Wow…. I think it just hit me…. I am going home in a week…
Teresa was baptized this last week! She is so awesome!!!!! She also cooked us lunch! How delicious!!! This Saturday we should be having two baptisms but I recieved the best news today, familia Cabello, the family I taught in Surco in my first area will be getting sealed on Saturday”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooo excited! I am sooo happy for them! They have had to fight so hard but they did it!!!! So this next week should be quite interesting with saying goodbye, having my very last interview with president. Wow…. it is unreal….
What can I say…. This has been the most amazing time of my life. Never have I felt so happy… I have come to realize how this gospel brings such pure happiness. I am so grateful… just so humbled that I was allowed to come to Peru and meet so many wonderful people and experience for myself what it really is like to feel, to have, and to put into practice the gospel. I have seen miracles, I have experienced the power of faith and I know it all to be true, never ever will I deny what I have felt, I cannot nor will I. I am so thankful for my parents, for their examples and support as I have been here serving. My companions have helped me so much, through the thick and thin I have felt their support and learned so much from them. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to deeply rooten my testimony upon the basic principles of this gospel. As my president said last week in my interview… “You did it, you have learned what you need.” It is so true and I am so very thankful for it. I feel happy, nervous, excited, sad, joyous, content, etc. Basically I feel every emotion…. hahaha… it is quite hard to bring myself to realize that it has come to an end…. I feel at peace though knowing that I have gave it my all… it was not even close to easy but I was able to give it my very best!
I want to thank each one of you that has supported me during and throughout my mission, the constant letters, scriptures, I really appreciate it. I thank you all so much. I hope in one way or another I have or will help you in a way to show gratitude.
Wow… I love working hard. I love that feeling of satisfaction yet realizing there is still so much to do!!!!! We had an amazing week! We now have 5 people with a baptismal date and they ae progressing towards baptism!!!! Sooo awesome!!!
We were able to reach 23 lessons with investigators! And we found 10 new investigators. how amazing! We are being so blessed as we are working so hard and really bringing this area and zone upto its full potential! The zone…. 12 missionaries… taught 123 lessons with investigators…. WOW! Absolutely amazing!
We are seeing so much progress and the key is that we are opening our mouth and spreading this gospel!!!
So this last week was my last leadership counsel and I bore my testimony… why?… the tear monster just started ripping out water from my face. It was really weird! hahaha. Man, this time has been so awesome. Such a blessing!
We unfortunately have to move again…. the owner lied to us and there are single women where we live so we are on the hunt for a new place…. which sucks… I guess i’ll pack my stuff up to move and just leave it pàcked up! hahahahahaha
We are able to study this month in chapter 1 in Preach my Gospel and man, I still am learning about how important our calling is and how we can help others come unto Christ! We were able to watch a talk by Elder Anderson that he gave to new mission presidents about baptism and WOW! How awesome!!!! We need to find the balance in between inviting without explaining why but inviting directly with might! It is awesome sand so we put it into practice and we now have 5 with a date! The blessings come very quickly! I am learning so much! I love it! We will be training our zone this week on this so I am super excited!
Well, have a great week! Thanks for all you have done!!!
This week was amazing! For us and also for the zone!!!!!!!
Well Britney was able to be baptized and all of her family came, including her mom that did not want squat to do with the church, came. They invited us to go eat dinner with them as well! We had to turn them down because we had a meeting afterwards but hey… little by little. She is the beginning of this family entering into the true church! And she chose me to baptize her! So that was such a blessing too! She was crying after her baptism. She had the hugest smile and was just soooo happy! It was awesome!
Yesterday we had two lessons fall through and it was so sick because we found a straight up CHOSEN ONE! She comes out super happy…. which never happens… says hi to us in English… which never happens… and then tells us she wants us to visit her… which never happens. hahahah. But the story is quite funny! So we had a lesson fall through and we like turn around and have that moment where plan A and B have fallen through and we are like… umm and she walks by super fast running and says Hi in English to us… and we were like woah… what??? So we chased her down.. she goes into her house … so we contact some people and she bounces… NOOOO but then she comes back and we contacted and she is super cool! Wow!!! She wants to listen to us! We didn’t even have to convince her or anything! WOW! So sick!
So It was an amazing week! And we are stoked for this upcoming week! Elder Rasband will be visiting our mission as well!!!!!!!!!!!!! So sweet!
I got my suit today… it is too fresh… just letting you all know!
So wow! This week went a lot better! We were able to find 13 new peole that desire to listen to the gospel! Some of them came to church and one has a baptismal date and the other one does as well but she might be living with a man so we are going to wait to see what happens there. She is from the mountians here in Peru and is a little bit quiet and super shy! Her name is Celina. They have interesting names here.
Anyways, we taught a family on Wednesday and so we are like testifying hard core of the First Vision and they are like feeling the spirit and then the less active member that lives there interupts us and says, I left the church because you guys listen to worldly music… (imagine a balloon being let go at this point and making that really high squeaky noise and flying around the room) The spirit left… and we had to explain to her and it was stupid, which caused her sister and daughters to doubt… Yeah so you guys can understand…. Anyways, after that, we find out the daughter, Joselyn has also been baptized in our church, then she says us three have been baptized referring to her mom, her aunt, Benjamina and herself. Mind… BLOWN! They straight up lied to us! But Benjamina and Soledad the mom, they felt something and they told us that. Hahahaha. Anyways… that was nuts….
So we found 13 new investigators! We are having a lot of success!!! Well I love you all! Have a great week!!!!
Wow! We had an amazing week! I love how great we are working together and how the zone is growing!
This week we crushed it with the hard work! We found 11 new investigators! The Lord is blessing us because of our hard work and I love it! I love how awesome we are doing! I love how my companion teaches. We did a practice in our leadership counsel with all the zone leaders and we taught the practice with two others and when we finished they were astonished! We taught so smoothly and so well. The spirit, even in a practice, was present. AMAZING!
So a miracle happened… like a straight up miracle. I sent a picture home with a family named Guttierrez
and they need to be married and so we taught the importance and everything and they were like but… Our birth certificates are in other parts of Peru… so the dad said he could call and it would get here in a week, she said she had no idea where it was in the jungle because she was not sure if someone could bring it to her or what… anyways… it was not looking too good… we head up there this Saturday and we ask how it went… she smiles and tells us it is in her mothers house… we ask… where does your mom live… and she says around the corner! It was absolutely incredible… GOD blessed us with a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!
Funny story… we had to go to the office to get money and we are in the bus just chilling and our bus driver turns and is not looking and if you guys know Lima… there are no such thing as traffic rules… it is whoever is more offensive wins… so he is turning and not looking and a guy on a motor bike decides to cross in front of him and our bus… luckily was turning and not accelerating but totally pancakes him like Ziggy Ansah would… anyways… he gets up and starts yelling at our bus drivier… words I will not write… and our bus driver says to his transportation collector… the one who collects the money. “de le veinte” give him twenty… he tried paying him off with twenty soles… then the guy on the motorcycle gets mad and says how are you going to only give me twenty… You would think he might get mad that he is trying to pay him off… then he says “de le treinta” the guy still isn’t happy… then a security guy roles up and I was like oh ya… we are done for… he is gonna take care of it. The bus moves up and the bus driver says de le cinquenta… give him 50… but we are no longer there and we are waiting and people start to get off the bus and the cobrador.. collector guy comes running up and makes evryone get back on… he is hysterically laughing then begins to explain how one does not simply pay someone off in front of a security guy with keeping his cool… wise words from our money collector on the Bus In Lima, Perú
The zone is doing super well! I am so grateful for all that I have been given!
We will be having a zone meeting on Thursday and it is going to be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will be talking about the light of Christ! So sick! I have had some inspired studies on this!!!!
So wow… seems like forever that I have written you guys!
So I was able to go back to Los Angeles…. again… hahahah because Gino was finally baptized!!!!!!!!!! After about 3 transfers he was baptized! Wow! It was so cool and I only found him and taught him for like 3 weeks, but wow… It was so cool to be able to see how the Lord gave me the opportunity to be ale to be there to find him and be so close to be able to go see his baptism. I was able to see 3 other converts there at the baptism and it made me so happy to see how they are staying so strong and trying to endure! So happy!
Diana…. SHE GOT BAPTIZED! And she chose me to baptize her… wow… it was an amazing baptism. She shared her testimony and wow… she is a convert! Afterwards I was talking with her and I was like wow, you didnt cry! And she was like… yes… i just cried yesterday! hahahahaha. She is soo cool! By far the best investigator. So faithful. She never once did not complete with her commitment… Not once. If she couldnt meet with us, she called us and we came the next day! Amazing… literally a miracle.
Well Conference was awesome! I will be honest, It was hard to focus… I don’t know why… we had an investigator come who is super strong investigator named Sandra and she has a ton of questions and she happened to come for the first session and Elder Stevenson talked about the visions of Joseph Smith and we still have not taught that to her and wow… She was very confused! hahaha. My favorite talk was probably Elder Hollands or Elder Bednar because he taught exactly what has happened with Diana… wow. It was so awesome!
Sandra is a reference from an RM in San Francisco and we taught her on Friday and wow it was an amazing and a super spiritual lesson. She probably said the most sincere prayer I have ever heard. She has not had the best life and now wants to change. She straight up said I need God in my life. I am willing to do whatever so I can not feel this way! SHE NEEDS THE GOSPEL. I feel like here I have found so many people with this great desire and need… It makes me so happy honestly. I love this gospel and I love the area I am in. We are having great success and I credit it all to God!
My new companion is from Greensborough, North Carolina and it is his first transfer as Zone Leader! He has one transfer more than I do! He should have been zone leader a long time ago because he is a great Elder. He is such an amazing teacher. Literally so direct yet so loving! He just has his way and it is awesome. We teach really well together and he loves having fun, laughing, but working hard. He made a funny comment, ¨I am not happy when I am not baptizing, I live off of baptisms¨He is a super sarcastic and funny guy! I love him!
We went to the Temple today and it was awesome… so awesome! I had a great session and recieved what I needed to hear. I learned quite a bit as well!
I love our Zone. It is so small yet so amazing! Only 12 Elders! hahahahahhahaha. But we have some great Elders and we are getting work done!
I love you all! I wanted to share with you all in Mosiah 5… verse 13 how can we know God if we do not serve him… may we serve this week with all our might!
Well looks like God wants me to get better at my English… I am recieving a new companion from good old North Carolina! I have heard lots of good things about him including an Elder in our room when he heard who was coming, he started screaming like a little girl and woke up a little baby downstairs and they yelled at us! hahahahahaha! So funny!
So the Baptism was awesome this week! Even though we had trials… it was able to go through. We filled the font up in the morning and then we got there 30 minutes early and the water had gone down… oh no….. wow…. so we had to wait an hour to fill it up!
Luckily his brother took forever to get there so we could not start anyway! Diana also came to the baptism and she is so stoked for her baptism this next week! WOOHOO! She is so awesome! By far one of the best investigators I have had! She reads the Book of Mormon! She comes to church, she wants to feed us lunch( the best part) just kidding! hahahahah. So both of them are doing absolutely amazing! A member from San Francisoc brought his friend and she is super interested about the church! We have a lesson with her on friday! I am stoked! Wow God blesses us big time!!!!
We were able to go the temple with two rescued members and 3 recent converts! So awesome! They loved the temple! The oldest one, Ana, went on the trek with the Young Single Adults, she is doing awesome! Raquel bore her testimony! SOOO sick! I love this gospel.
On top of it all, we were able to remember Christ especially this week. Wow, I bore my testimony of Christ and it was so spiritual… I am so thankful for him. To think of all He did for me… CARRYING me at the beginning of my mission… in the moments that have been the most difficult in my life… I love my Savior… I love him so much.
I hope you have the best week and can remember the Savior more.