This week was full of wonderful experiances. First, I was able to
go to the temple with my converts A and K.
It was such a great opportunity to be with them because as mssionaires
our goal is not just to baptize but to help ourconverts make it to the temple.
The temple is what we strive for so that we can have be sealed to our families
for eternity. I love the mission because of all of the beautiful experiances
that we have and the people we meet.
As missionaries I feel that we are endowed with power from on
high. We are blessed with the power to prophesy and make promises. This past
week we invited J to come to church. His family is struggling finacially and he
told us that he couldnt come to church because he had to work. I promised him
as a represetnative of Jesus Christ that if he came to church he would find
work and work more than he would if he didn’t come to chruch. This week he put
my promise to the test. He came to church for the three hour block. Directly
after church the car he wanted to rent was given to him so that he could work as a taxi driver. Wow, it is
amazing to see how God blesses us as show faith and obey his
There are people prepared. This week we recieved a reference from
the primary, a girl with 11 years has been coming to church for a year but she
has not been baptised. She really wanted the opportunity to see the dedication
of the Trujillo temple next week but discovered that she has to be baptised to
enter. She experssed her long deisres to
go and see the temple, to be baptised she needed to recieve the 5 lessons, interviews
and plan with the ward. We taught her all of the lessons in 2 appointments
planned with the ward and she was baptised Sunday morning and recieved the Holy
Spirit on Sunday in church. Now she can go to the dedication in Trujillo.
I love this area I am serving in. I love the people here and I
love my companion. It is going to be very hard to leave next month!
Love you all,
Hermana Huish Last weeks letter also: Hola
we were really happy about the outcome at church. We had three families attend sacrament meeting. Finding the family B
was honestly a miracle. Herman Lopez and I left to proselyte in the morning and
on this day nobody let us in. We were walking from house to house for a couple
of hours trying to teach someone but no one would open a door, or everyone was
out at work. For a final effort before we went to lunch we decided to knock on
one more door. As we looked around at our options, a little blue house stood
out and we approached. A woman came to the door and at first was hesitant and
didnt want to give us the time but we were presistent and she let us in. We
found out that all of her children are members and that she used to be the
pentchinista for the missionaries years ago. She said that she loved going to
church but being alone all the time she had distanced herself. We invited her to a knitting class with the
relief society and to come to church Sunday. To our surprise as we were sitting
in sacrament meeting she walked in with her daughter and all of her
grandchildren. They filled up an entire row. They are very excited to come back
to church and to continue learning about the gospel. I know that God led us to
that door. I know that we are only instruments in the hands of God to bring all
of his children back to him.
Herman Lopez is progressing really quickly. It
seems like she doesnt have fear. She has an amazing ability to motivate people
to read, pray and come to church. We get along very well. I love training and
it has taught me a lot. Sometimes I feel like I learn more from her. She
struggles a little to learn all of the lessons and the doctrines but we do
practices everyday in companion study. I think one of our strnegths is that we
are always happy to be working, this happiness is contagious and people take
note. Our ward is also progressing a lot. We had a
fasted for the bishop, leaders and members that they could change their
atitudes and be able to do things happily. And it was amazing this Sunday its
was like a different ward. The leaders are motivated to work and to save all
the less actives. Over all the week has been very successfull.
I am in my final transfer and last 6 weeks of the
mission. It blows me away how quickly the time has gone. This week I read Acts
20:22-38 and these scriptures about Paul the apostle are the perfect
description for how I have been feeling.
“But none of these thingsamoveme, neither count I myblifedear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with
joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify thecgospelof thedgraceof God.”
Near the end, it is common for some missionaries to
get “trunky”, or lazy and casual in their service, but I feel just the opposite. In fact, as I
enter into these last six weeks I feel a surge and urgent need to share the
gospel with every single person I come in contact with. The pressure to protect,
warn and teach as many people and families as I can is strong. Helping
individuals change their lives is the greatest blessing of missionary service.
The pressure I have recently felt caused me to ask for a comfort blessing
from the elders. WOW! The blessing was as if God was talking directly to me.
God told me that he was happy with everything that I have accomplished, with
who I have become, and all the efforts that I have put into the mission. God
blessed me that I could finish my mission with strength and with joy. I have
come to love Peru and all the people here. (I also have nightmares that when I
get home I won’t be able to speak English, hahaha.)
This week has been an
excellent week. Right now we have three
families that we are teaching and are progressing. Familia C, Familia T, and Familia
B. The gospel is very focused on families. If we follow the commandments and Jesus within
our family we can recieve many
blessings, and much joy. I am so thankful for the three families that we are
teaching. It is beautiful to be able to help them come to church, learn and obey
the commandments and bring them closer to God. Every family of course has their
issues or problems even those that are part of the church but the gospel can
help us overcome our weaknesses and fortify our families.
I am thankful for my family. Parents who taught me to be obedient
to the commandments of the lord have been one of the greatest blessings of my
life. Serving a mission has helped me appreciate
my family even more because I have been able to experience many kinds of people and all types of
families. I know that serving a mission will bless my future family becuase I
am better preapred for what is to come.