It’s been a good week here :) We didn’t find a single new investigator :( But ya know what? Its all gonna work out. The area is progressing little by little. We’ve had ward council TWO weeks in a row! That’s a big step.
Also, Gerardo is doing great. He came to church yesterday but only for the first hour so his date is now for the 29th :( But the thing that is great is that he is reading the Book of Mormon. And he understands. And he loves it! A family in the ward invited him to a family home evening tonight so that should be good :) it’s sad, because he usually sits just with us or the elders because the ward just is kinda cold, if that makes sense. But he is progressing a lot. He said this week that he is going to quit smoking and drinking. It’s hard because all of his friends and family drink. But he wants to change. And I believe he will :) God helps us do things we never thought possible.
One bummer is that Mary has been with her brother-in-law in the hospital all week and we haven’t been able to have a lesson with them. She couldn’t come to church either so that means she won’t be baptized till at least December. But she is still excited about things. Things just haven’t gone her way this week.
We did rescue a less active family this week though :) Well, two of them. The Paredes Family. They’re the best. They have been through A LOT as a family. But they’re in a good place now :) They are even planning on going to the temple at the end of the month! Not to get sealed, but to do baptisms. But it’s still so great! We’ve seen a lot of changes in them. That made the week so great to know that two more of God’s children have come back to the church :)
God can change people completely! I’ve thought a lot about that this week. I mean, look at the changes he’s made in our family. He has changed so much. But it’s all been for the better. And the way He usually changes people is by giving them trials. One sister talked in church yesterday and talked about the trials God has given her. We ate lunch with them yesterday as well, and they are seriously the best! Her first trial was helping her husband change. He was a scary dude haha. He still looks scary with all his tats and huge muscles and motorcyle lol, but he’s the best. She said it took 5 years for him to change. They finally got married and then she found out she couldn’t have kids. She was SO sad. It was the hardest thing she’s gone through. These past 9 months they have been trying to adopt this abandoned baby. They almost had custody of him. They had bought his crib, decorated his room, everything. Then a couple of doctors came along and they got custody of him. She said it was so hard to accept. She said that she asked, "Why me? What did I do to deserve this?" but she knew that God gives us trials because he’s preparing us for something even better. With the storm, He´s guiding us to our promised land :) They are my favorite couple here. The funniest, coolest, most inspiring couple I’ve met here.
They also love us. And they show that love with food. A huuuuuge plate of food and FOUR desserts. Do they not understand the Six-Month-To-Sexy Sister Missionary Diet? And now family home evening with them tonight.... Oh no... maybe four more desserts :(
Okay this week was kinda funny too. I learned a BIG lesson. NEVER ever ever pick up a kitty in Peru. Even if it’s alone, and cold, and sad. Because it will be diseased and you will be sick. Lesson learned haha. We were walking back to our room and I found a kitty. And it made me sad. So I picked it up and tried to help. Then we took it to feed it real quick and buy milk and thought nothin of it. Well, the next mornin I woke up feeling like crap! Fever, runny nose, sore throat, you name it. Freaking kitty. Never again. But hey. Hopefully the kitty´s okay right? Right. So don’t worry mom, I won’t be bringing any kitties home from Peru....
Anyway, gotta go. Hope you all have a great week! See you in THREE weeks! So happy you all cleaned my room :) yay! Good job guys :) haha! Love you all so much! See you sooooooon!