hna ururi is STRONG. her punches are like rocks haha.
"i think its better if we just bring the pizza over here.." hna brady
"the night before i left for the mission i went to my friends house and gave him a BOM and told him to read it. he asked me what was in it. and i thought.. PUCHA.. id like to know. " e Johnson
"what time of fun is it? bc my type of fun is... different" I. Brayan Perez Felipe
ex-elder preslar told me that my sisters voice sounds exactly like mine. :) syd... youre a superhero to me. i love you. <3
hna patricia, investigadora, accepted to be baptized the very first lesson. shes definitely prepared. <3
h ururi shared with me how she felt about her family, etc... i was super happy she trusted me to open up. i cant change the situation but it makes a difference knowing someones there for you.
we had a lesson with hno jhalmar and hno adriel about the restoration & the sacerdocio. the spirit was strong and we put goals with them to prepare themselves to recieve the priesthood. when we asked when we could return, jhalmar said "mañana?" so awesome. before, the familia crespo escaped from us.. now, they WANT us to come and teach them.. <3
in a different lesson with hno jhalmar, he was passing through a difficulty but didnt feel comfortable sharing what it was. i opened my scriptures and shared a couple of verses with him. at the end of the lesson, he told me that i had said what he needed to hear, and i had answered his question-without knowing. the spirit is definitely a real thing and it definitely can lead us to the asnwers the people need.
hno sergio went on visits with us. he was an awesome example in teaching with inspired questions. it was amazing to see how he helped teach the investigator with almost just questions, and how he was able to find the doubts of the people through questions. its definitely an inspired way of teaching.
in teaching about Noah, i learned more about God´s love for His children. He always provdides a way for us, we just need to listen.
Bishop Delgado didnt want me to leave the area. he was surprised i was already leaving because all of the missionaries that get sent to tiquipaya always stay for 6 months. he thanked me for my service and i felt his love and respect. <3 its one thing to have the members realize your service, but another thing completely for the Bishop to love &want you to stay.
saturday was great. hna litzi got baptized, for one. shes a true convert. she has a super strong testimony. it was a beautiful service. she was super nervous. it was something beautiful in helping her feel calm before the service. i know for a fact God was speaking to her through me.
after the baptism we had the ward activity, Sueño de Lehi. it was such a great activity. :) we set up the "iron rod" (string) and led them to the tree of life. but there were rods that branched off of the rod, and misleading voices.. it was super funny to see who went were. the bishop and his wife got to the tree of life, but not their kids. :p it bonded the families and bonded the ward. at the end of the activity hno eduardo mollinedo told us that this is the first ward activity hes felt the spirit and truly enjoyed himself, and he knows that everyone else did too. :) we had an awesome turnout of MA, Is, and members. :)
hno eduardo came up to me later that night after hearing i was going to be transferred (we got transfer calls early bc of bloqeous outside of CBBA) and asked if it was true. i said yes, and he got teary eyed. he thanked me for my service and everything ive done to help the ward and the people of Tiquipaya. it shocked me. i almost never talked to him, and it surprised me that he thought so highly of me and noticed what I did.. but he definitely did, and i got tears in my eyes too. im so thankful for him. he now has one year as a member and is one of the wards true two converts. hes an awesome leader and is going to continue helping a lot of people.
we left the activity in tears, after a little incident that happened in offending a member.. it broke our hearts.. but an hour later, we got a call from that member asking us for his apology. he told us he loved us, and he was sorry. i have NEVER heard him say "te quiero" to ANYONE, not even his wife/family. it was a humbling and sweet experience.
sunday, eduardo duran was in the capilla before i was. saturday night i gave my testimony to the family duran that THIS is the true church, and the have DIVINE potential, and they should continue in their way back to their Savior.. and sunday, almost all of them came. :)
the lesson in relief society sunday was on the Lost Sheep. they passed out sheep to the sisters and had them write the name of a MA, close their eyes, and think in that sister/lost sheep. in front of the room, the teacher, hna urui and i sang the himn about lost sheep. i CRIED. the MAs in tiquipaya, and the CRs that dont come/have the support they should have, are a super soft spot in my heart. but at the end, i bore my testimony on the importance of going and rescuing the lost sisters. that i can feel the love our Heavenly Father has for them, and that they should pray to have that same love and do something about it. i bore my testimony of the family of God. i dont remember what else i said but the sisters left with tears in their eyes and committed to do the work. ojala que hacen caso.
it was an interesting experience getting cambios and knwoing i was leaving. i had time to say goodbye to the ward. after church we took LOTS of pictures. almost every single member came up to me and said goodbye and thanked me for my love and help. it was incredible to hear from members who i had no idea i had an influence on them.. it definitely made me realize that people are ALWAYS watching me, and that yes, i am helping them. i felt so much love from the members.
1hna burnham (from the CCM) is in the ward with Hna Urui´s family. i gave her their information and shes going to look them up. :) such a small world but it tells me that He is always aware of His children. <3
2e garcia, h ururi, h males, e macas shared their testimonies in ENGLISH in the last zone meeting.. it was so powerful. the mistakes werent even noticed, the Spirit was too strong it overpowered everything else. theyre such examples to me of strength and faith. <3
3i had time to say goodbye to Lourdes. we had a lesson, ended, and it wasnt until after the closing prayer the tears left my eyes. i know without a doubt she is one of the people i was meant to find here in Tiquipaya. we sat there on the floor of the chapel and i cried and she held me. just hearing her heartbeat is a miracle. she could easily be dead, but she isnt. shes alive. shes strong in the church now. shes an angel. <3
4marcelo garcia was brought to the doctor, and he is getting FREE treatment. he has suffered for YEARS of a strong case of epilepsy. hna innocencia couldnt even leave the house bc he could never be left alone. BUT, now he has the right medication/dosage and he hasnt had a single seizure in two weeks (before it was every other day, every two days, and a week of recuperation). hna innocencia is going to be able to go to church now. :) it is truly a MIRACLE and i have so much joy for this family. i know that God is pleased with hna innocencia and her faith to come back to church and read the LDM everyday and He is answering her pleas. <3 it testifies to me that its true what Elder Holland says about blessings ALWAYS coming to the faithful, just maybe not when we expect them.
5when we were waiting to change companions at the church, i was talking to another missionary on the sidewalk. all of a sudden, a motorcycle that was passing slipped and the father, mother, and little child (age 2?3?) fell and skidded. my feet moved before i realized, but in a second i was there at the crash scene. i had a rush of adrenaline and lifted the motorcyle and juan crespo had the same reaction and lifted the woman and her child to safety before the trufis and other cars killed them. it was incredible that we were there right when they needed us. it all happened before i had time to register, but it was definitely another miracle from a loving Father in Heaven.
when it comes right down to it.. it hurt to leave Tiquipaya, its my favorite area, ward, and bishop so far.. but i know that I fulfilled what the Lord asked of me, to "leave the area better than i found it." i know that theres going to be at least 3 rescues this month, and even more baptism within the next two.. i know the people are in great hands with hna ururi, and in the Lord´s as well. <3
its incredible to me the experiences i can go through in just such a short time. i know that the Lord is shaping and molding me into the person He wants me to be. some lessons are more easily learned than others but I´m learning everyday and so incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to serve Him and His children. <3
obra misional at the tree of life! :)
(with.. one random investigator that wanted to be in the foto with us.)
BARRIO TIQUIPAYA. <3 they truly became like a family to me.
(taken after the ward activity, Lehís Dream)
henry& andrea gutierrez, edwin duran, e tatum, juan crespo, hna wilson, hna ururi, eduardo mollinedo, hno rocha, limber duran, e obregón, jhalmar crespo
oscar garcia, familia gutierrez, hnas tiquipaya, judith & sarai garcia
la hermana is hermana litzi, conversa of the elders but SUPER strong woman and has a STRONG testimony. :)