CONGRATS Chris and Nichole on being the first ones to bring in a new grandson!! Woohoo!! I'm just really hoping that he doesn't come out like the jib jab picture I received.. hahaha sorry dad. I love you though!!
Sooo this week has sure been an interesting one. Wednesday, my companion and I, who are both training right now, went to the church for a trainers meeting and then we went up to the mission home for lunch where they told us who are new comp was so we were able to sit with our new comps while we ate. My new companion is Hna Chambi! She is from Juliaca Peru and she is 19 years old, She turns 20 soon on May 10th! She has two sisters and one brother and she is the youngest of the bunch just like me ;)
So after we returned to the church for a meeting with all the trainers and their comps., it was already like 6 o'clock.. so we were heading out of the church to go get my comps stuff at the hotel and one of the assistants said he needed to talk to us. So we came back in and he told us that Pres wanted to switch us with the sisters who were going to open Universidad. Yeah, I couldn't really believe he was telling us that. I had been soo excited to be able to stay in Linde and had told my new comp all about our ward and everything only to here that. We were both just shocked and a bit bummed. So we went and got her stuff and went to Linde to spend the night and we changed the next morning. So I have been turned a bit upside down this week and I didn't quite know what to think or do. It's a whole new experience training and not knowing ANYTHING about your area. But It's sure been a learning experience. We are living with a couple other sisters in our zone until we move into a house in our ward. So right now we just have our beds and one closet to work with while we are staying with the sisters. Kinda hard staying awake studying in our beds... The shower broke this week and we have been taking ice cold showers for a few days now while sharing one bathroom with 4 sisters. Haha looks like we are just going to keep on searching for the flowers in a field full of thorns here until a few things clear up. Apart from the whole change that happened, we have surely seen blessings in our area. (There were actually elders here last change but they were both taken out and we were put in so that's why we are "opening"an area)
But on the bright side.. we have an amazing investigator named Marcelo who came to church yesterday and absolutely loves our lessons. The elders that were here started teaching him. He has three kids who are super sweet and his kid Jesus who is 18 actaully stayed for one of our lessons and seemed to really like it. We are really hoping to be able to help his three kids get baptised soon too. The funny thing is that he told us that he had a girlfriend that was a member.. so I asked what her name is and he told us and I said that I actually knew her!! Her parents live in Linde and she goes there too!! So that was kinda funny and ironic but cool that I can be able to help him out here and help her out by helping him know the gospel more and eventually get baptised.
So this past week, all the bishops in all of south america recieved word not to plan anything for sacrament until further instruction. They then received word just a few days ago that they were to read a letter form the Area that explains how we are ALL as members here in South America starting to read the book of Mormon as of today in Family Home Evening until the end of the year. We all got a little reading mark off chart and instruction that we are to read 15 minutes a day as a family and 15 min per day as individuals so just like a family, we are doing the same with our companions. I'm not sure if any of you have heard about that but I would challenge you all to do the same!! :) We have really been focusing on the Book of Mormon a lot more lately as missionaries and the importance of the Book of Mormon and the testimony that our investigators will have of it if they read ponder and pray.
It's sooo important that we are reading the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY. It was written directly for US in these latter days.. The Nephites and Lamanites didn't have the Book of Mormon to study. Nephi didn't write down his story and inspirtaion from the Lord just for the book to be hidden in the earth never to be seen again. Moroni wrote directly to US in the very last chapter of the Book of Mormon. Then he hid the plates in the earth to be protected until the time came that the Lord wanted us to receive this sacred record and that the people who Moroni was writing to (us) could read, study and indulge in the words that are written. As missionaries, we bear testimony to our investigators of the Book of Mormon and how it has changed out lives. It changes my life every day. I then ask my investigators if they would like the taste that same sweet flavor of the book that I get a taste of every day. haha I like to compare a lot of things to cake for some reason but it makes it fun to teach and more intersting for our investigators to listen.. So anyway.. we have this delicious cake in our very hands that we get to taste every single day. Those who have tasted it know the sweet, delicious flavor that it has. Those who have not even opened the book will never know what sweet flavor they are missing out on.
Sometimes we are just content with the food we eat and the things we do every day. But when we decide to finally try that food we've always been scared to try and it ends up being our favorite, that is when we end up enjoying life a little bit more. So I encourage all of you that have never "tried this cake" that you take a bite. Just try it. I PROMISE it's not going to make you sick ;)
Well I love you all sooo very much and I pray that you are all doing well each and every day. Take care this week!!