Dear Family and Friends,
I´m always learning something and I love being in the mission. I love the learning experience Im constantly having and the opportunity to serve and help others. I´m slowly becoming more of a people person and thats something I thought Id never see. My testimony has really grown and my life goals have really been put into focus.I know the plan that God has for me and what I can do to overcome all the trials I´m given in this life. I know that trials will come but that they are a learning experience that will benefit me in the long run. I love the Gospel and the power that comes from it. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and that through the Atonement of Christ all of us can be saved, adn not only that, but be happy too in this life. We have the promise of Eternal Families if we follow His teachings and endure to the end. What a blessing!!!
Things are wonderful in Peru. My new companion is realllllly different and I am learning to work with her to her strengths and weaknesses. She is such a great teacher and is super direct and knows the scriptures so well. She knows how to befriend the people we visit. She is really calm and doesnt get mad at me. She isnt however obedient all the time and we have been working at a slower pace because of it. I have gotten lots of advice from other sisters. I know this is preparing me for marriage later. I am learning to love her and serve her, be patient, and willing to listen and stay calm in the moments I want to get angry. Something that I know I can do is set goals with her. If we can sit down and talk together about the things we want to accomplish in this cambio then I know we can work together to do that. It will be weird because I do feel like the senior companion, everywhere except in the lessons. Its a great proccess adn Im blessed to be here being molded by the Lord.
She is a great help to me and funny too. We went to a farewell for twins in our ward who are leaving on their missions. After the devotional the stake president set them both apart to be real missionaries in front of everyone. When my companion heard that they were going to be set apart she began to cry immediately. HAHA! I was laughing at her. She was remembering her own setting apart. Also after the meeting we met a Setenta that was bishop of this ward and came to say goodbye to the twins. I didnt recognize him as a member of the 70 and didnt believe my companion when she told me who he was. So a member walked right up to him and told him I wanted to know if he was really from the 70. How embarrassing! My face was bright red but he was cool and told me, yes, he was a member of the 70. Haha.
Next week we are going to the temple and hopefully with a less active named Jacki. Pray that we can help her get ready for this day!
Dear Family and Friends,
This is the first week without my companion Hna Rodriguez and it was super sad to see her go. When we had to say goodbye in the mission office We both cried. I feel like shes my sister, added to our family. She says shes going to write me and I´ll write her in english. Should be fun. She was sure a great missionary. She always was so obedient and diligent. Ill never forget that. .
This week went well, if not a bit stressful. My new companion is Hermana Choque from Bolivia and doesnt speak english at all. Sometimes I still cant understand her but its such a blessing to have another Latina companion. I want to have one my whole mission. Yes! I can improve my authentic spanish accent and teach her English. She is great and has almost a full year in the mission. She is really calm and knows how to teach really well, but isnt the most obedient. I have been taking the iniciative on getting up on time, starting comp study on time, planning time, and leading her around the sector of course. She is awesome but doesnt really do anything else but follow my lead. In the lessons shes amazing. But everywhere else, its like Im the senior companion. I know God doesnt give us trials we cant handle so Im putting my faith in Him. I know success is going to come from hard work and putting my faith to the test. Im willing to do it, but its hard to do it alone.
We are having a ward temple trip this 24 of this month and we are reactivating a less active. She has been working on her family history and we are really exicted to help her go to the temple and do their work. Family History is so important and now more than ever is being focused on in Missionary work.
Love you and have a wonderful week!
Dear Family and Friends,
We had the general authorities come this week and we got to sing I know that my Redeemer lives in spanish and English. Elder Suarez and his wife from Brazil and Elder Gro spoke to us. They were really inspiring. Elder Suarez wife spoke Portuguese and had a translator. My new goal for after my mjission is to learn Portuguese its awesome. Elder Suarez is the president of one of the quorums of the Seventy. Very awesome!!!! He is learning spanish, he said but spoke almost perfectly. He talked about using all of your heart, mind, might, and strength to be a good missionary. He said sometimes the Lord waits until we have done all that we can to show us a miracle or breakthrough. He shared an experience when he was mission president and lived by 2 missionaries in his mission. It had rained all day and the missionaries were soaked. He invited them at the end of the night for hot chocolate. They told him that they would come only if they had accomplished their daily goals for the lessons. They never came that night to his house or even called. The next morning he was worried and called them. They seemed happy and explained what happened. They had tried to contact everyone but no one was out becasue of the rain. They said a prayer and started walking. They reached a college for adults at about 9ish jsut as all the people were getting out of their classes. They were able to teach 1 family 3 lessons. They acomplished their goals. They had to return to their apartment after those lessons because it was curfew. Elder Suarez really teared up when telling this story and loved their determination to work until their goals were accomplished. I loved it!!! Its was so cool. Elder Grow, from the quorum of the Seventy also spoke. I wrote down questions beforehand and that really helped me to be able to get revelation personally. We performed Yo se que vive mi Senor and it was amazing to be singing in a choir again. I cant describe the Spirit that I feel when I sing about the Savior. It was very special.
The highlight of this week was probably last night. We went to visit CHad and Rocio who speak English and just got divorced. Rocio gives tours at museums and met these people from India so she invited them to her house for the afternoon. We got to met them and teach them in English!! Well, they were 2 men and only one spoke English and neither spoke spanish. His accent was thick and sometimes I didnt understand them but we got to talk about our beliefs and the book of mormon. They belong to a Hindu religion where God is everything and he is inside of every person, that you shouldnt hurt anyone, and will be saved if you follow his teachings. They dont believe in reading much. He couldnt read I dont think. But we invited everyone to read at least the introduction and to pray about it! They said they would and told us we were cool. We got to explain who we were and what we do. They were very interested, and friendly. We got pictures with them and even a couple phrases in the Indian language of Panjabi. Ki Hal Hai is how are you? Changa hai is good. Shukria-Dhanwad is thanks. How cool!!!! My companion knew the word for gay in that language I guess someone had taught it to her but she didnt know what it meant. So she said it to him and he got serious and told her it was a bad word. She was so embarrassed and apologized. It was really funny!!!!!! It was a really cool experience. They had turbans and everything. My companion and I get really silly sometimes. After we got to our room after we taught the people from India we dressed up in homemade turbans and blankets an took some funny pictures. Hahaha.
As I am learning to love people and really be involved in their wellbeing I feel the Spirit. I love doing service. I feel a special bond with everyone we have taught even though I hardly know them. As a missionary you get to know them so well as you earn their trust and tell you about their dreams and problems. Learning to gain investigators trust is something I have really enjoyed.. I love the perspective that the mission gives me of what my purpose really is in life. I see the blessings from the scriptures when I read them and also the people have when they begin to change their lives through Christ. Its amazing!