Tuesday we had our district meeting. Sister Norton and I taught the class and talked about how we have the choice as to what kind of missionary to be and it's all up to us. Then we had lessons, lessons and lessons.
Wednesday we had a bunch of lessons too and it was a very busy day!
Thursday was a pensionista training with President and Hermana Williams. We drove like 45 minutes and after about 30, the GPS told us to go on this road that was gated. It went through some sugar cane fields. The man at the gate said "I can let you in but I don't know what the guy at the other side will say. If not you'll have to come back and go back into Chiclayo then out a different road." So President asked us what we should do and I said, "We're praying! We're going for it!" That is a quote. He thought it was so funny. And the whole time in the fields kept saying "if this doesn't work out, Sister Pilling is going to live with this for the rest of her mission"... and teasing and such. It was funny. Then we got to the other gate and there was an old grandpa dude just sitting in his chair and saw us pull up and stood up and.... waved us on with this big cheesy toothless smile! It was soooo funny. The suspense was crazy and President laughed too. What a great moment. Maybe you had to be there.... Then that afternoon we went to the office with one of our investigators, Elizabeth, because she had her baptismal interview with President. It was also one of the assistant's birthdays so we had cake! I love the atmosphere of the mission. Everyone is filled with the spirit, some more than others, and is serving the Lord. How great is that?? That night we had a lesson with a lady, a friend of ours, and her husband, both non-members. Her husband goes to some MMM church (in spanish) and they do some crazy stuff. It was an interesting lesson. Especially when he was bashing Joseph Smith and started yelling in his prayer. Oh the people of Peru...
Friday morning we had weekly planning which means we had companionship inventory which is when I cried. I explained it in the letter I am sending. I am just frustrated with the language. I can't see any progress and I'm getting impatient. I know that I need to rely on the Lord and that my next companion will probably be Latina and it'll be hard but it'll come faster too. Friday afternoon was so busy and we had so much to do for the baptism! It was a crazy afternoon to be honest!
Saturday was the baptism. My companion and I sang a song, "I'm a Child of God, part spanish, part english. hahaha. Elizabeth, the convert, is so so so so faithful. Wow, she is incredible. I love her! She's an oldie but she's fantastic all the same.
Sunday I spoke in church and it went really well. It's comforting when the members come up to me and tell me that they understand me and that it's more fluid and smooth than my first Sunday. The members are fantastic. It rained a lot saturday night so we had 45 members at church. With the dirt roads and no roofs on the houses it caused lots of problems. But our house is good and we just walked in the mud, missionaries do it all! It's made me think of the zoo and my rain boots.
Then today - Sister Norton is packing because she leaves Monday morning to spend the day with President before heading home. Pretty crazy! She packed and I unpacked and reorganized hahaha. Now that I know I'll be here for like 4 months or more, I decided to make myself at home.
I found out I'm going to Lima this week! We leave at 10 pm from here Wednesday night and get back the same time Thursday night hahaha. I have to take my temple recommend so that means I get to go to the temple! yay! It's a bummer I lose a day with my companion but I need to get some visa stuff figured out. I hope I can stay in this mission, I really really do.
So I can't send pictures from these computers and I feel really bad. I'm taking some cool pics.
I'll figure something out.
Oh, so it's getting cold at about 6pm and I am so glad I have my nice jacket. It's saving me. Apparently in the "spring" the weather is just a little more bipolar and summer is KILLER HOT. So that will be zero fun.
My companion laughs at me. Because I'm funny. hahaha
This is our last week and she keeps talking about going home, which is okay. It just reminds me how little time I have left. The mission is going to fly and it makes me mad that I don't know the language. I feel like I'm wasting time and I'm not as efficient because of the language. It's dumb, but I'm being patient (or trying to) and relying on the Lord and being obedient. I try and have the faith needed to receive blessings. What a great church this is. I love it!
I love you all so so so so much and I'm sending a letter with a day in the life of me much more detailed. I love you.
Hermana Pee Jing as they call me here.