Monday, July 28, 2014

Bolivia, Jardin—Week 14

Well, not much happened this week, but it was a good week full of lessons, kittens, and happiness. We found two kittens in the chapel and they had been locked in for a week. We fed them and now they are the wards’ pets. They never leave. Their names are Jared and the brother of Jared (Mahonri) haha. They even joined us in Sacrament meeting until the Young Women’s President literally kicked them out the door with her foot!

I hope you are all doing great. Don’t forget to share the Gospel with a friend this week.
Love you all!
oxox Hermana Nelson
Journal Pages
Ward FHE
Hermana “R” is a member who is really sick. We all decided to go and share a FHE with her to cheer her up. It was sad to see her so sick and I couldn’t help but think of Grandma Nelson. It’s so hard to see people sick, especially those that are close to us, but we can be sure that whatever God has in store is correct. Whether Hermana R gets better or not, we know God’s plan and that either way she will be okay. I have that testimony that we can and will be saved if we just keep the commandments.
“F” lives with the “V” Family and is like their maid. We’ve met with her a few times before, but today we were able to really talk with her and get to know her. She is 22 years old, came to Santa Cruz when she was really young to work and was never able to complete her education. She was going to an evangelic church, and one day just got baptized. She doesn’t know why she was baptized and doesn’t learn anything in her church, so she told us she wants to get to know ours. She had tons of questions and we taught her about the restoration of the Gospel. She was so happy to get to know the church and what we believe. We asked her if she would like to get to know more and be baptized. We placed a date for August 23 and she said that if she’s ready by that date, she’ll do it. I hope she will. We helped her realize lots and how she will help her family get to know the church.
Hermano “V”
We taught Hermano “V” how to study the scriptures today. He wanted to learn about the Plan of Salvation, so we helped him research it in the scriptures. It’s hard because this family still believes in the Catholic Church and they don’t accept the Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants very well.
Wow. Today was really frustrating with “M.” We tried to be really serious with him and help him understand that knowledge isn’t everything. We are really hoping and praying that he will understand it all and just follow the faith that he has.
Familia “Y”
These are investigators of the other Hermanas, but they got married today so that tomorrow they can be baptized. They’ve been waiting months to finally get baptized, so we threw a party for them in the Chapel. The Church is true!
Hermana “W”
We finally found the time to visit Hermana “W” (member) again and she’s doing better. She had her baby a few weeks ago, so she still can’t do much around the house. When we got there, she put us right to work—washing dishes, cleaning out her fridge, and helping her prepare lunch for tomorrow. She said she’s going to name her son Liam (my suggestion) and we got to hang out with the sweet little guy for a while.
The baptism for the Familia “Y” was really great! Lots of people came and I know the family is very happy. They bore their testimonies and told us how grateful they are to be part of the Church.
Hermano “R”
The Hermanas called us and told us that Hermano “R’s” semi-truck got robbed. We called him to see how he was doing and tried to comfort him with scriptures. It’s a huge trial for them, but I know it’s just to test their faith. I hope they realize that and how important it is to keep coming to Church.

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