Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 98 - Chimbote

July 17, 2017

The weeks keep flying by here in the mission. This past week was another great one. We stayed busy almost all week teaching and finding which was a great blessing.
Last monday we decided to put into practice plan cookies. A couple of weeks ago we dicided that we needed to gain the confidence of the members here a little bit more, so we asked one of our companions for a chocolate chip cookie recipe. We made cookies in our penionista´s house, and they actually didnt turn out too bad considering we are pretty much rookies when it comes to making food. The members liked them and I think our plan worked. I have included a picture of our cookies.
We got to know a new family this week and we had a great experience with them. We had invited them to read the pamphlet about the restoration. They did it and when we got to their house they had a few questions about it. The dad had an awesome question. He asked us if there is a prophet in the world today or if there wasn´t any more prophets after the church was restored. We answered his question and he and his wife were pretty happy as we finished the lesson. It is so awesome when the people understand this message.
We also have been teaching an older man that is very willing to learn and has been coming to church for about a month now. We got to watch a little video about the restoration with him yesterday. He doesn´t know how to read, but he wants to have his kids read the Book of Mormon to him so he can know if it is true. I am grateful for the chance to help him and I know that the Lord always provides the means so that we can understand his teachings if we look with real intent.
This past week, on saturday, we had the church open house acivity in our church building which was a great time. a lot of the members brought their friends and family to the activity. The members can be such great instruments in this work. It is always a blessing getting to work with them.
I know that the Church is true. I am grateful that the Church has been restored and that there is a prophet and twelve apostles in the world today.
The Elder's with their cookies

Week 97 - Chimbote

July 10, 2017

This past week was another great one here in Chimbote Central. It has been such a busy week, but it has been awesome. I'm excited for one more transfer here in my area.
Last Tuesday we got up pretty early and went to the bus terminal for the transfers. My new companion got here on Tuesday night, and we have been having a great time since he got here. He is a great missionary and he has an awesome attitude. These next few weeks are going to be awesome.
One of my favorite experiences from this past week was getting to listen to one of the families we are teaching tell us one of their experiences. They had a few differences in their family, and they just wanted everything to calm down and they wanted their kids to talk and work things out. They decided to pray together, and they prayed sincerely for their family. A little later their kids were able to talk and work things out. They are so happy now that their family is doing better. I know that the small and simple things of the gospel can make such a big difference.
This week while we were contacting a family one of their neighbors came over to give them something, and while they were talking we got to know their neighbor and she told us to come by here house when we had time. We made time a little bit later to go visit her and her family. They are an awesome family. It is always a big blessing getting to know new families. The Lord´s work is always moving forward.
One of the funniest experiences from this past week was with one of our convert´s son. He is preparing to get baptized and we talked to him a little bit this week about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel. We talked to his primary teacher after church this Sunday and she told us that in her class he was participating quite a bit and that he had asked her what it meant to have faith. My companion and I laughed a little bit as we heard that because the day before we had explained that to him. We are excited to get to help him a little bit more this week. He is a great kid.
I know that this is the Lord´s work. I know that as we live the first principles and receive the ordinances of the gospel we become more like the Savior and our families are blessed. I know that the gospel has been restored. I am very grateful for that.

Week 96 - Chimbote

July 3rd, 2017

This past week was another great one. At times it was a little tough finding people to teach, but by the end of the week we were pretty busy. We also got to spend a little bit of time with President and Sister Ríos.
Last Tuesday, we got to teach one of our converts, Hermana Fany. We talked to her a little bit about the first principles and ordinances of the gospel. As we finished the lesson we helped her to understand that the small and simple things are what are so important. As we strive to live the gospel I really think it`s so important to keep it simple. As we finished the lesson she expressed to us that as she learns more and gains more experiences she is realizing more and more that she is doing what is right.
This week I got to serve one day with one of my old companions, Elder Pacherres. We did an exchange and it was a great day. He is a very diligent missionary. One of my favorite lessons was with a new family that we found. We found them in the night and they told us that they didn't have a ton of time to talk, so we talked to them a little bit about how the gospel blesses families. That is something that always brings the spirit. At the end of the lesson they were very grateful and the dad gave us a hug. It was a pretty cool experience.
One of the highlights of this week was an actividad that we had with almost all the missionaries in the Zone. We had a church open house activity with President, Sister Ríos, and two wards here in Chimbote. We went out and invited people to the activity and Hermana Ríos went with us as well and we knocked on doors and the church was pretty full all night. It was a good time.
Yesterday,we had a little training during third hour, by President and Sister Ríos, for the open house that we are going to do in our ward in a couple of weeks. After church they came to our room and left a few of the banners there and our pensionista invited them to eat lunch with us. It was pretty awesome getting to eat lunch with them and with our pensionista and her husband.
We also had transfers yesterday.....I am staying in my area! My new companion is going to be Elder Henao. He is awesome! We played football in the MTC when we were there! Im excited for these next few weeks!
I know this is the work of the Lord. I know he knows and loves us. I know that it is so important to have faith centered and focused on the Savior because that is what will drive us to have a positive attitude each and every day.
Here is a picture of our zone at the temple a few weeks ago.

Zone Conference

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Week 95 - Chimbote

Monday, June 26, 2017

This past week was another good week here in Chimbote. It´s winter here and I'm loving it.
We have a few investigators that are progressing pretty well and it´s great to see that. One of our investigators that we are visiting is Hermano Edson. He is awesome. We have been visiting for a couple months now and we got to meet his grandma yesterday. She has listened to the missionaries before and gone to family home evenings with the missionaries in the past as well. She has a picture that they took in a family home evening about fifteen years ago. It was nice to get to talk to her about the good experiences she had with the missionaries in the past and we are excited to get to keep helping them.
This week we got to visit Hermano Efren and his family a little bit. His wife is progressing little by little and that is great to see. One of the happiest moments of the whole week was getting to see them together in church yesterday. They aren't afraid to ask questions, and they are learning quite a bit. It is so cool to see how happy they get as they learn more. Going to church really is a big blessing that helps us to be strengthened for a new week.
This week President Ríos and Sister Ríos came and trained us. It was a great training. They helped us to realize that we need to rely on the spirit as we teach and help the people in our areas. Sometimes it´s easy to do things our way not relying on the spirit, but the only way to success in the Lord´s work is his way.
This past week we had a few interesting experiences listening to what people have heard or think about the church. It is always interesting listening to that. There is always opposition and its so cool to see the people´s reaction when we answer their questions. I have come to realize that what the Prophet said about the Book of Mormon is true. We have to always strengthen our testimony of the Book of Mormon in these latter days.
I know that the Lord has restored his church and that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God. I know that the Lord´s work will never be frustrated.

Here is a picture of us eating cuy last Monday. We ate cuy and fried rabbit. It was pretty good actually.

Week 94 - Chimbote

Monday, June 19, 2017

These past two weeks have flown by and we have kept pretty busy. I will try and remember as much as I can to share with you.
Hermano Efren and his family are doing well. They have been been faced with a few trials lately, but that has given us the opportunity to help them to choose to have faith and press forward. His daughter, who was baptized a few months ago, has such a strong testimony of the Savior and she always amazes us. She shared with us an experience she had the past week with prayer. It is so awesome to see how people learn to have faith and rely on the Lord when they need help and strength. In a world where there is so many things one can look to for help it is awesome to see people looking to the right place for that help and receiving it. Hearing her testimony helped me to strengthen my testimony that God really does hear and answer our prayers.
About a month ago we knocked on a door and we got to meet a nice family. The mom let us in, and we got to teach them a few times in the following weeks. This past week, as we talked with the mom about a few things she had heard about the church from other people that brought her doubts, the mom told us that she is actually a member of the church. She had been baptized in Trujillo when she was a young lady. We were pretty surprised and we realized that the Lord doesn't forget his children and doesn't give up on them no matter where they are in their lives. We are excited to help her find the answers to her questions.
This past Friday we got to go to the temple. It was sooo awesome. President and Sister Ríos came with us. It was nice a big blessing getting to go to the temple. I feel strengthened and ready to press forward.
I know that the Lord loves and knows us. I know that the gospel can help us to get to where we want to be.

Here is a picture from the temple. This past week.

Week 93 - Chimbote

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mom and Dad,
I know its been a while since I've written you. We had p-day today because we got to go to the temple in Trujillo. It was sooooo awesome. We got to go through the temple with the whole zone and President and Sister Ríos. We don't have a lot of time to write because p-day ends here soon, but I just wanted to let you know that I am doing well and enjoying my time here in the mission. I will have a normal p-day on Monday, so I will be able to write you more then. Thanks for all you do for me. I have only had time to take a glimpse at a few pics you sent. It looks like it has been raining a ton at home! I'm sure it will be super green and stay that way for a while. Our investigators are doing well and Hermano Efren and his wife are doing well. as well. I love you! Have a great weekend! Take care!!!

Week 92 - Chimbote

Monday, June 5, 2017

This past week was a great week! It started out great and just got better as the week went on.
On Monday we had a couple family home evenings. The last one we had was with Hermano Efren and his daughter, Hermana Eva. We talked to Hermano Efren a little bit about his baptism. His daughter, who got baptized a few months ago bore her testimony to her dad and that really helped him make the firm decision to get baptized.
We got to visit Hermano Efren every day this past week, and on Wednesday he told us that he had to go to Trujillo for an appointment with his eye doctor. Thursday night, he told us that he had to have a little operation on Friday. We weren't really sure how everything was going to work out. He called us on Friday afternoon, however, and told us that he was good to go and that he wanted to have his interview that night. He got baptized on Saturday and it was such an awesome experience. I definitely feel very blessed that I have gotten the opportunity to help Hermano Efren with my companions and the members. He is so awesome. His wife and kids are very happy with the decision that he has made as well. It is awesome to see that. I have included a picture from his baptismal service.
This last week we also had interviews with President Ríos and the assistants taught us a little bit about how we should study and use the scriptures. They were both really edifying experiences and I got to learn a few new things. It is so interesting how one can learn so much from the scriptures if he just takes his time to read them and also ponder in what he is reading.
I know that this is the work of the Lord. I know that all of the success that we can have is thanks to Him. I know that he has a plan and if we are obedient we can receive all of the blessings that he has to offer us.