Monday, March 23, 2015

Get in the water! GET IN!

First of all, if someone can get the movie quote from my title, without looking it up, i´ll bring you a llama from Peru.

So I forgot to look at my journal to find things to write and tell you, so I don´t remember.  But we did have our miracle baptism that was a good time.
   So when people get baptized, the one who is going to baptize them explains a little bit about how it´s going to go down and what they need to do so everything goes smoothly right?  So Elder Johnson, one of the zone leaders that taught her, was explaining everything that she needed to do with plugging her nose, bending her knees, etc.  But I guess she didn´t really understand it, so when he finishes the baptismal prayer and tries to put her hand on her nose, she doesn´t plug her nose and just puts her hand flat, so at this point it´s too late to try and explain it again, so he just has to submerge her in the water.  And she comes up coughing, gasping for air, and spitting out water, and for like 3 minutes just stands there trying to breathe normal.  After worrying for about 30 seconds, we just start laughing really quietly so as not to draw attention.  So word of advice, try not to drown the people you baptize.    Also, the other elders in our district had a baptism and they had to do it four times, so that´s why the title is what it is.

   I´ve also been working on my latino accent while speaking in´s going pretty well, I can definitely pass for being from Brazil.

In other news, my mother died this week.
My mission mother.

Also my companion is getting transferred, so another new companion for me.

Also, here´s my breakfast, because in Peru, Trix aren´t just for kids.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Miracles happen, once in a while, when you use your 10 maneras

A couple small things this week before we get to the main course.  It was stake conference and our mission president spoke....I´d just like to remind you that my mission president is awesome and I am sure that he is going to be a general authority soon....very soon. 

  Also, just a side note that I thought I´d let you know, is that, due to laziness, humidity, and my companion, I´ve stopped doing my hair, I just let it go natural now....It´s working out quite well.  I´ll keep you updated.


So this week was a week of miracles.

  In my mission, our mission president tells us to have 10 maneras or 10 differnet ways to find people to teach, and he promises us that if we have them, and use them all, every week, we will baptize weekly.  So obviously, who doens´t want to baptize weekly right?  So we have been using our 10 maneras since the second week of transfers and you have to do if for at least 4 weeks to see results no.  So we were thinking this week that it has been four weeks and we should have a baptism the 21st, but we didn´t have anyone that could get baptized that day.  But we didn´t get discouraged, so we started thinking about what we needed to do to have a baptism, and my companion brillantly says, "maybe we should just ask for the miracle"  So for 2 or 3 days we were praying asking God for a baptism the 21st.  After those few days, we get a call from the zone leaders and they ask us is we want a miracle for the 21st, so we´re like ummm yeah.  And they tell us that they have a lady who is ready for baptism the 21st, she´s already had all the lessons and has assisted, we just need to talk to her and she can get baptized the 21st.  I can´t even tell you what I felt in that moment.  And I testify to everyone that if you follow your leaders, you will have miracles in your life, and that God answers the prayers of those that are willing to follow Him.


Love you all have a great week!


One of our maneras is giving away lemonade


Us before stake conference
PS -If you can believe it, today was Jenna's 8 month mark.  Time is going so fast!! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Another week has come and gone

Well sorry to report that not that much happened this week.  We had two baptisms of a mother and daughter that we had to save the day before, but that´s the mission life.  It was scary for a second, but when they know they know, and sometimes we just have to help them overcome their fears.


We had a change of rules this week that we need to limit the correspondence that we have with friends through email, so if I don´t write you as much, that´s why, don´t worry, I still love all of you :)


Have a great week!

Awhile  back Melanie sent Jenna a "box of Sunshine" full of yellow things.  One of them was a bottle of bubbles.   So today: 
I´m making good use of the package you guys sent

Also today she said:
So I´ve decided that I really miss the temple.

I am happy she loves the temple.  I am excited for her to be able to go to the Lima temple at some point before she comes home.  Her mission has a "companionship of the month" and the reward is to go to the temple.  I know she works hard and maybe some month it will be her and her companion that get that reward of going to the temple. 
Love this girl and love the growth I see in her in the 250+ days she has been serving the Lord. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lemme take you to Rio, Rio

Well another Brazilian endeavor.  On Tuesday, we went to Interpol, because my companion was illegal, these Mexicans, it doesn´t matter where they go, always illegal....just kidding, my companion said that I could say that, so it´s not rascist.  But there was a group of gringos from the MTC in Lima, so I decided that I would tell them that I was from Brazil....and they believed me.  So if anyone asks, I´m from Sao Paolo Brazil.  I felt a little bad, and I was really going to tell them, but they all left before I could.  But there are three hermanas that are coming to this mission, so they´ll find out eventually.
   Other news, I ate chicken feet, which is really big here, so I wanted to try it.....I just couldn´t get past the finger nails, and I stopped.
    Then we did some service hauling bags of bricks and rubble down 4 flights of stairs, in the beating sun.  Manual labor is rough.
   Lastly, we ran in to some Jehovah´s Witnesses, they are not pleasant people, and they are not respectful at all, it was a sad time.  It´s so frustrating when people just want to contend with us instead of wanting to learn and share....that sounded a bit like a Mean Girls quote, unintentional, but still true.

Well everyone have a great week!

We made the chicken foot into Gollum... Myy preeeccious

And we tried making cookies in the didn´t work

In my email Jenna said they will be having a baptism on Saturday also.  She's very excited about that, but says it is really hard to find new contacts to teach.  Please pray for them.