Tuesday, November 25, 2014

His Path Takes Us Safely Home!


What a miracle filled week. I really feel like Mormón right now..I cant even right the hundreth part of how I feel or the miracles and blessings I have taken part in. But I will just have to tell yall all about it next week. :)

Today I had just about the most fun pday activity in all of my mission, a great big water balloon fight with the whole zone! Of course Hermana Macías and I got the most wet. It was sure fun and a great day to spend my last pday in Talara. :) 

We are ALL children of God, and he loves ALL of us, despite our weaknesses and defects. That truth has been testified to me over and over again this week and for this past 18 months as weve talked to and encountered homeless, drunk, or lonely people. People who dont have anything. He loves all of us, and I know that he has a plan. We all have his love. 

So we have really been putting to practice what Elder Evans taught us last week. Talking WITH and not TO people, and remembering the need for repentance, personally and with our investigators. If they are not invited to repent, they will go from faith to baptism, missing that crucial change of heart. Repenting is something we need to do everyday. Im so thankful for it!

Fasting and prayer really works. My dear companion has really taught me that. The other night our companionship prayer lasted 30 minutes! She is a real example of faith. We need help, guidance, and cant do this on our own. Asking God is an act of humility that leads us in the path.  

We started talking to Fabiolla in the street, and she is a Jehovas Witness. She was so loving and asked us lots of questions. It turns out she had been to the church before, but after assisting at every other church possible, decided that her current church is true. It was obvious she didnt want us to go visit her, but she had mentioned her mom while we were talking, that she doesnt attend any church, and that she is searching for the truth. So we asked to visit her mom Nelly! She said yes, since she wants her to be happy and find what is right for her. But she said to not tell her that she sent us.  We ended up going a few days later, and at first she didnt want to receive us. She was this cute older lady with gray and black hair. We got talking and testified for the restored gospel. She asked, ïs it necessary to have a church to be saved?¨We talked about saving ordinances such as baptism, and how that was necessary to return to live in the presence of God. Her face changed a little, the spirit had touched her heart, and well she let us in! She cried telling us of life experiences, and well we are going back. :) I am so thankful for that experience. 

I aboslutely know we have a prophet of God on earth! His name is Thomas S. Monson. I love his talk from conference, ¨ponder the path of thy feet.¨ He talks about how Christ had to walk the paths of temptation, disappointment, and pain. We also have to walk these paths to become like him. I sure have walked these paths on the mission, and am forever thankful for it. Because without these experiences, I would never have been able to feel such great joy. The path Christ showed us leads us safely home. We just have to keep enduring through it all, and enjoying all of it! I know my path will be leading me home to college station real soon. It breaks my heart to leave these people I have grown to love so deeply for the past year and a half. But I know they are in good hands, God´s hands. Part of my heart will always be here in Peru!

Id love to tell yall all about Lila, Roberto, Y Andy, but I´ve just ran out of time. Dont worry, it´s all in my Journal. :)

It still isnt sinking in that this is really my last week here in Peru. Im sure giving each day all I´ve got, and know that we will find families this week that will be perpared to receive the resotred gospel in their lives. Time to go out and find them!

Im sure thankful for everyone of you. Have a wonderful thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. Especially to be part of the restored church of jesus Christ. Lets go tell everyone about it.

Los amo más que todo!!!
nos vemos.
Hermana A E Garlick

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Piura: My Hot, Dusty, Northern Peruvian Desert-and the Most Beautiful Place in the World!

Hola Familia!!

I love everyday and love every week! It sure has been a great one and am just so so happy. I know this gospel is true and I am so happy to be part of it. 

Elder Evans came saturday, and we had a meeting with him with our whole mission! We woke up at 330am to get there in time. So worth it. It was my first time ever to be with the whole mission. It was really neat! It was fun seeing all the missionaries together, we are 200somthing. Edler Evans was so inspired. He and his wife were so cute. They had a translator, man that would be a tough job but he did so great! Anyways, Elder Evans shared lots of his experiences in Japan, which was so cool. Thats where he served his mission, and he was also mission president there with his wife! He said the mission they served in didnt have much natural beauty, kind of like Piura. haha :) He said his experience when they landed in the airport was shocking. You had to walk off the plane on a latter and walk to the building on foot. He said, Piura, its a wonderful world, a different world. He is right! I remember thinking the same thing when we landed a year and a half ago. ïs this the right place? and well, it sure was. :) He said this desert will be forever beautiful to. And, he is right!  It´s the people, the experiences, the branches, and  the love I have felt! I really have found the most beautiful place in the world. It is going to be hard saying goodbye. I have loved serving each day and learning from these humble people. They have taught me more than I have taught them, and I am forever grateful for Piura peru! He also taught mosiah 18. what a beautiful chapter!! yall need to read it, and we need to more fully live our baptimal covenant, even until death. :) I love it! 

I also found out in teh meeting from the missionaries in Chulucanas, that Carola, an investigator we had that made the pizzas, is getting baptized in december!!! :) I smiled so big when I heard that, I konw everyone has their time! 

And of course I have to give a shout out to Nate and Hayley!! i am so excited y'all are engaged and am super happy for y'all! :) The church is true, families can be together forever, and we just got to keep moving forward in this great plan! everyday is so worth it. Come what may and love it!

Love yall!!
hna Garlick

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More PERU Adventures!

La obra del Senor es majestuosa

MI querida familia,

Did yall know how much I love being a missionary?! Well I do! It´s so sweet and special and has been going by so fast. The work of the lord is magestic! :) This week was full of miracles like usual and here are a few of them!

First we had interviews with Presidente Rowley, and I always love those, because I always come out so much better! Presidente Rowley has a way at looking into your eyes, but he looks further than that, and through the spirit knows exaclty what to say. He asked me if there was anything on my mind, and I told him my great desire to help these two branch presidents and these branches. He told me the best way I can help them is to find new families who are prepared to receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love that and that´s what we are doing!

Juan and Nelly have been doing really great! They are a family who has been inactive but want to return to the church! They came to church and Juan said he called his sister to tell her. He hadnt been to church in 7 years, and his sister said, what disease has hit peru! haha I know what disease it is, its the spirit! It was an incredible experience finding them. Through a prayer of faith in teh street, hna Macias and I were led to knock their door! I know that the power prayer works, and faith is the factor that makes it function. 

Also, Liliana came to church out of the blue! She is Evangelica, (im not too sure how to say that in ingles..) and well lets just say we were so surprised to see her because she barely had time for us when we went,and only taught for about 10 minutes because she was making lunch. Well, she just loved church, and greeted EVERYONE. I loved it! She participated in the classes too, and well just wants to learn more! Shes tall and has a big powerful voice, and I hope she keeps progressing because I know she would just make an incredible member. She said she has a leadership posisitin in her church ¨puerta estrecha y angosta¨and well it ends in December. So she said in january she can join the church :) I sure hope she does! She was a reference from members too, so keep giving references to the missionaries!  We are so thankful for those!! 

Elder David F. Evans is coming to our mission Saturday! Im so so excited! We are reading one of his talks to prepare. It´s called, ¨was it worth it?¨and this is my favorite part--
¨If we will pray and ask Heavenly Father who we can help and promise to act on the promptings He gives us letting us know how we can help, He will answer our prayers.¨ -
So consider yourselves invited by a setenta to pray in faith to help someone this week, and you will be guided! Im doing it too :) Write me what happens this week! We helped a lady carry two sacks of bannanas the other day, hopefully this week we can find someone to help again. :)

Los amo muchísimo!
Hna Garlick

Monday, November 3, 2014

Now I'm willing and I accept!

My dear family!

It has been a great week!  Full of miracles, the spirit, new investigators, lots of new ideas and christmas decorations? what??! That came fast. This week was Canción Criolla, on halloween, a celebration of the music of Peru! I really want to learn all of these peruivian dances one day. But until then, we have been able to find new families and are seeing progress in the branches. Little by little. The leaders from both branches have been feeling alone lately, so we have been supporting them more and finding new ways to serve and help. Oh, and it was also día de los muertos! Everyone went to the cemetary and traveled back to their home lands if they have moved. They have parties there all night!  Im glad we live far from the cemetary. 

 I have really been focusing on the gifts of the spirit and being worthy of them, and it has been incredible to feel how much more I have felt the spirit working through me as I constantly strive after those gits. In our district meeting we talked about them, and one thing that came to my mind was that when we obtain more gifts of the spirit, we are better able to help others to obtain them as well. I had the opportuinity to help Rene do her visiting teaching, and afterwards she was so sweet. She said, ÿou are so spiritual, I ahve never been so guided by the spirit in a visit before.¨ Well, it wasnt me, it was the spirit, and it was awesome that she was able to recognize that!

One great miracle was how we were led to Consuelo (that means comfort.) and her three kids. Well our message sure can bring her consuelo! :) Her daughter had attended church before, and they are suffering trials right now with the separation of her husband. When we walked by the door I felt a surge of the spirit guiding me there. They are super interested and she says that she will be baptized when she knows all this is true! I love finding people who really truly have a desire to change and to come to know what we teach is true! 

The other miracles we have seen are helping to complete part member families. Through our recent converts and less actives and asking for references always, we have so much more work to do! I love it. Im so thankful for this great work and I know that there is so much more work through the spirit to do here in this lovely month of November! Im ready to do it! We have been teaching Carlos Zapata´s kids! Jesus (14) and Marryanngel (10). they both live with their mom, who is evangelica and doenst want to listen to us, but she says her kids can. Carlos lives a few streets away, and he takes them to churhc with him and its the greatest. Really the reason why they started listening to us was thanks to two way great other recent converts, Fernando and Kristofer maldonado! They just went over to his house and told him how cool the gospel was, and finding those two friends was what made him loose any fear in coming to chruch! When we were teaching him, he said yes to being baptized right away! I sure hope Ill be here for that, but if not thats ok too. I am just so blessed to be part of this conversion process for these great families! I love in the distric videos we watch, when German is invited to be baptized. He says, ¨Im willing, and I accept!¨That´s how it went with Jesus. It was so sweet. He has such great questions and knows these things are true! He said the day after he prayed, his day just went really good, and he feels like that was his answer. He is going to be a great missionary one day! :)

Recently I´ve been reading entries from my journal in the mtc! ha it is so great, I really have grown so much and what I thought was hard back then, well really isn´t at all. I was also reading when I got set apart, and the advice President Prier gave me to laser focus in on part member families. I have really seen how I have been able to do this throughout the mission, and right now especially! Completeing families is just as important as finding and baptizing them! So that is what we will keep doing. 

We had a neat experience with Rosa! She is a less active member, who for one reason or antther has hardened her heart against the chruch. We went with the spirit, and have tried about 10 times to visit her without success, and well she received us! And what did we do, we just listened with love! That was what she needed. And well, we found out her reason for leaving the church wasnt what anyone thought it was at all, and through listening through the spirit we were able to find out more and know how to help her! I´m so thankful for the guidance of the spirit! 

So that´s whats going on with me. October really flew by! The other night when I was pondering before prayer, I was reminded of a fun memory! I remembered how with Nate we would make animation videos out of play dough! I remember how once we made this really awesome video. With animals and everything and it was just really cool. We would press play, then pause fast, and then move the play dough a little. Then keep going until when you watch it, it looks like it is moving all by itself. Well, taht once was really sad, because whne we were all done and ready to watch it, nothing came up!! what happened??? we hadnt pushed down the button long enough to let it record anything! So instead of having an awesome video to watch, we had nothing. I thought about how life is kind of like that. Sometimes we ahve days we dont push down the putton for long enough. And then when we get to the end, we miss everything! That´s why its so important to live in today. not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today! because today is the day we choose to make memories that will last for eternity. So I hope all yall including me can keep pushing down the button for enough time to really see what matters most adn to make memories that will last for forever. :)

Bueno. Espero que todavía puedan entender mi ingles. jaja. Estoy tan agradecida por el evangelio de Jesucristo y por mi llamamiento como misionera. Me encanta que dice en Doctrinas y convenios 33¨:6´-12. He ayunado y orado para llegar a ser una misionera así! Espero que todos puedan esforzar aún más a compartir sus testimonies con todos! Yo sé que Cristo vive, y que este es la iglesia verdadera. No tengo ninguna duda de mi corazón! Los amo mucho! Juntos podemos hacer cualquier cosa si confiamos en nuestro Salvador. Venga lo que venga, disfrútalo! 

I love yall tons!
Hermana Garlick