Tuesday, November 25, 2014
So this week went a lot better than last week! Even though i feel like more people shut the doors on us this week we were able to work better because my comp wasn't feeling sick this week!!
So on Tuesday we had district meeting that went really well but in the afternoon we didn't really end up having a good day but its okay because on Wednesday we got a full days work in and all went really well! We were able to visit almost all the people we had planned to visit and that day we could really see the blessings it was awesome!!
Thursday went all right i guess.. Thursday morning the Zone leaders just showed up to our room out of the blue and had a study visit with us and then we went on splits with them for an hour in our area and all in all it went really well! Thursday night we had ward missionary night and we had a night where the members and who ever wanted brought a plate of food that was natural to Peru and they explained a little bit about it and then everybody got to eat some of it at then end... Before all the members got to eat though they called us, the missionaries, up to try some things first... Well lets just say i don't like some of the plates that were up there so i tried a few things and basically waited around for my comp to try them for me haha.. I thought they were going to bring more food and have a better variety but in the end it turned out pretty well and we even had some investigators there too!
Nothing much happened on Friday and then on Saturday we had a pretty good day and to top it all of at night we had a session of our Stake conference and President Williams gave a talk and also Elder Taylor Godoy an area 70 came and gave a talk too! All in all it went really well!
On Sunday we were pretty stoked because we had a couple investigators who promised that they were going to come to church this week with us and it was going to be even easier for them to come because it was stake conference and it started at 10 instead of 8! When we went to their houses to pick them up and go to stake conference they ended up making excuses and at the end of everything nobody ended up coming to church... That seems to be our biggest struggle right now is that none of the investigators will come to church.. They put up any excuse they can find not to go.. Elder Waddell spoke to us a little while ago and told us that a way we could get the people to come to church was helping read the Book of Mormon and feeling the spirit so we have starting leaving a lot more invitations to read certain chapters of the Book of Mormon but whenever we go to the investigators houses they never have read what we left them.. So were having trouble with that no too.. They don't want to come to church and they don't want to read the Book of Mormon either.. Sometimes it can be hard but just got to keep enduring!!
In spite of the difficulties i love this work!! Its awesome to be here in Peru helping people and its worth all the trials and difficulties! I know that God has a plan for us and wants the family to be together forever! God has given us the way to achieve eternal happiness through the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Monday, November 17, 2014
So this week did not end up going as well as we thought it would... P-day was fun because we went to play soccer with some other Elders and then on Tuesday night my companion ended up getting sick with a cold and so the rest of the week didnt go very well for us..
This week it just felt like nobody wanted to open up the door for us!! Even when we had set up appoinments to go out visiting with the members they ended up bailing out on us too! Guess some weeks are harder than others!!
I think my favorite part of this week is the Ward missionary activity that we had! It was a soccer and volleyball activity and we ended up getting there early with some investigators that we brought and they asked us if we could share something with them and so we went into a room and shared a message about the Atonement of Jesus Christ with them and it was a really good lesson! Then when we came out of the lesson there were a ton of members of the church that had showed up to the activity to mess around and they all played soccer and volleyball and it went really well!! All in all the activity turned out really well! Next time were going to try to organize it even better though!
Well we dont really have many people who are ready to be baptized yet. We are working with Cesar Fernandez but recently now that he has basically gotten better from his accident hes gone back to working and hes gone back to some of his friends who arent necesarilly the greatest influence on him so he is losing some of the desires that he had before to change.. Well have to work a lot with hime these next weeks so that he can get married and baptized and then they can put a goal to go to the Temple!!
Other than that we have a couple of youth that are really interested in being baptized but becuase of the new rule that we cant baptize anyone younger than 18 unless their parents are members we cant baptize them yet so we are working with their parents but it seems like the biggest problem is that people cant ever seem time to come to church! I guess change can be a hard thing sometimes and its a big change that the people have to go through!
Well nothing much happend this week.. This week will be a lot better though! One thing that has helped me a ot this week and really always is really learning about all that Jesus Christ did for us!! I know that he loves us very much and wants us to come home to him! Thats one of the reasons that im out on a mission is to help bring people back to the presence of God! Love you all!
Monday, November 10, 2014
So this week went alright i guess! We had some good days and some other days that weren't very effective.. Sometimes we have days that just no matter how many people we try to visit or how many people we try to talk to they just don't have time to hear us and we end up just walking around a ton looking for people to teach.. Gotta love the mission!
Anyways this week we started out really well. The transfers meeting was on Tuesday and we didn't have transfers so well be together at least until the 16th of December unless we have an emergency change,, Doubt it though! So instead of going to the meeting we went out working and it went well!
On Friday we had the District meetings and we had a good class on how to get along with our companions! Now that I think about it i haven't really had any trouble with any of my companions and that's one of my goals to get along with all of my comps! I always like the district meetings because all of the missionaries get to see each other!
Anyways on Saturday we were stoked to have a full day of work to try to catch up on some of our goals and it ended up being one of those unproductive days.. We were really pretty bummed but i guess there are a lot of things that we cant control as missionaries! We just have to keep going and to try to do the best we can!! I think i have said it before but you learn a lot of patience in the mission! Its good though!
On Sunday my companion and i gave talk in sacrament meeting!! I was really pretty nervous because it was my first talk in Spanish that i was going to give to a big group of people other than the talk i gave in the CCM! It went really well though! I recorded it too! I gave a talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what that does for us and a tiny bit on how it applies to keeping the commandments!! It wen well though! It was a huge relief when i was done though! Oh and on top of that the Stake President was there on Sunday too!
All in all this week went pretty well! Not too much interesting that happened this week.. In preparing for that talk i strengthened my testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and i learned a lot about why Jesus Christ requires a lot more than faith for us to be saved! If Jesus Christ didn't require that we keep the commandments we would never become like him! I'm grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and i know that He lives today and guides His church!
Monday, November 3, 2014
So this week went pretty well in the end even though it felt a little long!! We have been fixing up the room this whole week! We had to put on the door handles and buy some curtains and some other things that we needed for the room and finally on Friday we put the water tank up on the roof and on Saturday they filled it up and for the first time in 9ish months i got to take a warm shower and it felt sooooo good!!! How i missed warm water!! Haha! The little things we take for granted!!
Anyways so this week went pretty well besides the things with the room! We were able to have quite a bit of lessons this week and personally i don't really like contacting but this week we did some more contacting than the other weeks! I don't really like contacting because nothing really ever comes of it but every once in a while you do find someone who has really been prepared by the hand of the lord! The lord has commanded us that we have to open our mouths all the time so we have to obey and we will be blessed!
My favorite part of this week was Sunday! On Sunday we sent someone out to pick up Cesar whos an investigator who got into a motorcycle accident and he cant really walk very well yet because hes missing a chunk of skin in his foot, and his wife Yina who is a less active! When the brother that we sent out to pick them up came back the family didn't walk in with him so we were a little bummed but right after sacrament they opened the doors up and in walked the whole family!!! It was really cool too see the whole family there in the church especially Cesar who was all bandaged up! Another cool thing is that they ended up staying all three hours of church!! After church they were able to talk with the Bishop and Yina went from being less active to being active and they accepted as a family to get married! So we are going to help them get married and then hopefully Cesar will want to get baptized too!! That would be the best!!
So that was my favorite part of this week and basically that was the coolest thing that happened this week! All is well in the work in Peru!! I know that the work of the Lord will go on no matter what trials beface it! Love you all!