Lots of pics at the bottom! Finally!
Okay guys. I don't know what my problem is today.. but I'm way lazy and I don’t want to write a letter. But I have to. So here goes.
Can I just give a late shoutout to Kara Hubbard. Her stinkin' dang birthday was on Friday and I didn’t give her a shoutout on Monday. Kills me.
She's been my bestest friend since third grade and I honestly have no idea who or where I'd be right now without the influence she's had in my life. She's worked miracles. I can't wait to be driving to Happy Hour at Sonic, laughing about things that nobody else would think is funny, again. Great times.
Happy Birthday, love. Don’t get married while I'm gone.
I cant even begin to tell you all of the crazy things that happened this week. SO. MANY.
Hermana Villanueva and I came home with a crazy story every night.
Also, can I just say that I absolutely love Hermana Villanueva. We just get along so well and I haven't laughed so much in one week since I was in Tarija haha We are already so close and we have so much fun.
We've also been unbelievably obedient this week and we've seen so many miracles from it. We really had a need to find new investigators, people that want to listen to us and Heavenly Father just keeps blessing us.
First, I want to tell a story that I didn’t think would lead up to anything special, but It now has so much significance.
One night, during my last transfer with Hermana Ruiz, it was just raining so hard and we were so far from the house and we were just wet and we'd had a horrible day and I just wanted to take a taxi home, but I had 5 bolivianos, and taxis will rarely carry 2 people that distance for that little.
So I was trying to flag down a Taxi and nobody was stopping and finally, after I had already given up, a taxi pulled over right in front of us and the man leans out the window and says:
"Hey, Hermanitas, wait right here, I'll be right back!"
And we're like… "okay"
And he leaves and I look at Hermana Ruiz like.. "do you know him?" and she says no and we're just like.. okay.
So we waited.
And he came back and we got in, told him the address and then I'm like..
"Do I know you?"
And he says "No. But I know you you guys are."
And he starts to tell us this story about how his mom was such a faithful member and that he looked up to her so much. That he went to church one time about 10 years ago and he really liked it, but he never had the chance to be baptized. We wrote down his information and set a date to go visit him.
The craziest part… he didn’t make me pay.
I didn’t think that that would lead up to anything.. but Hna. Villanueva and I are teaching him and his wife and his cute 5 month old daughter.
He always talks about that night how he just felt something and how He'll never forget it. He always asks me about my family and he just soaks up the gospel like a sponge. They want to get married, but they don’t have the money for it.
And I wanted to pay for them to be married and I had it in mind.. but Hna. Villanueva and I soon realized that he was in deeper than we thought. He owes a lot of people money and that's so dangerous here. It made me sick when I found out because I've grown to have such a love for Him and his family. I want to help him so bad, I just don’t know how. Please keep him in your prayers. They're very special to me.
The next investigator we found is Romi.
I love her dearly.
She is 23 years old and she is like.. our best friend! Haha! She is so amazing. We had no Idea that she had already been attending the church until we asked her if she would come on Sunday and she said..
"… yeah. I go every Sunday. I was there last Sunday."
And soon we found out that she's better friends with all of the members in the branch then we are haha. Crap!
She's awesome, but she really wants to be sure about her decision to be baptized, so she's decided not to accept a baptism date at this point. But I know she's going to progress fast.
Last night, we had a little Noche de Hogar with Presidente Tellez and his family. We watched the video "Only a Stonecutter" and the President was put to tears. He just started talking about how he wanted to fulfill his calling like the man in the video. That he wants to do everything he can to strengthen the Branch of Yacuiba. They've already all made a goal to make Yacuiba a Stake with wards by December rather than what it is now, a District with Branches.
And I know that this branch will succeed in doing so. They just have so much faith, our new presidency is amazing. They have so many goals and are working so hard. It makes me want to magnify my calling as a missionary more and more and more.
I wish I could tell you all everything that happened this week, it was crazy.
Hasta Luegito, :-)
P-day Jumping for the camera.
|Me calling my Mom to schedule our Mommy Day call!|
|Calling my Family on Mother's Day. I only cried when my Mom asked if I wanted a cookie and during family prayer.|
|The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.... Good thing it got run over...|
|Climbing to the cross on P-day. It was shortly after this the Elders ditched us.... whatever|
|Hermana Eden, Hermana Villanueva, Hermana Cedeno|