February 16, 2015
I read about the constitution in D&C this morning, and WE SAVED EMILLA! We have loads of menos activos, but kind of like baptisms you can teach them lessons and other requirements and get them active again and it’s called saving them. So we were pretty stoked to save her because we´ve been working with her for a while. But she is doing so well and is just loving the church. I love seeing the true change of heart with these people when they realize the value of the gospel and live it. She definitely is my favorite crazy Peruvian old lady. In our lessons in the mornings with her we do everything from start fires to cook her rice, look at her animal pelts... super sweet hermana though.
Fun things for the week, one night in parque central there was a guy spray painting pictures with fire! So we went over to check it out, and all of his paintings were OF THE MOON! And so obviously I had to buy one. Super legit and was pretty much the best night ever.
Also we had a family home evening with a family and played home made catch phrase and it was SO FUN! Only problem was I didn’t know all of the words in Spanish so it made it a little difficult and was filled with lots of laughs haha... I seriously love the members here. They always help us out and feed us lots of sweets.
We had a zone meeting this week and we had to teach in it how to invite people to be baptized because we had so many invitations haha... so that was fun and a little bit scary.
We have started to teach Deysi and Christian again, a couple who we were teaching a while ago and have a date for them to be baptized and married, but first Christian has to stop drinking, so we’ve been making lots of plans and hopefully can get him on the road to recovery. Its just kind of surreal when in the CCM the teachers would pretend to be drunk and you had to help them overcome it, and actually trying to figure out and help them. But so far he has been doing pretty good.
Valentines day was AMAZING. Every single cita we had fell through... but we heart attacked a lot of members, made our contact cards into valentines haha, and cleaned the church... whoo. So nasty, but really fun to serve with the members. Then that night we hit up our favorite ice cream burger place Sabor y Miel to celebrate and saw a recent convert Sandra there with her mom. She comes and helps us a lot for lessons so we ate with her and just laughed and talked the whole time.
One thing I have definitely realized is the more love you give, the more you get. I’ve felt so blessed to be here in Jaen and to meet the members, investigators, missionaries, all of it. The love of Christ is so real, and the more I work to develop it I just feel like I am blessed more.
One thing I have learned this week is about the ENABLING power of the atonement. I feel like at times I don’t necessarily have sins, but faults and things I want to overcome. And really life is about pushing through and trying to better yourself on your own. When we turn our lives over to the Lord and let Him help us become better and have more strength to help those around us, we can become more through the ENABLING power than we ever could on our own.
Pretty much just loving everything about the mission and couldn’t be happier. It’s hard but the blessings that follow are indescribable.
Thanks for your love and support! Have a great week!