This week went by so fast!!!!
CRISTO!! – this last p-day we got to go visit one of the many giant Christ statues that are in the hills that surround Lima! After taking a bus and then hiking up side of the hill we finally arrived and the view was so amazing!! Our zone is right by the beach so we have such an amazing view!!! It was crazy to look down and realize that all those little colorful boxes are houses!!! It never ceases to amaze me of how many people live in Lima and also how huge Lima really is!!!
“Id al Rescate!”- This week our president and our Leaders had a huge push for working with the inactive and less active members in our Wards.The cool part about this new change in how we work as missionaries is that when we go to the house of a less active or inactive member, most often there are members in their family or people that they live with that aren’t members or have never talked with missionaries!! It is these people that the Lord has prepared to hear the message of Jesus Christ!
Miracles- These past three weeks has been really rough with one of the recent converts in our ward. Falling back in his addiction problems we were unable to have contact with him for 3 weeks! But after all of our calls and our attempts to visit him were in vain, we ran into him randomly as we were walking home from one of our lessons. He expressed how much it meant to him to see us and how much he missed the Ward and the way he felt in the Church. The next day he attended Church and we are now working with the ward to really give him the strength and support he needs! It really hit me how much of a miracle this moment really was- after 3 weeks of not being able to find him anywhere, the Lord made our paths cross!
Tired But Happy- This past week has been a week of lessons… really! With all of our work with Less actives and the continuing work with our investigators we were constantly walking, teaching and planning!!! It was one of those weeks where come Sunday night all my companion could say when she looked at me was…. ” Wow you look so tired….” but what really dawned on me was that while, yes… I was exhausted, I have never felt so happy and content in my exhaustion! I hope that makes sense…. but really. When you spend every moment thinking about others, thinking about what you can do to help improve the life of someone else you are happier. Every time we share a lesson and our Investigator or Less Active progresses in their faith, or reads their scriptures, or says that they finally feel the love of Christ in their lives we grow a little bit with them, and we feel the love of Christ more abundantly in our lives.
I love this work and I feel so blessed to be in Peru with the people that I know I’m supposed to work and grow with!!! Love you all so much! Have the most amazing week ever!!!
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Ohh my goodness these photos and the stories of starbucks are such a crack up I can totally picture that right now! haha seriously haha it totally cracks me up!! I love the photo of steph! she looks so good! and Yay I’m so glad you have been feeling better — that is such a blessing! The new rule is just that we are not allowed to eat with members… ever. everything we eat has to be in either bottles or packages…. so all the members are super annoyed because we can no longer drink their chicha or eat practically anything. Mercedes came to church! It was so nice to see her!! wow I totally remembered her face and WOW thank you for the package! I have been really good at not looking haha and I’m so excited to open everything! WOW you sent a lot haha seriously my comp was making fun of me because you sent so much stuff…. but we were so grateful because we totally ate so much candy and also that caramel corn is the BEST THING EVER really mom you were too kind to send all of that stuff to me!!!! I loved it all!!!
love you so much! Hope all is well!!! Thinking of you often!!
Here’s a little run-down on my week!!!
Gringas- Okay, so let me just tell you how amazing my companion is! She is from Idaho and is such an amazing missionary! I’ve learned so much from her this week and have learned the importance of really letting the spirit testify to our investigators. Unlike me, she’s never afraid of silence and really focuses on speaking from the heart, and giving the investigators time to process their feelings and the principles of our lesson. I feel so blessed to have at least 6 weeks to learn from her amazing example! It is also so fun it is to have a companion that speaks ENGLISH! haha seriously, it has been so great to be able to communicate with my comp in both English and Spanish!
Prepared People!- This week was my first week directing an area!! The significance of this is simply that I have to remember the streets, names, and people in our area! So… as you could probably guess I was a bit nervous… but wow- have I felt the hand of the Lord in my life this past week! Everytime I had an impression to visit this investigator, or that contact, we ended up finding success and finding people that the Lord has truly prepared for us to teach!!! Two of these moments were with investigators that we had not taught and not been able to contact for about 2 weeks!! One of the investigators we taught was a woman who had been recieving the lessons about 4 or 5 months ago until her husband died. Everytime we had knocked on her door the previous months she had not been home or she had canceled our appointments. But after a thought popped into my head to just pass by her house, we ended up making an appointment and teaching her the next day. Throughout our lesson the Spirit was so strong and she was so grateful for everything we shared. It was amazing to see how much our message- the reality that she would be able to see her husband again, that this life is not the end – and our invitation for her to follow Christ impacted her! We had another experience with a single mother and one of her children- her 12 year old son. While we were testifying of the importance of baptism, and the preistood or power of God the spirit became so strong. As we invited her to be baptized with her son, the feelings of peace and happiness filled the room and she began to cry. She later said that she was so happy and excited that she could be baptized with her son! It’s been such a testimony builder to me to see how every person we visited this week was for a reason! I know that I was not alone in my planning and my thoughts for who to teach this week- I really had the help and the guidence of the Lord.
Conference- WOW conference was so so powerful!! It was so wonderful also because we got to watch it in English!! It was a bit comedic though because we had about 10 missionaries in the stake secretary’s office all crowded around his computer monitor! But it was so worth it!! I loved how tons of the talks focused on Prophets and church leaders and the importance they have in helping us in directing the Church! One of my favorite talks was the one from Lynn G. Robins which focused on caring more about what God thinks that what the people in the world think! I just thought that was amazing!!! It really gave me a new perspective on the importance of putting the Lord first in our lives!!!
All and all this week was wonderful!!! I absolutely love being a missionary and I would not trade this experience for anything! I still have moments when people have no idea what I said and the language barrier becomes more apparent, but these frustrations are nothing compared to the love and guidence I feel everyday to help everyone come unto Christ and feel his love for them!!
I love this work and I love all of you!!!