Mi amado familia!
What a wonderful week it has been! The first order of business…
BIENVENIDA A LA HERMANA MOLINA!!!!!!!!!!!! She is literally the BEST (okay, who can be better than Hermana Kimball?). But really—she’s great. She is 22 years old from Bolivia, Santa Cruz. She has quite an accent, but I’m catching on :) We were fast friends. She’s learning English as I learn Spanish so it’s just always a party! She’s just totally adorable. Also she likes to work so that’s the best news of ALL! It is clear the Lord was involved in putting us together :) He knows each one of us SO WELL.
So, AWESOME as my companion is… this week was still kind of tough. I feel like such a newb, but look, running an area is hard!! The majority of our appointments fell through this week and when that happened, it was up to ME to know where to go. Even then, we always had a long list of backups… that also fell through… BUT! As the Lord promises us in the scriptures (Alma 26:27), “bear with patience thine afflictions and I will give unto you success!” And so… we contacted, we knocked doors, we re-contacted many of the same people, and we re-knocked many of the same doors. And frankly, nada.
But wait! Then who should walk on by but Hermano Ciro from the ward. “Hermano Ciro! Do you have any friends?!? We need someone to visit!”
Well, Hermano Ciro told us that yeah, he did have a buddy he had been thinking about so he calls him (because he’s just the best like that). We soon find out this buddy of his has a wife and two little girls (SCORE! FAMILY!). But that their little newborn girl is really dangerously sick and having trouble breathing. So… awesome Hermano Ciro offered to give a blessing to the little baby. Next thing we knew we were on our way to a lesson to teach a family WITH a family. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
Meet: Junior and Leisy! Cutest young couple ever. He speaks English and Italian and works with Hermano Ciro. She is basically a supermodel and she just had a baby!? She loves her family more than anything and wants to live with her dad again (who recently passed away). They both want to come to church and learn more. I died. Our first lesson with them when Hermano Ciro gave the baby a blessing was one of the most spiritual moments of my mission so far. After, as he and his wife (Hermana Carolina) bore testimony of the power of the priesthood, it was absolutely amazing! TALK ABOUT “HOW TO BEGIN TEACHING”!!! The second lesson we had with them was about the proclamation on “THE FAMILY.” They loved it. They rock.
I love the spirit. I love being a missionary because I get to feel it ALL the time. I know the Lord blessed us for all our hard work this week. Even if it wasn’t from one of our millions of contacts or doors knocked. He knows us-- each one of us completely and totally and personally! For this, we have reason to sing joyful praises to His name at all times. The rain has REALLY started coming down here in Cajamarca this week. It poured on us all week long during the most frustrating moments. But you know…
What happened immediately after our first lesson with Junior and Leisy? IT STILL POURED. However instead of walking along with our heads down hurrying to our next appointment (or lack thereof), you know what we did? We danced, we skipped, we sang in the rain. It was the best. The Lord knows us. He won’t always lighten the load we bear, but He will help us learn to dance in the rain. 1 Nephi 21:13-16!
That’s all for now, love you all forever and always! Thanks for your wonderful examples to me and keep dancing in the rain!