Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 24th letter

Dear family and friends,
My week went great! Our investigator is getting baptized this Saturday! Javier is his name. WE are so excited for him.  He is one that has definitely been prepared before hand to receive the gospel. He was always a great person in general, Always has kept the standards of the Church.  And it’s cool because my companion says that he was an ancient investigator and they would always write a place to visit them in their agendas but never did until I came!  I know the Lord has a time and place for everything and everyone.  I love these moments in the mission.   He is 42 years old and lives with his parents and is single. He has a huge huskie named Lobo which means wolf. Haha he is adorable. Most of the people here get married and live in the floor above their parents. There are buildings with 3 or 4 floors and each floor is owned by a different person so it’s normal for families to buy it together. Its weird for us because the kids always move out when they get older…not here. It’s interesting the little differences.
Christmas is coming! I’m so excited, I hope we get to sing in Church or go caroling. I would love that. We taught him the Restoration and he brought up all these examples and scriptures from the Bible and tried to tell us that we didn’t believe in the Bible if we did’nt go by exactly what it says. But we helped him the best we could.  We left things in the hands of the Lord. In the middle of the lesson in his house, through the window we suddenly saw 2 flashes of bright light out of no where. He started shaking and told us it must be a sign. We told him maybe it means he should get baptized. haha he came to church on Sunday. He has a date for his baptism so we will see how it goes! It could be his time!
Christmas will definitely be strange here. Because of the poverty here, hardly anyones house is decorated for the holidays. And it keeps getting hotter and hotter so it definitely doesn’t feel like Christmas time. Haha We won’t do anything for Thanksgiving so eat up for me! For Christmas here, they eat a huge dinner at like 11 pm Christmas Eve. Then they party and shoot fireworks and open gifts after that. Chrstmas day everyone sleeps…..should be interesting. I’ll tell you how it goes. We will be skyping in the house of our pentist who has had missionaries do it before and I confide in them that it will work.
Have a great week!
Love,
Hanna

November 17th Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

Jorge got baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday. He finally came to Sacrament Meeting in a suit and looked so good! He is 19 and him and his girlfriend who is a member, had a baby recently. They are taking good care of her. Their little baby Franchesca is adorable  They are getting back on track and he had already had the discussions from over a year ago, and was waiting to get baptized. He is really funny and knows a bit of English so he always tries to talk to me in English or talk like a gringo. Haha they are setting goals to be sealed in the temple next year and I hope I will still be here to see it. Another investigator that we are teaching came to church solito (alone) by himself. His name is Javier and is awesome. He’s 42 and still lives with his parents.
My new area is coastal and beautiful. It’s windy and dirty. It’s full of houses and some factories. It’s dangerous at night so we can’t go some places at night but other than that it’s awesome! My companion is always singing hymns and David Archuleta. We talk in English a lot so she can prepare for her exam. She’s really great. People will ask her why she’s so happy because she always smiles. I am her tallest companion! Yay!  The one thing we have in out room is spiders. I opened my drawer from my desk and a black venimous looking spider crawled out. EWwww my companion killed it gratefully.
Down here I am seeing so many broken families and kids who never get to know the gospel because their parents go inactive. It’s very sad. I’m SO grateful and have been humbled to think of my wonderful life and how little by little my testimony has grown just from living in a gospel oriented home.
Love,
Hanna

November 10th Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

Me and my companion had the opportunity to participate in a really awesome organization these past two weeks. A group of eye doctors and their companies have sent down a group of doctors from the US down here to Peru to offer free eye exams, prescription glasses, and sunglasses to the people here. Most people have cataracs or sun damage to their eyes because no one can afford doctors or glasses. People are so poor here. So all these americans and people from China and Europe came to do all this work and they needed translators! So they called us missionaries to come and help. Its so fun. We help the people know if they need glasses and answer their concerns-translating to the doctor and then back to the people. I’m a translator!!! It was such a blessing. I loved working and seeing how grateful the people were to receive glasses and see! Some of them were almost completely blind and could finally see. What a great experience. It was hard at first but I got used to translating. The Lord helped me a lot.
So our Pday last week was going to the temple! It was beautiful as always. This week we are going to the ZOOOOOOOOO I’m super pumped. You know how I love animals.
We have a ton of cockroaches and beetles here and potato bugs. I ate guinea pig the other week. It was like chicken but with less taste. Mom, I can assure you I will be able to eat anything you give me when I come home from my mission. Haha. I’ve toughened up my stomach. There are a TON of pigeons here too. They always sit on the telephone cable above the sidewalks. I’ve gotten pooped on 3 times so far…not fun. And last of all there are endless dogs here. Every minute of your life in Peru you will see a dog running around. I’m not joking.
This week we have a 19 year old father who is getting baptized this Saturday. His name is Jorge. He and his girlfriend have a baby and she is a member. He heard the missionaries about 2 years ago but didn’t get baptized. He said the elders have always taught him but never has brought him to baptism until we came. His friend is a return missionary hace poco tiempo (just recently returned) and I think that is what helped him make the decision. Yay! He knows a bit of English and always tries to speak to me in English. He a good guy.
We were teaching another investigator the Plan of Salvation yesterday when it hit me why we teach the Gospel! It is such a blessing to have in our lives. We have purpose and goals in this life! We have a God, our Father who loves and gives us the very means to return to live happily with Him after this life! I can´t help but wonder how much He loves us if He wants us to have the same blessings that He enjoys. How great is our Father in Heaven!  I love this Gospel and though I struggle everyday as a missionary I can’t deny the Holy Ghost and the wonderful experiences I´m having.
My companion is amazing and makes me food in the morning. She is ever so patient and loves to sing all the time. She is learning English. We had a ward mission night and we watched the movie 17 Miracles. The song in this movie is Savior Redeemer of My Soul. I love this song of course and brought the sheet music with me. So my companion got to sing it while I played on the piano. It was so fun and I love using music to touch souls of people!
Love,
Hanna

November 3rd Letter

Dear family and friends,
I got transferred! I’m now in Callao which technically isn’t a part of Lima. It is just outside of Lima. Our ward is La Marina in the Maranga Stake. We attend church in La Libertad building. We live in Barcelona 120 2nd floor. We have the ocean in our sector. And a marine training center! Its awesome and Its beautiful! But there are more pigeons….
My new companion is Hermana Antonio and she is also from Cochabamba, Bolivia. It’s crazy!!!!!!! She is so patient and loving with me and always is laughing and has a great attitude. She is obedient and I’m learning to love it here. I already love her.  She is Latina but knows how to speak English very well. She is going to take the English exam here in the mission and I’m helping her prepare for it. I went to church yesterday and loved the ward. Some of the relief society sisters are crazy but they are awesome. I’m excited to help out here!
I was super sad to leave Hermana Choque and Las Brisas because I worry about her. The night before I left we stayed up and talked until 3 in the morning. She has lots of family problems and is worried about what’s going to happen when she gets back. As we talked I realized just how much I loved her and had learned from her. I learned to be patient, humble, to lead, be more loving and so much more. I will miss her a lot. I cried when I had to leave. It’s natural. But I love it here. We share  the ward with Elders. One is from Argentina and is my district leader. He has no filter which I hear are what all from Argentina are like. haha. He is training a brand new missionary from Ecuador. It’s fun to think that I was there only 6 months ago. That’s right I will complete 6 months this next week!
This week we visited an ancient(old) investigator who listened to the missionaries 2 years ago and remembers a bit from them. We taught lesson 1 and invited him to be baptized nest month. He accepted. We are excited to help him reach baptism next month!! His name is Javier. We have a new rule that to be able to count baptism invitaciones (invitations) at the end of the day but you have to invite with a specific date. It’s good because it helps us do it more often.
Love,
Hanna