Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 20th Letter

Dear family and friends,
I am growing a lot. It makes me smile to think how much I´ve struggled  and yet I see the hand of the Lord clearly in my life. He has given me these trials to grow and progress. It’s working. Each day I learn something new. I´m so grateful for my testimony and the Scriptures and the words of our Prophets and Apostles. They bring encouragement and strength to me.
I have been learning so much. I got a little disanimated this week because nothing is happening in our sector. None of our investigators are progressing or seem to care if we come or not.  Today my companion comforted me. We have our weekly planning where we have to plan out who we are going to visit and focus on, such and such. At the end of it we always do a companionship inventory. It’s in Preach My Gospel in the chapter Using your Time Wisely. Its the last step of weekly planning.  We can always improve our relationships. This is a great way! My companion and I really value this time to talk about our conflicts and ways we can improve the companionship and most importantly, what we can do to help each other. I love having a companion who loves me and is always there to help me or cheer me up. I know the Lord puts us where we need to be.
It’s Spring here. In the daytime it’s hot but after the sun goes down like 6 o’clock it’s cold again  My favorite food here is fried bananas!!!! They are sooooo good. I’m going to make them when I get home for you. Don’t worry. I also love papa a la huancaina, causa, bisteak al pobre…..there’s a lot.
Love,
Hanna

October 13th letter

Dear Family and Friends,

We have a 7 year old girl who will be getting baptized right after her birthday that came out of nowhere. We are super excited to teach her the discussions. My companion gave her the Book of Mormon with pictures for kids to read everyday and she is always so excited to tell us what happened in the chapter she read the day before. Her name is Yorelly. She has lots of questions and its a bit of a struggle to teach a child but I’m learning! Ha ha.  Who knows maybe I will get called to the primary someday!
It is still winter-spring time here so the women wear mostly brown or black flat boots, dark colored jackets, and normal skinny jeans. Its really classy and we hardly see any one immodestly. Everyone wears crosses and this month is the month to celebrate what’s called Señor de los Milagros. The Lord of Miracles. Look it up on google. Everyone wears the colors dark purple with a white rope. Its to celebrate Christ when He was crucified or something of that nature. Some says its a Saint but I’m not sure. Here in this month to celebrate they have processions through the streets with an altar or shrine and sing and have a band play. It’s tradition.
I wrote my mission president about all of my companion´s health problems today and about how it is slowing us down a lot. I talked with another Hermana (sister missionary) in an exchange and she told me to talk to him if its really bad. Its pretty bad. Everyday my companion has problems either with her stomach, head, ears, knees, or feet or something else and it is really frustrating to be patience and deal with it everyday when we should be focused on the work. I think she might have to go home early. She went to the doctor here and they told her she needed a scan for her knee and you have to do that at home, not in the mission, but she refuses to go home. I want her future companions to have success and the sectors too. I’m leaving it up to the Lord.
I have learned so much here. I will never fully comprehend how much until I’m old and look back on it. I’m so thankful for this time and that I have good health and a strong testimony to help me. The Lord has blessed me with this opportunity of an eternity.
Love,
Hanna

October 6th

Dear Family and Friends,

My birthday was amazing. I felt loved from all over that world. I thoroughly enjoyed the letters, cards, gifts, and photos. My companion got up early and made me a breakfast of fried egg, fried banana, guacamole cheese and bread, and oatmeal. Oh, it was the best breakfast ever. She woke me up to the happy birthday song in english that she had on CD. At lunch our pentionist made me a dish I love called Bistek al Pobre which means Poor mans steak. Its beans, rice, fried eggs and fried bananas yummmmm. And she surprised me with streamers and a happy birthday sign and a chocolate cake with a picture of barbie and her dog on it, for Teddy! Yeah she knows I love my dog. Later we went to a members house who love the missionaries and they had a party for me. They had made a sign with a giant picture of me and balloons and streamers. They had a chocolate cake and food too. First we had a spiritual part like a mini family home evening and then we played games. We had to blow flour out of styrofoam cups without using our hands. We got flour all over our faces. They sang to me and then shoved the cake into my face. Thats how it is here and I love it! Later as we were leaving they broke eggs over my head haha its tradition and I was really happy to have a Peruvian birthday. Im 20 now! They got me chocolate and a stuffed animal. Overall it was a wonderful birthday and I feel blessed to have you guys and the people here care about me and remember my bday.

 We had our interviews with the president on my birthday and the assistants gave us a training meeting. I really enjoyed that. We did a practice where one of the missionaries pretended to be one of his investigators that didnt want to accept a date to be baptized. Then, companionship by companionship we had to go up in front of the whole zone and ask three inspired questions to this investigator. The goal was to let the Spirit guide and ask the questions. It was intimidating but amazing to watch. After everyone had gone the assistant asked the missionary posing as his investigator which question he had been waiting for. The result was that the missionary could understand what his investigator needed. I could feeel the Spirit soo deep and strongly. And when some companionships had their turn to ask questions the Spirit would back off a bit and other times get stronger. Its so so sensitive. I learned alot from this experience. Our assistants are really awesome.
Love,
Hanna