thanks to my brother & familiy for my brithday packages! they came (after being hoarded in the offices). youre AMAZING and one of my lifes greatest blessings! <3
heard that minions talk in four languages at once, and thats why its hard to understand them. makes sense (hah)
i feel like singing let it go every time i take out my ponytail because it feels so great but then i remember how much i hate that song
speaking of hair, ive officially lost 2/3 of my hair and i may just come home bald
heres not really gutters here, (the sewers are open ditches about two feet lower than the sidewalk/street), so when it rains, (and its POURED this week) thers brown rivers flowing in the streets.
"wilson! i forgot my rocks but let down your hair!" hna brady
i sat on a rock to take my ibuprofin and a dog came up to me, lifted his leg, and peed all over me.
"ya... ¿quiere?" yo
"¡las gringas entran por gratis!" men at club
"who the heck is having a party at 4 in the afternoon on a weekday?!" hna brady "BOLIVIA" yo y lopardo
hna brady and i "left the nest", we were free, and.... went the wrong way
there were almost more signatures in spanish than english on my birthday sign from my family (shoutout to you ALL, i LOVE YOU!!!)
NDH with the familia garcia. theyre amazing people. :) the mom cant go to church bc one of her sons, marcelo, has a disabling diesease where he has seizures and cant talk, etc. super sad story but were helping her with her testimony. her other sons are sergio (mission leader) and oscar (JAS pres). super awesome family, and a night ill never forget.
hna brady bought chickens last pday, 2 for 2 BS, and we named them coco and loco and we brought them in her agullo. yay for spontaneous acts of fun. :)
e ziering has tyfoid but todavía hes teaching our district and working. example of dilligence and strenght.
hna gonzalez gave me her amor in the district/zone meeting. super grateful shes there with me. she also gave me a back massage, and anyone who does that, is automatically included in my prayers.
hna pary plays the violin. it gave me peace listening to. its my favorite instrument.
e farnsworth (one of my LZ) is just amazing. super amazing leader, super amazing testimony, and plays the piano like a professional. hes super humble. we need more leaders like him.
the words of my family and friends were definitely guided by the spirit in their emails, thank you for your testimonies and your support. <3
the spirit when we visited papito. we sang himno 195 and shared mormon 7:7, super awesome lesson and he is such an amazing, amazing man. were going to pension with him so hes not so lonely, and hes going to bless my life even more i already know it.
seeing hna brady and hna lopardo hugging and making up in the nightime... so happy that love returned between them.
at one point in the restauracion lesson, hna lopardo was teaching about heavenly father and i was looking at her face, and ill never forget it. it was like a child. she had a light in her eyes, and she was so humble, and had so much love in her face.. i know she has a testimony and i know that hna irma (who we were teaching) felt the truth and im so grateful for that tiny moment
hna lopardo taught me how to make the shower warm, and im now showering with hot water, after three weeks, thankful for her intelligence.
we had a special family lunch with papito and his family and the bishop. it was about 20 people and felt like a thanksgiving dinner andthe bishop loostened up a little, and a wonderful moment
at the same time of having RAGE for missionaries who baptize people without testimonies, it taught me the importance of truly teaching and helping people discover the truth for themselves. its so incredibly important. were talking about ALMAS.
e ziering called to check up on my health. ive been blessed with awesome leaders lately.
no tention in nightly planning thursday night. YES. improvement!!
saw e rincon, h silvano, y hna cruz at tramites. super happy! and super good convo with hna cruz. she gave me good advice and more animo and consuelo for the work im doing. shes truly going to be a lifelong friend.
getting more courage all the time to address problems and bad feelings i have, and truly working on communication. its SO important.
the true joy hna brady had after teaching a lesson. this work is such a blessing.
hna andrea came with us to a NDH with the familia medrano, MA of 20 years, and had answers to their crazy questions and has such an amazing way of teaching.
my EP.. studied and learned a ton. i love how in the first talk of the Gen Conf liahona, it says that heavenly father is our father- that means not only we need him, but he needs US. prayer is so important. and when we understand our divine nature as HIs children, we will want to help and teach others- life is just one big bbble of learning and missionary work. :)
everytime i see the bright yellow birds, i feel Heavenly Fathers love. ive noticed im the only one who ever notices them. i keep quiet, and just give a little prayer of thanks to Him and giving me the reminder im never alone.
little service to my compañeras. making beds, making mate, (oh, the mate...) making breakfast, polishing shoes that look white from dirt but really are black, etc,, makes me happy, makes them happy, makes Him happy.
we got blessings from the bishop yesterday, and in all three blessings it was mentioned to look for FAMILIES.... another goal weve put, and i know well be able to have success. super excited!
hno oscar asked me how hna fidelia was doing, etc. i LOVE when people care about who were teaching and working with, and want to help. theyre so important to me, theyre why im here, and it just makes my heart smile. :)
yesterday it poured but hna brady and i left to work anyways. i followed my prompting to not knock the door of our new investigator. no idea why, but i felt we shouldnt. hna brady trusted me. shes buena, but maybe her husband was drinking, and something bad would happen. it was like the saratov approach but we listened and now, were not dead and held for ransom. yay for promptings of the spirit! :) it led us to find juan and alicia, a new couple we found. we taught them john 10:17-18, one of my FAVORITES, bc they didnt have too much time. but testifying of the savior, and how he GAVE His life for us, brought such an incredible and special spirit. i saw a change in them and i hope we can continue teaching them. (scary at first, we entered the room of juan and he said take a seat with a smile, he shut the door, and were like uhh... is your wife going to join us? we want to teach your FAMILY, not just you... and he went and got her. yay for protection! nothing happened but definitely scared us a little haha.) anyways. ive put the goal to testify of the Savior in every lesson, and doi it with all my heart, and its made a true difference. the spirit is so much more powerful and im "conocer"ing Him personally more and more. :) if youre a missionary, make sure youre doing that!!
since hna lopardo has stayed home a couple of days, hna brady and i have had some time together and awesome conversations. one... consejo hna brady shared with me from her friend aaron.. if somethings bothering you about a person, but it isnt something that is going to help them develop their christlike attributes, you dont have the right to try and fix it. its a part of them, and YOU are in the wrong for being irritated. super true. none of us are perfect but we all have the same goal, to be better and come closer to Him, the perfect example for all.
&two.. talking about faith. its like a child holding his parents hand. sometimes you let them go so they can learn to walk. theyll fall, but you pick their hand uop again and help them take a few more steps. the hand were holding and the hand thats always there to pick us back up is the Savior and our Father in Heaven. we wont be given all the answers in life but were promised their help. we just need the faith to keep trying, keep walking, keep falling, and keep getting back up.
this church is true, si o SI. im so grateful i have this knowledge. its not a prideful thing, but a humbling thing... theres so many people without this knowledge, and without the blessings that come from it. but im so grateful to have the Gospel in my life. theres no doubt in my mind that its not true. everything i learn, and i learn everyday, just adds to that knowledge.
FIDELIA. isnt it amazing how the Lord truly knows EVERYTHING, and how EVERYTHING happens for a reason?! in my first area i was teaching the family maraza, reference of MA marianelly. i left, hna gonzález and her new comp couldnt find them, and i was left heartbroken. this week, guess who we found?! FIDELIA. she lives in tiquipaya!!! and when she offered a prayer, she thanked the Lord so humbly and sincerely for guiding the missionaries back to her. for answering her prayer, and for listening, and loving her, and giving her the blessing of having His word in her life once more... so amazing. i knew in that moment that she is a main reason of why im here. we taught her the restauration and the LDM and she accepted the invitation to be baptized when she gets her answer to know its true. not a fecha yet, she needs to be married, but well deal with that.. i truly feel like this is her time to be converted to the Lord. her heart is super humble and she came to a NDH with the bishop and the church (Eduardo, her little brother, came too!!!! he still lives in sausilito but he came!) sunday. in the sacrament meeting/during the santa cena i prayed that she would feel the truth, that she would get her answer... and the SPirit just hit me so hard, that ive truly been led to her, to help her in this time. also the truth of the Expiacion of the Savior hit me hard, and it brought tears to my eyes. im so grateful for the blessing we have to take the sacrament every sunday and renew our covenants and remember our Savior. its just a couple of minutes but its a couple of minutes to change our hearts and mindset for the week.
tender blessing from President Hansen, ill share what he wrote to me this week..
"Thanks for your thoughtful letter, Hna. Wilson. I like deep thinkers, and you are one.
The fact that you are striving to recognize and follow promptings means you are definitely on the right track. I have no doubt Father in Heaven is very pleased with you and with what you have experienced and how you have served in your mission so far."
I have definitely gone through some changes in the mission. something that hasnt changed too much is my confidence, its actually felt pretty low lately... but im grateful for the boosts i get and im grateful that Presidente has faith in me and has seen the changes in me as well. It will always be a little fear to fail, to not do everything i was sent here to do, but i can only do my best. the best moments of my day are when i can recognize the puzzle pieces fitting together, and feel His approval of my service.
I know with all of my heart that He lives. That He puts my lifes puzzle pieces together, one by one. sometimes its as if He puts random pieces down without touching the edges to other pieces. but poco a poco the pieces touch, connect, and start to create a picture. theres so many still missing and i still dont know the final picture for most of my life or the mission He has for me but i KNOW that He knows and I trust Him to help me get there. I love Him. I love the Savior, I love the Father. and I love helping others feel of that love as well, and come to the truth so they can finish their own life puzzles.
may the odds be ever in your favor with your own puzzle pieces..
& verse 6, consuelo for misioneros. <3
mosiah 28:3 <333
jacob 6:8-12.. best definition of torment. BE WISE.
hel 5:11. <3
just a part of a fruit stand, and just a part of why i love bolivia so much
HUGE LIMÓN. i think it should break a record
not sure if this is coco or loco, but i love this picture and i love my compañera. :)
a bit of our area..
a pretty normal thing to find
im learning lots of things in the mission. like catching flies
hna brady rocking the agullo