Companion: Hermana Adama
Location: Ingavi- downtown Cochabamba
The Elder's took half our area!
Hola Familia y Amigos,
How is everyone doing?! Thank you mom for always writing me wonderful letters. I read a little bit of it and I will read the rest tonight but it sounds like you had a pretty fun week and I'm glad that you are doing well! Maybe you could mention to the boys that a letter or email every now and again would make their little sister SUPER HAPPY! ;)
This past week we were never able to teach Maggy because she never had time. She also wasn't able to come to church because of work but we are praying she can come next week! She is still super excited to learn more so we're happy about that. WE went to visit Marilene but she was had definitely made her mind up that she was returning to her church. That was a big bummer this week but we will continue to pray for her.
So every Friday, the Relief Society sisters in our ward have an activity where they crochet, paint, and learn to make other cute little things. We went to visit Cristina right before the activity and I invited her to come and she said she could! She also called her neighbor July who is also one of our investigators and they both came! That was a little miracle that happened this week. haha They had such a good time and got to know a few sisiters in the ward which is awesome. Funny thing though because Cristina has actually been friends with the Relief Society pres. for a while now we never knew that she had friends in the church!
This past week, the elders in our ward, who are the secretaries, asked us if we could change our area a little bit so that their area can be where they live because they have been living in our area. They said that they are going to start working a little more because they have been changing a few things in the offices to be able to have time to get out and teach. So we kinda did a split and now we half of their old area and they have half of our area... It was kinda hard because Hermana Adama and I both felt like part of us was just taken right under our feet.. But the good thing is that we are going to be able to keep teaching our investigators who are now in the elder's area. The good thing about the change is that we are going to be able to teach and contact a few of the ward's referrals who live in the elder's old area that the elder's didn't have time for.
Today for pday, we are going up to Pairumani where we went in my first change here. We are going with all the Hermanas in Cochabamba and Hermana Dyer. I'm not sure if Pres. Dyer is going to be there but I guess we will see! ;) I think we do an "Hermanas pday" every three months but I'm not totally sure.. But I'll have pictures next week to send from that!
I have been studying a lot lately about the restoration and about the things we learn in the bible about the church of Jesus Christ and what things the church should have. I have this little card that has 17 points that defines the true church. Every reference is from the Bible and it's intersting to read and to study about those. It's crazy how so many poeple don't understand or miss read the Bible. The Bible is so clear and we learn a lot about the church of Jesus Christ in there, such as how we should have baptisms for the dead, how the church should carry the name of Jesus Christ, and how we use the authority of God through the laying on of hands.
I have been reading Our Search for Happiness by Elder Ballard and his main purpose of writing the book is to help everyone, member or nonmember of the church to have a better understanding of the church. The Bible is amazing and has carries a lot of things that we need to know. But the Book of Mormon answers so many things that the Bible leaves unclear such as how we need to be baptised and why are not baptised as babies. Basicly, we can't know the power of the Book of Mormon or even the truth of it unless we take the time to read it. We are so blessed to be able to have such a book and to have the guide of our Heavenly Father. Do we sometimes take for granted the hidden blessings in our lives?
Thank you everyone for everything. I'm so blessed to have the support of family and friends that I have and that I can be here in Bolivia to help these people come to know their Savior and be able to use His sacrifice in their lives. Not to mention, live with their families FOREVER in eternity. We are SOOO blessed. :)
I love you all and I pray that the Lord is looking out for each and every one of you!
NOTE FROM MY MOM & EDITOR: Due to the amount of pictures and the lag time in loading onto 1 page- I had to change the format a bit for her picture pages. You will note at the top of the page, I've added a new page and renamed her picture pages. Not real fond of the Blog post style, but it was the only way to add them faster.
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