So it will be one year on Wednesday, It’s getting real folks. And my dreams are getting weirder. Last night I had a dream that I was at a BYU football game, but with a bunch of Otavalians. And I was speaking Quichua, Spanish, and English.
Oh by the way I’m learning a lot of Quichua. I can introduce myself and contact in Quichua, and it helps me gain their confidence faster and communicate with the elderly people that don’t peak Spanish.
You can all practice a few phrases:
Ima Shuti ta cangui? What is your name?
Maipitak causanki? Where do you live?
Ñucanchik misionerakunami canchik. We`re missionaries
Ima naysha? How are you?
This Tuesday we went to Quito for the leadership counsel, and afterwards my companion and I went to the hospital because my companion has problems with her ankle. The hospital is in the other mission, and so is the nurse’s house. We had to stay overnight in the nurses house, but before we got there we asked permission to do the most American thing we could think of on 4th of July…we went to Mcdonald’s haha. The only Mcdonald’s that I’ve seen in Ecuador is right next to the nurses house. Anyways, it was a very eventful fourth of July, and I think the only time that I’ll go to Mcdonald’s in my mission.
Oh, Hermana Ergueta was also in the hospital. She has a weird infection all over her legs. But she went to Mcdonald’s with us and it was great to see her again because I missed her a lot!
So we had the best experience this week with the Familia Arboleda and the Book of Mormon. I had been praying all this week to know how to use the Book of Mormon better in our sector, and especially to know which chapter we needed to share with the Familia Arboleda. The Familia arboleda had been reading the Book of Mormon and praying every day as a family, but hadn’t felt ready to attend church or accept baptism. On Friday we had a lesson with them, and for two days before the lesson, my companion and I had been deliberating about what we should teach them and which chapter from the Book of Mormon we should teach them. While studying the doctrine of Christ one morning, I felt very strongly that we should invite them to be baptized on August 19, and that we should read 3Nephi 27 together in the lesson. After discussing it with my companion, we both agreed on the chapter. We spent the whole lesson reading 3 Nephi 27, and the spirit was so strong. The mother of the family asked us right in the beginning what she needed to do to take upon herself the name of Christ. We talked about the Doctrine of Christ and the importance of repentance and baptism. The Familia Arboleda accepted the baptismal date, which was a miracle. And after 3 weeks of teaching them, they accepted the invitation to come to church. They arrived ten minutes early to church on Sunday, and the mother of the family invited and brought her mom. It was such a miracle and a blessing, and they are learning more and more about Christ and His restored gospel. I feel so blessed to witness the change in their family. The wife told us that she and her husband don’t fight like they used to, and said that there is a noticeable change in their home. The gospel is true and I’m happy to be in the mission and see so many miracles every day!
My body hurts all over from walking so much and so many hills and going out in the fields to collect herbs for people’s guinea pigs, but I feel awesome spiritually, and it’s great.
Love you all!!!
Oh by the way Sheila, the ten year old girl, says that she knows the Book of Mormon is true because she prayed about it and could feel “light all around her”. I decided that I’m going to print out a picture of us and her with the Book of Mormon and tell her to show it to the missionaries when she`s older, so that she can be baptized later on. She’s the best.
So the Book of Mormon is true and we’re trying to get more people to read it. Hermana Murphy gave a great training about using the Book of Mormon to change and convert the world, and I’m super pumped to talk with everyone about the Book of Mormon. Share it with as many people as possible! Post on facebook your favorite verses! Do something cool to get people to read it. It will change your life and the whole world.
I recently read one of my favorite parts in the Book of Mormon again, Alma’s letters to his sons in chapter 36 to 42. I love how he explains in such a loving way the doctrine of repentance. You can tell that it’s so personal to him. and he wants to share it with his sons so that they can experience the miracle of forgiveness as well.
Hasta Luego, Les amo!!!