So this week we moved… and it was the second time I have had to do it and it was better than last time but still was not the best! Our new room is super small!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like super small it is not the best… but I will just suffer I guess…
So we also had to fight with our old land lady! First off… well… it was partly my fault, we forgot the keys in the room when we were moving so when we returned to get our suitcases out of the old room we had to climb in to our room because we were locked out. Well I climbed up and when I hoisted myself up I kicked out a window and shattered it. hahahahahahahaha. So then I had to tell her about that so she comes over and also wants the room painted and wants other stuff replaced and so we layed low, but then when we went to pay her for the window she got mad and stuff and was like you have to pay me for the days that you are not living there until someone moves in and I told her very firmly we are not going to pay and then she asked about curtains and a window and my comp was like you made no contract with the elders so we are not responsible and she was like so who is going to replace the stuff and we were like you… and she knew we got her so trying to pick her pride back up she made us clean up the window even though her workers were very capable but yeah. You cannot stump us. hahaha!
Another thing I wanted to tell you guys is we have been challenging Diana, our convert, share her testimony with someone… well we were going to meet with her at 5 and then have a lesson at 5 30 with an investigator named Sandra but Sandra came at five so we invited Diana to acompany us and we invited her to share her testimony! WOW. She is so strong. Her testimony was perfect! She shared her feelngs and did it just how we had taught her. It was so spiritual!!!! I LOVE THE GOSPEL!
We had a way cool leadership council about studying and so I was reading in the Book of Mormon and in Alma 37 verses 38 to 46 it compares the scriptures to the Liahona and I love how it performed tiny miracles as they used it with faith. The scriptures can do the exact same thing for us if we use them with diligence and faith. A great scripture that also goes along with this is 1 Nephi 10 verse 19. This scripture is amazing!!!!!!!!!! I know studying the scriptures will be our liahona because the words of Christ will tell us all things we must do.
I invite you all to read those verses… they will help you all like they have for me.
Thank you for your prayers and all that you have done for me. Have an amazing week!
So first things first… yesterday we had our stake conference where a member of the seventy and our mission president spoke, but our mission president had a little surprise for my companion and I… on our way to the stake conference building, he sent us a text telling us to come to the stake pres. office. So we showed up and he had some friends from back home and he says to us… you are going to translate for them….. wow….. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. I would describe it as I have an English switch and a Spanish switch but trying to translate one to the other is super hard… I translated for the mom and Elder Quada translated for the dad. My mind was absolutely worked… just dead… hahahaha. But at the same time it was very spiritual. President talked about them in his talk and how they had been key helpers in converting their daughters as he was president’s Bishop! Super spiritual because I translated that to her… the man started crying… they have a son in Canada serving… one lady talked SUPER fast and yeah I did not translate that one too well! It was not very understandable. And another talk he was just repeating the same things… it was hard… very difficult.
So Jhorlenny came to the stake conference yesterday and only needs to come one more time before she can get baptized! She is doing super well!
So we are moving tomorrow and it has been kind of hectic. We cleaned… I ran to the office with Elder Garate to get money and turn in our forms, we have to go get the keys later because we will be moving our stuff tomorrow! The room is a lot smaller but brand new! So that is sweet! I figured… well about 60 more days and yeah… won’t even matter! hahahahaha. anyways… that will be interesting tomorrow! This is the second time in my mission I have had to move and I am not excited… hahaha…
I went on a division this week with an elder from Cusco.. he lives like 2 hours from Machu Picchu and he lives on like a farm and man he is the humblest guy I have ever met! He is super cool! I love that guy!
So things are going really well… my comp is winding down in time which scares me because it means I am just that much closer… yet I am happy knowing I did my best!
Well I wanted to share with you guys something very interesting…. I studied the three kingdoms of glory and in Doctrine and Covenants it explains who will go to each kingdom… yet the Celestial is the only one where the blessings are mentioned… that is our goal and we must live what we preach… we must put it into practice in our lives… that the gospel will become a daily pattern… not a forced routine.
Wow what an interesting week we had… We had the most lessons in one day that I have ever taught on my mission on Wednesday… We taught 9 lessons in one day! It was amazing!!!! Over all this week we taught 30 lessons! We are working super hard… and we are seeing results!
We have been working with Jesus… a convert that Elder Lambson and I had together here in Vitarte and we are teaching his sister and she accepted a date and came to church this Sunday… we are also teaching a re-activated members sister and she also came to church… she doesn’t know much about the church but she has this desire to know more and likes going to church. It is super awesome!
So we had an interesting contact on Saturday…. Elder Quada is a big boy and does not put up with crap… anyways we were contacting a 20 year old girl at her house, she was interested, super sick contact and then her dad… super huge peruvian… comes out and says we are busy okay… super mean and slams the door in our face… Elder Quada being a funny guy… says…. “Muy Mal” very bad…. in English and the guy hears and he opens the door again and begins to rip us a new one and says we are interrupting him and his meeting and that we cannot knock on his door and so we ask where can we preach he says in the street but not in his house… then he says how would you like it if I interrupt your meetings at church and then Elder Quada says that is why we came to invite you to church and during all this he is like in our faces just yelling, it was nuts… then we were like okay… we will go and then my comp makes the mistake of saying but you don’t have to be rude about it… and then he insulted us with curse words saying we were foreigners from…. and other really bad stuff…. then the very next house we contacted…. he let us in and we taught him! hahahahaha. Never give up! What a great story!
We also ate lunch with Diana our convert! Super cool! We are starting to teach her mom as well!
Well we haven’t had Elder Rasband come yet… I don’t think I made that clear… hahaha. But we are all doing good! I thank you for your prayers!!!!
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!
Well transfers have come and gone… And I will be staying!!!! Wow this is crazy! I was not expecting this at all! That could mean that I might finish my mission here in Vitarte! hahahah! That means I will have stayed a year in the Vitarte Stake and in three different areas!! hahahaha. I love it!
Well this week was full of interesting stuff… not really! hahah. We had to do room revisions where we went with the couple missionaries around our zone and took pictures of all the rooms and see how all the elders were doing. The zone before us were late so it took forever. And my companion was in his trunky training… when one is about to finish the mission. So I had to guide two old white people around Lima and watch a very disobedient missionary that I was taking care of while his companion was in the training as well. I WAS EXHAUSTED.
Britney finally came to church so she will be baptized this Saturday which will be awesome!!!!!!!!!! She has such a testimony and determination coming to church alone. Wow… it is amazing what people do here. Such great acts of faith!
Well the zone will now be full of new latins. There are only 4 people in our zone now… hahaha. That will be cool. Elder Argüello is going to the office to be the reference secretary. So both of my sons are doing very well
It was the best to see my family and see how great they are doing! I love my family so much and especially my mom! She is literally the greatest lady! She has helped me so much to be where I am! I am so thankful for her and eternally endebted to her. hahaha. I also was very happy to see my home boy Corbin!
I appreciate the support that you guys all give me. I love you so much and I hope all the moms had a great mothers day and feel the love that you all deserve!
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!!!!
Well this week was not the best ladies and gents… Our appointments were dropping like flies as well as the men who were going to go with us.
We had 10 appointments… 1 came through…. Rough week. Sometimes my comp gets down and he got frustrated as well did I but I remembered that God works in mysterious ways and we stayed diligent and it paid off because we had a straight up miracle happen.
It was Wednesday and our appointment at 7 had fallen through as well as 8 and we grabbed a list from our mission of men that could come with us to support us more in the week. We then left and went to look for a contact that was not too promising. The name came into my head and we went… anyways, we are looking for him and he is not home… and we see a business man walking around and he passes by us two times and I felt wow… he is someone that we need to talk to but something held me back from talking to him then he contacted us and told us how he needed God in his life and He had just lost his job, his girl friend dumped him and he was in a fight with his family and was living alone… he said his sister told him to look for a church and then he prayed and asked God what he should do… and he said he saw us and was scared to talk to us but felt that God had answered his question and so we taught him and he accepted a baptismal date and he came to church! He is awesome! Like super super awesome! His name is Juan and he is 21 years old! He lives in Maria Claret!
Another miracle that happened! There is a 14 year old girl named Britney… she has wanted to get baptized for like 8 months and her parents are not down. They always criticize her everytime she makes a small mistake saying if you act like that you cannot be baptized. Well we have taught them that if they take away her agency they are acting like Satan and we testified of how our parents let us choose and we were not perfect and we just worked super hard and it was honestly super anti climatic and her dad was like give me that permission slip. He signs it but then the bigger trial.. her stubborn mother… she wouldn’t sign it… then we explained how they are a family and they should work together and so she signed it… hahahahaha. What a miracle! So we have three people progressing towards baptism!!!
Great week in that aspect!
We had interviews with President and they were good. He told me I am such a blessing for him and he shared a scripture I want to share with all of you! Doctrine and Covenants 103:36 It’s true… because I saw it this week.