Well, what a week. It has been pretty great to see the area finally lift up again. We were super excited to see six different investigators at church yesterday. Brian, Lita, Yessel, and Francis are all up to the plate with baptismal dates for next week and all of them were able to attend this week. They’re keeping the majority of their commitments, so I’m super excited to see them progress. We were really having a building time here in Chilca, so it is super exciting to see things pick back up here! Just really goes to show that hard work and perseverance actually pay off. Yesterday at church I finally felt that the ward was also picking up from both administrative points to the general Spirit and attitude felt there. I’m so grateful for the awesomeness that is the Work of Salvation! Why would we be afraid of sharing the Gospel with our friends if it leads them to their salvation?
It has rained, well to at least some degree, every single day. It has ranged from straight-up downpours to sprinkles. Rain is pretty hard for missionaries to deal with, especially when you are in a mission where you have to walk to almost every single appointment. Unfortunately, I broke the awesome umbrella that Grandma got me for my birthday last year due to the crazy amount of usage that it got me. However, we will be getting some new ones this week. Despite the travel difficulties, I am super excited for November — it is going to rain hard almost every single day! And I really do love a rainy day.
P-day last Monday ended up being a little disappointing. There was some miscommunication, so we didn’t get started as early as we wanted. The Zone Leaders had planned for us to to go to Ingenio, a small town up in the mountains. We didn’t end up leaving until 2:00, and then the restaurant we had hoped to go to was super expensive. So as we were about to leave, the Zone Leaders convinced us to all stay for a small while longer and to go fishing. We then fished on a tiny pond with PVC pipes with string and hooks with a tiny bit of bait. It was a crazy day, but at least the company was good.
Other than that, the week went pretty smoothly. Thursday was a nice adventure. We went to Viques for a follow-up after the time with Elder Johnson and his companion at a sister’s house. We arrived as planned, but had to wait for her to clean up the house. Then, we were invited to a little lunch and cake in her super poor, adobe house. It was super sweet of her to feed us. I just had to eat the food without thinking about it (she is so poor!), but San Pedro really prepared my stomach for it. She’s a super nice woman. I’d baptize her right on the spot, but she isn’t married yet. We’re going to do our best to help her especially since she came to Church yesterday all dressed up with her three little boys in their matching slacks, white shirts, ties, and even sweaters. She’s a faithful woman and I know the Lord will provide!
On Saturday morning there was also a crazy sporting event right outside our room. I’ll just tell the story in pictures.
Other than that, things are great here. I love the work and I love this place. So awesome to see things moving around and progressing! It really is an adventure here and I sure do hope that things keep moving along!
Well, I’m off to have an adventure!
with many llamas,