and be at Nargilas baptism she is truly my favorite person ever. I love her so much. Elder Fernandez baptized her and at the end she gave a beautiful testimony where we cried because you could feel the spirit so strong. So many things have happened this week.
Sunday we had a Conference in the stake and Elder Balderrama came and gave a really good talk. I loved what he talked about the sabath day and how the sacrament meeting is really a meeting with Jesus Christ... How well do we prepare for that? I loved to think of sacrament that way. I also loved what he talked about families he talked about the roles of parents and children and it makes me excited to teach that to our families and for the future.
Also today we visited Nargila and cooked with her for our pday and it was so fun really shes a really good friend. We gave her a frame with some pics of her baptism and a photo of Jesus Christ. But I also found out bad news my mom Hna Silva is going home early because she is sick. It broke my heart but I hope she can get better. I know God loves her so much for her sacrifice to be here. And well I hope you are all doing good too.
So yes there were cambios once more. But this time president called us because we are both leaving :( so our area is getting put together with the elders side so now instead of 4 missionaries its just the elders. Ah Im really going to miss the area and the people and the families especially our pensionista shes the best but God knows why he does all he does. These last few days we worked really hard but we managed 1 or 2 lessons a day but we had many oportunities to plant seeds and serve. We were led by the spirit always and were able to meet Nieves and help her get back to her pueblito. I feel good about the work we did here to get to know the members and get references. I love Bolivia so much. I love walking and talking to people on the street about the reason we celebrate Christmas. I have never felt as happy as I do right now. I know this church is true and that God is real. He lives. He loves us and wants us to return to Him. We also have a baptism this next Saturday Nargila! shes the best but we'll have to tell her that we're leaving and it breaks my heart to leave her this week because its her baptism week ah! But shell be okay. So yea Im going to Linde with Hna Mitchell!! She's so sweet and from my group. We met before the mission on a fb group and now we get to be together! Im excited to go to a new area where Ive heard so many good things! The only thing is that she is leaving the area after Jan because she'll have 4 cambios. Which means I know I'lll only have one cambio with her. Its so sad so many cambios but I trust God knows why.
this week we also had an amazing conference with Elder Falabella from the 70 and it was truly one of the best talks I have heard. It was very motivating and he taught us the best way to teach the Atonement. Well something I loved was that he said that someone who has truly repented will have a sense of urgency to share with others the message of repentance. Its true and it helps me to think about this constantly.
Also this week we were blessed with water!!! It rained soo much haha on Tuesday after the conference the rain and even hail caught up with us. We got drenched and it was really cold but it was a great time for a photo!
I loved this scripture!! ''And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.'' - Isaiah 32:17
WEll, I love you all! Take care write me
New area: Linde, Zona Cobija, Cochabamba