*the phone rings... it's the Zone Leaders*
"Hermana Rasmussen, you're not gonna believe us..."
"Who has transfers??"
"Wait, let me walk passed this busy street..."
"TELL ME, ELDER!" (Digame, Elder!)
"Okay okay!! So and so has transfers and so and so and... wait for it... your companion has transfers. And you will be training!"
"WHAT?" (No me diga...)
So there ya have it, folks. I started my mission in Cajamarca, and I think I will finish it here in Cajamarca! #MissionPeruCajamarca! EVERYONE thought they knew that I would have transfers this time. I realized in our zone meeting that there is not one other missionary left here in this city that was here when I got here. No one that even came up with me! I had washed all my clothes, done recuerdos (like thank you notes) for the whole world, but no! Hermana Molina se va y yo me quedo. Quien Sabia?
As far as the second piece of news... I'm sorry... TRAINING?! I was kind of freaking out Saturday night when they told us. I got about 5 hours of sleep I think (maybe in the real world that's a lot but as a missionary we always have our 8 full hours). But no. I just stared at the ceiling pretty much scared out of my mind. I know I can do it... because I know that President Williams receives revelation on my behalf.
Jeremiah 1:4-5: "Then the word of the Lord came unto me [through President Williams], saying, 'Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a [trainer for Hermana...].'"
The Lord knows me. He knew me before I came on my mission and before I came to the earth! He knows what I'm capable of and I trust Him completely. I'm way excited for this new opportunity to learn, grow, and serve. I love the mission. I really do.
Because I didn't write much of a letter last week, I'd love to share a few of my feelings about Doris and Carlitos' baptism. How glorious was that day! A little background about the Infante Family if I haven't been terribly clear before... their son, Herber, was the first in his family to be baptized about a year and a half ago. Then, in September, his parents, Daniel and Fidelia, were baptized, but they had 5 other adult children with families of their own who had yet to come to a knowledge of the truth! So little by little, we have been working with them. Doris is the oldest of their children and Carlos is her 12 year old son. Last week, Carlitos received the priesthood! He is stoked!!! He has been coming to church with his grandparents since September, has read through Jacob in the Book of Mormon, and already has the first vision memorized. #futuromissionero. Hermana Doris is the sweetest. She hasn't always had the easiest life but has found great peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What made this day so special was that Hermano Daniel got to perform the baptism of his oldest daughter, and Hermano Herber got to baptize his sweet nephew. Hermano Herber leaves on his mission to Bolivia next month and has been a wonderful example to his amazing family! Little by little they are entering into the covenant and will surely be an eternal family. I love them more than I can say.
And finally, I just need to express my overwhelming love for my sweet companion, Hermana Molina. I have learned from her so much more about how to teach, serve, and love. I never would have thought I would have a Bolivian best friend, but I do! I'll miss her SO MUCH, but I guess transfers are necessary to keep learning and growing. Also HUGE SHOUT OUT to my incredible trainer that I strive to be like every day! LOVE YOU HERMANA KIMBALL.
The mission is my favorite thing. It's beautiful and inspiring and fun and crazy, but I just love it. Can't believe how fast it's passing by. Love you all!