Monday, June 8, 2015

Week 61: Hna Kennedy asked me, "Who is Sister Loftis?"

Lunes, 1 Junio 2015
     June already?  I can't believe it.  This morning we went to the doctor, to do all of the tests on Hna McGinnis, to see what she has.  We were there forever.  Why, you ask?....because we needed to get an ultrasound, and to do an ultrasound, you go in fasting....Hna McGinnis was fasting and as we waited for an hour for someone to call her in, a lady came and told us that Hna McGinnis needed to drink a lot of water and then not to go to the bathroom until she just couldn't hold it in any longer, and then they would be able to do the test at that moment. :) As missionaries, we drink a lot of water and we can't use the bathroom for long periods of time, so we have trained our bodies to not have to go right after drinking.  It seemed to take a long time for Hna McGinnis' "trained" missionary bladder to fill up!  haha :)
     After finally getting in, we got the results and took them to President Williams.  He offered to have us write home in the office, but it was 1:00pm, and we were starving, so we went to lunch at a restaurant called Kango.  We ate a brownie milkshake and shared a personal pan pizza. (Hawaiian) It was one of the better pizzas that I have tasted here in Peru, besides the Domino's pizza we had in the CCM. haha :)
     After lunch, we went to the Tottus to buy a camera.  I got a really nice camera that was marked down from S/800 to S/400, which in American dollars is from $266 to $160!  I was pretty excited about it.

     Then we picked up Hna McGinnis' package that got stuck in Serpost. (post office)  Next to the post office were some jewelry stands, so we went to check them out.  I bought some really cool jewelry.

     We went back home to drop off our stuff and then headed to internet.  I loved all the letters! Thank you!!  After internet, we went back to our cuarto to relax for a bit.  Hna McGinnis opened her package, and her mom had sent me a really sweet card.
     Then we went out teaching.  We taught a woman named Margarita.  Her story is really interesting. One day, we contacted her in the street.  She had an interest, so we set up a cita with her, but when we returned, she wasn't home.  A couple days later, we got a call from a member giving her as a reference.  So we called her and set up a cita.  As we were walking to go visit her, I felt that we needed to contact this man that was holding a child.  Turns out that he recognized my voice...because he had heard his mom, Margarita, talking to me on the phone!  I think God is trying to tell us that we need to teach her! :)  We went and taught her.  She is super Catholic but has a good heart.
     Then we went to the bank to get our missionary money.  We figured out our payments and then went to dinner.  After dinner, we went to the pharmacy to buy some repellent.  We ran into the familia Espinoza.  They love us.  We talked with them for a while and then challenged Cesar (the dad) to bear his testimony in testimony meeting on Sunday.  He was a little "iffy" about it, but he better do it. :)
     We contacted some more people and then went home for the night.

Martes, 2 Junio 2015
     This morning we got a call from President Williams, telling us that Hna McGinnis' test results were in the mission office and that we should go to the doctor today.  We set up a cita with the doctor for 5pm. Then we went out visiting.  We visited with Fany first.  She has so much trust in us.  She always opens up so much and asks for help.  We love her dearly.  Poor thing has so many trials. :(
     After her visit, we went to lunch, and then rested for a little bit.  We had to head to Chiclayo pretty early to pick up Hna McGinnis' results and talk to President Williams.  Turns out that there was a huge meeting for the elders' training, so when we walked in, the office was packed full of elders! haha   President Williams called us into his office, gave us the results and headed for the doctor.  The doctor said that Hna McGinnis is fine, it's just that her body is still struggling with the food here.
     We went back to the office and told the President what the doctor said, and then headed back home to Pomalca.  The coolest thing happened!  Two young adults got in the combi with us and they were speaking sign language.  It was awesome.  I was feeling too self conscience to sign with them, so I didn't talk with them.  But I watched them talk about us!  haha  It was funny!
     We got off in Pomalca and they headed to Patapo.  Bummer that I'm not in Patapo anymore...but I probably wouldn't talk to them anyways, because I was too nervous.  Once we got home, we went and visited some people.  Our last visit was with the familia Espinoza.  We read Moroni 7: 3-19. We had a good discussion and challenged them to write down some goals on a as a family and one personally.  They were excited to do it.  As we visited with them, some members showed up to visit them. (Martha and Pablo) It was a good lesson.
     After that, we went to the Pollerio to buy our rosery chicken (pollo a la braza) and took it home to eat for dinner.  After eating, we planned and got everything ready for our leader's meeting tomorrow, since our meeting starts at 7:30am.  I am super excited!  I always learn so much!

Miercoles, 3 Junio 2015
     We had a leader's meeting at 7:30am and then a sister training meeting at 8am.  They were both good.  We talked about the Atonement of Christ.  President Williams had us make diagrams of the Atonement. It was cool to see everyone's diagrams.

My diagram
     At the meeting, Elder Brunis and I were laughing so much!  We have the best elders in our area. They gave us a huge bag of Laffy Taffy and Butterfingers.  :)  We had McDonald's for lunch and then we took pictures with all the sister leaders.

Hna Dodson, Hna McGinnis, Hna Blackburn,
Hna Kennedy, Hna Favero
with President and Hermana Williams
     As we were all talking, Hna Kennedy asked me, "Who is Sister Loftis?"  I responded, "My best friend on a mission in North Carolina, why?"  Hna Kennedy then said, "Because my mom met a Sister Loftis, and as she was talking with her, my mom told her that I was on a mission in Peru.  Then Sister Loftis told my mom that she has a friend in the Chiclayo, Peru mission. My mom then told her that I was in the same mission and that we knew each other!  Anyways, Sister Loftis says Hi!"  Small world!  haha  I love it!!
     After the meeting we headed home.  Then we went out teaching.  We ran into this guy named Cesar (a contact that we made a while ago).  He had found a Bible study book from the LDS church in the trash, and took it home to study it. :)  He is really cool.  He changed his life after he decided to start to study the Bible, and he loves his new life!  He wants to learn more and is so excited to receive visits from us.
     Later, we went to visit the familia Flores. (Miguel, Maritza, Mancido, Emely, Miguelito and Lizber.  Ages 35, 33, 10, 6, 4, and 2.)  They are an amazing family.  We read from Matthew 7, about prayer and giving gifts.  We explained a little bit about prophets.  They are a very spiritual family and they like to study about God, especially the little kids.   In the end, Maritza offered the prayer.  We all knelt down.  She thanked God for us, the hermanitas, for teaching them and asked that they could continue to learn more from us.  She also said, "Thank you for my amazing husband, who works so hard everyday to bring home money for food."  That just touched my heart, because I could feel the sincere love that she has for her husband and the work that he does.  They speak kind words to one another, which is great.  We are excited for this family.  They have great potential.  Cesar and the familia Flores are going to get baptized...I just know it!

Jueves, 4 Junio 2015
     This afternoon during one of our lessons, Hna McGinnis started to feel sick, so went to the pension so she could stay with Cecilia.  Bertha came with me to visit some more people.  We had a great time!  Our last cita was with Luis.  Luis is a reference from his Grandma Amanda, who is a member.  We got to their house 15 minutes late, so Amanda went upstairs to get Luis, but he told her, "No...they came late...."  She came back down and sat with us and told us that Luis wouldn't be joining us.  As we were talking, Luis came down and shook our hands and joined us.  He said, "I felt that I needed to come down.  I don't know why, but I just do."  We started with a prayer and started talking about faith.  I shared Ether 12:6 with him.  He looked up at me and said, "That reminds me of an experience I had....I was trying to do all I could to get my moto taxi fixed....then one day, I prayed. The next day, a buddy sold me his new moto!  It was amazing!"  I told him that God really blesses those that have faith and act upon their faith.  He loved that.  He opened up more each time that I shared a scripture or a personal experience.  Luis is a cool guy who wants to give himself and his five year old son a better life.  He was raised in a one parent home, and then he got caught up with the wrong crowd.  He wants to break the "chain of badness", so he asked us to help him.  I promised him that we would do just that.  He went on to tell us that last week he went to Chiclayo to go shopping and he ended up buying himself some church clothes.  That was not in his plan, but he decided to keep focused on the changes he wants to make. :)
     After ending with a prayer, offered by Luis, we went back to the pension to get Hna McGinnis. She was still feeling sick, so I ate my veggies for dinner and went home.

Viernes, 5 Junio 2015
     This morning we had our zone meeting.  We got called by the zone leaders to come early to help set up for the meeting.  When we got there, the elders from Las Delicias were there. (Elder Jarmen, district leader and Elder Coca)  I got talking with Elder Jarmen and he is cool.  He has 21 months in the mission and is from California.
     The meeting started at 10am and the spirit was very powerful, especially when the elders taught about the Atonement.  After the meeting was over, we helped clean up and then went to lunch.  We studied language and then went to San Antonio to visit.
     We met up with Katia and Bertha to do divisions.  I stayed in San Antonio with Katia and Hna McGinnis and Bertha headed to Pomalca.
     No one was home, so we headed to visit with the familia Ysique Garcia.  Only Magdalena was home, so we talked with her for a bit about the fall of Adam....and once we started talking about the Atonement and the great need for it, Maria showed up.  She sat down and joined us.  The spirit was so one in the room could deny it.
     We headed back to Pomalca to meet up with Hna McGinnis and Bertha.

Sabado, 6 Junio 2015
     Well, this morning we decided to do our weekly planning, because Hermes told us that Jose, the electrician and an investigador with the elders, would be coming to put in new wires, and we had to be home while he was there.  Right when we started planning, Hermes called and told us that Jose would be coming at 2pm...not cool...because we had important citas with awesome investigadores. We hoped that the job wouldn't take too long, so that we could still get to our visits.  Jose came around 2:30 and when we asked him how long it would take, he told us 4 hours!  We called some sisters from our ward to see if one could go teaching with me, while one stayed with Hna McGinnis at home with the electrician.  Thankfully Bertha was willing.  Bertha would love to serve a mission, but her husband, Silberio, doesn't want Bertha said, "Fine old man, if I can't serve a mission with you, I will serve a mission with the Sisters!"  :)
     Bertha came with me and Hna Martha came and sat with Hna McGinnis.  Unfortunately, no one was home, but a funny thing happened when we were walking down the road.  We saw Clara Zambrano and her family sitting together drinking soda, and her husband Segundo (who doesn't hear well) was under the car working.  When they saw us, they all grabbed their drinks and chairs and hid inside, and by the time they were all gone, Segundo got out from under the car to say something to them, but no one was there.  He looked around confused, and then went back under the car to work. That part was funny, but it hurts when people run and hide from us :(
     Later, we went to San Antonio and taught the familia Ysique Garcia. Royer opened up when we started talking about repentance.  He fell for a temptation and drank alcohol.  We told him to do all he can to be strong, because the ward is preparing him to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.  He said that he changed his work schedule so that he wouldn't be there at the time that his co workers would be drinking. He said that he has also been studying the scriptures in the afternoon with his wife, Maria. :)
     After that, we went to visit the familia Flores.  Emely drew me a picture :)

     We couldn't stay long, because Martha called to let us know that she had to go home.  It was 7:30pm, so we headed back to the cuarto.  Jose was still there and wasn't able to finish connecting all the wires, because he ran out of light.  He said that he would come back on Monday to finish.
     We went to buy some things and make some copies and then went back home to plan and get ready for bed.

Domingo, 7 Junio 2015
     Well, I led the music and as I was about to lead the Sacrament hymn, Luis walked in dressed in his church clothes!  Then the best thing happened...Cergio and Sebastian, the sons of Cesar and Diana Espinoza (less actives) walked in dressed in white shirts, ties and slacks.  It was amazing!  I just gleamed as I led the next hymn!
     During testimony meeting, Royer and Carlota bore amazing testimonies that got everyone so excited and then everyone bore their testimonies after them.  Our meeting went over time.  It was great!
     After church, we ran into Natividad, the sweet old lady, and helped her to her house.
     Later in the night, we went to our meetings.  They went well.  We also ran into the Bishop from Patapo and he told me that everyone still misses me.
     We went home and ate panqueques with caramel for dinner.  We reported our numbers, talked about the American foods that we miss and then got ready for bed.

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