Okay, so I had started a letter last week…. But never finished. I'm just going to continue it. Hope that’s okay :-)
Brady. You stud. He is serving in the Philippines right now and.. LAST MONDAY was his Birthday. Happy Birthday, Kid. Sorry I never write you. Haha
Also.. Hermana Blanco (my mom), Hermana Eden, and Hermana Lyon ALL hit their YEAR MARK last week! Crazy to me. I love them all dearly. Congrats!
Also.. one of the Elders in our ward. Elder Sabourin, from Wisconsin. His birthday was on Wednesday and the whole stinking dang ward celebrated it. He had dates for Monday night with a family to eat pizza, on Wednesday, he had plans for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. And I'm just over here like…
I bought the cake.. its that he´s American and nobody bought him one! so i did. haha i felt bad. he needed cake.
"uh.. mines in August… the 10th… if anyone wants to.. ya know.. make me cake."
ALSO. My family sent me a HUMPDAY package and I got it last week. It was the cutest thing ever.
Hermana Duran also found a new love for recess puffs... she told me she didn't like them... but i caught her this morning. eating them. I'll have to send her a box after the mission
AND. My hairs not falling out anymore. And its finally growing back! Yacuiba was a man killer.
The last two weeks have been sooo much better. And Hermana Duran and I are happy.
Us in physical therapy! stacie, thank you for my go fish cards!! hahaha Hna. Duran has found a new love for Go Fish, and Old Maid. haha
We gave Elder Ure, our district leader, really great numbers last night and last week. I hadntt realized just how hard we had been working. We are really trying to get La Pampa one level higher.
LAST Friday, we had our interviews with the president and it was so good to talk to him and let him know my thoughts. He and Hermana Willard always make me want to be a better missionary. As I was talking to President, I decided I really wanted to know if Rome, my cute investigator in Yacuiba, was going to get baptized. She was supposed to be baptized that Saturday. So I decided to ask the President….
"President… I have a question.."
"Yes, Hna. Cedeño?"
"Well.. its that.. one of my investigators in Yacuiba is supposed to get baptized tomorrow.. and I wondered…"
"Well. I wondered If I could fly down to Yacuiba to see it."
And the President Willard just stares at me. And he has no idea what he's gonna tell me.
Me: "hahaha No, President, I'm just kidding. I just wondered if I could call Hna. Villanueva to see if the baptism was still gonna go through"
Hahahah poor President was relieved.
And he totally let me call Hna. Villanueva….!!! From HIS phone. His…. SMART. PHONE. He handed it to me and just stared at it in my hand like.. "I don’t know how to use this anymore."
But I talked to Hna. Villanueva and I had missed her dearly. She said that Rome will be getting baptized the 26 of July. It was really good to hear from her and to hear about the progress of the investigators and how the members are doing. I miss Yacuiba lots.
But our time here in La Pampa has been so great. Hermana Duran and I have found so many people to teach and we have been super busy the past week.
My foot is getting better with the physical therapy, I think. It hardly bugged me at all last weekend or this weekend, which is awesome. But I've grown to be really close with my physical therapist. Her name is Carolina, and she´s great. She always talked to me about her grandmother that has cancer and they weren’t sure if she was going to make it.
This morning, we got to physical therapy and literally 10 seconds after we walked through the door, Carolina got a phone call that her Grandma passed away. She cried lots and I gave her a hug. It broke my heart. She´s become a really good friend of mine. But we rescheduled the appointment and I hope she'll be okay this week. It was rough.
But I've really grown close to so many people here in La Pampa. I've really grown to love the members and the investigators that we've FINALLY found! There weren’t any when I got here, but we are really finding prepared people. I really love missionary work.
I think about the fact that I only have 9 more months all of the time. I cant believe I've already been here in La Pampa a month and a half. It makes me sad just how fast the time goes. I miss home a lot… but not as much as I'll miss the mission when I get home. As rough as life is here in Bolivia… I love this country. I love the people. I love teaching the Gospel. I thought that I would be converting people like crazy when I chose to serve..
But I think my biggest convert is me. Myself.
I've never learned so much in such a short time. I'm so happy here. And I don’t know how I'm ever going to leave. I love it love it love it. Thank you so much for all the support I get from home… you´ll never know the difference it makes. You're all amazing :-)
The church is true!
This dog, is my favorite dog and I wanted a picture with it.... but at the same time I didn't want it to touch me hahaha