We had zone conference on Tuesday, which was just amazing! As a mission now we are memorizing The Living Christ in Spanish for a conference we're going to have in August when we will all stand and say it together. I'm sooooo excited. Hermana Feddock and I are working hard to memorize it. We already have the first two paragraphs.
This week we started teaching a family that is so wonderful. They are really poor, they only have ten bolivinas ($1.50) for lunch everyday and they are a family of ten. Their oldest daughter is 17 and from the age of five she has stayed home taking care of her siblings. Because of that, she doesn't know how to read. Meeting them has been a very humbling experience, but I know that the gospel can change their life and and make it better.
The Choque familia is doing well. We're working on teaching their thirteen year old son. He's a bit of a special kid, and he doesn't like going to church because he just wants to sleep. BUT poco a poco.
This week we went to visit the Pedriels and their fifteen year old son, Leonardo, told us he wants to get baptized. Before he's always been super hesitant and we didn't really know what else to do, because we had prayed with him, had super strong experiences with him, and he goes to church every Sunday. But recently the young men's president sat down and talked to him. After that, he decided to get baptized. Goes to show the power of the members! So, he's getting baptized this friday and that will be really great. Now, all we need is for the dad to get baptized as well. Pray for him!!
Right now we're working with a lot of menos activos, who are all really wonderful. I love the ward I'm serving in so much and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve here. The church is true and missions are the greatest thing ever. Have a great week!
PS--Mom, (this was in response to some of the things I told her about Nicaragua and wondered if things were similar in Bolivia) yes, there are dogs everywhere. Are there not in the states? honestly that seems weird to me. Also that people live in houses with connecting rooms. Are the houses there made of mud or bricks? and do they have actual doors or just cloth? There are paved roads here, in the central. but as you get farther out into the rings there are only dirt roads. Where I am now it's about half and half. and the humidity is 100%. You walk out of the house and you're wet. That's also why, when it gets cold, it get's freezing. And I know what you mean. It does change you. Things that seem sooo essential aren't anymore. I know that will be something that will be really hard for me when I get back. But, it really does teach you about what is important and also just the importance of being grateful. The people down here are so grateful, they will also tell us "we are so blessed. We have food for our table, we all have our health, everyone in the family is living" and they will tell me this sitting in a shack with millions of bugs and animals crawling around and only having ten bolivinos for their lunch. It`s very humbling.
Hermana Willes and Hermana Feddock
celebrating Hermana Feddock's birthday