Hey everybody, here is your weekly report from your favorite gringa in Bolvia. 🙂
So when you have cambios (transfers) there are always a couple typical questions or worries running through your head.
- Will I get alnong well with my new comp? – YES! Hermana Jelves is a dear and we get along great.
- Will my new pensionista be good? – yes again! Hermana Felicidad (feli for short) cooks super well and is super loving. I love having a pensionista that is like a mom to us.
- How will the house be?- It`s little but super great and all the walls inside are PINK! what could be better?
- The new area?- It is small, and we don`t have a ton of investiogators but I feel like I will definitely have the joy of seeing a lot of growth here and I am excited for that. It’s also weird because there is not a single dirt road which is super different from my last 2 areas.
- The ward?- Also small. I feel like I already know the ward pretty well. They aren`t super supportive but I am excited to work with the members and get them excited about missionary work.
- The other missionaries in the zone?- It seems super good. The best news by far is that I am now in the same zone with my dear friend Katie Garff again! She is actually one of my sister training leaders and I could not be happier about it! Also we share a ward with the zone leaders who are our good buddies so I am definitely among many friends here.
Well the worst part of having a companion you love and adore is when you have to leave her… my hijita, Hermana Pardo, is all grown up. (Ok, she was a better missionary than me since day one but anyways; we finished her training,) And now she is going to train! And I am taking a flight tomorrow morning to my new area in Sucre! Everyone seems to LOVE Sucre so it should be a good thing and I will be with a other Chilena who has the same amount of time in the mission as Hna Pardo. She is named Hermana Jelves (remember that j sounds like H) and seems super sweet so I think it will be a good time. I am definitely sad to leave my area though, the ward here is seriously so supportive and we have baptisms coming up that I am going to miss. but leaving an area is a little bit like finishing high school when everyone finally tells you how much they love you and will miss you, so that`s fun. annnd here are some pictures of what missionary work in Bolivia looks like.
Love you tons and have a great week,
Okay, here are some more fun things from Bolivia, as always.
1. One of the recent converts in the ward had a baby and she wanted a unique name and one of the leaders in the ward suggested his own name, Brayden, and she ended up choosing it. what.
That means that Sunday will come and that was our motto this week. Because Monday we shared a message with a family about that talk, it’s a good one look it up. And then our week went really badly (just a lot of bad luck) but we just kept saying ¨el domingo llegará.¨ Not like literally but like we are going to get out of this bad moment. And it did! But we did have to wait until Sunday. It was the best though. This investigator family that is going through a MILLION problems was already on the bus when we hopped on to go to church on Sunday. And it was the biggest shock and miracle and tender mercy because I never in a million years thought they would get up the strength and courage to face church this week. And the look on the elders faces when we walked in with them was priceless. So guys, remember, however dark your Friday (or in my case the whole week) may be, Sunday will come! God loves us!
Last week I was reading the group email from my MTC comp (shout out to Hermana Bitter, she is the BEST) when I laughed out loud at this sentence, ¨BUT they also had to get married which is SUPER hard here in Bolivia and it seems like they always fall through. NO ONE Is married here. I don’t know why.¨ because it rings painfully true.
This week my dear friends Beatriz and Luis Fernando finally got married. We had a date planned on 3 previous occasions and this time everything worked out. And then Beatriz got baptized! (Luis is already a member, just coming back to church.) And it all happened Saturday and we were in the chapel for 7 hours because Hermana Pardo and I single handedly cleaned and got everything ready.
Which is how it normally is for baptisms, just with a wedding there was a lot more to get ready. But it was all worth it and my favorite part of it all is how Beatriz keeps saying, ¨And one year from now we´ll be married in the temple!¨ and sealed to their three little demons. (Oh, I meant kids, hehe.) So here are some assorted pics of wedding prep and baptism and being exhausted. Oh also a funny thing that happened is that we were starting the baptism when we realized that no one had the key to open the font… I just assumed the bishop has all the keys but you should never assume. We started late, but oh well.