Monday, February 8, 2016
Transfers are here again!!! I swear every transfer is going by faster and faster!!! This time we received our transfers in the morning so I can actually tell you what is happening before it happens and not the week after :) HERMANA MARTINEZ AND I ARE STAYING TOGETHER!!!! I am so excited and we are both so grateful to have more time together. I love her so much and feel that we have made so much progress together. The catch however, is that they are taking out the other sisters who shared our ward and leaving it all to us. Ok let me explain something.....our ward is GIANT!!!! Our area was already huge (the biggest area I’ve had so far) and now it has at least doubled in size...about an hour bus ride from one side to another. It is huge and we will be spending pday today with the other sisters trying to get all the info we can about all the people in their area so we can visit them and get to know their area. We are so excited but also very nervous. We will be trying to get all the help we can from members and especially from the Lord. We`ll be able to do it with the Lord`s help but it will be a lot of work. Please send prayers our way. :)
This week was a little harder as far as missionary work goes, however, we were able to see fruits of our labors this transfer. On Saturday we attended the sealing of the R... family in our ward! They were less-active members that the ward assigned us to activate and prepare to enter the temple. They passed through so many challenges in the process that I can`t even imagine how they made it through. But finally they were able to enter the temple and accomplish their goal of being sealed for time and all eternity. It was so special to be there with them after all that had happened and the many visits where we just sat and listened to them cry and tell us about all that was going on. But then to see them in the temple kneeling across the alter and watch them as they made grand and sacred promises to each other and to the Lord. It was also Hermana Martinez`s first time seeing a sealing and I`ll never forget her face after we finished...completely in awe. I`ve only seen one before this and it was over a year ago so it was a great reminder of those incredible blessings and promises that God is willing to grant us if we will just be faithful and do our part. The gospel is truly a gift of love to us from our Father and I’m so grateful to live in a time where it has been fully restored to the earth for us to enjoy.
This week we also rescued a less active member the ward has been working with for almost a year and to make it even more special, her daughter was baptized and confirmed this week as well. Her daughter is 8 years old and turns 9 in two weeks so it`s not a baptism for us, but we have been teaching her all the lessons with her mom and it still felt like a great accomplishment for us to see her enter the waters of baptism. Grand miracles and blessings that are occurring here in Monterrico and we know it is just the beginning and there are many more to come.
I know this is the work of the Lord and I have enjoyed every moment of my service here in Peru. It`s not always easy, but it`s something I wouldn`t trade for all the treasure in the world. I know that God is a loving and merciful Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is his beloved son and our savior. I love them both so much and am so grateful to live in this time that the gospel has been restored upon the earth in its fullness.
Thank you for all the love and support!!! I love you all so much!!! :)