Baptism welcome sign for Aixa
Dear Family and friends,
The time here really has changed me. I feel like its been my life all along. All though its not always comfortable, its natural now, the routine we do as missionaries. I love that its changing me, because I know its for the better.
On Saturday Aixa got baptized. It was a special baptism. She was crying and getting emotional even before the service began. We had our relief society president get a big baptism tunic from the Lima Temple because Aixa is almost as tall as me and 3 times as big. The return missionary who baptized her is named Louie Diaz. He´s really cool because he always accompanies us to visit people and gives us a ton of references. Aixa has problems with her leg, knee, and back so she couldnt bend over to get baptized. He had to lower her under the water from the back until she submerged. It was cool. She bore her testimony and expressed her gratitude to everyone. She expressed how she had always been just a mom because she was an orphan from a very young age. All she has now is her kids and she has always been there for them. Now that she is taking a different path than them how could she be an example to them and still be their mom? She is a very sincere person and I know you will meet her one day. My testimony has grown alot with her. She is a light to all those who see her. She said the first time we visited her at her house and said the opening prayer she felt the Spirit very strong and knew then and there she was going to be baptized. What faith!!!! I am overcome with emotion everytime I think of that, that someone is searching for the truth and they can be so pure in heart that it just comes to them because they already know how to recognize the Spirit. Yesterday she received the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It was special for everyone. The Stake President was there so he confirmed her. Wow! What a great week.
This Christmas was very memorable. Visiting families and giving away the gifts and food brought a happiness to us that cant be described. I learned about celebrating not just the birth of Jesus but his whole life during this time. Thanks to Him we are saved. I love Him and can feel His presence with us. .It was very memorable for everyone.
I am happy to be here. Have a great new year.
Centro De Lima
Hermana Antonio and the fountains
Zona La Libertad
Christmas package from home
Hermana Santillana (from the Lima Peru MTC with Hanna)
President and Sister Borg (Mission President)
Dear Family and Friends,
Aixa is progressing. She had a rough child and teenage years. She was an orphan and her caretaker sold her to a man and forced her to marry him and have children. The man was abusive until she finally got away from him. In our lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ we talked about repentance and she told us she had completely forgiven this man. She asked if she needed to do something more for him. She is so humble and understands the Gospel perfectly-even before she even knew it. It touched my heart. She told us the bad experiences she had were for her good, and for the Plan that God has for us, they needed to happen. She is awesome!
My companion is doing great, she is so helpful and loves me no matter what. She is exactly what I need right now. On the weekends people go to La Punta which is a touristy beach, but the water is cold right now! They visit family or relax. Most people still work on Saturdays and Sunday because they have to. The people here work really hard to support their families. They don’t have much. Peru smells dirty and often like garbage. Haha! Since we are on the coast it smells like fish.
Dear family and friends,
Here things are busy as usual. I’m afraid things will be worse as Christmas comes. Transfers are tomorrow and my companion might get transferred to a different area. I hope not! I love her too much! Our investigator got baptized this Saturday. Yay! He shared his testimony and how he was grateful for everyone who befriended and helped him. He is very special. I think he has that disorder where he can’t concentrate well, but he tries so hard. He was a marine and is a hard worker and has always defended the truth.. The baptism was great and he bore his testimony about all the people who had helped him get to this point. He was so prepared all he needed was to be immersed in the water. 🙂 This week we also had the presentation of the Primary. It was hilarious. The bishop’s son screamed into the mic when it was his turn. ha ha. And one kid tried to blow into the flutist´s instrument. He also left the chapel and then came in the side door and up to the podium just in time for his turn. Everyone was cracking up. I thoroughly enjoyed it. We are teaching a really hard investigator who has information from the history of the church about plural marriage every time we come. He also apparently made the other sisters cry. We are going to go with the Bishop because he is awesome and will know how to deal with it.
I am content and happy here.