It was so fun to see you all yesterday on Skype! Weird to think that it was the last time to talk to you all until I get home. Glad I got to see ya on your day mommy!
This week was another great one. We were in Arequipa Tuesday and Wednesday which is always fun. It´s another world down here. They drive cars here instead of llamas. While we were here we had a zone conference. We talked a lot about goals and how we could work a little harder to reach them if they are truly something that God wants. Like I was telling you yesterday, Hermana Weller and I really wanted to be guided by the spirit as we set a baptism goal for May. We prayed for about a week asking the Lord how many people He had prepared for us to be baptized this month in our new area. After a few days I told Hermana Weller that I received an answer. I told her 7. She looked at me and said..."That's what I got too" So right then we knelt down and prayed and asked the Lord for a confirmation to our souls that He really did want us to baptize 7 people in our area. The answer was clear for both of us. We stood up and said..."Let´s get to work". As of right now we don´t have 7 people that are ready to be baptized...but we know that God is a God of miracles, and He will help us if we do our part.
When we got back to Chivay on Wednesday we jumped right back into working. There is SO much to be done in our area. The people we are teaching are starting to progress and it´s definitely nice to start seeing some results after this first transfer of getting things up and running in our new area.
Hermana Weller and I planned a surprise "Happy 1 year" party for an Elder that is serving in Chivay with us, and it was a HUGE hit. We got cake, balloons, coloring pages, poster board, you name it...we had it. As he walked in and we turned on the lights I screamed "SURPRISE!" so loud that I scared the entire family that let us use their house for the party...it´s been a while since I´ve been to one of those...I guess I forgot how they work.
This last week we were asked to start reading the Book of Mormon as a companionship every day for 15 minutes. Never have I felt so strongly the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon in my entire life. I do not doubt that the Book of Mormon is the work of God. Each time we read we are filled with a spirit of confirmation telling us once again that the things we are reading are coming straight for our Father in Heaven.
On Saturday the Elders had a baptism, and it was so beautiful. We got to walk down to the river and watch it done as Christ was baptized. What a blessing. After hiking and climbing over rocks in a skirt for about 20 minutes...we made it! We sat down, prayed, sang a hymn, and watched a sweet young girl become a member of the true church of Jesus Christ. I love this work!
We also got rejected this week...and for the first time in my mission we were literally told "Nobody is home!" Haha. I always thought that was just a joke. We thanked her for answering us, and left. Classic.
The church is true. I know it!
Love you all!