So this week so many cool things happened! Well more like super spiritual ones happened. We asked our bishop to give us blessing to be able to work better in his area and he was super nice. I have never felt the spirit so strong before when I was given a blessing. I knew that it was coming from God because he mentioned something in my patriarchal blessing a way I know God knows me and he said ''I can feel the love God has for you'' and I cried so much haha and he did too. After I felt strengthened and we went and worked hard during the week. We have been trying to find what more can we do and we want to be more firm and confident in our baptism invitations and dates. This week we set 6 baptism dates and each were super spiritual and special. Another miracle is that one day our appointments fell and we had nothing to do so we contacted by knocking on doors and we found a man named Ronny. He was so excited to see us and said ''I know who sent you'' my friend this and that and we were so confused but then he said that same day he had been thinking a lot about the mormons and how he wanted to activate himself in the church again and by Gods power we ended up at his door. We met with him yesterday and he is so ready and willing to come back!
I loved this week because even though I felt overwhelmed with everything I also felt so much love from God and I was able to learn so much and apply it and see the results right away. God is real and he wants to guide us because he knows best. He wants our happiness and success. I know revelation is real!
We also made cookies for the relief society women
I am really bad at baking so I almost burned the cookies haha but they were still ok they were yummy
That's my pensionista our mami. and some of the people that we are teaching. Amilcar & Vane are the young couple they made us Sin Pancho a really good dish here I have never liked beets before but this time they were goooood!
Rosa is the cute old lady she's the smallest and sweetest person ever. I love teaching her.
Los amo, Love you all,
''Most people are as happy as they make up their mind to be'' Abraham Lincoln
I am learning its all about the attitude you have. So yea I can be sad when things dont work out or I can choose to be happy regardless. This week I learned a lot about leaving the rest to God. We do our part and then we have faith that he will make the rest work. We had investigators come to church yesterday it was so nice after 3 weeks of no one coming. We also got to give talks in sacrament. It was really nice. I feel so happy most of the time. There are moments sometimes that I get disappointed when people dont come to church or something like that happens but right away I laugh with my compis and pray and the next day its all good. I LOVE my companions they are my best friends by now we laugh at any little thing and its so fun that way.
I love Alma 26:12 It talks about how we are nothing without God and its so real we dont do any of the work we are simply Gods hands and feet and he does it all.
I love that when we visit someone I can see themn with the potential that they have and get a hint of how God sees them but then its sad when they dont see it its heartbreaking ah yea I love the mission it is a rollercoaster
We love this old lady she makes our days all the time
The graffity in Bolivia is all about love and stuff haha
This pday we went paintballing it was the coolest experince ever it was fun I didnt get hit only at the end on my arm and it stung bad haha but now its good I dont have a bruise or anything. we played with some people of our zone.
ITs funny how much my twin loves dogs haha
But yea I love the mission. Take care and thanks for writing me!
Los amo Love you Muna Cuyki (love you) I think haha
Area Villa Graciela
''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
its pday already! Its so cool here like seriously its the best! :]
I am in cochabamba!! I got to stay in the city! I am in Area Villa Graciela2 Zona Sacaba con Hermana Lopez y nuestra entrenadora Herm. Braathen. Somos Trio!!!!!!
The flight was the craziest thing ever because it was so long haha we went from salt lake to denver then to miami and then from there to santa cruz!! Yes I was at your mission!! ;D It was cool it looks like a jungle but not that crazy there´s just a lot of grass and trees and palm trees. Anyway at miami airport we were so tired we got lost lol haha it was the worst thing ever we almost lost our flight we walked around the whole thing and had to be fast so I seriosuly almost died. I kept praying like God help me get there because I was soooo exchausted and we were carring our carry on bags. But we finally got there me and Hermana Lopez of course. WE talked to some men that were taking the same plane and on the plane we sat next to this man that lives in la paz and the whole time we talked to him. So bolivians talk slow and low most of the time. So speak slow to them or they wont understand. Some cool words are pucha which mean like dang or ahh haha usually for something that goes bad. Macana is like que mal . Like we´ll say pucha que macana when something goes wrong haha
I love it here.When we arrived at the Cochabamba airport they sang to us the president his wife and elders and hermanas! They sang Called to serve in spanish! ;D It was so cool I felt like crying then we went out with the sister training leaders and we ate some salteñas super ricas. La comida aqui no me hace daño. I was scared that it would hurt my stomach but it doesnt it feels good. We only get almuerzo by our pensionista but during our citas they feed us so I usually dont starve haha.
Its funny because we dont have water at the moment so we cant shower and it sucks because a day ago it was so windy and I feel so drity haha. And like we cant go to the bathroom at our house so yea. We came to our pensionistas house for the bathroom and if by tonigt its not fixed we will shower here too.
But yea about the flights dont worry just hm sleep it helps and talk to whoever is next to you! great contacting time haha
I am a contacting pro now haha jk but ahh I forgot to tell you that we got our trainers after coming back from the Cristo on Wed. And Lopez and I were so sad that we thought we were going to separate but they announced that Hermana Braathen would be training 2 chicas. And Lopez was like ew not a trio haha and she saw her picture so she was like pucha Im in the trio but then President said my name and then he said we decided the ''Twins'' will be together (Lopez and I) haha they call us twisns because of our hair haha
anyways yess!! We are staying together which is totally crazy because we have been companions since the beginning. I was so happy an dgrateful and I know its all for a reason and that we are meant to teach together. I love my compis so much. Our mami is the best shes spiritual and sweet and loving and I love her so much. Shes a great example to me of enduring because she's sick and still keeps going. Today we are going to the clinica to see how they can help her. Pray for her :D But yea on Sunday we got to go on splits even though I am still not an expert on the area its so hard to figure out anything here because most streets dont have names or houses have numbers so directions here are like '' por el bateon ayiasito a la izquierda con una puerta negra'' haha yesterday we spent the whole afternoon trying to contact our references beause the directions to their homes were so vague. This super cool man we met his name is Johhny and he is a taxi driver and so we contact everywhere we are so we talked to him and he was super interested and we invited him to church and then he's like yes Ill be there and we gave him a folleto with our numbers. Then we got off and the next day we realized that he was also a reference soemone had given us on a card. So I thought wow. God really wants him to be taught because we found him without knowing that he was already a reference. No wonder he was super ready to come to church and all that. But then he didnt come. Its like that alot like they say theyll come and they dont but its okay I know it means we need to excerice faith and keep working with them.
But yea now we are just hoping he will call us because we dont know where he lives. haha
Hmm I have been really sick since I got here but now like 2 days ago I feel so much better I am getting stronger ;D More used to the weather cold in the morning and at night but hot in the day. I just had a cold but im better now. God takes care of us each day as we walk and it gets dark at first I was scared like noo its dangerous but now I feel so safe and I know that angels walk with us wherever we go.
I have learned that If I can love everyone I teach I can be more effective in helping them come to Christ. I also need to love especially those who are indifferent and dont show their love as much. I practiced that last night with our lesson to our pensionista shes a recent convert and I was able to understand her better and her love her for who she is with her struggles and all and i cried with her and it was suuch a beautiful moment. Then she opened up and I felt her love to me. And that was something I really had been wishing to feel. Because she is like our mom here in the mission and I wanted to feel that love and I did last night so I know that was Gods mercy to me.
WE did a noche de hogar last night with Fam Rojas and her sister and her children who are not memebers and it was sooooo good. I felt the spirit so strong as I taught about the resurrection and how beautiful it is and I was like this is my favorite part beacuse I will get back all my hair that has fallen off. I love teaching especially when you can focus on their needs and use the doctrine to help them gain faith and hope. She is less active their mom) and so we invited them to come to church again and she said I will start coming to church again and it was so unexpected and I felt soooo happy Inside of me I was jumping up and down haha Its so hard to not really do it when soemthing good happens but of course I dont want to be super weird and irreverent but in my heart I was jumping up and down for them. They are great!! Hmm what else hmm
Its great I love the mission. I love my compis and the people here they are simple and sweet and they are usually open to hear of the gospel. I will be in this area at least 3 months being trained. So until then ;D Ill be learning the area
we have goals to go on lots of splits with members to get more done. Oh my goodness our ward here is the best ever. Sorry Tres lagos haha they are just so focused on missionary work the consejo de barrio is so efficient and they focus on visiting people and they made a new plan to do noche de hogares cada lunes with different families and invite investigators. The bishop is the most humble loving man. He told us that we are the angles of the ward and I felt like crying haha beacuse I remember I would tell the sisters back home that and the elders too so to be told that it was super special.
I love you miss you but I am so in love with the mission. I learn so much each day and it prepares me so much for life.