Companion: Hermana Huarachi (from La Paz Bolivia)
Location: Ingavi- downtown Cochabamba
Hola Familia y Amigos,
This week was full of ups and downs. Monday was a little tough reading emails but luckily I saved them for at night.. ;) The Lord sure loves me and has blessed me with a lot of tender mercies. Even if it was a phone call from one of the sisters in my district at the CCM to remind me to bring her blanket she forgot at the hotel the first night to the secretaries at dinner haha.
There are lots and lots of dogs down here and I haven't had a problem yet... well I guess a member's dog tried to take a nibble at my leg haha but got my pants instead (last p-day). There was one dog that started coming toward my companion and I and was barking but I showed him who's boss and he backed off pretty quick. so no need to worry haha ;) Oh by the way, The members who we were visiting tried messaging spencer on facebook I'm pretty sure.. But it's in spanish haha I think they are going to try messaging Chris.
So I guess my area (Ingavi- which is very close to downtown Cochabamba) was opened about 5 weeks ago so we are still opening it. I guess it's not considered new after about 2 months. So it's been a little difficult to have a lot of lessons to teach but we are finding lots of new people and we have one investigator who is progressing very well. He is pretty young but he is married and his wife is pregnant and is a member. He has attended church a few times but never thought of getting baptized. Well he came to church this week! We taught him two lessons last week and he is awesome. I went on exchanges with an Hermana from Texas this last Thursday and it was awesome. We met at the temple so it was awesome being able to see it and take some pictures. SO PRETTY! It was really nice being able to speak English to someone too haha. We taught a few great lessons about the Book of Mormon and Baptism. Her area is on the hill and I got a great view of the Cochabamba valley.
Last night we met a few of the kids of one of our investigators, Paulino. He works near our house and his kids were with him yesterday when we walked by so we ended up teaching them and they LOVED it. We set a baptismal for two of the kids, Sarah and Samuel. Sarah is 9 and Samuel is 11. The other is Adriana and she is 7 and turning 8 this November! So we are going to be teaching them this week and hopefully going to get them to come to church with us because they really want to. I taught them some English and we had a great time taking pictures haha. They were so cute and it was so nice being able to teach them and get some good practice in on my teaching ;)
Last Monday Tuesday and Wednesday was Bolivia's Birthday? Or I guess independence day? Haha I'm not really sure but there were lots of parades and it was pretty cool being able to be here for it. That means I got to celebrate three different country's independence day in less than two months! haha
Everyone, thank you so much for the emails this week. I took pictures of them again so I can get some photos sent because it takes so long. I think that's how each week will go with email haha. but It's nice to be able to have something to read at night so I don't mind ;)
Dad, you can send my stuff to the offices or the mission home. I think it's the same place? I'm not totally sure but we are pretty close to the offices and we eat dinner with the secretaries so they can bring anything to us when they get it.
Grandpa Traylor, I've been praying for you and I know you said you wouldn't write me but maybe just a little note? ;) Haha. I know you are strong and can do anything so keep it up Gramps! Love you!
Thanks again for everything everyone! I love you all so much and I'm so thankful for this time I have to serve the Lord. Just like the Lord said, It's not easy but it's possible. I know the Lord is right by my side wherever I go and his work will not be frustrated by ANYTHING. This gospel is true and it is my life! I love it! Love you all!! Se cuidan!
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