SAIGEABAMBA, BOLIVIA
We got a call from a random number
Monday Jul 18 2016

Mosiah 18

8. And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;

9. Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—

10. Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?


I love these scriptures. Wednesday morning, I was thinking a lot about them and how this is our baptismal covenant that we make. I later, read a part of an email that my friend sent me. It has a quote that says,
"you were in the war in heaven and one day when you are in the spirit world you will be enthralled with those who you associated with. You will ask someone in which time. They lived in, and you might hear, I was with Moses when he parted the Red Sea, or I helped build the pyramids, or I fought with Captain Moroni. And while you are standing there in amazement someone will turn to you and ask, "which prophet time did you live in?" And when you say President Hinckley or President Monson a hush will fall in every hall and Corredor in heaven, and all in attendance will bow at your presence. You were held back 6000 years, because you were the most talented, most obedient, most courageous, and most righteous. Remember who you are!"

I was thinking a lot about this and how it can apply to missionary work. When we shared in our companionship study, as I was talking, I learned that we are here to believe in the people so much that they believe in themselves and believe that they are strong enough to do this. I felt the spirit so strong. And I, myself was pumped to go through the hard times.

Then we left and we had an appointment, we got to the house, and he wasn't answering. At this moment, we were just like, "What should we do, where should we go?" but nothing felt right. Then, in that moment, we got a call from a random number.

It was Elizabeth Marquez. (When I was with my first comp. we visited her but then she didn't want us to visit anymore about 2 months ago. And about 3 weeks ago my new comp and I were walking past her house and I just told my comp that we needed to stop by and just see how she is doing and not teach her anything, just so she knows that we are her friends and she can trust us...) so were talking and she said, "can you please come to my house and see me?" and my comp said, "yeah, are you okay?" and she just said, "just please come." so my comp looked at me and said something is really wrong, we need to go. So we both started running up this hill (me thinking cause were missionaries, that we would have some special energy, and I was out of breathe real quick hahaha.) we weren't fast enough and so we took a taxi to her house.

We got there, she let us in, we all just sat on the floor in a circle and it turns out that she told us she didn't want to live anymore. That she wasn't happy. That she was thinking a lot about her mom and how she died. We asked her why she called us and she said, "cause I felt alone." I was trying to think, (how am I going to say anything that will help her, in spanish...) But I testify, thats in moments like this, when you open your mouth, the spirit takes way and speaks from your mind the language that needs to be spoken. I thought of something my sister, Amberleigh, sent me a few weeks ago, she said, "If you ever feel alone remember that Christ had a moment when Heavenly Father himself had to pull way so Christ knew what it felt like to be completely alone."
I felt that I should share that with her so I did. We talked to her more and it started out that she felt bad, and didn't want to live. and then when we shared the scripture from Mosiah 18, we asked her how she felt and she said, "Alright". Then my comp suggested that we sing, cause that helps us. So we sang a song that we had been practicing that morning for a conference, "conmigo quédate Señor, and acompañame" mixed and after a moment of silence, we asked her how she felt and she said, "Peace and calm, better." And I knew that she had felt this way cause of her countenance. It was so beautiful and in my eyes, light.

Later that night, we went with her and Juan Carlos to an activity at the church and Juanca showed me the green CTR ring that someone gave him, I had already bought him a CTR ring and so he looked at Elizabeth and gave it to her and told her what it meant. And she has been wearing it ever since. I was smiling so big my face hurt and I just wanted to cry. The spirit is so amazing!

She has a date to be baptized for the 31 of July! We have been visiting her a lot, and she has been really happy!

I hope you all have a great week! Remember who you are and your abilities! You were put on this earth, at this time, with a whole lot of purpose! Love you all!



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Hermana Geertsen

Called to serve in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Feb 2016 - Aug 2017
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