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.
Thanks so much for the cute package/envelope I got this week!!! I LOVE Y’ALL!!! I really appreciate the old random photos and cute notes (I’ve read them like 15 times since Wednesday when I got them) and of course the Mary Engelbreit pics are appreciated. Y’all are the best!!!
I wish I was there to celebrate Easter with y’all. Nobody hardly even mentioned it here. Everything is Semana Santaon Thursday and Friday. There was a procession/parade thing in the street with all the Catholic people walking real slow holding candles and a crucifix of Jesus through the streets. It was muy interesante.
This week I have been reading a lot of Liahonas. Check out the article/talk called the divine power of grace by Elder Paul V. Johnson from the December 2016 Liahona. It’s the best! Also, I had to give a talk in church on Sunday about Día de Reposo (the Sabbath). Speaking Spanish in front of a bunch of people is always fun.
Funny story, we have these big jugs of drinking water and the guy who refills them came right after we woke up, so we went out in our pajamas and he complimented my Gremlins T-shirt which I wear for sleeping and we chatted about the movie for a bit. I was cracking up!
Our investigator Gustavo was baptized this Saturday!! YAY!!! (To be honest, last week we had no clue if he even wanted to, but this week was pretty cool to see the change and he was super into reading the folletos (pamphlets) and Book of Mormon chapters we would leave with him so it was really good. The only problem with the baptism was that everyone showed up on ‘Peru time’ aka 30 minutes late including the person with the keys to the chapel!
Today we had a Zone P-day and don’t have much time to write. We went to Fortaleza Real Felipe in Callao. It’s pretty cool. I’ll provide more info later if I remember; lots of old swords and military uniforms and such.
Please wish Grandpa Doran a Feliz Cumpleaños/Happy Birthday for me this week!!!!! Tell him I love and miss him!
Hope all is well at home!!! I love y’all. Thanks for all the emails and pictures. I’m so blessed.
Excerpts from notes Rachel sent to various family members:
I wasn’t going to tell you but the first Sunday here nobody in the ward plays the piano so we sang a capella. I felt slightly bad for not [having continued with piano lessons and] being able to play.
This week I was cracking up to myself because all the kids wear school uniforms that are basically sweatpants and t-shirts to match and I was remembering that town in Spain where EVERYONE was wearing a track suit! I was just laughing at the good times we had there and missing ya’ll. It was especially funny because that’s not something I can explain to my companion in Spanish.
I have to teach a 1 hour English class next week so if anyone has of any brilliant ideas of what to teach or an easy game to play, please let me know!
Yesterday I was eating soup and there was an entire chicken heart in my bowl. Yum! I love y’all! Hope all is well! Keep me posted on everything.
Editor’s Note: Given the limited time to email each Preparation Day, Rachel sometimes hand writes notes during the week and then sends pictures of the notes. See below.