3rd Companion: Hermana Aguire
2nd area: Linde - suburb of Cochabamba
Service Warms Your Heart- especially when it is done in a River!
Hola Familia y Amigos,
Mom, thank you so much for all the great pictures and for the great letter as always!!
I'm glad you all enjoyed Arizona and got an extra day in the warmth because I know how much you love it! :)
We had a pretty cold (Cochabamba cold haha) week here in Bolivia because it rained pretty much every day. Today is nice and warm but we're expecting much more rain this month. Last night there was a huge rain and lightning storm that woke me up. Good thing I love lightning storms! ;)
We had been working every day this past week with our progressing investigators and Alejandra is supposed to be baptised this Saturday! So we are really praying that we can help her stay strong so that the adversary doesn't take over. If only easy baptisms existed here in the mission. The week before baptisms are always the toughest with the adversary working doublé time. But I have faith that everything will go well :)
Yesterday, we went up and picked up some of our investigators for church and we were able to get 7 to come!! They are all ages 15 and under and absolutely loved church. The Ward has been such a help with them and have been helping them feel loved and involved. Also, Eve, one of our less actives we visit who can't walk very well finally came to church!!! This past week, we were able to help her do her wash, because the people who usually do it from our Ward, have not been able to go do it. She was so thankful for our service and love and we were happy to help her.
Yesterday, we were just getting to Alejandra's house (we've also been teaching her mom, Isabel) and they were leaving to the river to wash their clothes. So it was perfect timing for us to be able to go help them. We had a lot of fun and Isabel was so thankful for all our help because there was so many clothes to wash. So I can now say I've washed clothes the real Bolivian way ;)
One of the most poignant and sacred moments of my mission happened at the river that day. As we were laughing and cleaning the clothes, one of the less active sisters walked up to the river, a little bit farther up stream. She just stood there and watched us and what we were doing, saying nothing but also not coming over to join with us. One of the members who was with us, Hermana Balta, went over to her with a hymn book and they sat down by the river and started singing hymns. It was seriously such a show of the Savior's love and the simple beauty of his spirit. It was very tender and a moment that I shall never forget. What an example Sister Balta is to all of us! I only pray that I might be the kind of sister and daughter of God that Sister Balta is. I continue to learn so much here.
This morning I was thinking about how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. I just want to invite you all to take advantage of all the blessings in your life!! I've really realized since I've been here in my mission how great of blessings all my family and friends are to me. It really hits you when you are so far away for a long time. You really start counting the blessings in your life. So that is my major goal right now, to just enjoy each and every blessing that comes my way here in the mission because in a little less than a year, I won't be here anymore. I am thankful for all the family and friends that i have here and I am even more grateful for this góspel because I know that I will be able to see each and every one of them again.
Thank you everyone for everything!! I have so many wonderful examples in my life that have helped me be able to stay strong in the góspel and to be able to leave on a mission and serve the Lord full time. Thank you!!
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