Monday, January 25, 2016

MMM.... Misionary Meeting Mundial

Intercambios with Hermana Yucra! 
January 25, 2016
There is a religion here called MMM.... Movimiento Misionary Mundial.... and they are kind of intense.... BUT we had a super cool meeting with ALL THE MISSIONARIES IN THE WORLD from the apostles about repentance and baptism which was really fun and we learned a lot..... it was just with 5 of us gringos in our zone, but it was still fun haha... 

This week was good. We are seeing A TON of miracles and some awesome progress and changes in our investigators. 

We are teaching the bishop’s less active sister, Ursela, and his mom, and they live in a very Peruvian house... picture next week sorry, we always teach them outside their door on the street, and their DUCK tried to escape and was flying all over and pooped on my foot, so that was fun. 

Also, I had another intercambio with HERMANA YUCRA. Back to the companions..... it was actually really fun. It was cool to see the progress and changes we have made, she is killing it. 

We also visited these members in our ward and they were so cool, their name is the family Necio-sup. But the cool part is for punishment they made their kids read the Book of Mormon for like 2 hours and it helped them gain a testimony, and to log onto the computer they had to recite the 13 articles of faith and the books of the Bible and Book of Mormon.... definitely took notes for my future family haha.. 

But that is the thing I love about the saints here. They are SO FAITHFUL. A lot of them don’t understand a lot of the doctrine all of the way, but they know why they go to church and do their VERY BEST to live the gospel. I love them so much. 

Also.... not sure if I mentioned Liduvina, but she has a son who is serving in Chile and she isn’t a member! She knows a little bit about the church, but it has been awesome to teach her and the ward is helping us out lots. She truly has the desire to repent and change, and at church on Sunday was just BUBBLING HAPPY. The gospel changes us. 

Also bishop’s aunt emilia we are teaching read in the Book of Mormon and decided to get baptized! She is still working on being separated from her husband, but I just loved seeing her all dressed up, for 3 hours on Sunday with her blue book. These people are making such big changes in their lives. I forget how much the gospel changes mine everyday. Fun to watch. 

Overall, it was a fun one. Its hot, its sweaty, but I love this work so much. I have learned how nice the Lord is to let us help out a little bit in His garden. The way I see it is he has TONS of work to do, and we pick up a little spade and weed about 5 feet of ground and he blesses us and thanks us more than we deserve. It truly is the most rewarding work to share the gospel. I sure am happy to help. 

Have a great week and know I’m grateful for ya! 
Hermana Clegg
Hermana Wood with the dogs at Ursela's house....

Monday, January 18, 2016

When the Circus comes to town...

I love Hermana Wood!

I love the mission! I love it so much.... This week was AWESOME. So many random and cool things going on! 

First off, we started intercambios and I went back to Imperio with Hermana Tunquipa.... she is a recent convert and is from Lima, so cute! It was a little bit of mixed emotions to go back to an area that I didn’t really love, but it was cool! It’s like when you are afraid of something when you are little, then see it again and realize its not scary at all. As I was back in my old area, I realized how very miserable I was when I was there with some trials I went through, but realized in turn how happy the Lord has made me as he has changed me. 

We went to a lady named Carmen, and I walked in and saw here and was AMAZED she was still taking the lessons..... me and Hermana Zamora found her and taught her about the family, but I didn’t think much of it besides the fact that she was one of the only nice people we had taught. I sat down and found out she had read the Book of Mormon twice and was going to get baptized next Saturday! I just cried! I realized that whole metaphor of the field is true, sometimes you plant and sometimes you reap and sometimes it needs time to grow! So that was super cool. 

President also showed up to our district meeting which I was late for haha... he is such an amazing president. I learn so much from him and he just emulates the love of Christ. 

After that Hermana Esquivel came to our area and it was awesome! We are trying to use the Book of Mormon more, and it’s cool because I feel so much more like a missionary! Telling people about it in the streets, etc. 

Miracle... .
Hermana Wood before we left to do an intercambio said "there is a guy named Jorge another hermana visited once. I think you should go and give him a Book of Mormon..." So random. So she looked up his address, and at the end of the night we went over with a Book of Mormon. He came to the door with a cigarette in his hand and told me he had a religion and really didn’t have any interest. I said "that’s okay, I’m just here to give you a book" and talked about what the Book of Mormon was for about a minute and he said "come in." 

It was such a great lesson. The spirit just took over, we testified of how we knew it was true, how it could help him find the answers he was looking for and he started to cry! He said he was praying all night for answers and was mad at god for not giving him any direction.... he said he was confused and didn’t like the church he was attending and wanted to find the truth. So he said he would read what we left and pray about it. It was awesome. The Lord really prepares so many people and if we are humble enough to find the people that are really prepared, miracles happen. So cool! 

Also, we had interviews and got new cell phones and cookies from Hermana Williams. They are the best! 

And.... the CIRCUS came to our area! Right in our dirt field. And it is seriously from the 1930s or earlier... Peru is so cool! We asked them if we could go inside and it was so old and soo cool.... we walk by every night haha... 

And, remember Stalin and Gizelth? They are awesome but moved into the other ward, so other missionaries are visiting them, but we were walking and Stalin pulled over in his moto to talk to us and said that his wife didn’t like the other missionaries and wants us to come... dang. We explained why we couldn’t, but I miss them so much! While we were talking, about 30 policeman on motorcycles pulled up and asked for their IDs haha..... I had to explain that we knew them and we were friends and they let them go.... so funny. 

Pretty much, it’s just another awesome week in the ghetto of Peru. I love my life so much. I have definitely felt how TRUE and POWERFUL the Book of Mormon is this week, so if you aren’t reading it, START. It will change your life and answers and solves every question and problem. 

Love you all, thanks for all you do. Have a good one! 
Hermana Clegg
Intercambios with Hermana Tunquipa

Intercambio with Hermana Esquivel


Monday, January 11, 2016

Pizza pockets and Tacos

canchangas and shampoo... classic peruvian snack

Well... the most exciting thing here is always the food when its yummy! haha... not really, but, there was some good food this week! 

On Tuesday we had the Leadership meeting which was super fun! It’s like 5 hours long with all the zone leaders and sister leaders, it was so cool to learn from President and Hermana Williams of how we can help the missionaries and the mission better. They talked a lot about using the Book of Mormon, so we have been focusing on that and it has been really cool! I have felt how my personal testimony of how everything depends on that book has grown. I love the Book of Mormon! And that is where we ate pizza pockets. yum. 

We then taught bits and pieces of the meeting in our zone meeting, which was really fun! I feel like I have learned so much in this last week, its awesome. 

Besides that, it has just been really hot. I’m glad I’m not in Jaen again, but I’ve been trying to remember all of my tricks at staying cool. 

Also, it was Hermana Wood’s 22nd birthday on Saturday which was WAY FUN. We had tacos and tres leches at night, which was awesome. She is the best! 

One funny thing that happened is we were trying to talk to the people in different ways, so a lady walked by with flowers and I asked " how pretty, what are those flowers for?" and she said for the virgin maria..... haha.... hopefully we can teach her this week. 

The ward is doing awesome though! Lots of new members have been coming with us and I LOVE THEM. They are so cute and so fun. We are still seeing a lot of success with the bishop’s family... they are kind of our only investigators, but they are awesome! It’s cool how the Lord opens people’s hearts in different ways. They have all heard about the gospèl, but never had any interest until the passing of the bishop’s daughter. 

Overall, I’ve just felt very grateful. I feel that the Lord gives us so much, and sometimes here I get frustrated and wonder where the help is, then I pray and remember all the blessings he has given me and it changes literally everything. There is so much good and so many people all around to help and that help us. 

Hopefully you have a great week! 
Love you all! 

Hermana Clegg 
zone meeting

chilling in hermana jessicas house (convert) 

birthday party! 

it's a pretty place

oreos and MILK. YUM

Monday, January 4, 2016

Fun in the SUN

Hermana p day.... so far as a Hermana Leader we have done nothing but PARTY..... that's okay right? 

Hey! so.... I just wrote on Friday, but this week has been awesome! 
Pretty much all that is new is our dueño.... umm..... landlord? got a POOL! so we have been fawning over it and watching them all swim in it.... they are the richest Peruvians I have ever met haha... love them! 

And, I just love the gospel. I bore my testimony yesterday of the JOY that the gospel brings. That really there is nothing greater, nothing sweeter than recognizing and following the spirit, something I'm really trying to do more. 

And... in one of our lessons with the bishops aunt... we are literally teaching all of his family! the Lord prepares them...even in hard ways... anyways... one of their Peruvian dogs, so ugly, was playing by my feet and Hermana Wood was trying to get it to go away and I said "it’s fine!” and she said "don't look at what is in it's mouth!”.... it was a bloody chicken head haha.... 

But! It was an awesome lesson. 
Anyways.... pretty much I hope the year is going as well for you guys, I can say nothing but good about life right now. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY IN PERU. 

Enjoy the little things, see the wonder and feel the love in His spirit. 

Love you all!
Hermana Clegg
The landlord's pool!

Our room! 

my beautiful area....dead dogs....

christmas day... Meet the Mormons and pizza