TRANSFERS! wow. I was so incredibly sad to leave. But, it was good. I got here Wednesday to Esperanza. Wow. This place is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Its small and quaint, and I feel like I just stepped into a movie. Everyone rides bikes everywhere. Including me! Yes. I am now a missionary on bike and I LOVE ITTTTT!!!!!! My companion is Hermana Coreas from El Salvador. She has about 6 months in the mission and is awesome. We have a branch here and its SUPER tiny. I love it. we have about 17 people at church on Sunday. And I am in charge of Sharing time and singing time in the Primary. That was super fun! There are 2 companionships of Sisters in the branch so thats fun! I have REALLY upgraded on my apartment! It was bulit like 8 months ago!!!!!!! and I have a real shower toilet that doestn have to be flushed with a bucket. I almost cried when I found out I had a real bathroom. I`m learning the area and meeting all of the members. They are super awesome. Pretty crazy but awesome.
We had lunch with the Spies family this past week. They are like farm people. They are CRAZZZZZY. We had chicken. It was cooking on teh coals outside and one of their dogs
came up and grabbed it. Then, teh dog dropped it in teh dirt. Brother Spies went and picked it up and brushed it off and put it on the table....AWESOME. I`m not sick yet so I think i´m good. Everyone here is Catholic! Thats always fun haha. But I really do love it here. Its definitley a change, but i`m adjusting and loving it!
Me and Hermana Coreas!
May 5, 2014
This week was super good. We were able to find more people to teach, and that is always awesome. We have been teaching a lady named Norma. She has about 65 years. We invited her to be baptized and said yes! The next step is always getting them to church....so we said that we would pass by on our bikes. She said she would come if it wasn´t too windy, cold, or stormy. We prayed so much Saturday night that we would wake up to good weather. Sunday morning we woke up and there was SO MUCH FOG. and then we recieved a message from her saying Chicas, I´m not going to go to church today. Too much cold, yada yada yada. We were sad... :( As we were leaving the house we prayed that we would have a miracle and that someone who we invited would come to church.
We got to the chapel and about 4 people were there....we started and we looked over at the door and.....THERE WAS NORMA!!!!! She said "Chicas! I´m glad I found the church! I decided it wasn´t too bad outside after all." WAHOOOOOO. It was so awesome. She loved church, but she didnt like that it was 3 hours and that she wouldn't have the whole morning to cook. But, we´ll work on that later haha. We were super happy with that! Also, this week we had quite a bit of rain. Rain, dirt roads, and bikes....awesome....haha. I´m having quite the adventures here in Esperanza!!!
May 11, 2014
Skyping on Mother's Day!
Blood sausage with Evelyn
The dog of the lady of where we rented in Parana. I LOVE THIS DOGGY!
In a plaza in Esperanza! This place was the first place colonized in
Biking through Esperanza!
May 19, 2014
This week was really good. We had a goal this week to talk with everyone beacuse we had only one investigator and we NEEDED to find more people!!!! One day this week we had a man come up to us and ask if we were mormons. We said yes and he said I knew it becasue of you helmets! He was really excited that we were mormons and that he wanted to change! He told us that something told him that he needed to come and talk to us! WOW!!! With this I learned a couple of things.
1) It doesnt matter that the helmets are super ugly and super uncomforable. God will bless us if we are obedient AND people think we are crazy and want to talk to us...haha
2) GOD WILL PUT PEOPLE IN OUR PATH. I was starting to freak out a little bit becasue we had had no success and I started thinking oh no. I´m going to ruin Esperanza. BUT, all I needed to do was be patient and leave it to the Lord. and it toally worked out!
This guy we found is named Rojelio and he went to a baptism of the other Hermanas on Saturday and then church yesterday! IT WAS A MIRACLE!!!!! :)
We have been trying to work with Norma but she is never home or is busy....not a good sign...but we are hoping that all will go well!!