Monday, October 16, 2017

Tiquipaya
















Hi everyone:

 This week was super good! 

We are seeing so much progress in our area barrio Tiquipaya. We are teaching this amazing family! They are so prepared to hear the gospel. The oldest daughter, Jhazmin, knows the ward secretary and when he saw her at church he was so surprised. And he came with us to the appointment we had and she is just so prepared. She accepted to be baptized and is just so ready. Jose, the member, when we got out of the cita he said I never would have thought she would be interested in this church. They go to med school together and have been close friends, but he never mentioned the gospel to her. Sometimes we really dont know who is ready.

Also we were visiting this baptist family who were just super kind, but Lenardo, the dad, had a lot of doubts about Joseph Smith. So, in that moment we kneeled down to pray with him and ask about Joseph and we all kneeled and while he was praying I started praying too. I wanted to confirm if this was the true church and I felt the spirit so so strongly. It was such a beautiful feeling. When we got up and sat back down the room was so warm and lighter. Lenardo had tears in his eyes but he insisted that he didnt feel anything. I asked him if he had a true desire to know if the church was true and he said no. We ended up dropping him and it was sad because I know this is the best decision for his family, but I came out of that lesson more converted. I think thats my favorite part about mission work. We can be rejected so so many times, but we just come out winning each time cause we are more converted! 















Theres a new hermana in the mission her name is Hermana Lopez too! and I am her sister training leader and we are in the same district.




Eating a delicious peruvian dish "arroz chaufa"






Hermana Lopez 

Monday, October 2, 2017

New area, new companion



Leaving Sucre was so so hard, but now I back in Cochabamba my new area is Tiquipaya and I am so incredibly happy! I love my new companion Hermana Cristensen, so so much we are like the same person. And we both have this strong desire to help our new area progress.

We have made a plan that we want to find a family of 3 and we want to find a father that iswe made a plan to find a family of 3 and we want to find a father is questioning religions and we made a really detailed plan on how we are going to find this family and we presented it to Heavenly Father and yesterday before the first session of conference we were just walking coming back to a cita and I saw this really young guy with a kid and I was like hey we have to contact him and we like ran across the street and started talking to him. super humble father and out of nowhere he was like yeah, I am really doubting the catholic church but i dont know where else to go.  We wanted to teach him SOOO BADLY but his wife wasn't home so we had to get another appointment and while we were getting an appointment his wife out of nowhere just waks up and we introduce ourselves and ask can we come in? and she was like yeah sure and it was such a miracle. It was so beautiful being able to explain that there is a church that blesses and changes lives. and that there is a perfect gospel!! 

and they want to be baptized and they are GOLDEN. it was amazing.

Also I learned sooo much during conference!! Everyone was so focused on teaching about service and about how we should stop thinking about ourselves. I loved when sister Oscarson said that we should make decisions based off of service and not our own needs. 

I love this gospel!! 
Hermana Lopez
Luis, Nayeli and Carolina Ferrufino
Saying good bye to Nayeli
Saying good bye to Ines and her family was so hard!! I love them!!


I love animals!!

My new companion Hermana Cristensen

General Conference time

Buying fruit en el mercado


Monday, September 25, 2017

Bye Bye Sucre





Hello everyone:

 This week was pretty crazy. Sister Montoya, Our Mission President's wife called us this week and asked us to organize a little class and activity for women's conference for all the hermanas in the zone and we did it. It was crazy but so much fun. I learned so much from the other hermanas testimonies. One told us that in the mission she has learned to value her toughest moments because they are now the most beautiful. And its so true. The mission is soo hard but it is soo 

worth it.


We made pizza with the sister in my zone.
                                         


 Also!! This week Alejandro was baptized!!! AHHH! It was a total plot twist and shocked but I cant believe it happened. Alejandro bore his testimony during his baptism and he said that his heart had been changed because he began to read the book of mormon. We started eating with their family when I first got to Sucre. Almost everyone in the family is baptized except him and the youngest son but Ale said that what helped him come to church was when we first became his friends. We would eat with them lunch and then wash the plates and get to know him and he said that it helped him. When we gave him a pre baptismal interview and it was so beautiful when he said that he had been forgiven of all his sins. It is such a miracle that Ale was baptized. And his dad got to baptize him it was so beautiful. His mom cried a lot during the baptism and they are just one step closer to being an eternal family.I laughed a lot when in his baptism he just told stories about how he rejected and hid from the sisters. When I first met him and said we missed him at church he glared and said I dont go to church, hermana. But now he loves it. 


Alejandro was baptized by his Dad.
                               
Alejandro and his family.





I also recieved news I am leaving Sucre. I feel like my heart is staying here but I know its time to leave. I grew so much here and met so many amazing people who strengthed my testimony. It really feels like I am leaving my family behind, but I know it only means I worked hard.
Hermana Lopez 


                                                

                                                                             





Monday, September 18, 2017

When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God.


Hi everyone!!

This week was hard again. Its really hard to watch people you truly love suffer. Some of the converts here they are going through some serious problems. Their parents just left them abandonded and now the oldest Luis who is 16 has to work and provide for his family. Its a really rough situation, but something incredible is watching converted disciples step in. The relief society president went to go visit them and she brought them food but not only that, she went to their school and talked to their teachers and is now teaching them how to do Math. She lets them sit with her family at church and she takes them out to eat and gives them love they need. It was so amazing to see that. No one even asked her to do it, she just started doing it. She goes to their school and buys all their supplies they need.
Luis, Nayeli and Ricardo my favorite !!


















In ward council the bishop asked the other leaders to pitch in. Everyone was assigned days to visit them and bring them food. And then a lot of people even offered to pay for clothes and stuff. It was also really sad cause one leader said bishop, I really  dont have time to go over and help them. I have to work, I'm really busy. And then the first counselor said, hermana everyone is busy. but these are God's children; I invite you to find time to serve God. Everyone was dead silent. 

Ines and her famiy invited Luis and his sibilings to Family Home evening
I learned a lot that being baptized we made a promise to follow and serve God for like. of the leaders said theres not much I can do as a leader in this church but there is a lot I can do as a friend to Luis.
A recent convert family invited all 4 kids to a family home evening at their house and went all out on baking them sweets and helping them just feel love. Because thats all they really need is to feel like they are not alone.

-- Hna Lopez.
Our ward a talent show where different traditional Bolivian dances were presented


During study time
It is very cold in Sucre.

Monday, September 11, 2017

More adventures in Sucre




This week went by super fast, we had to fly out to Cochabamba and come back to Sucre in about 24 horus due to leadership conference so I was a little tired haha. But we still worked really hard!!!! 


Leadership Conference






During leadership conference




Mauri and Juan Pablo our pensionista's son







We are working with Alejandro and Mauricio they are our pensionista's sons and wow it has been so so aweome to be able to teach them. Ale is 25 and Mauri is 18. All of the family was baptized 6 months ago except them and its been a slow process but a miraculous one too . This past Friday we asked them if they felt ready to be baptized and Ale said he was sure, but Mauri said not yet and that Ale should just be baptized without him. But we felt strongly that they could baptized together and then their family could start preparing to be sealed in the temple so we told Mauri we would give him until the 16th to decide so that we could start planning his baptism after. We told his parents about our plan and we all decided to fast for them. It was probably one of the sweetest moments in my mission being able to fast with their parents. The dad said a really strong prayer about how much he wanted their family to be eternal. We are all praying for Mauri to feel ready.  

It's so  hard for most people here to be members of this church, they have to sacrifice so much and give up a big part of their culture. But I know that repentance changes us and it helps us become converted to God and not to anything else. This Sunday the elders convert came running up to us crying because her dad hit her once he found out she was coming to church to be confirmed. She asked us why it had to be hard for her and easy for everyone else.

It was a really humbling experience. We are so blessed to have the truth.

--
Hermana Lopez 






Bolivian breakfast: Api and bunuelos!!
Sometimes we have to take these huge buses to get from one part of our area to the other and the buses get really full so we have to hang out of them. 



Monday, September 4, 2017

Faith to walk


So this week we have been focusing a lot on being able to really listen to the Spirit. We have had so many cool experiences where we have just been told to stop walking or to knock on some door that doesnt even look like a door. 
We were walking up a hill and I felt like I should knock on another door that wasnt a main door and we found this lady that just really needed us to be there. She had been hit by a car and she broke her leg and is in bed rest until October and we sang her a hymn and I just love to know that God loves and cares for all his children! 

Also two weeks ago we contacted this guy and he said im really busy right now but in two weeks I will go to your church at 5:30 on Saturday. And we honestly didnt believe him, but this Saturday we got a call from the elders telling us that someone was waiting for us at church and we literally booked it to the chapel and it was him! And he is so awesome, he wants to know the church.

This Sunday was Dia del Peaton which is like a holiday dedicated to pedestrians and there are no cars allowed or anything and it made me so happy to the point of tears to see how many faithful members walked miles and miles in the heat just to come to church. It was a lot of the older members too and I just loved that. Its such a big example of obedience no matter what.
--
Hermana Lopez 




A lot of opportunities to serve



It was pedestrian's day, no cars are allowed on streets, so everyone has to walk.  good time to contact people with our district.

Celebrating Irene's husband birthday.