WOW! This week was wonderful!!!! Here’s a little run’down of what happened this past week!!!
Christmas!!!- Christmas was so wonderful!!! In Peru, the 24th is when people really celebrate so it was fun to see all the commotion and excitement getting ready for the big day!!! As a Zone we got to watch Frozen and then because we Live with the Bishop, we got special permission to spend Christmas Eve with the Bishop and his family! His daughter was in town from the Bay Area…. Crazy right?? And so it was fun to talk to them in English and tell them a little about the Church since they are not members!!! It was super nice though because we got to do sparklers with all the kids and sing a few christmas songs together!! The Only sad thing is in Peru everyone eats a big turkey dinner at 12 midnight and they watch all the fireworks as they eat! But, we only had permission to be out of our room until 11:30 pm so we had to listen to all the fireworks going off, but we couldn’t see them!!! But it was all okay because the Bishop brought us the Turkey dinner to our room so we could enjoy the “real Peruvian Christmas meal” haha It was Delicious!!!
Inspired Lessons- Christmas Day we had a Breakfast and Lesson with the entire Reyes Family! We decided to do an activity where we talked about Christ, like attributes and had each family member pick one out of a stocking and talk about it! Wow… it was so amazing because each member of the Family recieved the quality that they needed to develop most, seriously , it was crazy!!! Both my companion and I were blown away by how the hand of the Lord is truly in everything and how each lesson we are given the opportunity to help our Investigators grow in the ways that they need the most!!
Rocio’s Baptism- Wow!!! What an amazing Day!! The 27th Rocio was finally Baptized!!! Ahhh it was so amazing to be there and share this wonderful day with her!! One of my favorite moments was during the Musical Number. We had decided that we would sing “How Great Thou Art” because it was her father’s favorite song. As we began to sing the Spirit filled the room and the feelings of peace and love were so strong I had tears in my eyes and I could see Rocio was crying too… The week before she had been talking about how she was so sad that her father wasn’t here to see her baptism, that she felt guilty that she only took this step in her life after he died, but what we explained and truly came to know was that her father is with in every step of this journey. And when we sang that song, we truly felt the truthfulness of that…. that really her father was not only present in her baptism, but was filled with joy in her decision to be baptized!
Transfers!!! well, after 6 months in my first area, I guess it was time for a change…. It was so hard saying goodbye to everyone but I am so excited for my new adventure in my new area!!!! I am now in Cañete! Which is about 3 hours south of Lima!!! My new companion is Hermana Saucedo, From Mexico!!! She is amazing and I truly feel like great things are going to happen here and I can’t wait to experience everything that Cañete has to offer and teach me!!!
Love you all so much and hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!
AHHHH Liam is so Cute!!!! and wow sounds like a great Christmas!!! Hermana Douglas and President and the Marriage couple in the Office wanted me to tell you how much they are thinking of you and wishing you the best!!!!! love you so much mom!!!!!! I will write about my new area in my letter!!! I arrived today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I can already feel I am going to love it!!!!! It was so fun talking to you all!!! Love you all so much!!! The only bad thing about transfers is I realized how much stuff I have …..ugh I don’t need more things I need those portable space bages that camille has in her house!!!! hahaha … Love you so sososososos much and thought about you so much during christmastime! Hope you liked my letter!!!!
love you and thinking of you!!!
Christmas Day with the Reyes Family!
MY NEW COMPANION!!!!
Christmas eve with the Bishops family!
Christmas eve with the Bishops family!
all the Hermanas in my Zone!
The traditional Peruvian Christmas Dinner… Turkey!
with Patricia and Adriano!!
all the houses in peru have manger scenes like this one…. but this was the biggest one I’d seen!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!! It’s a bit ironic because here there is no Thanksgiving!! haha We actually forgot it was Thanksgiving until about 8:30 at night- so we all bought alfajores and said what we were thankful for!!! Okay so Here is a rundown of what happened this week!
Language Barrier: I think I had forgotten how difficult it can be to speak Spanish at times…. Haha for example as we were walking outside in the bright… and I mean bright sun… I attempted to ask my companion if there was a specific reason that sunglasses weren’t allowed for missionaries…. what followed was an arguement between us of why they were or weren’t allowed, but what we found out about 10 minutes into the conversation was that my companion was talking about why Hats weren’t allowed, as my other companion was talking about how Umbrellas weren’t allowed, and while I was completely confused about the original question about sunglesses…. we all laughed for a good minute and realized that all three weren’t allowed… haha
Memories: We’ve really been making great strides with our investigators and watching them truly progress and grow!! As we were talking with one of the daughters of Cesar, Maria Del Rosario- she began to tell us how she was scared of moving forward in the Church because everytime she read, or went to Church she thought about her father. She thought about her father and how much she wished she had been baptized when he was alive. After listening to her feelings and her worries, I began to share my testimony…. For me, There are many things that remind me of my Dad in my mission…. Whenever I talk to someone randomly on the street, or think about how excited my Dad was that I was learning Spanish, or how my Dad loved serving anyone and everyone, I am reminded of my Dad…..Throughout my day I have moments where I experience the same thing as Maria- I think of my Dad and remember that he is not here physically with me anymore. But, As I shared with Maria, I don’t think that the purpose of these thoughts are to make us feel pained or sadened because they are no longer with us, instead I think it is a way for us to feel their presence and influence spiritually. To remember that they are with us, and to feel that love and happiness that they feel when we are doing what’s right or doing what they taught us. Everytime Maria opens her scriptures or goes to church, her father is with her… her father is Happy because she is coming closer to him. Likewise, everytime I share the gospel or serve someone, I feel my father with me! As I shared this testimony and thought with Maria I could not deny that it was true!!! I’m so grateful for this knowledge and blessing of the Gospel in my life!!!
I love being a missionary and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to share the gospel and serve others everyday!!!
Love you all!! !
P. S. Thanks for all the photos and update on the family!!! We didn’t have thanksgiving here because nobody really knows what it is…. hahah … but it was a good week! Wow!!!!! I can’t believe it is already december!! Just hang in there with the papers and dirty jobs that dad always did!!! It will get better and It will probably keep you occupied more than you’d think! Mom. You are such an example to me of strength and faith!! You are truly amazing and I feel so blessed to be your daughter!! Things are moving along!!!! we found 10 new investigators this week but we will have to go through and see if any of them can really progress!! Love you so so so so s oso so much!!!
Nativity in Peru!
Thanks Mom, love my christmas decorations
Got my Nativity up!