Saturday, November 11, 2017

One more transfer.. .and last transfer




Hermana Christensen and Hermana Kincaid two of my companions finished their mission

Crazy weeeeek again. My companion and my other companion both finished their missions and my new companion is Hermana Bennett now! Im super excited. I also realized that this is my last transfers. Time just flew by.

This week we did a lot, I was with a member while my other companion was gone, it was fun she is an RM from Brazil and I learned a lot from her. 
Also amazing news Ximena this 15 year old girl we are teaching with her brother was baptized! We were a little hesitant to baptize her without her older brother but we went ahead and did it cause he didnt feel ready. It was kind of sad though because Ximena was really scared at first and she started to cry in the bathroom. She was upset her parents decided not to come, she felt really alone. But after she was baptized I ran to go meet her in the bathroom and she was just crying and I said How do you feel?! And she said I feel....I feel...and just started motioning towards her chest and said I feel so happy. It was so beautiful and then she gave this incredible testimony. She talked about how afraid she was to be baptized but knew it was the right thing to do and how God gives us strength to do hard things. She said I invited everyone here to be baptized so they can feel this strength and peace that I feel. it was so beautiful, probably one of the most spiritual baptismal services. 

Then her brother told me, Hermana I am getting baptized before you leave. She is giving him such a good example.

I love this gospel so much because its so true it gives us strength thanks to Jesus Christ. 

--
Hermana Lopez 

Ximena's baptism


Helping hands in a service proyect

Yellow angels in action
With my pensionist's family
For Halloween Hermana Christensen and I switched clothes and plaques. It was really funny!!


I got to see the Mission's board









Hermana Lopez 

Monday, October 30, 2017

A visit to the hospital



President Montoya our Mission's President and Elder Montoya from the Seventy

Hi everyone:
Haha OK so this week was wild. 
First off a general authority from the Seventy, Elder Montoya, decided to come do a tour of our mission. It was great except that I was sick since Monday with a fever that wouldn't go down. We had 3 conferences this week and in one of them I went to lay down in the back cause I was so bad. Wait it gets better. Elder Montoya picks on my comp and I to teach him a lesson. He says OK hermanas teach me about the atonement of Jesus Christ. HAHA and I was so sick..like dying. But it turned out great.!!
Turns out I have parasites and amibas from unwashed vegetables and water. I was in the clinic for about 3 days. It was kind of depressing and I was praying to know what I had to learn from this.experience. Heavenly Father really does know us and everything. He does is really really well planned. I learned so much while being sick and I learned about the love He has for us. The mission really isn't easy, but it is what brings us the most joy because just like Alma and the son's of Mosiah I feel like my trials are completely covered in the love of Christ. There is nothing in this world that the Atonement of Jesus Christ doesn't cover. 

I am totally OK though now! I love you all. 
-- 
Hermana Lopez 
Making a drink called "chicha morada" with purple corn.

I felt the love of the members of my ward while I was in the hospital.

With my orange rope!! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pictures and more



Hola:

I have no time this week! but it was fun!
Here are some pics. 


Love you all
Hermana Lopez
We did service with this amazing lady. She is blind. It was the best part of the week!!



I got to see some of my converts! Maria and Celso they are doing soooo good. Celso has a calling and he said I have TWO priesthoods now
Our pensionista prepared a peruvian dish "papa a la huancaina" Bolivian style

And more food!!
Unique tree shape



-- 

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