Well this week on Thursday there was a hail storm that was crazy it left Sucre looking white! IT was so cold after. The weather here is crazy weird. That morning it was sunny.
So this week we saw more miracles. Theres no time Ill explain more next time.
1) After a good cita
2) I wil miss this
3) Delicias Ward
4) The almost snow haha
Well this week was humbling and miraculous!
Getting used to Sucre has been rough but this week I was humbled and I learned that God's will is always greater than mine. I had such amazing experiences as I trusted in the Lord. My companion and I decided we needed to pray one afternoon as we were looking for people to teach and after doing so we still didn't know exactly what door to knock on or what street to go to but I learned that we truly do have our agency and we have to do much good of our own free will and then God will approve. We then felt to go down an alleyway and knocked on the first door. Marina came out and we instantly knew she was going to be great. It's awesome how I've been able to develop a greater awareness to the spirit's whisperings in the mission. She indeed was receptive and told us about her desire to repent and be at one with God and herself, it was wonderful to come in her home and share a message of hope and love from our Savior Jesus Christ. I know without a doubt that this gospel is true and it can bring anyone who accepts it with a sincere heart peace and hope and even joy! Well, this week I also got lost in my area haha. We had exchanges and I had to be alone leading it with another sister...Well I almost cried but I learned that I just need to trust God. That even if I feel lost he will help me find the way around, when I realized that I stopped stressing out and was able to find each place we had to go to it was a humbling experience. I couldn't do it alone but with God I felt safe and was able to lead without really knowing where I was going almost as it says in 1 Nephi 4:6. So then Saturday night we saw a miracle happen. So we've been struggling a bit to find people to teach or more like people who are willing to commit and truly change their lives. Fabian is someone that the hermanas here have been teaching for some time. He always wants to know more and know everything before accepting a date to be baptized. So in our last appointment with him before Saturday he had asked more about baptism but wasn't so sure. Saturday we asked if he had read his pamphlet and he did! He said he had read it the same night we gave it to him! That he really liked it and we asked him...Do you have the desires to be baptized? he said a firm "Si" and then I explained why we like to set a date with the people we teach he told us before we stopped talking that he had been thinking about the end of this month...(Woah we had planned that date with him) I said well we were just thinking about this too. He so willingly and happily accepted a date for the 28th of this month! It was so simple and perfect. I know that God prepared him and led him but he was humble to listen to the spirit and not reject the feelings he had about baptism as he read his pamphlet and the Book of Mormon. So that's our big miracle of the week. I know that when we work hard and are humble our fair goals are accomplished sometimes in unexpected ways.
Hope you all have a blessed week! Enjoy each day! Pray and reconcilate yourself with him.
I love you all,
So hey! Im in Sucre now!
I had transfers. My new area is the opposite of everything in Siglo xx
Traveling was crazy and getting there even more, it was freezing cold and it started to rain haha Everythng is hills! But really I know Im supposed to be here so that makes me feel peaceful and happy and motivated to walk up those hills each day.
My new comp is Hna Kincaid shes from Alaska! Shes really cute! Im ''' killing her'' as they call it here. Shes going home after this transfer.
Theres not too many investigators in this area yet but we've been working hard to find more. We saw miracles as we set goals and specifically prayed to find those ready to accept the restoration message and to be able to recognize them, and we did! almost everyday! God is great and His miracles are real if we have faith to see them. I want to work hard and leave my all here in Sucre my last area in the mission! Truly the mission has brought me the greatest of blessings, some I couldnt have imagined to ever see.
I love my Heavenly Father and I know he loves me. He is aware of me. He answers my prayers, he did through the conference talks this weekend! I know this work is true.
My heart is broken. I dont want to leave Siglo XX
I couldnt stop crying saying goodbye to familia espinoza today but well thats the mission we always have transfers. Im going to go to Delicias, Sucre and be the last companion of Hna Kincaid haha. Im happy becuase Ive never been outside of cochabamba but also sad because this all I know and to finish my mission outside its so sad. But I know that God knows better than us. This week was great!!
This week we said goodbye to a lot of people. And one of the member's daugthers wanted to straighten my hair so I let her haha that was yesterday.
It was very special to see walter our convert receive the priesthood this Sunday! Seriously him and his sister are such strong converts and with their example they have helped Giancarla their older sister want to take this step too! We had lunch with them on sunday it was the best! so fun haha
The mission is the best thing ive ever done. I encourage all to think about going and all to hear the missionaries at least once.
Love you alll,
Here are some pictures of today saying goodbye also with hna Christensen.
1) With Cesar and Amanda
2) With Laura and the teddy she gave me she said it reminded her of me haha awwww
3) The Espinoza Siblings!!! aww
4) In the taxi going to visit Nicolas in the hospital to say goodbye
Hey there friends and family!
This week was so much better than the last. What did I do differently changed my attitude about everything, I really tried to see the good in everyone and everything,
I love this area and the converts here and those that are choosing to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized.
Rayza and Walter are such strong youth. They are the perfect example of true faith. They believe and they act. As we see that faith without works is dead.
I am also grateful for the leaders God calls. Presidente Montoya has helped me alot this week in my interview and when he taught in the conference this week.
I was able to feel God's love for me through his words.
My favorite part of being a missionary is the change we can see in those we teach. Argelia suprised me this week! She was sweter than usual and had this light about her and she understood all the commandments we taught her, and the best part she shared the gospel. shes a little missionary!
Well have a great week y'all haha
There might be transfers next week it makes me sad but this scripture helps! Joshua 1:9 Truly the scriptures can help at any moment of our lives.
1) Rayza and Walter got baptized this weekend! They both are awesome converts and want to go on a mission!
2) Bought some cool rings today, he has so much talent!
3) Dinner with our ward mission leader Juan carlos and his wife. Theyre the best! Sharing this cambio with the elders and them was the best
4) With Rayza and Walter's family at their baptism!
Ok so this week it snowed tons but in the mouintains it was cold and cloudy after that happened! It was perfect because the day before that happened we were singing christmas hymns. Ah I wish we could of gone up there it was beautiful!
So Cesar and Amanda are doing so well, theyre receiving answers, Cesar was going through the pages of the BOM and found Moroni 10:29 ! They came to church also!! and are thinking about a date to be baptized.
I love their family so much and Im grateful that with time all is possible. That they are feeling that everyhing is true and are acting to recieve a firm answer.
I love to see the change in those we teach. The light in their eyes.
This Sunday we had stake conference and it was perfect. They talked about families but my favorite part was a question... Is Jesus Christ my God? .... and thinking of what that meant in my life.
1) In consejo this week
2) With Presidente and his wife
3) Familia Espinoza!
4) This is what I need to eat from now on
5) But before that This! One last time
Well this week was good normal you know. The only bad thing was that I was sick all week but God gave me the strength to push through and work.
I absolutely love Bolivia. the music the folklore, the food the people.
I love the bonds. I never want to leave Siglo XX but I have a feeling I might have to when we have transfers.
This week well Damiana is progressing so well. She is the sweetest human being and also committed she came to church twice already even though her husband doesnt. She understands that its important to come and not work that day. She is so very grateful that we arrived at her home to teach her kids she says shes happy that of her kids are going to church but that she prays some day all her kids will be there at church! Its so cute! She cant read but she asks her son Nicolas to read to her and she remembers to explain it to us when we ask her, and she prayed in front of the whole class in gospel principles this Sunday! Aw it was the cutest she pretty much just thanked God for us.
I loved reading Mosiah 8:18 during exchanges this week on Wednesday. God makes a way for everything and that by faith we can become of great help to everyone around us. We are here to help one another. And at times we forgett that, we become selfish and then sad... but if we just serve someone, listen, talk, think about anyone else other than your own I promise your day will be better.
Well, not much else happened this week, but here are some cute pics.
1) Making pancakes with Raul and Cesar and Amanda
2) In Exchanges with Hna Condori! and Damiana (Laura's mom) Shes listening to us now and going to church! She also wants to be baptized!
3) Laura made us a ''sprng'' cake! Shes the best!
4) with mama Isabel :)
5) When sick you can always count on Laura! She didnt want me to be cold walking home haha
1) Rousbell and Luis' baptism!!
2) Rousbell and his gf Carminic Theyre so cute awww
3) Selfie with them
4) Hahahaha strengthened
5) I saw her again!
6) White night :)
7) Interchanges with Hna Madsen! Shes so cute It was so fun to be with her for a day
So this week was great. Super tiriing but fun. The best part was the baptism. Luis and Rousbell got baptized! They are both really good converts. They shared their testimony after their baptism and I felt so happy that they both felt the difference and that they trust in God so much. I am grateful to be able to see the changes in people when they come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ill write more next week :)
1) The best Cheese Empanadas everrr!!!!
2) The sun was too hot but we went up to Valle Grande this week ! The top of one of our hills
3) haha well my bestfriends are hats now
4) We made Tacos today with our pensionista
5) View from the top
So this week we had transfers! :( Its sad I love Hermana Christensen but its ok changes are to help us grow and stuff.
Well my new comp is Hna Celi shes from my group of missionaries and she is from Ecuador! She is great seriously! Shes diligent and super nice.
So this week was the week of miracles...
We found so many new people to teach and we have lots that want to get baptized! Its like ah what is happening??? I am grateful that God trusts us to teach his precious children. So some of my favorite experiences this week were seeing how God is aware and answers his children's prayers through us if we listen and obey to the whisperings of the spirit. We talked to someone on the curb that was crying and well its always a bit awkward to talk to someone that is crying but we felt we needed to talk to her. We asked if we could sit next to her and she said ''yea'' ha we talked about who we were and the message we share about Jesus Christ. She smiled but then cried even more when we mentioned that Christ truly understood how she felt, She told us what was going on and she agreed to have the missionaries visit her, shes not from our area but its ok. We walked away and when we turned back she was reading the pamphlet we gave her! She was not crying anymore and she had hope. I love how God works through us to comfort all who have faith and are desperately looking for help.
Later that same day, we met Emar. Hes a young man that somehow started to talk to us when the person we were looking for was not home. He asked questions about the church and we explained the message we share. He explained that he used to go to church and then felt ashamed from all he had done but he wanted to change, he began to cry when he explained how ashamed he felt and how he had dissapointed God. We were able to talk about Christ's atonement for us all. And how we were all able to come back no matter how far we've come. I loved talking to this young man and see him smile at the end! I have hopes that he with the help of the gospel will be able to get away from his addictions and change for the better and feel happiness and peace. Ah it was a great day really!
So I spent two days with hna mitchell again ! Because our cambios had to wait til thusday since there was a big celebration in Quillacollo about the Vigen of Urkupiña and my comp could not leave her old area. It was fun remembering old times.
With all of the appointments this week it was repentance and coming back .Its never too late to repent! I loved being able to testify to Jocelyn and Veronica and Emer that repentance is sweet and it works!!
Familia Espinoza is doing really good! Laura and Nicolas got confirmed yesterday and Luis is preparing to be baptized soon! We are stilll teaching her sister Amanda and her husband Cesar, they are having a baby! aww I love it! And we got to teach some more of them this week too! I loved doing a she at their home last night! Laura directed it and she did so great, shes growing up so fast! She did it all backwards but it was super cute :)
Rayza was a reference and we are now teaching her whole family turns out that her parents are less actives! Im excited to get to know them better. We just met their older sister Jeancarla this week and she came to church she loved the restoration and wanted to be baptized with her siblings on Sep 9th! She said she always wanted to be baptized the way Christ did:
We finally found the Matias Family home! The father Richard and Trifon his brother in law were so interested in the lesson asking quetions and expressing how much they wanted to come closer to Christ especially now that they had family. It was so cool, made me think about the Father of Lamoni! Once converted they will lead their families.
SO I was meditating a lot this week, and I feel so full. Full of purpose, happiness, peace and ready! I feel good Its hard to explain but I feel like life is great, like there is always a sun that comes out. Last week was hard but God is great and he answered my prayers and all was fixed. Trust in the Lord, plead unto him with Faith, do all that is in your reach and he will answer, I promise.
I love you all,
Siglo XX :)
1) So we learned how to weld this week!! haha
2) At Cesar and Amanda's kitchen they love us too much. Food!
3) When Hna Mithchell was with me this week! Love the transportation here
4) My New Compi Hna Celi. Its too hot now!!
1) Lindsey and Raul! Espinoza kids
2) Rayza Jeancarla & Walter came to church!!!
3) With Daniela Perez she is the best young woman investigator, she just needs permission to be baptized.
Well There are cambios :( Its so sad I love Hna Christensen too much but its time for her to leave the the 20th century or to say Siglo xx
My new comp is Hna Celi she is from Ecuador and also from my group but she goes home in Jan
Ill send pics next week with her.
So the week was crazy so much happened but my favorite part was definitely the baptism. Laura and Nico had the happiest faces and we all felt so much love.
It was extremely hard because their older brother could not be baptized but we were very happy for his two siblings that made a covenant with God.
So I struggled a lot this weekend but It has been a trial that is helping me to exercise faith and hope. I also know that God answers our prayers and comforts us in our hardest times. I felt that all day on Sunday as I read Alma 7 and a talk called Brightness of Hope and also in a Regional conference we had at church and at night meeting with the ward mission leader and our bishop. I know that God loves me and is aware of me and that when he answers our prayers immediately it is because we have done all that we can do. I felt that this weekend. I testify that Christ lives and that he suffered not only for my sins but for my pain and disappointments for my weaknesses and hopelessness. I know that we can be instruments in His hands to bless and help his children here on earth. Alma 26:3
Well that was my week. Love you all!
Take care and have a wonderful week!
1) Making cookies for the baptism
2-6) Laura and Nico's Baptism!!! They are the cutest I love them so much! They were both so excited and happy to be baptized! Even after all the things that happened that day.
1) Maria Belen a cute young woman we found this last weeks
2) Argelia another young woman we are teaching!
3) Another young woman Heydi! shes also super cute her brother is a member
4)Familia Guaman! They are such good investigators they just need to come to church!
5) Ride from the bishop home!
Hey there Family and Friends!
So this week was pretty awesome like always!
Familia Espinoza was our whole week haha kidding but yea we were at their house like everyday teaching all three Luis Laura and Nico.
So one of the days this week that we went to visit them their oldest sister was washing tons of clothes so we offered to help and she got so happy, we got to wash lots of clothes but after she felt so grateful that she invited us over to her kitchen to eat with them and we got to meet her husband Cesar and talk to them about eternal families and a bit about the church. At the end we asked if we could keep visiting them and they took a sec to look at each other and think aboout it and then Cesar said ''well I think that God makes a way for us to hear his word and if you guys somehow are here and we've met its for a reason so yes we would like you guys to keep teaching us''!!! Ahhhhh! She also said taht she was stuggling washing so many clothes on her own and that when we offered to help she felt as if God sent her angels to help her out. aww I know that when we help others we might be an answer to their prayers.
We are so happy because we are starting to teach all of their family members and its so amazing to see them all changed and coming to church! There is a light in their eyes that was not there before, and I know its because of the changes they are making in their lives for the better.
Today we had a ward activity of food! The best kind right. So there was all kinds of bolivian foods and then tacos hahah they wanted the missionaries to make tacos. But yea the best part was that the Espinoza family came and their sister and brother in law too. they had fun!
I love teaching this family theyre so cute and receptive and they are our miracles each time we visit them.
So since it was consejo this week also we learned a ton again from President Montoya. I loved 2Peter 1:1-11 but mostly verse 9. Ill let you guys look that up.
So also this week was Bolivias independence day on Sunday and so the whole week the bands practiced, we heard drums rolling all week it was pretty cool then flags started appearing everywhre! & on Sunday we got to sing the national anthem I didnt know any of it but We felt very Bolivian!
Life in the mission is the best I love it here, never want to go back haha kidding but I seriosuly love it here so much. The people we meet and how we get to see them change and find happiness is the best feeling ever.
Love you all,
Heres the pics
1) Pique machos minis for the food fair today!
2) Serving tacos today
3) With Familia Espinoza. We started to teach more of their family! Cesar and Amanda
4) With Carminic and her bf Rousbell whom we are teaching!
5) The bannana building in the Mercado Campesino on Aug 6th (Bolivia's Indep. Day)
6-7) Celebrating BOLIVIA!!!
So this week was a week of learning. I really loved my studies in Luke 15 this morning. I love the parable of the prodigal son. It really touched my heart that God really is always ready to receive us with open arms if we do repent and come back! I loved this verse: ''Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.'' Luke 15:10
Truly there is joy in heaven when we repent and come unto Him.
So Luis Espinoza is still doing great! He is getting baptized the 12th! We taught him some commandments this week. We taught him the Sabbath, ten commandments and tithing. He is the best. I admire his faith a lot. He said is it is a commandment then I will obey it, when we explained fasting. He is willing to do everything to keep the commandments. I love it. And well we got to teach his sister Laura and little brother Nicolas this week too.... they are also getting baptized the 12th with Luis! Its awesome!
We are also teaching Jimena (theres a picture attatched) She is super cool. She had forgotten to pray all week and was again struggling. We testified of how prayer helps and that if she prayed again she would be able to feel that peace again. She wants to come to church too but is struggling to not work Sundays. Shes great though and we have lots of faith in her! She said she would pray that night again and begin to trust in Him again.
So also many of our investigators this week felt they could not pray because they felt unworthy to...It was really sad, so we explained that God always wants to hear our prayers not matter how obedient we are being. Through prayer we can find peace that we cannot feel in any other way and it is also through prayer that we begin a change in our hearts to feel worthy.
I called Nargila my first convert and she is doing really well! She is going to church and has friends too! It makes me super happy that she has stayed strong in the gospel!
But yeah that was may week!
A few of random things. a bird pooped on my comps leg during a lesson hahaha
English classes are on fire with our only 2 investigators haha but its super fun so its ok. They learned how to pray in English it was so cute, Laura can now pray in English!! And we also finally got pics with the ''Cochabamba''
Every Week is a great week when you're with Hna. Christensen!
This week we found a pretty blue wall!
And she tried getting on a big white van hahah thinking that it was a trufi heading where we wanted to go. it was hilarious haha she opened the slidey door and we see two cholitas with their family and the whole time I was confused like what are you doing??? but laughing to much to explain to her that it wasnt a trufi. ah yea our week was pretty funny.
& they called us Elders so many times this week haha
We really love being together and spending the longest transfer in the mission together (9 weeks) So this week was hmm AWESOME!
The Espinoza Family came to church on Sunday! They are so cute! They stayed the whole time and thought it was fun, Luis has 3 attendances but this was Laura's first time!
We have been blessed with lots of people to teach! We somehow ended the week with 11 new investigators! It was pretty sweet! And the best part is that each is awesome and I feel love for each one.
One of them is Emilsa! We met her on Satruday knocking doors we taught her about Jesus Christ and His atonement and invited her to come to church with us ''tomorrow'' she said yea! So we picked her up in the morning! It amazes me that she was so willing and ready. She had inspired q's that helped us be able to mention some points of the restoration which we will teach her this week! She asked: How can I be sure that I can have eternal life? and How can I be sure that God's promises in the scriptures are really his Words? I bet I probably smile each time they ask really great questions like these.
In my studies this week I really liked John 4:29,39 because its a testimony that can cause such a great change in others. Here an unnamed woman testifies of Christ and many do believe in Him. Despite our imperfections our witness can be inspiring. So share what you know is true! Testify to the world about Christ :)
To end I really liked this quote too: '' things that enlarge the soul inevitably require our effort''
I know this is true. This week was hard but I know that God has a purpose in all and wants me to grow.
1) Gotta take a pic when you find a pretty wall
2) I love her
3) Luis and his baby nephew Cris
4) Familia Espinoza (Nicolas, Laura, Luis and baby Cris)
So this week was great! They always are when you have such a loving comp
But well The highlighs of the week include again Luis Espinoza! He's seriosuly the best! He went to church this week and brought his brother and they thought it started at 7am so they got there an hour early haha ooops
But he is doing really good, he told us he is so happy and motivated to make changes in his life, like not drink and he even cleaned his room haha (on sunday they taught a class on cleanliness in our homes haha) ah He is great!
I turned 1 Year this week on thursday! It feels so unreal but I love it, I have a great comp she made me something funny, she was trying to make it the night before secretly but she kept laughing that I figured out what she was doing, she also made me breakfast!! :) How AWESOME is that! Crepes with buttermilk syrup and bananas. yummm & she turned 14 months this week!! We're old.
This week we also had intercambios with Hnas de Pagador they are so cute! I got to be with Hna Bennet! she taught me so much about being diligent and really worry about the investigators needs!
So the Tree of life activity turned out really cool, so much better than expected! Everyone played we had them all be blinfolded and hold onto a rope ''iron rod'' and the lights were off and there were distractions and all and at the end a christmas tree ''tree of life'' with candy on them ''fruit'' haha They liked it and we had a talk at the end about holding on and ignoring temptations.
On Tuesday we made Tacos with the Espinoza Family! They came out sooooo good probably the best Ive made.
This week we have been having some very inspired studies! I am so grateful for quiet personal study time and the revelation that I can receive through the words of God (scriptures and talks). I have felt so happy this week, content with the work we are doing and grateful for all I get to learn each day and the amazing people we meet daily that accept us in their homes and take us in as their own family!
I loved this because I can say it is my favorite thing about the mission: ''As you serve you will build rich eternal memories and friendships. I know of no field which produces a more bounteous harvest of happiness than the mission field.'' Thomas S. Monson
I also love this: '' I can only know partially how much Jesus feels joy each time you as His disciple help Him bring a moment of peace and joy to a child of Heavenly Father.'' Henry B. Eyring
YES! ITs true, God and Jesus Christ just want us to bring moments of peace and joy to his children. Everyone needs a moment, a feeling of hope and to hear that God loves them and is there for them! Missionary work is a lifetime work and anyone can be a part of it!
1) The Tree of life activity for missionary ward activity! My comp has drawing talent!
2) The activity in action! It was so fun
3) Making ugly faces with Wilber his mom is a recent convert and he wants to go on a mission!
4) US! With the Elders in our ward and our Ward mission leader
1) Lunch time! haha my comps gets the best pics haha
2) so we maybe had a mini water fight this week ahah its too hot!
3) Anticuchos! WE had cow heart! Its really good! wow
4) When I decide to close my eyes for a few mins my comp decides its perf for a photo haha
1) What my comp made me for my year mark
2) Our study room haha which is my desk? its funny I always bug her about her desk
3) Brushing ... what can I say we do everything together, theres a funny video about this but its too big to send
4) Dogs' nap time
Lo que como aqui y hoy lavamos toda nuestra ropa (garments) y limpiamos la casa.
1) Whenever we see a colored wall this happens!
2) Familia Espinoza at taco night
4) Mariano our almost pet was really sick this week ;( we covered him up
aw its so sad to love dogs, hope he gets better
Well, this week the 13th I turn 1 year of being here in my loved Bolivia!
I seriously love it so much here! The culture, the people, all the fruit and being a missionary!
This year Ive learned to;
1. Be an expert at walking around the cancha and finding just about anything! (big marketplace)
2. Know what the prices of food should be at the local tiendita (market)
3. Survive off of oatmeal haha
4. Love the cholitas
5. Listen to the spirit and act
I am grateful to be out here and be able to meet such wonderful and faithful people. I have learned to listen to the spirit so much here especially in this las month. We've been able to find tons of great people to teach and be guided right where we needed to be not knowing why and then finding out why later when we meet someone or we visit someone right when they most need it!
I am amazed how the simple message of the restoration can change people!
We are teaching Luis Espinoza! He is the best seriously. He is a miracle and so is his family! He just gets it, even before we teach him, he has inspired questions, and wants to be baptized, he told us yesterday. He says he has seen a change in himself these 3 weeks we have been teaching him! He has felt a need to be better and not go out and he has this light on his face!!! We have only taught him the plan of salvation and the restoration! I love being able to feel the spirit and know with all my heart that we are teaching is true. That it inspires people to live a better life. That it brings peace and joy to anyone who with an open heart listens.
So yeah we had such an amazing week with miracles like that!
I love my comp! I feel like we really are a team, and with her I am inspired to be a better person! I love that and how happy I feel too! I am also happy that she is starting to like dogs! slowly and then all of a sudden!
(I guess thats what marriage should feel like hahaha, sorry trunky moment)
WE also got to meet our mission president this week! at consejo and zone conf. So he is a scripture master! I feel like I learn so much from him when he teaches us with the scriptures! I am excited to learn a lot these months!
So that was my week! It was hot and cold at night! It was filled with funny moments with my comp and also miracles that brought us to tears!
This gospel is REAL. I know without a doubt that This is His True Chruch!
1) Chinese food today!
2) Met some brazilians today at the cancha
3) FHE with our investigator family Espinoza at Rosemary Guaygua's house
4) Luis' first time at church!!!
1) Yummy Api and buñelos that F' Espinoza made us
2) On the curb waiting for a member to go to an appointment Water in a bag!
4) english class! Our only student was Luis haha
1) At MLC Consejo with the new presidente!
2) Picture with President Montoya and his wife and Elder Olsen in the back haha
3) Matching with her
4) Our cute area!
1) My comp and Mariano Our house owners dog that loves us haha
2) Proof shes starting to like dogs!
3) This is how much fruit we can buy here with 10 dolars
& Our pretty area
Hey there friends and family1 So this week was really great apart from catching a cold.
So first off we have a new mission president. He is Presidente Montoya from Peru and we will meet him tomorrow at MLC. So this week it was freezing cold, even more than it usually is but its okay. After an appointment an hermana let us borrow some blankets haha to go outside to be warm, we felt so funny walking around with those but they helped so its okay. So something funny we realized while planning was that all of our investigators last names are Choque haha I dont know how that happened but Its a great coincidence. Its time for the Choques to progress haha. So here theres more dogs on the street than people to talk to, this week my comp decided to count all the dogs she saw in one day and she got to 61 before 8am hahaha its a dog city! So this week we met a ''family that is super smiley and loves to cook'' They are the Espinoza family. We mainly met with Laura and Luis they are siblings, they were cooking and we offered to help! We peeled potatoes for them! haha they made really good food I am so grateful! But mostly because they are so receptive and sweet. She asked about baptizing her baby that is around 8 months old but we explained what is the purpose of baptism, that is to clean of our sins and she understood right away, ''oh yea then I wont because my baby is innocent'' it was such a sweet moment where I felt the spirit work with her. The Ward is being so supportive with the missioanries they are implementing this new system of family orientation for the investigators that are progressing. They each get visiting teachers. So what each presidency did is set apart members that didnt have someone to visit so they are vacant to help us out.They are ready to work with us and our investigators! Its the best seriosuly, we feel so much support from the bishop and the council it makes all the difference.
And lastly, This Saturday Rosemary got baptized! She is so very special to me, an eternal friend and It was such a blessing to be there for such a special moment for her! The mission is the best! When someone enters the waters of baptism it is always a moment to rejoice and remember God's plan for his children. I know its not all about baptisms its more about conversion. The real success is measured in how we are converted, how we live our lives after the mission and how we raise our families. I am grateful to say I love the mission for many reasons, I love the people, I love that my testimony of my Savior has grown and that I understand obedience so much more than I ever did. Obedience is not about how many miracles you get to see but rather how you feel. I know that when we are obedient we feel happy and peaceful.
This week was epc! So many things happened I dont have time to explain.
1) we had pday today because we went to the temple! The last time we got to see Pres & Hna Hansen awee
2) we ate yummy food this week but its our lasts sweets we are starting a better diet haha
3) we saw miracles happen as we served and were brave to talk to all.
4) today we went to the cristo on the teleferico (I dont know how to say that in english haha)
Our temple pictures came out cute and I tried this fruit called Chirimoya its really weird but really sweet
This week in Siglo xx was grand! haha for several reasons, well to start off my comp is super cool and funny. She's from Riverton Utah! and loves to swim.. not in the mission though hehe So Siglo xx is on the other side of where I have always been and it is amazing! seriously its so great! The area is kind of big, it is mostly flatland but we also have two big hills! the hills are my favorite its so different up there but also so crowded and the view is great. Really close to us is the laguna Alalay.
So this week we pretty much lived off of Oatmeal, becuase my comp didnt have time last pday to buy food so yea it started off well we had oatmeal, sugar and milk but by today in the morning the sugar was gone and milk so it was oatmeal without sugar yumm! haha you'll see a picture. But I had a way better lunch (something like subway) . Also this week we had to break down a door becuase one of the recent converts got locked out of her house.. putting our muscles to work haha Also (sorry so many alsos) Our house is always freezing! so when we finally go out the sun feels amazing! haha I sometimes maybe heat up my hands on the warmed up walls haha
This week we had to sing twice. First for the zone conference on Friday and then for a Fireside with the Stake and our mission President. For the Conference we sang a mix of I know that my reedemer lives and I love my Savior. Then for the fireside it was a Child's prayer. Both were super pretty. Its funny how many times Ive had to sing here in the mission and I dont like to sing haha
At the Conference we took a picture with Hna Hansen and it was funny because we didnt tell her what we were going to do and when we leaned in to kiss her she got scared it was so funny, you can kind of see it on the picture.
So, Familia Guaman. They are this cute cute family of 7 children. But the mom and dad are so cute. They are so receptive and they want so bad to get closer to God. This week they were going to travel so we were sad that we wouldnt have time to visit them but yesterday we passed by their house and saw that their truck was there meaning... they didnt travel! We knocked and they let us in! We got to read with them Alma 32 and explain. The dad understood that faith is not just believing but acting and he understood that just by reading. They came to the fireside even if late President got to meet them and talk to them about eternal families! Also just yesterday in sacrament I was able to receive so much revelation. I know that God answers our prayers sometimes in the most unexpected of ways or time but he answers and when he answers there is so much peace and joy. I loved a quote that Elder Balderrama shared in his last talk in the ward before he leave to serve in the Peru Chiclayo mission, he said, '' The lord says the most important things by simple things'' ...(I translated it so Im not sure if its ok) but I loved it and I know that is true.
I am so happy in my new area and I know also know I am going home in December. Ill be home for Christmas.
Love you all though, and hope you have a great week! Write me hehe
Hey there my friends and family! So yea I have transfers... but its only been 3 weeks with my comp awe man haha the craziest thing though.
So this week my comp got really sick (throwing up and all that) We took her to the hospital last night and they didnt let us out. We stayed there to sleep and we couldnt leave till today at 12:30pm. It was the most frustrating time ever. We told the doctor please let us go its our only free day haha But I love my comps positive attitude through all her health trials.
We joked around about escaping because my comp looks like she was in jail with her orange robe. We have funny pictures of when we were about to leave ''escape''
So today was a saying goodbye day to everyone that is leaving. My comp and I now have matching tshirts Que Viva Peru!
Also last night we found out that we have transfers.... ahh
Im leaving to Siglo 20 which is here in Cocha but in the southern part!! Ive never been there before so I am quite excited! I could possibly end my mission there but who knows. I will be meeting many areas there in the exchanges with the hermanas there! I am excited to get to know them better.
So my favorite spiritual experience of the week was when we taught Karen Camacho. She is a sweet young mom with 4 kids. We love her family and her kids like the gospel but we had not had the chance yet to visit her until this week. We taught the restoration. She felt the Spirit! And said she loved how much we talked about Christ and God, she was so willing to pray and read the book of Mormon. I felt so good like wow the message of the restoration makes a difference in people's lives specially families.
I feel a bit sad that our President is leaving. We have a new president coming at the end of the month and it will be very different but I also know it will be great! I just feel so grateful to have so many people I love here in Bolivia and the relationship I have with my mission president and his sweet wife.
Well that was my week and I hope that you guys all have a great one! Love you all
Well another week of miracles. This mission is a mission of miracles. Each day my comp and I are looking for the little miracles that God has prepared for us. So this week, where do I even start. Ok so we contacted a lot last week to find someone to teach and we did not find that many people but this week it was all made up. We were walking on Tuesday and I saw a woman leaning on the wall. I felt ''talk to her'' but I ignored it then again ''talk to her'' so I did a fast turn and asked her if we could share with her a card. She did not seem interested at all she looked sad and it was so hard to hear her talk but something kept saying stay longer. So my comp and I began to make random questions and ended up talking to her about how God helps us in our difficulties. Then out of nowhere she started crying and said that she was pregnant and that her parents wanted her to have an abortion. She felt so presured and worried because she did not want to. I felt the spirit very strongly because I then understood why I felt what I felt. We talked to her and I began to get frustrated when we didnt have any other way to contact her, no phone number or address... How are we supposed to help her? I began to pray to know what God wanted us to do for her and I felt just testify, teach, and reinforce her feelings to not do the abortion. We did that as best as we could and when we had to say goodbye I felt peace, I felt that we did what God wanted us to do and that now we just needed to trust in Him. We gave her a book of mormon with a dedication and our phone number, we pointed out the church and told her whatever you need please come and talk to us.
So this Sunday....we were in sacrament and Erik our ward mission leader comes in and gives me a ripped card with half of Jesus' face and our contact info on the back. He says''theres a woman outside looking for you two''. It was her! Gaby! she was holding on her lap her other baby boy. We talked to her and found out that she was brave to fight for her baby and its amazing how even though we are strangers she thought of us. God is great! All week I prayed for her to be brave and not do it, and that if it was His will that we could see her again. I am so grateful for this miracle and for the way God can work though us.
I know that if we listen and obey to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost we will be able to be instruments in His hands.
Another amazing miracle is that Rosemary my favorite person here in Bolivia is getting baptized this Saturday in Linde, my old area. I took a picture with her this weekend at a fireside with Elder Montoya. She is so changed and that is what makes me so happy, the light that shines in her face. I rejoice in the thought that our friendship will be eternal.
This week we toook care of the Hnas from the outside: Sucre and Tupiza! They came here for tramites and we got to be with them for a day! We had so much fun with them and took them to an awesome tacos restuarant in our area. Also, yesterday no one wanted to talk to us but a cute doggy with whom we took pictures with and declared him our loyal investigator that day haha.
Well that was my week! Hope you all have a great one!
Keep seeking the miracles in your days. & if you notice the little ones God will let you see the greater ones.
I love you all, take care