Hey everyone! I hope all is well at home. I had a good week, even though I wasn't with my companion for a lot of it. Almost 1/2 our transfer together we haven't been able to work because Hermana Avila was in Lima, she and I were sick, now she is sick, we went to Chiclayo. So it's been a rough start here in opening the area. We contact a lot and we ask EVERYONE for references. The less actives are hard to find in their houses but we are doing our very very best. We really do love the area. I like feeling the heat but I don't like feeling the sweat run down my face like tears. That is just gross. But I am getting used to it I guess.
Happy birthday again to my 16 year old brother last Monday! I thought about him til I went to sleep!
Tuesday after our district meeting we had exchanges. I went to Morro solar with Hermana Hebdon who was with me in my last area when we did everything together. It was fun being her comp for the day! I learned again of the importance and power behind the scriptures.
Then Wednesday Hermana Avila left for Chiclayo because she had to do her visa paper stuff in Lima. I went to Miraflores with Hermana Daza, she is from Columbia. I loved being with her too! I learned from her too and the way she teaches. One thing a member said who was accompanying us is that I don't just want to be there throughout my life. I want to LIVE my LIFE. And really LOVE every second of it. Which I feel like I already do.
Thursday we were back in my area, Sister Daza and I. We had a good day with lots of lessons. I really realized that all sister missionaries are great and I can teach with anyone but that no missionary is as great as your own companion. I really really missed Hermana Avila. Even though Hermana Daza was great and fun too. Just not the same as my dear Chilean daugther. hahaha
Friday we went back to Miraflores. We planned in the morning alone which was weird and oh so boring. At about 5 my daughter finally came home! HALLELUJAH! hahaha It was just a relief. That night we had a ward activity. Robert and Mily came and we watched The Testaments. If you haven't seen it, perfect FHE. I cried. It was exactly what I needed to see that day. I know that Jesus came to America and I KNOW that He will come again. He is the Prince of Peace and my loving Saviour. I can't wait to touch his hands and feet.
Saturday we were able to teach Juana! The oldie we found at the beginning of time. She cried in her prayer and just said she feels full of joy when she listens to our lessons or reads the Book of Mormon. We got so excited to invite her to baptism and then she said her daughter is about to have her baby and Juana is going to go to Chiclayo to help out in the house for THREE MONTHS, so we didn't invite her. ugh. one day. Patience is needed.
We have an investigator named Isela. She actually has come to church for 6 weeks now but she lived on the other side of town out of our area. Then she moved into the Elders´ area. Then she separated form her boyfriend and the elders can't teach her so we get to! She didn't even have a Book of Mormon yet so we were able to give her her book and invite her to baptism. She said yes! And then I was prompted to invte with a date but i didnt have a calender at all and i didnt know what to say so i closed my eyes and used my magic powers and said will you be baptized the 19th of September? The spirit was so strong and she said I can't say yes for sure yet. We asked why and she said she doesn't want to fail God. We reminded her of how she feels when she prays. She told us she really knows it is the true church. It's funny how fear throws everyone off. We are going to keep helping her prepare and everything. I know she will be ready! She has a cute little 4 year old daughter. I just love Peruvians!
Well it looks like my time is up.
Friday we travel to Chicayo and Saturday from 11-2 we will be with Elder Bednar. I can't wait to share it all with you!
I am happy as can be and don't EVER want to leave Peru.... but maybe I will leave in less than 4 moths to be home for Christmas.... :) :D