Wow! This week went by so fast!! Heres a rundown of what happened this week!!
Familia Ticona! – The Familia Ticona was a family that the hermanas that were here before us had been teaching on and off for the last month. As we prepared to get to know the family… reading their teaching record… my companions and I were a bit worried about teaching the father… the hermanas had said he was a bit “cold.” However in our first lesson the father, Christian, opened up to us. Shared his doubts, concerns and desires to have an eternal family. The Spirit was so strong and we could truly see the Spirit working through him! Each lesson since then we have come to build an amazing relationship with this family. Even though Christian speaks sternly, he’s becoming to understand there are many blessings his family can receive through the restored gospel. He’s also hilarious. He says what is on his mind- flat out. This has created many great moments in our lessons…. One of my favorite lessons with them happened last week. As we talked about Joseph Smith and the first vision, we began to testify of eternal families. That because of the authority of God that has been restored upon the earth we can be with our families forever. As we explained this incredible truth, we could see Maria and Christian change. We could see them come to understand the importance of having an eternal family. Like many families in Peru, Maria and Christian aren’t married. And as we talked about how marriage is the first step to having this eternal family…. Christian, as always, weighed in. He told us he had never thought of marriage as important, but now he understood. Now he wanted to make this change in his life. Even though they are still talking about a marriage date, this lesson was a miracle for me. That this wonderful family could understand some of the steps they need to take to become an eternal family! That is really what this life is about. Having eternal families…. doing all we can here, so we can be together there…. in the kingdom of heaven.
I love this work! I feel so blessed to be here with my two amazing companions! I am learning so much from each of them! We truly have a blast together and I feel so lucky to be with them here in this area at this time! We’re getting to know the area a little more, but we still get lost once a day! haha we’ve truly begun to rely more on the Spirit and we’ve truly begun to see the hand of the Lord in our lives each day!
I love being a missionary. I love testifying that families are forever!
Love you all!