Monday, June 30, 2014

Bolivia, Jardin—Week 10

Dearest Family and Friends,

First of all, I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July on Friday! I will be sadly missing all of the festivities, but you’d better light some fireworks in my honor. You should all be so glad to be Americans. Really. Being in a foreign country makes you so happy to know that you live in a country with rules and freedom. Let’s just say I will kiss the ground in Utah when I get back. Don’t get me wrong—I love Bolivia, but I also like laws and things that can protect us and our families.
Yeah, enough of all that, now on to my week:
We had emergency transfers. Mixed emotions, but I am so happy with Hermana Mullisaca! She is great! She’s a convert of about 5 years, she’s the only member in her family, and this is her third mission. She started in Cocha, left to Venezuela, but then with all the problems, they had to pull all the missionaries out and now she’s here in this mission. She has one transfer more than me, and she’s amazing. She truly has a love for everyone and truly wants everyone to know about the gospel and how it can positively affect their lives like it has hers.
We went to visit “A.” We are probably going to let her go for a while until she can keep the commitments. She has the excuse that her mom doesn’t want her to go to church with us, and her mom has 80 something years, and she has 50 something, but her mother is still controlling her life.
Then we had FHE with the “C” Familia and they gave us some great news. They are going to wait to get married until June next year so they can get sealed too!!! And they said they want us to be there. Easier for Hna. Mullisaca, but I’ll try my best when I get home to be able to go to their wedding. I’m so, so happy for them!
We went in search of new people . . . and we found two! “N” is a single mother with one daughter that has 3 years. Her best friend from middle school is in our ward and she told us she really wants to get to know the church better for her daughter. Score!
We visited “A”, who informed us that he’s moving to Oruro (close to La Paz) for 3 months. We taught him about enduring to the end and how he needs to find the church there and stay active. He said he will.
We visited “M.” We knocked her door last week and taught her about the Plan of Salvation and today we taught her the Restoration. She was so attentive and understood all of it. She told us that she thinks that all of it is true, but that it’s going to take her a while to change her thoughts from Catholic to Mormon. We were so excited and wanted to set a baptismal date, but then she told us that she will be going to Canada for a few months to visit family there. We are sad, but I just really hope she can progress later on.
We went to the other missionaries’ baptism . . . and found some new investigators!
We met with a couple who were meeting with the missionaries a while ago. They were super attentive and said they want to get baptized, but that they are nervous that they won’t be able to keep all the commandments afterwards. We talked a lot about the Spirit and how it will be a guide in their lives. They said they will pray together to know if they need to be baptized.
There are a lot of families here that are so discouraged because they feel like they just have so much to do and they get overwhelmed, but one thing we’ve been teaching them all is to Endure to the End. No matter what happens, we have to just keep pushing through, or we will never make it. We watched the Emma Smith movie yesterday with a family, and it’s amazing the endurance she had through all of her hardships. That’s one thing we’ve been focusing on a lot lately and it has made my testimony grow immensely as well as my outlook on life. I never want to go back to the silly teenage girl I was before. I want to be better, I want to teach everyone how they can make it back to live in His presence, and more than anything, I want to be able to be an example to my future husband and children of a diligent, serviceful, loving, spirtitual mother like you were to me, Mom. I want more than anything to live with my family forever and in the presence of my Father in Heaven. I love this Gospel. Every day I learn more and more and I love to put it all into practice. The Church is true and the Gospel is the only way that we can make it back to our Father in Heaven.
I know that you all can do it! Hang in there and don’t ever forget to say your prayers, because your Father in Heaven wants to listen to you!
Have a great week!
xoxo Hermana Nelson

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