Remember how in Bolivia we have a day without cars 3 times a year? Well that was yesterday. IT is fun because everyone goes outside and walks around with their family or goes biking and enjoys the fact that they can´t get hit with a car. It also means that no one is home to visit. But after more than a year in Bolivia I finally figured out how to take advantage of this day. We passed out free cinnamon water (which is a super normal drink here) and talked to people in the street.
We met a ton of people and it was a super fun time. The other thing that is interesting about día de peatón is that everyone has to walk to church. It´s hard on everyone; but we were super happy because a family that we are visiting made the effort to walk even though they live super far away!
Also this week we bought bubbles to make our life a little more fun and it works like magic! It was Hermana Alvarez´s idea and that just shows you how great she is!
This week (and always) I was thinking about what is something from the message we share that people can automatically recognize the importance of and see how it could be valuable in their lives. And what I came up with is the knowledge that each one of us can have a personal relationship with God. I know that is true and I love helping people to experience that more fully in their lives.
This has been a some what uneventful week as far as I can remember… I am getting to know Hermana Alvarez and the area better and I really like both of them so that´s great. Hermana Alvarez is fom Arrequipa, Peru and has 5 months in the mission (this is the second time I am a stepmother, also known as the companion someone has after their mom or their trainer) she was studying graphic design before leaving on the mission and has exactly that generally cute fun creative personality that I associate with that major. And as for the area, it is super big and also super pretty. Annnd it has farm animals! my last area was super city and I definitely missed seeing cows and sheep and roosters.
Also this week I was able to go to a baptism in my old area, La Floresta, this Saturday of a girl named Yorka that I found and started teaching. It was the best to go visit my old ward. I love and hate how attached i get to places and people because it makes the mission a very emotional experience.
Hope you all have a great week and remeber that God loves you and has a perfect plan for you,
This week I served in three different areas and also three different cities. only, Quillacollo is only 20 minutes away from Cochabamba, everyone here acts like it is a different city, so it is only a slight exaggeration and even technically true.
What happened is that I started off Monday in sucre. we showed Elder Hancock the area and said bye to everyone. Tuesday we took a flight to Cocha where I arrived in the airport only to find out that my new companion, Hermana Alvarez was stuck inside her house (as was her, now our, whole zone) thanks to a crazy festival for the Virgin of Urkupiña. So i got to hang out with Hermana Campana for a few days until they were allowed to leave their house. It was a surprise but not a very bad one because I LOVE hermana Campana.
For those of you that remember, she was my comp for one transfer last December and i talked about how much I love her pretty much every email. And then I remembered why this week! She really is the best. but then Thursday morning I finally got to come to my area! I’ve only had a couple of days here but it seems really really good. The area is huge, the ward is huge, the people are nice and my companion is a dear. So everything is good. I can´t really think of what specifics to tell you, but if you think of questions, I will gladly answer them. I´m sure I´ll have more to tell you next week anyways.
Haha! Sorry my subject lines get worse every week. This one is a pun because I´m gonna send you a picture of a sketch of my companion and I that another Hermana drew.
The other pictures are of me and a little kid with his bunny
and the closest I have gotten to playing cello in my whole mission. (I missssssssss it.)
This was a good week, it passed by incredibly fast. It was weird because Hermana Jelves had to go to Cochabamba for 2 days to work on some of her visa stuff so I stayed with the sisters from the other ward in our chapel, Hermana Madsen and Hermana Howell. A fun fact about them is that the are from the US and Honduras and live on the corner of the streets `estados unidos`and `honduras.` cool, right? It was a fun couple days. I taught them how to make pancakes and learned a lot from their good examples of missionary work and then Hermana Jelves came back and that was the best! I love my companion.
Also this week the elders had 2 baptisms! We are so happy for them because they are seeing so many miracles. We tend to see miracles more like finding our lost cellphone than baptisms, but oh well. The good news is that either way we can see God´s love.
Hey everybody. this has been another week. Do you feel like time passes incredibly fast? I do. the only clue that I have that we are due for yet another Monday is that Sunday night I am always exhausted and I know that yes,indeed, I need the little bit of rest that Monday brings.
I am doing great though. this week we had some very good days and also some very hard ones. We try to recognize the little miracles in every day and that helps a lot. We had a couple days this week that were full of appointments but then every single one fell through. also one of our favorite friends, Victor, got a new job and now isn´t going to be here in the city for the next 20 days. We were like, okay, great, read your Book of Mormon while you´re gone, i guess… and then we resisted the temptation to go buy ice cream to cheer us up. Victor is so awesome because he just really wants to find what´s true. He understands everything really well, has been going to church for more than a month straight (never, ever happens here) and has the best questions! But now we aren’t going to see him in forever.
Seriously though, we have been seeing so many good things happen too. You just have to pay attention. One example is one of our friends, the Abastorflor Family. We visited them every single day this week to read the Book of Mormon together. They will have a lot of changes to make in their lives as they accept this gospel, But i know that there is no better way to help them than with the Book of Mormon. and i just love them so much, it is incredible.
Okay, I´m gonna send you some pictures. Have a great week,
Okay, here we have a photo of a wild pig we saw the other day — whhhhaaaat?
Our cute investigator Astrid invited us to have lunch with her family
yesterday. It was a fun time except that we ate some weird part of the
chicken fried and also except for her dad flirting with us. He
mentioned that he is single about 10 times. hahaha.
And the other photo is me with a bunch of little kids whose moms work
in this market in our area. they all just hang around and they
get super excited when we pass by and want to be our friends so now we
Yep. Being a missionary is the best. It`s also rather the same every
single week so there`s not much to report but that´s okay.
25! That is always the answer. (See Elder Sabin`s talk from general conference.) With Hermana Jelves we repeat that phrase about a million times a day. Usually after complaining about something. Like `it`s really hot. …but from 1 to 10, I’m about a 25!`It always makes us feel better.
Okay I have something special for you all today. The graffiti here is really funny because it is all declarations of love, and I have been collecting photos and now I am going to send them to you. (In a different email because that is going to work better…)obviously graffiti is really romantic.
and here are some other pictures for you.
Me and some of our friends, Maribel and Jessica, they are sisters and we are visiting almost their whole family. There are like 6 siblings and they each have their own kids. we`re are working hard to try to remember all of their names.) and today we went hiking with the zone. And we did painting as a service project this week. It was a good time.
I might say this every single week but this mission is the best and I am learning so much here. I think you can hear something a million times but there is a moment when it just starts to sink into your heart and who you are and I feel like the gospel is doing that with me. It`s not complicated. God loves us and wants us to receive all that He has. The only way we can achieve that is applying the sacrifice of Christ in our lives, by believing in him, striving to put our lives in harmony with His will, and making promises with God under the proper authority and power that is found only in the restored gospel. There you go, I just summarized everything ever in a paragraph. Everything else is just details.