Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Week 63: We spent 9 hours in church today...We watched all 3 sessions of the Trujillo Temple Dedication!

Lunes, 15 Junio 2015
     After studies this morning, Hna McGinnis went and slept while I went through all my belongings and got rid of unneeded items.  Then we went to Cecilia's house and made ourselves arroz a la cubana. Then we wrote home.  When we showed up at the internet place, the elders were there, too, so all four of us wrote home together.  It was fun.
     Then we went and paid our light bill and bought some treats.  We went home and chilled out until it was time to go teaching.
     We went and taught Judith and Francis.  By the end of our visit, Francis was more excited about reading the scriptures and praying daily. :)
     Then we went to dinner at Monica's house.  We ate pollo a la braza.  The elders were there, too. We laughed so much.  We told funny health experiences we have had with doctors here.  We also had a discussion about how many continents there are in the world.  In the States, they teach that there are 7....in Mexico, they teach that there are 6...and here in South America, they teach that there are only 5....What!?  I guess only God really knows. :)
     We ran home after dinner, because we were almost late.  It was a fun night.

Martes, 16 Junio 2015     Hna Corona just got put into our zone!  She is in Patapo!!
     Today was a very efficient work day.  We worked really hard and we were able to visit a lot of people.  In the late afternoon, we went visiting with Carlota...she is awesome, but she is going to get us in trouble one day.  We were looking for an investigator who lives on the border of the division of our area and the elders' area....that investigator wasn't home, so as Hna McGinnis and I were looking at our agendas trying to figure out who to visit, we turn to look at Carlota, and she was over in the elders' area knocking a door, and before we know it she told the people inside that she was with missionaries that teach the word of God....then she entered and told us to go in with her...so we entered.  Shhhh...don't tell the elders.  haha  We taught a single older woman.  Carlota bore her testimony with so much power.
     Later we visited the familia Espinoza.  Diana told us that we are some of her favorite sister missionaries. :)  After that, we went to dinner and ate panqueques.  After we ate, Hna McGinnis still felt hungry, so we went to the Polleria to buy pollo a la braza.  As we were about to cross into the elders' area to buy the food, the elders showed up, so we walked another direction so they wouldn't know that we were getting dinner.  haha  Once they were gone, we bought our chicken, headed home, shared the food, planned and got ready for bed.

Miercoles, 17 Junio 2015
     Well the change in climate got to me.  This morning, I got pretty sick and it didn't help that the power went out, so I had to shower with ice cold water, not just luke warm.  I was in bad shape.  I was sore and my joints hurt....so I was out until it was time to visit the familia Ysique Garcia, because it was really important that we visited them and also the familia Flores.
     With the familia Flores, the mom, Maritza, was so into the lesson.  We explained that after Christ's death and the death of his apostles, the world fell into apostasy.  Then we went on to explain that God loves us, but before we could finish, she looked at us with so much desire in her eyes and asked, "Then who is our prophet today?"  We went on to explain about Joseph Smith and how after a prophet dies, one of the apostles takes his place.  We told her about Thomas S. Monson and she was loving it all.  She told us something funny at the end of the lesson.  She said, "I have had visits from other religions and they tell me to watch out for the Mormons because they worship Joseph Smith as if he were a God....but all this time that you have been visiting me, you always talk about God and Jesus and the Bible, so I wasn't understanding who Joseph Smith was until today.  It makes sense now.  No wonder you are grateful for Joseph Smith, because he helped Christ put His church on the earth again. Joseph was the connection with God that we all needed."  We sat there in awe because she basically bore testimony to us that she knows that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.  It was awesome!
     We went home, planned and got ready for bed.

Jueves, 18 Junio 2015
     This morning we taught a woman who tried to rob us my first week here in Pomalca.  Her name is Asuzena.  Well, she is the mom of Janeth, a less active member.  It was pretty weird to teach her.  It just shows that we missionaries forgive easily and are willing to help all of God's children come unto Christ.
     During our lesson with her, she told us, "I'm going to hell, and I can't do anything about it." I looked at her straight in the eyes and I told her that God doesn't want that, and all she has to do is change and be a follower of Christ.  She responded, "You are telling me that I have a chance to go to heaven?"  We told her that she could if she allows us to help her come unto Christ.  She agreed, and we set another cita with her.  I really hope we can help her.
     At lunch, Hna McGinnis dropped her water bottle and it cracked.  She usually fills her bottle up with hot water, so when she lifted it off the table to drink from it, the water was so hot that the pressure inside the bottle sprayed the water out of the crack and I got drenched! It was really funny.

     Later in the night, we went to the Father's Day activity.  We didn't get to stay very long, though. On our way home, we ran into Ana, Luis' aunt.  She told us that Luis just got home from the doctor and that he has lukemia... :(  She told us that he needs a lot of support and prayers.  I really hope a miracle can happen.  He is a good guy.  She let us know that he is going home to Lima to be treated, because the doctors are better there.

Viernes, 19 Junio 2015
     We had our weekly planning this morning.  In the afternoon, we went out and visited with Carlota. The first person that we visited was Andrea.  She has been going to church for years, and most people think that she is a member, but she isn't. Anyways, we taught her and her daughter.  When they asked me where I was from, they didn't believe me that I was from the States...they thought I was from Mexico. :) haha
     Later, we visited Gladys (recent convert) and her non member daughter Pamela.  Gladys really wants us to help her daughter get baptized, so we are doing all we can.
     We also visited Judith.  We read the General Conference talk about Saints, and how "saints are sinners who just keep trying."  She really liked it.  Hopefully, at some point she will understand that she doesn't have to be perfect before or after baptism....just as long as she tries to better herself everyday.
     On the way back to our cuarto, we ran into a little kid dancing in the road.  He was not only dancing, but he had on a hat with Mickey Mouse ears and he had glued a unicorn horn in the middle of the ears.  haha

Sabado, 20 Junio 2015
     This morning we visited Luis.  Poor guy is so sick. :( We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he really liked it.  At the end, we invited him to get baptized on 25 de Julio (July), but he thought that we said 25 de Junio (June) ... the best part of it all was that he said yes to the one in June, but that he had to go to Lima on Monday to get treated. :)  When we told him that we meant in July, he said, "I will get baptized on 25 de Julio of I am back from Lima."  He is such a cool guy.  He and his family really need love and prayers, and lots of faith.  I know that God can heal him, it all just depends on if it is God's will.
     After lunch, we went to San Antonio to visit the familia Ysique Garcia.  We taught about scriptures and then we shared a dinner with them.  We brought peach juice and they fed us rolls with cheese.  It was yummy and very satisfying. :)
     After that, we went and visited the familia Flores.  It was a good lesson.  We taught about the Book of Mormon.  Maritza knows that the Book of Mormon and the Bible need to be used together. Towards the end of the lesson, she opened up to us about some personal difficulties and told us that she hasn't been able to trust anyone for a very long time, but that she really trusts us.  She told us that we are her closest friends and that she is grateful for us.  Their family has a lot of potential to make lots of progress in the gospel and be sealed as a family for always and forever.
     We hurried home, ate our queques and warm milk quickly so that we could get to our cuarto on time.  Then we planned and got ready for bed.  We also prepared ourselves for the temple dedication tomorrow.  I can't wait!

Domingo, 21 Junio 2015     FELIZ DIA DEL PADRE!
     We were able to celebrate a really special Father's Day.  We watched a servant of God give God a wonderful gift- a house dedicated to His work.  We watched the dedication of the Temple in Trujillo. We watched all three sessions.  It was great and the spirit was so strong.
     A fun thing was that during the dedication, I was able to see many members from Patapo there!  We ended up spending 9 hours at church today. :)
     Once we left, we went out contacting.  We found many cute couples celebrating Father's Day.  We also contacted "couples" who were really just brother and sister.  haha  They didn't like our comments of them being a cute couple. haha oops...
     We ate yogurt and cereal for dinner.  Then we went home, reported our numbers to our district leader, Elder Jarman.  He is so nice and a good district leader.  Then we got ready for bed.

Pomalca has sidewalks now!!
We are going to have roads by October!

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