Well its been great to hear from all of you and the story continues! Well i actually haven't been sick in a week which in and of itself is a miracle considering how badly I've been sick since coming out here! anyways thanks for the prayers on my behalf! OK so there weren't many questions this week just a lot of desire to know whats going on so I'll just start typing and see where that takes us. So the big event this week has been the training that all our missionaries have been going through to prepare for the transition the the new system of teaching people! which i think has been a big improvement anyways elder Quispe was in Pisco which is about an hour by bus from Ica and every morning and night he had to commute to Pisco to learn from President Manning. While he was there i was left with Elder Rojas and Elder Meneses two great missionaries Elder Roja only has two weeks in the field and has a strong testimony and Elder Meneses has five months and is a spiritual giant, his voice invokes the spirit which is really cool, but for these three days we went about our normal teaching business the Chiranna in the morning San Isidro in the afternoon, it was really fun and we had a lot of powerful experiences like with Violetta Huamani we were talking with her about how god is her heavenly father and she closed with a prayer and started bawling, well needless to say we asked what was wrong and she said that her daughter who only was 19 years had left home and hadn't visited in over a week and we were trying to console her and talking about how Christ knows how she feels and was really a remarkable experience, spiritually productive maybe spiritually strengthening of course. anyways that was one of the cool experiences i had this week.
Ok so right now in this very moment i am writing on a giant computer in a public Internet store thing and this giant computer is on display so that everyone in the street can look in and see what i am writing which makes me very grateful that i am writing in English and they cant understand what it is that i am writing.
anyways something a little bit funny we have asked our two golden investigators to be baptized Jose Antonio Garcia Perez on the 14th of august and Sandra Pellanne for the 28th of august the thing is that we wont baptize them Jose has asked his friend Milton Montoya and Sandra's husband (returned missionary) I'm sure will do the honors so yeah we have two baptisms and no i don't think that i will baptise either which is ok by me the only important thing is that the ordinance is preformed but there i was thinking my first 2 baptisms! and then oh all the work none of the glory huh well thats ok the lord giveth and the lord taketh away...
Anyways another woman we have been working with Elisa Galindo Quispe(35+/-) is amazing she is the mother of two children Heidy(9) and Grerardo(12) and they are making huge progress and we are planning to ask them to be baptized this week we just need to make sure not to loose them and are working to fellowship them as much as possible!
ok so my stories are becoming fact for fact not very detailed in which i apologize but I really don't know what to say more than i already have which in an of itself i guess is a testimony of how normal the mission life has become and i kind of feel like talking about the normal is boring when even the normal here might be extraordinary to you guys.
ok so here is a little tidbit for Marlee all the stores here and i mean all of them are all arranged by type, let me explain if you want to buy shoes you go to a certain street and there is about fifty stores that sell nothing but shoes or if you want to buy electronics there is a separate street with fifty more stores that sell nothing but electronics and it is the same with dentists, doctors, spas, salons, clothes...etc. and this is pretty cool strange but cool!
ok so i still have time to write but im not sure what to write about... hmm... maybe making a video journal of five minutes every night and then sending the videos would be more helpful...
anyways i have been studying Jesus the Christ and have finished the book which of itself was a huge accomplishment and i have been studying the gospel of christ or the doctrine of christ namley faith repentance baptism holy ghost and endure to the end!!!
anyways ...................... this north american is talking to me about twilight and i was slightly distracted
ok well it has been a good study of the evangelio de Jesucristo and how very perfect the plan really is and i have been really studying the scriptures not just reading which i think has really opened my mind to what i thought were mysteries and i have had my testimony strengthened to the point of which my soul hungers to read.
is summer al ready over?! wow I guess that means that time for writing me has gone from some to one.... but thats ok i know the lord will bless those who can endure to the end. Oh btw i was thinking about it and i have finished 4/24 of my mission.
OK so i mentioned in my email that we found two golden investigators"!
Ok first is Sandra Pellalle She is the wife of a returned missionary and wanted to lean about the gospel becaue they wants to be sealed in the temple! AHHHH! amazing so we are working with her to help her get a testimony for herself and we are planning to baptize her on the 28 of august!
the second is Jose Antonio
he had heard of the church and attended a few meetings and came to us and asked to recieve the lessons (well of course is our response) and start teaching him he is way receptive and had the oportunity to participate in somehting akin to a youth conference and so now he has a ton of friends in the chruch, and this sunday he came and asked us to be baptized and we put a date for the 14th of august (btw he is bigger than me thats strange here) but it has been a huge spiritual blessing to have these two glden eggs in our nest.
I just want you guys to know that i love you and that i know this is the church of god and that when we endure with faith we last longer and stronger than we think possible
ok mini story
there was once two farmers with adjoining feilds who were passing through a drought and didnt know if this year would be good for the crops they both were tusting in god to send the rain. one farmer went out and prepared the field while the other patiently waited to see if his efforts would be worth it. and when the rain finally came the farmer who had prepared the field was happy and the one who diddnt missed the oportunity to utilize the rain
ok lots of morals but right now it is even though we dont know if the rain will come - blessings<<<<< we need to prepare ourselve to recieve them