|Hayley, her comp and her Paris study abroad friend's little brother!|
This week went way well! And it went by WAY fast. Seriously, I feel like time is just constantly slipping out of my hands.... We´re already in week 3 of the cambio! What is THAT. But it was a great week even though there wasn´t too much time to work!
Cool awesome MIRACLES, remember B? who has problems with drugs? On Monday we taught them and we left her Alma 40 to read because she had a bunch of questions about what happens after we die. We came back on Wednesday and she had read all the way to Alma 44!!! Which is UNHEARD OF. I´ve had very few investigators do that, and she is a 15 year old girl! I wouldn´t have done that at 15! She said that she had just never heard about that, and so she wanted to learn more and thought it was interesting so she kept reading until we got there. Seriously, such an answer to prayers! So we taught her the plan of salvation and she understood perfectly, she wants to know now if the church really truly has the priesthood so that she can get baptized. AHHHH. It was just one of those perfect moments. God really is preparing people!
Also, in intercambios with another hermana, we contacted this boy D who was super receptive! We passed by later with Hermana Evans and turns out they´re less actives that didn´t know where the church was and her boyfriend isn´t a member! And they want to start going to church!! AHH! And I know that if we hadn´t knocked their door that they might not have had that chance for a while. I honestly love moments like that, when the Lord leads you to where you need to be. I know that His hand is working constantly in my life and in the lives of others, and that miracles EXIST! :)
Intercambios are so great. I used to be so nervous about being a good leader and about really helping them, but I know now that the best way to help the hermanas is to be myself and just lose myself in the spirit. I am NEVER the one teaching, it is the Holy Ghost! So all I have to do is create an atmosphere where the hermanas can feel comfortable and feel the Holy Ghost so that Heavenly Father can teach them what they need to know. Because if i am in charge of helping them and teaching them, I will fail! But He never fails!
Besides that, all is well here in Chorrillos! We still can´t get a hold of T, we are way nervous for her :( But we are finding new people to teach, and it´s great! We also had consejo this week, which was AMAZING. seriously, I love President Kahnlein and Hermana Kahnlein so much. They are changing my life, and really just want us to have success as missionaries and hasten the Lord´s work. I am going to miss them SO much after the mission! But hopefully they´re moving to Salt Lake... :) I just know that everyone I meet here I had to meet to become a better person.
ALSO, CONFERENCE!! Holy cow it was so amazing!! SO much about families and gaining a true testimony and enjoying the gospel! I loved the talk about the music and dancing, it´s so true. You can teach someone the steps, but they really won´t be able to feel the blessings until they can hear the music. Also I LOVED Kevin Pearsons talk!!! He cut down the whole WORLD and I love it. I´m just worried about President Monson :( He didn´t look too good and didn´t open or close. All of us gringos in the English room were way worried. I also loved how much it talked about the sabbath day, and no casual obedience. I feel like they really talked about things that are huge problems today! Remember that other people that can´t hear the music think that you are weird for dancing, but they are just missing out on the joy of the gospel! :)
For Easter, we made cute hard boiled eggs and decorated them for everyone in our zone :) They were all really happy about it! But really, I am just so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. For His hands that reach out to grab us like ´a lightning bolt in a summer storm´ in the midst of our fall of weakness, sin, sadness, pain. He really is our older brother who LOVES us more than we can understand, and He LIVES. He is not here, he is risen. I am so grateful for the opportunity that i have to share this hope with those who perish in the darkness only because they don´t know where to find the truth. I hope that I can really show the huge love that I have for my Heavenly Father and my older brother Jesus Christ through my obedience to their commandments and through my service to them - which is going to be much more than just the time I have left in the mission!
I love you all SO much! I am so grateful for the eternal family that we have. He lives! And i will forever be amazed at the love He offers me and every one of you.
Con mucho amor,
|The girls on Easter|
|The cute decorated eggs|
|April Leadership Conference|