What a week it has been! Full of tons of experiences-fun, hard, spiritual, and new experiences, and I love everyone of them! From helping a blind man walk to his house as he called out for a hand, to traveling to piura (and once again we are here for the last doctors appointment for hna Villena we hope!), it has been another great week!
First experience was a great learning one. Last monday we went to Piura for the doctor too, and we also had leader council martes, and we had to bring our carpeta de area, or areabook. Incase yall dont know what that is, well its really important. Its where we write down all the informantion of the less actives, converts, and investigators we are teaching. It also has all the information that past missionaries since forever have written in there. So its kind of really important. Just lots of almas. So I put it in my backpack I had packed in to stay the night. When we were waiting in the doctors office in piura, I looked down to grab something from my backpack, and it wasnt there!! Hna Villena and I started to trace all our steps in teh hospital, and it was no where to be found! My journal, and preach my gospel were also in there! But we were most concerned for teh carpeta de area. WE went back to sit down and wait, didnt konw what else to do. Hna Villena tried to calm me down, and said it wasnt as bad as the 116 pages of the book of mormon martin harris lost! That made me laugh But it was still pretty bad and made me feel sick. We concluded that I had left it in the moto, which would be most likely impossible to get back. Hna villena said we were going to stay up all night and rewrite all the forms for tomorrow. haha we were silently praying, and I realized, sometimes things just get lost and what else can we do? then the lady came up to us and said a moto came back with a mochila azul!! :) We ran down and thanked the man so much for coming back!! we payed him 5 soles for doing that and, wow, we sure were revealed. I know the Lord answers prayers, and gives us experiences to grow. Im going to be more careful with my things now. :)
We had lots of time waiting in teh doctors office, and I read a lot from the Liahona from conference. Sus cuatro minutos por obisbo stevenson still is my favorite! In the perspective of eternity, our life is just like 4 minutes of performance in an olympic event. I havent done math in a while, so thought that would be fun. i felt like I was you dad as I started doing all these mathematics im my ensign. mi compañera was a little confused about what i was doing but i asurred her it was because i was studying the talk. haha anyways, this is what i learned. If we live to be 80 years old and lifetime is 4 minutes, 2 years of our lives, or a mission for elders is only 6 seconds!!! and 1.5 years of a mission for sisters is only 4.5 seconds!!! It was crazy to figure that out. (and i sure hope thats correct, if not thats a little embarrassing but thats ok.. Jared or dal you can check me:) Anyways, taht leaves me just about 0.75 seconds of my 4.5 second mission! I love what elder stevenson says in the talk. We are going to have ETERNITY to think about what we did in this life! Each decision we make each day is so important. Im thankful for this time, although it is short, to serve the Lord here in Peru. I know as we live each day with this perspecitve, it will help us to make right choices, progress, and be happier now, and for the eternities!
OUr learder council and zone meeting were so great! We are focusing a lot more on retention now as a mission. Helping those converts to stay active, and those that have gone inactive to come back! We are doing this by focusing on reading the book of mormon. This book really is the key of our religion, and is true! Reading this book changes lives. It has changed mine and I know as we focus more on this as we teach, we will see more lives changed. In weekly planning, we normally plan for converts and less actives in step 9 in preach my gospel. But now we ahve changed that step to number 2. We are first focusing on retention and activation, and then on to those investigators progressing. President compared it to Naaman in the bible. Sometimes we may not understand we have to do things, like how naaman didnt understand he had to wash 7 times in el río jordán to be healed, but he obeyed and was healed. So as a mission that is what we are doing. Teaching more lessons with converts nad less actives, and as we do this thet Lord will bless us even more.
We had a great experience this week teaching Deisy de Garcia, a less active member whos about 60 years old. Her mom recently passed away, and because of this for the first time wants to talk to us! She told us all of what she is going through, and how she feels, and how she wants to understand more about teh plan of salvation and what is death. We taught her the doctrine of the resurrection and of teh atonement, and shared testimonies of this plan. Hna Villena was able to bear such powerful testimony, since she has also been through the passing of her mom, just last january here in the mission. I know God has a plan for each and everyone of us, and although we may not understand exacly they why, we can understand the for what. and its so we can progress, and return to live with God, and with our families one day! And to bring others with us as we do. It was a sweet experience this lesson, and everyone!
Last experience Ill share of the week, it has to do with prayer! (like almost always.) All of our appointments fell through friday night. We decided to pray to know where to go, and both felt we should knock the door of our neighbor wendy, who we have talked to once. So we did, and she was there with her sister hillary. (they are 20 and 18). She said they didnt have power, so we couldnt enter, but we insisted and then the power worked again, and she let us in! :) They are super receptive, have had trials in their lives like everyone, but want to learn more! Then, on Friday, the same thing happened in teh afternoon. All our appointments fell through. We decided to pray, again to know where to go. WE both felt we should go visit juan, and his mom diana, who live in front of la iglesia. They almost are never in their house, but Diana´s sobrino was there, and said, ¨pasen!¨or, come in! But Diana was on the couch and yelled out, no, she has to clean and do other things, and cant receive us right now. we left from there, and I had learned a great lesson! the spirit always leads and guides us, but there is a factor that we cant control, and that is the agency of others. We just keep doing our job, working through the spirit, and pray that others will choose to accept christ and the restored gospel in our lives. We have to keep going!
So great to hear yall are all great and happy and so fun to see those pictures of yall all together! I have the best family ever and am so grateful for each one of you. Have a wonderful week!! make miracles!