Monday, September 30, 2013

A Little Torta, Some Agua Frio, and a Whole lot of Felicidad Eterna

Familia Mia!
This weekend was the wedding, baptism, and confirmation of la familia bayona benites!!!!! The wedding of Olga and Bernabé was so sweet, and the reception was such a fun experience! We helped set up, take pictures, and serve the food. EVERYONE takes a turn dancing with the bride and groom one at a time. It took so long, but I loved it! There was so much joy and we had so much help and support from the ward members. There were so many details, especially with setting up the music, cleaning the church, setting everything up, preparing the food, and somehow it all worked out! I know it was the hand of the Lord because there is no way hna rosas and i could have done it on our own. They had 5 cakes (tortas) and after the individual dances probably danced for 4 more hours. We of course had to leave for that part, but it made us so happy that everything turned out! I have some pretty great pictures hopefully I will be able to send them soon.
The baptism the next day, saturday, was super special. The one request from Olga was to be baptised in warm water. haha That is pretty much not a possibility here, but Hna Rosas and I were determined to make her happy. We brought our little stove to the church in the morning when we had a meeting, and after our meeting we went to the house of Hno. Salinas to get a Texas sized pot. Well when we returned to the church it was locked and everyone was gone. oops. haha so we went back to our room adn realized we didnt have a way to cook our food.(we normally eat with members saturday for lunch but this week we were not scheduled) so it was kind of a funny situation but luckly fanny, the daughter of hno. salinas was super nice and let us come over to eat. Well after this we went to the church but the baptism was about to start in like 20 minutes, and so we didnt have time to heat up the water. We thought, well we will just heat up one pot full. We sure had a lot of faith that this one pot of boiling water would warm up the whole font. Well it ended up doing nothing. haha anwyays I think it was more of the thought and the important thing is that Olga, Bernabé, Jhairo, and Gustavo are now baptised! The water was freezing and they were shivering, but the spirit was so strong! I could not stop smiling as I saw each of them be baptized. They were all so happy and their testimonies afterwards that they shared were so powerful. Especially Bernabé. He has so much faith and he already is such a force for good in building up the kingdom of God! Their confirmation sunday was special as well, and Olga said she felt a warmth that she could not explain. Teaching them and seeing them grow in the gospel has been such an incredible experience and I am so thankful the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to get to know them and to see his work in action.
Im super excited for general conference! The session for relief society saturday was so great! I loved the talk on convenants and how to relieve your burdens, keep your covenants! Powerful stuff. I cant wait to hear the words of President Monson and the apostles this weekend! It is kind of like Christmas! Does everyone have their brackets for the lineup?
The music class kind of stopped. haha We ended up only having 3-4 students keep coming back and realized it wasn´t the best use for our time right now, and it was hard to coordinate getting the keys for the church and picking up the piano from the members house and everything. We are helping a little with the music for the primary program the end of this month so that will be fun!
I made french toast the other morning for hna rosas because she had never had it before. I made the syrup with the maple flavoring alan and lisa sent (it was super delicous!!) Anyways hna rosas took one bite and then said, ¨¨Quiere mi pan?¨¨ haha in other words she didnt like it at all. ha thats ok.
Love you all so much! Have a great week!!
Hermana Garlick

Monday, September 23, 2013

bienvenido a peru!!!!!

 Paula's Baptism

Cumpeañnos Almuerzo!

Con la Familia Salinas 

 Con la Familia Risco Arca

Mirador- Here is Paita!! this is Paita Baja, Our area is in Paita Alta

Loving Life!

Querida Familia,
Another week! I have been doing great. I think my stomache is getting more used to the food and so that´s good! ha This week I had an interview with Presidente Rowley. It was so great! It was in English and literaly was the first time I have full out spoken English since coming here! It was 15 minutes and as I was talking it felt so weird! ha A few times I had to stop to remember how to say something. Being with Hermana Rosas all the time has helped my spanish so much, but it was nice to have the chance to speak English. :) The interview was great and I learned a lot from Pres! He talked about what is success, and really success is in those small things we do every day! Success is facing toward the Savior and progressing, it´s every day coming closer to him! We also talked about how the mysteries of God are right in front of our faces. It´s those revelations we receive everyday and simple answers to prayers. I am so thankful for this this week and for what I was able to learn!
So I have 2 more weeks with Hermana Rosas here in Paita and that finishes my 12 week training! and she told me the pattern normally is that she will leave and I will stay here and get a new companion! So we will see! She has been such an excelent trainer adn I have leraned so much from her. We have been so blessed here in Paita. This week we are preparing for the Baptism of La familia Bayona Benites!!!! Bernabe y Olga are going to get married this Friday too! Its such a big weekend! (and we found out we spelled Bernabe as Bernave wrong this whole time and on all the invitations...oops pretty embarrassing. haha) They are so excited and hermana rosas and I couldnt be happier! and hopefully with Carlos´s work schedule he will be able to be baptized too!
Today is El Día de los Mercedes, or something like that. People from other citys walk here to Paita! It takes them about a week of walking! how crazy is that! But anyways it´s because the Virgin de los Mercedes is here. There are so many people and so many markets and people saling things and music and parades and well it´s just one big party! So it´s pretty fun seeing so many people walking here! Kind of cool!
We use Soles here for our money- 2.5 Soles is about one dollar. Anyways, Hna Rosas always says to me ¨¿Tiene un sol?¨¨ And that means ¨¨Do you have a sol?¨¨ Everytime she says taht it makes me laugh becase its like she is asking me if I have a soul. hahaha I dont know why I think it´s funny but I explained it to her and she thought it was funny too.
Love yall tons! I got the cards this week mom-thanks so much! love the pictures! and reading that made me so dizzy. hahah I´ve been thinking a lot about the sacrafices to be so far away from yáll and not be able to talk to yall or write you very much. Its hard, but I know that I owe everything to the Lord! It´s not until we sacrafice everything that the Lord knows taht he means everything to us. Love yall and keep growing in your testimonies and trusting in the Lord!
Con amor,

Hermana Garlick

Monday, September 16, 2013

Just Another Day in Paradise

Dear Fam,
What a week! We had an interesting experience with a lady who is Evangelica and all she wanted to do was argue and find scriptures that contradict what we teach and try to convert us to her religion. It was definitely a different feeling in that lesson and all we could do was share our testimonies with her! She cant find a scripture to prove that our testimony is wrong, or that what we are saying is not true! What we know in our hearts, no one can deny or say is wrong. After that experience I gained a stronger testimony of the importance of personal testimony.
We had a baptism of Paola who we have been teaching and her family is less active. She is nine and is super cute and it was so happy seeing her be baptised, even though it took 3 times to get her all the way under in the freezing water! Us 4 missionaries in the branch sang away in a manger for the musical number,because another investigator of the elders was being baptized and that was his favorite hymn. It was super cute though because everyone started singing with us. And I was perfectly ok with that!
Oh yeah, yesterday I turned 20! It was a great day and we had a conference which was broadcasted to all of peru. Richard G. Scott spoke, and I had no idea he speaks spanish!!! But he speaks really well, and he speaks at a speed I can understand so much better than other people! haha If everyone spoke at Elder Scott speed I would be able to understand so much more. ha but He gave such a great message on the value of women and the importance of husband and wife. Sweet Hermana Marta made me lasagna, and the cake from hno salinas and hno Elver were so good, and were made with so much love! I am so blessed here to know so many sweet and loving people! I really am in paradise.
I picked for my birhtday scripture this year Juan 15:9. Heavenly father and jesus christ love us, and we need to countinue living each day in their love! I love that scriputre and have had so many wonderful examples in my life of how to demonstrate the pure love of christ to others. As I have been studying attributes of Christ, I have realized how interconnected they all are. Patience is being diligent, and being diligent we gain knowledge, adn the more knowledge we have the more our faith grows, adn the more our faith grows the more we desire to be obedient, and well it just keeps going! It is so important to be contintually striving to be like Jesus Christ. The more we become like him the more we can bless others, and thats what we are on this earth to do!
love you all tons and hope this week is great!
Hermana Garlick

Monday, September 9, 2013

Peanut Butter!

Familia Mia!
What a great week! One highlight probably had to be when I got the package in our Reunion de Zona!!! Everyone loved the nerds. haha And Yosarra and Fabiano too! They were especially excited that they said wonka on them, and couldnt believe that the willy wanka chocolate factory from the movie was real! haha and I about died that I got a jar of peanut butter!!!! First pb and j in months tasted so good! haha and it was the first time Hna Rosas tried it. I am going to try to make it last until my next birthday. But we will see how long that lasts. When you have gone without something you love for so long it makes it so special. haah They kind of go all out for birthdays here. I had three different people tell me they were making me a cake, and we have breakfast, lunch, and dinner scheduled at different members houses. I am definitely taken care of here! They are so sweet and especially Hermano Salinas, our ward mission leader keeps describing the cake he is making for me. I think he is more excited than me.
This week we had two clases de musica! We are going to have them every martes y viernes. I teach piano and elder rivas teaches flute. Its kind of funny, I have never taught piano before, and here I am trying to do it, and do it in Spanish. haha I have one keyboard and about 12 students at once. The kids are so excited to learn and take really good notes. We are using it as a way for members to invite their friends into the churhc, and also we have had a ton of people ask to learn. Hopefully it will continue to go well!
We have 15 members in our District preparing to go to the temple the end of this month! And a lot are from our branch, including Hermano Salinas and his wife the relief society president! I am so excited for them and for the sacred convenants that they have teh opportunity to make there! The temple really is the house of the Lord and I am so tahnkful for all the times I was able to go before my mission! I love the scripture Come unto me and I will give you rest. As we come unto the lord in the temple, in our prayers, and in our daily lives we will find rest! This is the message of Jesus Crhist and it´s the message I get to share all day every day! how sweet is that!
Love you all and have such a great week!!!!
Hermana Garlick

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Feliz Septiembre!

Hola familia!!
It has been another great week! A lot has happened. And its hard to remember what I have told you already so sorry if something doesnt make sense. haha. But the familia bayona benites had some complications with their wedding, but through the hand of the Lord and many miracles and much prayer and fasting, they are able to be married the 27th of this month!!!! We are so happy and I know that everything is working out because they are on the path to enter into the gate of baptism. It has been so great teaching this family, I love them so much and they have taught me so much and have such great faith. Bernave teaches his kids during our lessons more than we do. He is great. He always has a smile and is so prepared to be baptized! He told me I looked like Laura Ingalls Wilder the other day with my hair in a braid. haha
We had lunch with la familia Risco Arca Sunday. We eat lunch there every week day, since Marliu is our pensionista, and they are so sweet to invite us there again! . Elver made the lunch. They are so loving. They are unable to be married because Marilu still needs a divorce and they need more money. Yosara and Fabiano are the kids in the first photo I sent home. As we have been teaching them I have grown to love them so much! We were sharing our testimonies after we ate, and Elver said Hna Rosas and I were like his daughters (he has two our ages that live far away) and that he loves us and that we are his family. The way he says that the church is true is so powerful in his deep voice. We have been helping him quit smoking and its amazing to see the changes he has been going through. The gospel changes lives! Through Christ all things are possible and Its incredible seeing the gospel working in this family, even though they are unable to be baptized for a while.
We had an exchange this week, and Hermana Maldovano came here and I led the area! what! I remembered where everything was and was able to explain to her about all the people we were teaching and was the one who started and ended all the conversations. wow! That really was a test of my Spanish. A couple times I had to look at her and laugh since I wasnt sure how to exmpalin or say something, or the best is when we are done talking to someone and I look at her and say, what just happend? haha but it was crazy to see the progress I have made since I have got here! Still working on my rr though if anyone has any tricks send them my way por favor but I think Ive tried all of them. One day haha.
Love you all and keep being great and living and sharing the gospel! Because its true!
love you!