Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Service in Ensenada and Peruvian Carneval

This week was a little tough, but we're receiving more and more help from members now, so in the past 3 weeks, we have taught 24 new investigators! We are super excited, and now our goal is to help them progress.

Service project in Ensenada (North of Los Olivos, near the Comas District)
One of our new investigators that we are super excited to teach is Hermano F. He is a reference from Hermano Zacharias, the second counselor in the bishopric. Hermano F has had missionaries in his home in the past because his conyuge (partner) is a less-active member. He told us that he has read the Book of Mormon, is going to come to church every week, and wants to be baptized. His only problem is that he is fornicating, and he is trying to decide if he is going to separate from his conyuge or marry her (that is why he doesn't have a fecha bautismal (baptismal date)). He has come to church the past two Sundays and asks very thoughtful questions, and really wants to know the truth. We taught him the Restauracion with Hermano Zacharias, who has been a huge help. The lesson that we had was the most spiritual that I have had in all of my mission! He has a problem believing that there is a prophet in the world today, and has promised to pray to know is Joseph Smith is a prophet. We gained his confidence, and he asked us to visit his wife who is less active to see if we can reactivate her.

Isn't the view amazing? Some of our helpers during our service project.
Also this past week, we went to Ensenada to do a service. The Elders helped to remove part of the hill so that this awesome family can construct more of their house while the Sisters helped fold and iron laundry and cook. The family was super nice, and the Hermana is a returned missionary.

Our Carneval Misional at the church.
More of the Carneval Misional at the Church. Note the
large puddles of water!
We also had a Carneval, which in Peru is where people have a water fight. During the entire month of February, anyone is fair game, so watch out! We decided to do a Carneval Misional for our ward to help bring investigators and members to the chapel. We filled hundreds of water balloons and planned games like balloon volleyball. We had a pretty good turn out. My companion and Hermana Mirla, our pensionista, got me super soaked.

This was before I got super soaked at the Carneval.

Today we find out about transfers, but I'm not nervous because I am training Hermana Morales and it is very unlikely that I will be changed. We are super excited to work together and help reactivate and baptize lots of familes this next transfer.

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