Monday, December 2, 2013

Bolivia, Charcas—Week 10

Quezada Family Home Evening
Family and Friends,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving this week! I didn’t miss it too much because I actually forgot it was Thanksgiving and, yeah, just had a normal Thursday. Thanksgiving at home sounded about like usual. I do miss eating your baked goods, Mom. Promise to make lots when I get home?

Last week, we wrote our families and then got two packages—one from Beccs and the second package from the fam for Christmas! It was like Christmas—or wait . . . I guess it is for Christmas! (hehe) Thanks for all of it. We’ve already been using the recipes (as you can see) and we’ve added more of the gifts under our "tree.”

Tell Paige Endicott “Thanks!” for the sweet advent calendar and everything! It really made our day.

The snow was great! I cried a bit when I opened it. I think Hermana Soto thinks I’m crazy. (We cut out a bunch of snowflakes and sent them a pile of “snow” for their windows so they could pretend to have a ‘White Christmas’).

Yes, we did get the earrings, necklaces, and socks you sent for us to give the kids. We’ve already made little boxes for them and we are beginning to give them away.

FHE with the Quezada Family
The Quezadas are such a great, strong family and we've been really blessed to have lunch with them this week. We also had FHE with their family. We made chocolate chip cookies and they loved them! We played a game that’s kind of like Cranium and had some fun times. We got to give the family ideas about things to do for their son who is leaving on his mission this week. I told them about some of the things my family did for me. They are excited to have a missionary! I love this family because they find totally natural ways to incorporate the gospel into their everyday lives. We were visiting with President Quezada and he said he may know Brother Didericksen and Brother Sorensen. His name is Marco Antonio Quezada and he said he vaguely remembers companions with those names. Ask them if they know him.
Making cookies with the Quezadas. Their kids loved, loved, loved them!
We had a lesson about the restoration with Diego and it went well. He truly wants to learn and his goal is baptism. Then, we went to see if Erica was home and she was, which is a miracle because she usually isn’t home. She’s the one Hermana Suxo and I taught during my first week in Bolivia. She’s really great and eager to learn—and it doesn’t hurt that she speaks English! Que Bueno! I’m really excited to continue the lessons with her because she likes the church and the way it works.

We taught Fernando and Alejandro about the priesthood and they are really excited about it. Then we taught Rosalinda and Mariana. We taught Mariana about the restoration. She is great and always has a lot of questions. She asked us about some things she’s heard about Mormons: She thought we were like nuns and she freaked out when we told her that we’re only 19 and are spending 18 months on our missions. She also thought that Mormons couldn’t dance and that we only listen to music about Jesus.

We knocked doors for a while and found a lady who actually let us in! Her dad, who is very old and sick, was with her. She explained that he has dementia and lung cancer and that he isn’t going to make it much longer. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and how she is going to be able to see him again. She loved the message and wants us to come back and teach her some more. We are a little skeptical because she is a strong Catholic, but miracles do happen, so possibly she will accept the gospel.

We also had FHE with Samantha and her family. She is the Hermana that invites us to “tea time” every day. She is a convert of about 2 years and her husband has been a member his whole life, but was inactive for quite some time. He told us a lot of stories from his mission and they told us about their conversion stories and goals for the future. We talked about their family and helped them set a goal to be sealed together. It was a really great night!

Under the Weather
I’ve had headaches for several days this week due to the heat, but I’ve tried to work through them. On Friday I woke up feeling sick with the symptoms I usually get before I have a seizure. Hermana Zambrano said to rest the whole day and keep the fan blowing on me so I could cool down. It was raining all day, and it wasn’t too hot, so we just rested. I’m feeling much better now, so I should be able to function for the rest of the week.

We had a lot of people promise they would come to church on Sunday. Our recent converts all came, but our investigators didn’t. It was a good fast Sunday, though. A lot of people talked about missionary work and it seemed like the rest of the day had the same theme. In Relief Society, we learned about visiting teaching and how it is a really important form of missionary work.

Liahona Minute
From the November 2012 Ensign or Liahona—talk by Pres. Monson: “See Others as They May Become." I loved this talk because it is so true. It reminds me of a quote that I love by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” There is a story that you all need to read in this talk about a missionary who had great success on his mission because he learned to see everyone in white clothing—clean, and ready for baptism.

Always remember that every person is our brother or sister and that all of us are sons or daughters of God. Look at each person the way God looks at them and treat them even better.

I love you all so, so, so much! Have a great week and know that I’m praying for you all!


Hermana Nelson
These huge butterflies (or moths) are all over our house.
They are as big as my hands! I'm not complaining—they're just harmless butterflies.

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