''Courage is not just one of the cardinal virtues but as CS Lewis observed: courage is... the form of every virtue at the testing point... Pilate was merciful till it became risky.''
I can barely believe that tomorrow is one month that I left my home. I have been here in Bolivia almost 2 weeks now and I am so happy. I love it here. I was called to first serve in the Zona Sacaba area Villa Graciela 2! I stayed in Cochabamba yes the city haha Hermana Lopez and I are still together in a trio with our amazing trainer ''mami'' Hermana Braathen! Shes the sweetest and most commited missionary I know. We love her and her testiony and desire to work each day! Shes a great example of diligence and faith. I live in a cute little apt. and its so amazing how fast it became my ''home sweet home''. god really blesses everything so that our areas reallly feel like home. I love the people and we already have some good investigators that are ready. Amilcar and Vanesa are a cute couple with two young boys. Amilcar more than Vanesa wants to learn more of God and they both have been praying and have felt the spirit. Its so wonderful to see the hand of God each day as we walk and talk to people. some are so ready to hear some not so much. We've had doors shut in our faces just yesterday but I have so much gratitude to be here. I learn each day to be patient and trust God in all things and that everything that happens is his plan.
My compis and I are always laughing and that helps so much with the adjustment and discouragement I feel when some days no one is home haha I am grateful for my companions I know God placed me with them beacsue he knows all things and he knew we would work well together.
We also randomly saw a donkey on the street and I dont know why but it was so funny, I have learned to never conform that there is always more you can do. Especially as a missionary you can always do something else. 2 Nephi 28:21 explains this better. So yea this is something I am going to work on. to end The weirderst thing happened in our zone meeting, Hermana Ururi and Hermana Rivas called me over and told me that when they were companions in the Tupiza area they had dreams of me!!!! What???°!! I was so scared haha They said they kept dreaming of a women that looked just like me curly hair everything and they both thought maybe it was someone they were going to find to teach but then when Hermana Rivas first saw me in the meeting she called Hermana Ururi and told her I found the woman and she is a missionary! I am so amazsed and scared and I cried when they told me that. Hermana Braathen thinks that maybe it means I'll go to Tupiza. Who knows but it made me ponder and I know that God sent me to this mission in particular for a reason. It has strengthened along with the people I have met to know that he needs me here. I love my cochabambinos I know God loves each one of us and nothing is ever a coincidence. I love you all, Write me I love hearing from your lives and the exciting things going on.
OOOh yea Im learning quechua! Its hard in its pronounciation but I love. it
Im going to learn to pray in quechua! but for now songho cusisgha cassan means my heart is so happy! (that is not how you spell it im sure but its how it sounds to me haha)
Area Villa Graciela 2