SAIGEABAMBA, BOLIVIA
I got to feel a glimpse of how Christ might feel
Monday Jul 10 2017

picture: We got to the house of this little boy every sunday after church and all yesterday he was saying "Hurtsen" to say Geertsen haha ALLL DAY and his parents were like wow, you're the first missionary that he doesn't just say hermana to, he remembers your name! hahahah he is so cute

He lives, my kind, wise heavenly friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
(I know that my Redeemer lives-hymn)

I love the beginning of the 3rd verse to "I Know that my Redeemer lives".
Jesus Christ is the ultimate best friend.
It came to mind this week that as I'm here to share a message, there are many people that I have come to meet that haven't been able to find that kind, wise and heavenly friend that loves them til the end, in Jesus Christ. For what ever thing they have passed. I felt that if they can't find their friend in him, they can at least find that in me because I am here to represent him. I have felt more peace in working this way in this special time.

Everyone needs a friend that will just listen, that will be there for them, and that will be wise enough to help them to always stay on track in Gods eyes.

We went to Leonoras house on Wednesday to make cookies with her, we knocked and she had been waiting for us. She had everything set up to get started it was the sweetest thing. We made cookies and talked with her. She was so thankful that we spent that short time with her that she would usually spend alone. She told us that the next day in the morning she had to go visit her mom and sister in a different place of Bolivia called Oruro to help them out. That will be for 4 months. So I also got to say my goodbyes. I'm thankful to have met her and have been able to help her feel like she has some faithful friends in us.

We also came across two other special daughters of God that were walking in our path. The first one is names Erica, my comp stopped her as she walked by with her two little sons and we asked if we could share a message with her. She agreed and we walked to the park, she had told us that just barely she had been trying to come closer to God so that she could be forgiven and learn to forgive. We sat on a bench in the park as her little sons went to go play and she started to cry and told us all about her life and what has been going on in these past 5 years. We will visit her and her family this week. She was so thankful that we didn't just walk past her and that we could be an answer to her prayers. She told us that we were the first people she has been able to trust to tell everything to.

I got to feel a glimpse of how Christ might feel when we pray openly to our Father in his name. What a true friend he is. And by living the Gospel, we can also become like him so that people can have that best friend in us that will just listen and take care of them.

We also received a reference from a member in a different ward, Richard. The references name is Jorge. Jorge is 24 and before the discussion he had told us that how he feels about the church helps him know that he wants to be a part of it.
As we shared with him the first discussion about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we talked about the family and it turns out that he feels like his family isn't really a family and never had been. I asked him if one day he wants to have a wife and kids of his own and he said, "yes." I felt so happy as I was able to help him to realize that he doesn't need to focus on what he has had in his family but to think of what he can do for his own family one day. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps the family to be strong with love and wisdom in each problem. He felt that everything was true before we asked him to pray about these things we had shared. And he accepted to be baptized in the beginning of August. He offered his first prayer ever given out loud and in the name of Jesus Christ. It was very simple, yet he cried and thanked us for helping him to understand such beautiful things.

This week was special. Also we have a new mission president and his wife, President and sister Montoya. They are amazing and have so much love and such a strong spirit.
We had their first conference along with my last. It was very powerful and it just made me really want to extend my mission haha.

Have a great week!


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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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