Monday, December 7, 2015
Hola Familia y Amigos!!!
What a week! We had SO much going on, but it was really fun. Lots of meetings and a multi-zone Christmas conference with Pres. Boswell. We also did a division this week. Hermana Verdezoto went there with Hermana Sanchez and Hermana Salazar came to Monterrico with me. It was a very spur of the moment intercambio, but we felt the spirit tell us very strongly that we needed to have a division now and not wait any longer. So at about 9:30 in the morning we called to inform them and at 11 we started the division. But it was a very neat experience and I for one learned so much from Hermana Salazar. She has an amazing story.
She is the only member of her family and only has 2 years as a member. When she decided to go on a mission her parents told her they weren`t going to support her and she had to buy everything and pay for it all on her own. She still wanted to go and worked and saved up to come. Then her parents also told her that when she got back they wouldn`t pay for her studies any more either and stopped sending money for her food and transportation. She lived a few hours away with her brother because they were both studying in another city but received support from their parents. She said that before she left her brother dropped her off at the airport and her parents called real quick but they didn`t come to say goodbye. She`s been out for a month and has only received 1 or 2 emails from her dad saying hola, como estàs (hi, how are you). It is really hard for her but she is trying to focus her hardest on her responsibilities as a missionary and learn all she can. We had a great day together and I learned a lot about the power of conversion and true sacrifice and trust in the Lord. She has so much desire to learn all she can and to be the best missionary possible. I can`t wait to see the miracles that come from her service and how much growing she will do here. She`s a little miracle. Please pray for her.
This week we have also been trying very hard to find new investigators to teach. A few days ago we decided to knock doors on a street we hadn`t visited before and weren`t having too much success. We contacted a lady who is part of a Baptist church and wasn’t super interested, but we felt that we should ask her for a referral to see if she knew of anyone else who needed our message. She gave us the name of her neighbor G... and said she probably could use some help. We went and knocked on the door and when she answered, introduced ourselves as missionaries and explained that someone had referred her name as someone who could use some strengthening at this time and we were there to see how we could help her. She just looked at us for a minute and then explained that she was going through some big challenges right now and was just about ready to give up. She told us that she had even pondered taking her life the day before because she was so burdened down by all the problems in her life. She explained that she had been praying all week long for help and strength because she didn`t know where else to turn. She told us to come back a few hours later and when we did we had an awesome visit with her where she told us her story and all the awful things going on in her life. We assured her of God`s love and that as representatives of Christ we were there to help her find her way back on the path and find the peace she so desperately needed. It was an awesome experience and really strengthened my testimony that God knows each one of us and will put people in our path that need our help. We just have to be constantly looking and working to find those lost sheep. Miracles every day. :)
The mission is the best and I love seeing the hand of God in my life so openly and obvious. Hermana Chavez sent me a letter telling me of all the miracles that are happening back in Chosica and said that J... and his mom are going to the temple this week to do baptisms for the dead! First time for them both! Also there is a less active family that will be sealed and another boy we taught that is planning on getting baptized this month! Also back in Surco, I found out that G..., our miracle contact that we found, got baptized a few weeks ago as well as another boy we were teaching named J.... Wow, the Lord is so good!
Please pray for Familia D..., Familia R..., and Familia R... who are less active members. Also G..., A..., C... who are investigators. And in general that we can find more people to teach who are ready to accept the gospel.
I love this work and I love my Savior. I have been trying to focus my studies on him lately and giving all my time and efforts to him as my Christmas gift. I love him with all my heart. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers, I love you all so much!!