This week rocked. Literally. hahahahahhahaha because I experienced my first earthquake! (Sorry for the awful joke). But for real we were leaving our house the other night after studying and felt the earth shake for a couple seconds and heard some noise. The funniest part was that both our recent convert and our District Leader texted us to see if we were okay and Hermana Valencia was almost offended because she’s from Chile and apparently it was nothing compared to the earthquakes they have there.
We have seen some miracles this week. Last month we set a goal to find and teach a family in July and have been praying for and working for it since the start of June. And this week Humberto and possibly his wife, Melissa are going to be baptized and I’m so excited for them. If yall could pray for them and their baptism this Saturday, it’d be bacon. ¡Gracias!
Also, we had p-day de zona and went to the zoo. It was super fun and the jokers here in Palao are great.
As of Saturday, April 8, I officially have 2 months in the mission! WOOT.
This week was wild, including an all day training meeting at the mission offices (where I got to see Hermana Shupe, Hermana Meroy, and Elder Baum from the MTC) and exchanges with the Hermana Capacitadoras (Sister Training Leaders).
Funny story: While on exchanges, Hermana Moffet and I were going to teach an investigator in the church but needed another woman so we didn’t have to teach outside the building. So we walk outside and a lady comes up and starts chatting with us about the Hermanas who used to be in that area. So we assumed she was a member and asked her to come help us out with the lesson. Turns out she isn’t a member but she was super down to come to the church with us, and we shared a spiritual thought with her as well. Super chistoso!
This week we had Family Home Evening (FHE) at the house of our ward mission leader and our investigator Gustavo came. We watched the video of the First Vision and it was great! Hermano and Hermana Ramos bore their testimonies and we talked a little more about prophets and conference and the spirit was so strong! I love sharing the message of the restoration and being able to testify that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and translated the Book of Mormon because he was a prophet called of God!
The reality of the resurrection of the Savior overwhelms our heartbreak with hope because with it comes the assurance that all the other promises of the Gospel are just as real.
-Elder Paul V Johnson, April 2016 General Conference
It goes right along with Acts 17:31. I love the opportunity to be here and share the message that we can have hope and peace through Jesus Christ who lives! As a missionary, we make a lot of promises to people:
If they come to church they’ll feel the Spirit and love of God
If they read the Book of Mormon and ask God with a sincere heart, they’ll receive a witness of its divinity
If they repent and follow Christ, they will feel – as in the quote above – the reality that they can be clean from sins through Christ and His atonement
This week I’m thankful for the opportunity especially to remember Christ and His resurrection.
PS: If you’d like to read some other information about my area in Lima and my first impressions of missionary work, click here: http://wp.me/p8k26H-75
I’m officially halfway done with my time here at the MTC/CCM! (Missionary Training Center/Centro de Capacitación de Misioneros) How crazy is that?!
All the older missionaries left yesterday so now we are “avanzados” (translation: advanced) – although everyone just calls us “avocados”. The new missionaries are coming in tomorrow and I’m so excited. A lot of the American missionaries had visa problems so there are going to be a lot more Latino missionaries coming in and I’m super excited to be able to practice my Spanish with them. Learning Spanish is super hard but it’s going well and I still love the CCM :)
Highlights from this week:
Everyone in our zone has now adopted a country drawl/accent like 80 percent of the time.
My companion’s name is Hermana Shupe and she has goats at her home, therefore her name is now Hermana Shupeacabra (cabra = goat) and it’s actually the funniest thing ever.
My district won our soccer game against the other district on Saturday – we’re not competitive. ;)
Our teacher, Hermano (brother) Castillo makes us do push-ups if we say slang words so his new name is Hermano Castigo (castigo = punishment).
We now are teaching twice a day almost every day. It’s the hardest part of the MTC but it helps me improve so much.
I heard that there was so much pollution in Lima that we’d never see the sun but we’ve been blessed with so many beautiful sunsets this week. holla.
I made the goal to read the entire Book of Mormon while here at the MTC and I’m about halfway through. I absolutely love studying the scriptures every day. Alma 5:62 really stood out to me this week because that’s my exact purpose as a missionary: to invite others to come unto Christ so they can receive the joy and peace and love of God. I’m so thankful for my time here at the MTC because it’s helping me improve myself so I can be the best representative of Christ I can be and do His work.
Here’s some additional passages from the Book of Mormon. They’re straight fire!