(he avoids me). :)
-climbing the stairs of Eli´s (pizza place) pday and the whole room of elders went dead silent and all 30 of them turned to stare at the lost-looking trio of hermanas. pucha.
"quiere ver un pelea de cabello?" hno israel
feeding hna brady a roscita for a castigo, using only my nose
"right.. excercises.. open the left eye, and then the right eye. each take 15 minutes." hna gonzález
"well on the bright side you look like an awesome argentina hippie" hna brady
"are you doctors?" -kids of hna celi "no, were missionaries. we work for God." hna brady "where do you live?" -kids "alla!"- hna brady "EN LOS CIELOS?!" :) (thought we were angels)
"eres loca, no?" hna israel "si, a veces."
"papito! look! this smells like the baptismal font in the temple!" -hna wilson (a fruit from his tree) "youre going to be SUCH a weird RM.." hna brady
"were going to be SUPER (goodlooking) after the mish" hna brady "lets hope so" hna wilson "oh dont worry, i will be." -hna brady
"mira.... no existe!" yo "que cosa?" elder zierings
syd sent me pictures of my GORGEOUS little niece, kira. :)
NDH with the familia pakar. i love their family so much. super humble, super great, and a perfect fit for hna fidelia. hna diana also has kids the same ages and is super down to earth. hna prima (the mom) is a great example of strength. :)
hna meri crespo had (it died) a little green bird, idk what type it was, but it was so cute! it hung out on my shoulder and tickled my neck and fingers. it never bit me or yelled so i was okay with it. not a fan of loud birds..
i asked hna ingrid for a reference because the idea came into my head and she gave us one and we contacted it right then and there. taught me to always ask, especially if we get the prompting to do so. found a MA of over 20 years (so many MA in bolivia..... sigh..)
hna jovannah was honest with us and sincere when she told us she is fine with listening to us but shes never going to go to our church, etc. i love when people are straight up about how they feel and dont just keep wasting time of missionaries. shes a super sweet woman though. well visit her if we dont have anyone else to.
im eating healthier and feel the difference in my body, and im also eating all the food i buy & planning my weekly meals better. yay for budgeting!
hna brady said i was like the best friend she never had. and then the next day or two, she told me i was like a sister to her. a true sister. im convinced we were friends before this life and im convinced were going to stay friends forever. sometimes you just meet someone that you KNOW will be and change your life forever.. shes one of em. :)
abrazos de hnita abish. theyre so strong and quick and full of love. they kind of crush me but shes just really desperate for a role model female i think. shes got three older sisters, lucky her. :)
hno sergio is a great mission leader. he found hna brady and i in the street and started asking us about our Is and MAs, he really cares and wants them to progress as much as we do.
hno jose leaño taught me how to make his secret vinagreta. :) so good and you better believe im making it for my fam when i get home (falta tieeeeempo no te preocupes)
hna lopardo went to bed way early bc she didnt feel well. hna brady and i talked in the kitchen and cleaned and ate and she opened up a lot to me. she also told me that shes noticed the little things ive been doing for her and hna lopardo all cambio and thanked me for some other things. it was a good bonding talk. she even invited me to be one of her bridesmaids mwaha.
hno israel helped hno eduardo get over his fear of the water for baptism (he had a date... not really right now.. working on that.). he asked what his bad experience was, listened, and then gave inspired advice. it was awesome to see and the spirit was super strong.
hna meri crespo has the goal of going to the temple to be sealed with her husband juan!!!! ahhh, son exctiing. :) i wont be here... but hna brady will if they get right on it. :)
hna mishel pakar came on divisiones with me and didnt complain even though we were knocking doors and contacting for 2 hours without a single real lesson. no better way to prepare her for the mish mwaha
my little race with eduardo. he was on his way to play futbol with israel int he capilla and we were on our way to the familia crespo and beause it was dark they walked with us to protect us from barachos and i had that little guy giggling. he reminded me of craig in that moment. i let him win, but man it was good to see him with a real smile.
we gave service to hna yecenia. two blessings with that.. one, i am now a master and peeling these bean like vegetables, i have a method down. two, she trusts in us more and hopefully shell progress now. :) if not... shes getting dropped. but she opened up to us that she has no friends so well get right on that with member visits.
we had a short and efficient consejo de barrio. i made the goals of what we needed to do and we sacar-ed citas with each memebr for each day and lesson and NDH and it felt GOOD to accomplish what we needed.
i have the gift of knowing when things are pasando in peoples lives, and at times, their thoughts and feelings. im developing the gift of discernment and it helps in every aspect of the work.
hna lourdes went to church and had a light in her eyes. :) she was so happy and particpating and just PERFECT, like she is.
papito gave us banana jugo and pan with mermelada de guayaba..... he grows those in his backyard.. hes the sweetest. :) hes going to miss us when he travels to potosi and tupisa.
e. obregon helped me wash the dishes. hes a good elder that works hard and has lots of patience.
walking through the area of the elders coming back fromaa service project.. bolivia never fails to take my breath away. its BEAUTIFUL.
we found the familia crespo and read from the BOM together. MIRACLE. that never happens! theyre never all together and not doing something! it was also super humbling, because not all of them can read too well. but they had the faith and courage with our encouragment. <3
hna brady and i went to a lesson with hna lourdes. when we got there, she was trying on dresses for sunday the next day. it was the sweetest moment of this week, and one of the sweetest moments of the entire mission for me. she had the excitemnet of a little girl. she was going to chruch for the first time in 20 years. also.. she found out our names and she is now going to name her baby girl natalia araceli, after us. :) she had already wanted those names and it was cool for her to see that they were ours. also in that lesson... the spirit testified to me that she is one of the people i was sent here to find. i love everybody, or try to, but i still at times have favorites... shes definitely one of them. i have so much love and respect for her. also... before that lesson, i told hna brady about some self esteem things i was going through and how i felt about my teaching, etc. she tried to convince me otherwise but it wasnt until after that lesson with hna lourdes that the spirit testified to my heart.. "look at yourself. look at what you taught. look at how you taught. look at what you, and hna lourdes, and hna brady, all felt as you spoke. you CAN teach." it was just an amazing experience to teach word for word by the spirit and then afterwards recieve a little boost by the Spirit that yes, i can teach and yes, the people are feeling the spirit powerfully as i speak.
seeing hno israel interact with hno eduardo. i would have never thought of it before, but they are truly perfect for each other. hno eduardo feels comfortable and safe with him, something hes never had in his life before esp from a male. he laughs with him, he smiles, and he has deep discussions about what hes learning. its perfect, and it made me get tears in my eyes seeing it. hno israel can also help him with his priesthood callings and preparing for the mission when that time comes. :)
hno jose varela asked me why im always so happy. how hes jealous in a way. how he craves to be happy and have the inner joy i always have. how even when he knows im having a bad day, theres a light in me. i told him that i and my companions could help him find this peace, this joy. and that this joy and happiness only comes from Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I testified of the love his Father has for him, and he gave me the most sincere thankyou at the end of it. that is why im here. im here to help people feel and experience and live in the love, joy, and peace that the Gospel has brought me and brings everyone who accepts and listens to it with a sincere and humble heart. <3
romanos 10:17 fe=escuchar
1 nefi 7:17-18 prayers are always answered but not always in the way we want or are expecting
1 nefi 7:21 perdón inmediato <3
1 corintios 2:9 <3
mateo 5:48 perfecto como cristo
2 nefi 28:30- learn and pregress poco a poco
1 corintios 11:28- the sacrament is the time to reflect
Like a boss.
random rainstorms, i had nothing but a white shirt,
mercy of hna ingrid for her super fashionable ponchos. nos ama. :)
hno jose (esposo de hna ingrid, pensionista) and his 10 foot selfie stick haha.
i love them so much!!
papito has the BEST fruit in his jardin... maracuya, chiramoya (de la paz), guayaba, granadas, etc etc!!!! he is the BEST
why o why o why cant maracuya grow in california...
he had it wrapped all around his jardin. i was in love. :)
it isnt real service until the dirt & mud enters your shoes, and socks,
and everywhere else
and everywhere else
such the little gentleman,
holdin the umbrella for all three of us haha. (hnito eduardo)
holdin the umbrella for all three of us haha. (hnito eduardo)
hnita maite y hnito maitas, hijitos de fidelia
hna lourdes. <3 she is SUCH a sweetheart. <3
so it kind of looks like we got yoked, but this is just rain. it POURED.
(only takes 1 min 20 seconds)
my tortitas for my 9 cumplimes from the comps and hna gonzalez,
yes they ended in my face (obvio)
the bandera we made for hna lopardo y su cumpleaños, signed by the ward..
hna jhaneth doing baptisms in the temple, ft hna bisama and elder ortega
oh, flour fights, thank you birthdays... with the familia garcia and lourdes and her hermanita julie