I hope you all had an amazing week this week!
Mom thank you for your letter and for always making me feel loved :) About your question, Esperanze lives in the neighborhood up in Chilimarca but she works with and knows like all the poeple that live up on the hill so we go up with her because a lot of them only speak Quechua. It started raining super hard the other day and we still had a bit to walk to get to her house so we ran in the little adobe house that we were close to haha
Well, we ended up not having a baptism this week.... So we were bummed about that... but only because we postponed it for this week! ;) haha. We had stake conference yesterday so we decided it was better that we had Jhissel get baptised this week so she can be confirmed the next day rather than a week after. So we are still preparing her for that and visiting and strengthening Isabel and Alejandra as new members of the church. We are planning on going to the temple soon with Isabel so we are going to see what we can do this week to accomplish that goal soon.
So last Monday as I said was Carnaval.. And yep, we got wet. Monday, before we went inside the house at 4, we went to buy some groceries and we were walking home but there was a group of kids getting everyone wet that passed so we decided to go up and around them and walk down the other street. Well the way we went, there was a group of teenagers and we started passing them and one of them came up to us with a huge bucket of water. Well, our sweet pleas to him didn't suffice in his mind and he decided to drench us as we were walking away... haha oh well, good thing it was only water! The next day I only managed to get wet with one small water balloon. ;)
So yesterday we had a really good stake conference, which was my second stake conference in the mission and also in the Cobija stake! haha We started the meeting with our stake president talking to us and then we actually connected in to a transmission from Salt lake! It was a special meeting just for Bolivia too so that was pretty cool. We got to listen to 4 speakers, two of which were Sister Linda S. Reeves and Elder Russel M. Nelson. Linda spoke in pretty good spanish but I could connect with her as I know how it is when you can't speak very well.. haha Elder Nelson's was a bit better but still a bit gringo.. :) We also got to here from Ronald A. Rasband, who's in the presidency of the Seventy. I really liked what he spoke about. He reminded us that as members, we have a divine duty of doing our ancestors work in the temple. If we understand the Plan of Salvation, we know that many of our ancestors are up in heaven waiting to accept their temple ordinances that we are here to do for them. What blessings in heaven we will recieve when we can help them complete that goal! I also liked Russel M. Nelson's talk. He mentioned how in the scriptures, the Lord is talking about paying tithing and how promises to bless us when we pay our tithe. I love how the Lord says, Try me. Because it is a godly promise from him that he will bless us. NO MATTER WHAT. When we do what he tells us to do, he is bound and he has to bless us. It is HIS promise to us. So why not experiment with his promise? I sure have experimented with this and I have been able to see the loving hand of the Lord in my life for the things that I have been able to complete. I know that I'm not perfect but when I can complete with as many commandments possible every day, the Lord is pleased beyond belief and I am too. :)
I want to thank you all for all the love and support. One main reason I am here on my mission serving the Lord is because of all my friends and family and their love and support for me. So THANK YOU! Take care this week and choose the right!