Companion: Hermana Huarachi (from La Paz Bolivia)
Location: Ingavi- downtown Cochabamba
I didn't die, but I killed someone!
Hola Mi Familia Y Amigos,
First... HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY CAMERON AND NICHOLE!! Did a miss Matt's birthday too?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT (just in case haha)
Also thank you sooooooo very much everyone for the amazing birthday wishes!!! I can't tell you how lucky and blessed I am to have the wonderful family and friends that I do!
This week was awesome with the work. Hermana Huarachi and I were able to find 25 new investigators that we hope to be able to visit more and get them coming to church. We came to the door of one woman who told us to come in and we ended up teaching her mom who has very strong beliefs. She believes in the word of God but doesn't believe in the prophets.. not quite sure how that works, but anyway we had a couple lessons with her and they went ok. She is a pretty tough one but I'm hoping with time and with faith we can say the things she needs to hear. Her daughter who lets us in is actually a non active member and she is super sweet. The other day we came to visit and we ended up helping her make a cake which was interesting to see how they cook here. Let's just say I'm just glad I'm usually not there to see how my meals are cooked ;)
So we live in sort of an apartment that is part of a members house. Its connected but it's a totally separate apartment. The members we live with are awesome. The mom, Hermana Vladimira Flores is super sweet and is like a mom to me. We spent a little time with them earlier this week because their daughter Heidi left on her mission on Tuesday. She is 19 as well and is awesome. I will try sending pics from that. We were also able to go to the airport with them early Tuesday morning to see her off. I have been making sure to talk to Hermana Vladimira a little more and let her know that we are here for here because I know how hard it can be.
We followed up with Cesar this week and taught him a couple lessons on the Priesthood and about the temple and family history. us and the the ward is preparing him to receive the priesthood so we're pretty excited about that!
We are also trying to work with a family who are not members but have a son in the ward who just left on his mission the same time as Heidi. We had a really good lesson with the mom but I think it's going to be a little hard getting her to church. But we are trying! ;)
Yesterday, there were no cars in the streets! I guess the leader or president of Cochabamba or whatever he is called here, instigated one day where no one could use their cars to help the pollution I think but it was really cool to see everyone out and about doing stuff together and almost everyone was on their bikes haha. If only we could do that in Utah! haha It was also nice because it was a lot more calm for Sunday. ;)
Today was our Pday, so our District went PAINTBALLING! Sooooo much fun! THANKS PRESIDENT!
DAD- I love you too! haha Elder Herndon wrote down on a sticky note "Dad loves you" for me haha so that was nice to get the other day. And I am praying that the packages get here too!! (Dad called the mission office down here to get the lo down on the correct address and talked to Elder Herndon who I eat with every day)
I want to say a HUGE thank you to all who have supported me and Jenni in our missions! Both through emails and through money. I can't thank everyone enough for the love and support. I LOVE YOU ALL!!
MOM- answering some of your questions: you can pretty much find anything your little heart desires here actually. Well, except rootbeer.. I think someone needs to make rootbeer more popular here ;) But yes they have conditioner and lots and lots of other things. It's awesome because there are tiendas (little mini shops) with treats, drinks, bread, and lots of other things pretty much on every corner in every neighborhood because that's how a lot of people make their living here. So it's really nice on a really hot day that we can stop and get a popsicle or drink whenever we need it ;) And You know how much I love my popsicles haha.
Also mom- The Rivera's are awesome. They are also like family to me and we have eaten at their house a few times already. One Sunday, we were supposed to eat at a member's house who live right next door to them but I think they forgot and they weren't there so Hermana Claudia and her Husband Nacho saw us and told us to come in and she cooked us lunch which was so sweet of them. We spent yesterday with them also and had some good talks with her. She also served a mission and has lots of advice for us. She has 4 kids and she and her husband are awesome. She is so excited to be in contact with you now and I know she posted a few pictures from yesterday on facebook so if you look on her profile you can see them I think. I'm not really sure why it hasn't worked to see her messages until just barely but maybe you could send her your email and you can talk that way?
Take care this week everyone and know that I love you all and am constantly praying for everyone back home!
p.s. I skimmed through your email mom so I hope I answered all your questions! I will read the rest tonight! ;)
p.p.s. Changes are next week so I'm not sure what's going to happen.. I should be staying in the same area with Hna Huarachi because I still have another change of training but you never know what the Lord has planned! So I will let you all know next week what will be happening :) Chau!
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