I WILL START THIS EMAIL IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I AM JUST SO HAPPY AND THIS WEEK WAS SUPER REWARDING.
Tuesday we were in divisions in Manco! I spent the day with Hermana Martinez and she never ceases to amaze me! It was a super great day and we may or may not have stopped in the plaza for milkshakes - they are like the states and they are killer.
Wednesday was super good! We saw the miracle of finally being able to find a menos activo we have been looking for for months - Hna Primitiva! We went to the market and taught her in her store and it was a super spiritual lesson! She didnt come to church yesterday, but poco a poco. Then we had a super good lesson with Hermana Olga Machaca whose son Christian gets his mission call this week! FIESTA. We are super excited, theyre the best. Then we found a new investigator - Hermana Esperanza. She was a reference from the bishop when she came to general conferece a month ago. We hadnt been able to contact her again but we had our first lesson and she is super willing to learn and accepted the baptism invitation. It was a little freaky with her crucified Christ in the background, but hey, at least it wasnt the virgin mary. Then we finished the day with a super great lesson with Gaby!!! She accepted a date for the 28th of this month and is reading the LDM. I love her. She is my bestie.
Thursday was gr8t. We taught an abuelita panay sitting on the sidewalk, danced la Waka Waka with Hermana Constantina, and cleaned our new house! Surprise, we moved on Saturday. We now live with Katia and Gaby, and Pamela and Jose Luis, our pension, moved across the stairs from us. It is a blast, and a mansion compared to what I have lived in most of my mission.
Friday was incredible. It started with a super great lesson with Fam. Valencia. They still havent set a date to get married, but they are getting there. We had a whiteboard lesson where we drew out the restoration and it was a miracle, they didnt sleep during the lesson! Theyre basically members, just lacking the actual baptism. Then we had one of the best, most spiritual lessons I have had in my whole mission with Gaby. We taught her about the first part of the plan of salvation, but thats not the coolest part. We asked her if she had prayed about the church and the LDM again and she had and then told us about a dream she had about the church. She said she knows without a doubt that the church is true and that now is her time to get baptized. She told us about some spiritual experiences she has had and wow, she has a gift for recognizing the spirit. She said the closing prayer and started to cry and we cryed and it was amazing. The church is true! God answers prayers, and the Spirit changes peoples hearts. She came to church again on Sunday and is loving it. Cant wait to see her in white!
Sunday was the perfect ending to the week. Katia, Jose Luis, and Sharon all gave their testimonies thanking Hermana Bazo and I for everything we have done for them and expressing their love for us. I know this work isnt about me, but it was rewarding to finally see some fruits of all of our labors. If even only for a few people I know we are touching lives here and the Lord is with us. We are seeing the smallest of miracles in the ward and in the bishop but they are making a difference. The Lord is teaching me how to rely on Him and that this is HIS WORK, and I love Him for that.
So the last miracle. Remember Diego Ruiz? And his little sister Ericka who we rescued back in February? Well for this last two months he has falled off the face of the earth. His dad is in the military and they got transferred to el centro and we hadnt been able to find him. It was strange, in these two months I had remembered him but for some reason had never felt the need or the desire to call him and reach out to him. Well in our weekly planning on Thursday I decided to call him - my comp doesnt even have any idea who he is because he disapeared right as she got here. Well he answered and we set up and appointment for Sunday, yesterday! We talked to him and he said that he had just been busy with his family and moving and all that and that he missed church and was planning on coming back. It was a good lesson but nothing super awesome. Until he offered the closing prayer. He cried the whole way threw and told us that a week before we had called him he had felt super lost. He was happy that his family was back together again (they are less actives) but that he felt a deep loss and darkness in his life and he wasnt sure what to do. Then we called and he said he was just in awe with how the Lord continues to help him. He felt Gods love and His handing reaching out to Him. I just stood in awe. What an incredible experience and opportunity to have been an instrument in the Lords hands to help one of His sons when he most needed it. I love this work, and I know that God is at the healm. I have personally witnessed His hand in the lives of so many people. Diego is back on track, and while he isnt in our ward anymore, he has misisonaries who will help him just as much as we could.
This week was super rewarding. I love being a missionary! Never forget that God loves you. He answers your prayers and He will give you the guidance of the Spirit as you are willing to listen and act. He NEVER abandons us, but always gives us opportunities and experiences to learn about His love and His will.
Con todo mi amor,
Pic 1 - Me and my friend
Pic 2 - BABY.