Monday, June 9, 2014
So this week has been awesome, and full of progress, and let me tell you, nothing is more beautiful to a missionary than that!
The first awesome thing, is that we got permission to baptize a young kid whose been coming to church with a member friend. We´ve been teaching him, and talked with his grandma, and FINALLY she saw the light and signed his permission form (hes 13). So this Saturday we have his baptism!!! We have to finish teaching him the lessons and get his interviews and all that jazz done still, but this Saturday we´ll have a baptism again! Whoo!
Second is that we made great progress with one of our investigators. We´ve been teaching her and she has such a strong testimony of the book of Mormon, but has to move out or get married to get baptized. One day we were teaching her, and in walked the boyfriend (up to this point we still hadn't met him and knew that he didn't really like that we were teaching our investigator). However we were able to finally meet him, talk to him a little bit and talk to him about letting our investigator come to church. We invited him to come as well.. and lo and behold, halfway through my class about the apostasy my companion gets a call, dashes out into the hallway and brings in the investigator and her boy friend! We have a noche de hogar this night where were going to watch the testaments, and they'd said they'd come! So were really excited to get to know and share the gospel with this couple and we´ll see where things go.
Also we´re teaching a lawyer, (lawyer by day and a skater guy by night) and he accepted a goal to be baptized later this month. Well because of his occupation, he is the type of guy that wants to investigate every point of the lesson and debate and discuss them for hours, but we have been seeing great progress in him and his willingness to even accept the idea of baptism is really great!
Fourthly, this week I had a vista de trabajo, or I think they are called exchanges in English. We have sister trainers that help us out and check up on us to make sure were following the rules and doing OK, and my companion went to their area, and one of them came to stay with me in my area. I was really stressed out at first because it meant that I had to be the lead and plan which investigators we had to teach, and what message and the whole sha-bang, but it turned out to be a really neat experience. ALL of our appointments that we had planned fell through or were canceled by the investigators, so we were wandering around trying different people four almost 2 hours! This is like worst case scenario, but Hermana Brigance, a gringa from Missouri, was such a pleasure to be with that we were talking (finally in English) laughing and having a grand o time. She is such a bright light and even though we had a terrible day by all means, I was humming and laughing at the end.
So this next week is going to be awesome as well because we have fun activities planned almost EVERY day!
Tomorrow will be the first day of our English Classes. We got it all set up with the bishop and made fliers and have copies of worksheets from my companions English book for the people that come. I'm nervous because I have never taught an English class before, but you never know until you try right so were just going to do it!
Wednesday we have a cool serve project planned with the zone, which is awesome because we never get to do service, so I'm stoked for that.
Friday we have another missionary zone activity where we'll be playing games from a show named combat. Its where well race through obstacle courses and playing min to win it games to see which ward in the stake is the champion of the world!
And Saturday... Saturday we have training from none other than DALLIN H OAKS!!!!!! Yes an apostle of the Lord will be in Lima Peru this week, and we get to come and listen to his voice! I was asked to give the opening prayer to the meeting... IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!! I'm admittedly nervous but I'm just hoping that I get to shake his hand. If i can say that I have shaken an apostle's hand, I can die happy lol. And then after the training we'll have the baptism of the young man were teaching, so fingers crossed that it all works out!
Well much love from Peru!