SAIGEABAMBA, BOLIVIA
He loves to come and talk with us
Monday May 30 2016
So as you know, I was sick last week, and it carried out to this week too! Woohoo!
Wednesday night at like 10pm, I was feeling so ill, so we went to the Hospital and they gave me an IV and I felt a whole lot better, Im still getting better.

That being said, we had a few days in the house being sick. But all is well, all is well... I have the best comp!

Here in Bolivia, Mothers day is the 27 of May. Which is also my mums birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! I thought about you all week!

And here is the mission, we´re always sharing messages with the people about the love of God. So my comp and I wanted to focus on how the love of God is so similar to the love of a mother. So unconditional and strong. And even though sometimes we don't like to admit it, they're always right! HAHA (at least mine is). My comp in the mission, is my mamita (mom) cause she is my trainer, hahah she always tells me, "Mothers know best." And we had a funny conversation about how when we were home it was funny cause moms really always know what is going on and if somethings wrong or what haha.

So Im really thankful for moms! I love the example of Sariah in the Book of Mormon, the wife of Lehi. She was so strong, so trusting and such a good leader for her children.

My dad always said, "I'm the head, mums the neck." so basically, you dads out there can't do anything without your wives hahaha! Nah, joke. You can do many things, but you can do it better with your wife.

So Happy Mothers day to all you mothers! I hope you know how special you are. :)

We have been teaching this family. La familia Calicho. Liz(mom), Ceasar (dad), Brandon(son), Ceasar (son).

Brandon is 15 years old and he was the only one receiving lessons in his family. The missionaries taught him to pray, and he taught his family to pray and now they all pray together making it a priority. A family that prays together stays together, no ve? (no ve in Bolivia means like, right?)

Ceasar, the dad, he didn't ever want to listen to the lessons from the missionaries. But now, when he has time, he loves to come and talk with us and he´ll ask us when we can come next.
So last night we visited and only Liz had time, so she told us that this week, Ceasar and her were on their motorcycle and they got in a crash, her whole right arm is super scratched up and she had to get stitches and she said, "the only thing that we could think to do was to thank Heavenly Father for keeping us safe so that we can take care of our kids still." She committed to baptism for the 18th of June! Before that, were going to have a wedding for her and Ceasar. She is so excited and so wise with such a bright light. I love to visit their family. I can easily see them all in white.
Last week, I was with a member and we visited her and talked to her and he son Ceasar and we were just talking about reading the scriptures and saying our prayers and she explained that sometimes she gets too busy and I bore my testimony to her how God has time for all of us, that there is always time for God. And just yesterday(Sunday) Liz and her son walked into sacrament! She told us last night that she really realized there really is always time for God, so she went to church. :)

I love you all and hope that you all can find that time for God, its always there. Have a fantastic week!


I am a child of God
Monday May 23 2016
2 Nephi 31:21 says, "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen."

We went to go visit Juan Carlos earlier this week and I had been studying this chapter a few days before. When we were with him, I felt strongly that we needed to read this chapter and also chapter 30 of 2 Nephi, and while reading, at the very end of the chapter, I felt the spirit so strong about this verse. I then thought about the hymn, "I Am a Child of God". Such a simple, short, but super bold song.

"I am a child of God, and He has sent me here, lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way."

We are children of God, and we have been sent here and we fortunately get to follow and be guided by Jesus Christ.

Jesus is our light we just get to follow it. Imagine you're walking in a dark forest, and sometimes its hard cause you accidentally trip on that rock on the ground, or get cut by the branch to the right of you, or bird poop lands on your left shoulder(lol hate when that happens) and you didn't even see it coming(hate it even more when I don't see it), but all will be well as long as we are following the light, Jesus Christ.

So this week, I ate something and I got super, super sick. So Friday at 3am I woke up super nauseous so I went to the bathroom but nothing was coming so I laid back down and then felt it again and thought, I'll bring my scriptures this time. I got in there and the light was flickering and I was scared (Im a baby) and my comp was asleep and so I just felt sick, alone, and scared. So Immediately, I just looked up and said, "Heavenly Father, please just stop this light (it immediately stopped) In the name of Jesus Christ, amen." I opened my scriptures to where I was reading in Jacob 3, and verse 1 says;

"Look unto God with firmness of mind, pray unto Him with exceeding faith, and He will console you in your afflictions, and He will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction".

My testimony of this verse grew so quickly.

I was firmly praying because Satan was like,"Ahh she's weak, let me scare her!" (what a brat haha)
I don't even know where my strength came from in that the light (a physical thing), would just stop, but it did in the very middle of my prayer.
Console, He comforted me in my scared feelings in the time that I was having pain in my stomach.
And God pleaded my cause, I know He did. I know He loves to help us, and as He does so I know He wants us to feel His love for us too. Im so thankful for this experience, only for this reason, but other than this experience I could've done without ;)
But after all, Nothing in our lives just happens to happen, they happen because we have something to learn, that could help us or someone else, in the future.

I love God. My love for Him is simple it doesn't need to be complex at all, I've learned. I hope that you all, ALL, can try to do something to feel His love and to feel love for Him. It's a really peaceful and comforting feeling.

I also love you all!

PS Sorry for TMI haha. Have a great week!


I want to do what they did for me, for other people.
Monday May 16 2016
Today is my 3 month mark! Time flies so fast!

So early in the morning on Saturday, Hermana Bisama and I went on a run with President Hansen(Mission President) It was so beautiful! Then, Juan Carlos was baptized on Saturday! It was supposed to start at 6:00pm but we're in Bolivia so everyone including JuanCa showed up at 7:00 haha! It was so beautiful! My first baptism in the mission and the first in our ward in over a year! He bore his testimony and said, "I can't hug the sisters but they will forever be in my heart, and one day I want to do what they did for me, for other people." He is such a light and he was so happy and I was so happy and we we're all so happy it was like eat, drink, and be merry but like learn about Christ, be baptized, and be merry. Haha

My short message for this week-

2 Nephi 26:25 "Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay. but he saith: Come all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price." And Vs. 27 Says, "Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance."

I feel like I write a lot about repentance and I know for a lot of people (including myself before my mission) that it is a subject we often want to avoid. However, just this past week, I was reading this chapter and these two verses, what I took from them, is that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is sweet and as delicate as milk and honey and whether we want it or not, the Atonement is there for us. Its a gift that we have been given for our earthly life! How sweet of Jesus
:) (No pun intended)

So then I started to think about the great apostasy after Jesus Christ died and all of his apostles, Many churches were created and none of them taught true repentance in the loving manner that Jesus Christ did when he was on this earth. I love the Book of Mormon because right there in 2 Nephi 26 we learn that his Atoning Sacrifice is as sweet as milk and honey and we can partake of it being completely satisfied. Its so beautiful I think!

I hope you all know that I love you so much and pray for you and that you are all so special in the eyes of God, and that He loves, absolutely loves to bless us, we just need to come to Him first. :) "...knock and it shall be opened unto you."

Have a great week everyone!


Being a friend too.
Monday May 2 2016
The Sacrament... En español, La Santa Cena which is like the holy dinner...

This week I really learned something more about the Sacrament.

First off, we take the sacrament to renew our covenants,each week, that we have made with God. Baptism, etc.

What I learned this week was that each time that we take the sacrament, we are basically being baptized again, in a way and starting fresh for the up coming week. I love that so much! I really felt so strongly the other day during sacrament, that God only wants us to recognize our faults and come to Him with them and then start fresh and do better each day. I felt the love of God so much! He doesn't and never will want us to dwell on our faults! This life is a time that we have been given to learn, grow, and understand more about our purpose here on the Earth. However, if we are always focusing on what we did wrong, we will never see our potential to be better. God wants to live with all of us again.

Ether 12:27 Its talking about all them who come closer to God, He will show unto them their weaknesses and through Him their weaknesses will become strengths. I love this scripture because it really shows us that God gives us the opportunity to have confidence in Him, and to trust in Him.

We have a new investigator, her name is Stephanie! She is 18 and lives all alone, we got to her house/shop and she was about to do her nails and then I ended up doing them and it was really fun haha! She is really excited to learn more so were visiting her this week. Its fun to meet people with similar interests. Missionary work isn't only in talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is most definitely 100% being a friend too. If you think about it, Christ was the ultimate friend! :)

Juan Carlos has his baptism date for this coming Saturday (May 7) turns out his mom is actually a member she has just been inactive for a while. But she is so excited for him to be baptized, we changed the date cause his whole family wants to be there. His older brother Jorge (19) wants to take the lessons too! When we go to see Juanca, his brother is there sometimes and we usually talk and Ill help him with English and the last time we were there, he was like I want to learn more about the Book of Mormon, and then we can still talk too! Hahaha I love the people here! We invited him to come with us that night to an activity to watch "Meet the Mormons" and he was asking all about baptism and then he said he wants to be baptized! Theres still a lot that we have to teach him, but Im so excited!

Haha funny story for this week.... Anyone know Bryce Rummler? He went to Lone Peak last year... So... We went to the church building to practice a song that we were doing and Rummler was playing the piano. Behind the piano was a window and the blind's were like the long ones that break really easily, so like 4 of them had fallen and I tried to fix them while he was playing the piano and it stayed and I was like all chuffed to bits that it was fixed so I turned to look at my comp like "thats right" and one of them falls back down away from me onto a table to the left side of the piano and Rummler is playing and Im like to the right side of him.... There like this little glass vase for the flowers and the blind thing kept sliding down and it started to move the vase and I notice that it isnt stopping and its going to fall off the table onto the tile floor so I, without thinking, reach my arms to stop the vase and Rummler is like right there and it was so awkward and the vase fell and smashed, #Rummlerwasintheway hahahah we laughed for a good 30 minutes!

And then today I played soccer with a couple of the Elders and then there was a group of guys playing and one of the guys ran into me and hugged me and it was so awkward cause I didn't know what to do and I just froze. #Missionaryprobs #KarmafromwhatIdidtoRummler

Thanks for everything.
I hope you all have a super good week I 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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