Companion: Hermana Adama
Location: Ingavi- downtown Cochabamba
Little Known FACTS about Cochabamba
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Hola Familia y Amigos,
First off, Mom, guess what one of the secretaries brought to district meeting last week!! YEP! I got my packages!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!! Oh my gosh I was soooo excited when I saw the English hymn book in there! Haha I never thought a hymn book would make me so happy ;) But I never realized what a comfort it would be to have the hymns in English until I got to the CCM. Haha I also loved the birthday card and all the stickers and other things. Thanks Chris and Nichole for the letter too!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!
This past week was pretty good. We have been preparing for a plan that we announced to the ward yesterday called Plan Botellas (bottles) that we will be starting next week. In this plan, each organization in our ward will have a bottle and every week at church a new person will receive the bottle. That person will then try to find someone they know who lives in the ward boundaries that we can teach and that they can help us teach. They will them call the ward mission leader to make an appointment with the missionaries depending on who's area its in. We will then go to that members house and receive the reference and share a message.. Were not too sure how it's going to work out but we are praying that the ward will really start helping us more in this work. Hermana Adama said that they did this plan in the mission in Peru and had a baptism in two weeks! So we're anxious to see how it turns out.
We decided that Sarah and Samuel need a little more time to prepare for baptism and to really understand what it is. They mentioned that they want to wait until their sister Adriana can be baptized and she turns 8 in November so we're not too sure what's going to happen if they will change their minds or not. We are still praying that they can understand better and get baptized as soon as possible.
Sarah and Samuel couldn't come to church this week but we did manage to get Jose to come for one hour. We are really praying for our investigators to really want to come to church so that we don't need to almost drag them there. That's probably the hardest part of our area right now. But I have faith that things will really start picking up with this new plan we have with the ward. Our investigators just really need friends in the ward and a little more motivation of the ward members. So that is our goal and we are trying really hard to get more help from the ward.
Yesterday was our primary program which is always a treat haha. It's always fun to hear them sing and bear their sincere but sometimes very very short testimonies ;)
Thank you mom for sharing your notes and thoughts from the General Relief Society meeting! We didn't get to go so that was a bit of a bummer. I am super excited for conference this weekend though!! We have been inviting a few of our investigators to come if they can, so pray that some of them will come!
So I realized that I haven't really given too many fun facts about my area and about Cochabamaba... well here ya go:
-Did you know you can fit 5 people on one motorcycle? Who needs cars! haha
-You can buy about 20 oranges here for a dollar. I'm pretty happy about that.
-The dogs here really aren't mean if you know how to do it like Cesar, the dog whisperer.. haha
-Chicken, rice and potatoes are pretty much eaten at every single meal.
-It takes at least 4 weeks to possibly never to get a package from anywhere outside Cochabamba, seriously!
-When you hear a loud bell in the streets that means the garbage man is coming and you better hurry darn quick to get all your garbage bags out to him.
-The options for drinks here are soda, water, soda, fresco (alcohol slush) and more soda. Needless to say- I drink a LOT of soda...so much for giving up soda prior to my mission;-)
-There is pretty much no such thing as germaphobics here. If there is one cup and five people, you all use the same cup.
-The Jehovah's witnesses come out in the morning and all have umbrellas so if you see an umbrella at your door in the morning, DON'T ANSWER. (ha ha) Hummm wondering how they are distinguishing US?
-If you're a gringa, at least 20 cat calls a day are a normal thing...
-There is no such thing as milk in a carton here.
-Meetings that start on time also don't exist here, including church meetings. I am getting used to 'chillin'.
Well that's all for this week! I will have to think of some more fun facts throughout this week ;) I love you all sooo much and thank you sooo much for always keeping me updated!
The Gospel is true, and there's nothin better. The Lord is here and he hears you when you pray. Prayer is a powerful thing and when it is combined with reading of the scriptures we have all the answers we need! LOVE YOU ALL!!