SAIGEABAMBA, BOLIVIA
Jaihuayco is amazing
Monday May 29 2017
Jaihuayco is amazing!

My comp is awesome too! She is so motivating and loves working! The ward is amazing! Im feeling really good.

The week started out a little rough and I was a bit down to be honest about not being able to work how I normally would, but changing areas and everything has helped me to really recognize the blessings that God has waiting for us that He is eagerly waiting to give!

To start.. On the first day, we had a great lesson with an investigator named Elmer Romero. He is 27 years old and is a carpenter. we answered a lot of questions that he had had from the lesson about the Restoration and when we explained to him the importance of the Priesthood being restored he finally accepted a baptismal date for the 24th of June. He started to get really excited to read the Book of Mormon and pray and the lesson was so awesome!
I instantly had so much love in my heart for the people in this area.

later on this week, we visited another guy named Yerco Omonte he is 41 years old and LOVES that we teach him. He has lots of faith and knows so much! He had mentioned that out of all the people in the world, we are the most spiritual. Haha so cute.

He has an addiction to smoking but wants to stop so that he can be baptized on the 10th of June. As we thought about something we could do to help him, I remembered something so sweet that Amberleigh did in her prayer room/closet. She had a lantern and a bottle of oil sitting on a little tall table. I remember her telling me that she would put a drop of oil in her lantern to show that she was filling up her lantern and preparing herself.

I thought, "what a great idea!" so we told him about the story of the 10 virgins from the bible and we brought him a little jar and a thing of oil and we added a plastic water bottle with a money slot haha. We told him that every time he had the temptation to smoke, that he would put 1 boliviano(money) and then he would put a drop of oil in his jar so that he could physically see that he is preparing himself to be baptized! He was so excited to start!

I'll get my cast off this week, IM SO EXCITED!

This transfer is one of 3 weeks because of the change of mission presidents and then we have one of 9 weeks. Were pretty sure that my comp will leave me in like 2 weeks and IM SO SAD!

But whatever God wants :) God is the best. I love Him, I know He loves each of us. That He has a perfect plan for us and that everything in this plan has its purpose!

A sister here told me, "no es, por qué?" es "para que"
That is to say, "its not, why?" its, "for what"....

Its true! Cause there is a reason! Love you all, have a great week!


I'm going to an area called Jaihuayco
Monday May 22 2017
We got transfers this week, I'm going to an area called Jaihuayco! Its about 20 minutes from where I am and completely different from any other area that Ive had so Im excited to see how it goes!

Ill be with Hermana Vargas, she's from Ecuador. I saw her just 3 months ago when she started her mission cause the newbies would come stay at our house the first day. So she's just getting out of her training, I love a pumped up missionary!

The cast didn't come off, infact it wont for another couple weeks... Lets see! I just wanna work!

Do you remember Vivan? She was going to be baptized a couple months ago and then we don't know what really happened... She texted to tell us, "Thank you" for everything that we taught her. That she will never forget that we taught her to pray and all the beautiful things. It made me so happy.

And finally we got to visit her just the other day to at least say goodbye cause I knew I was going to leave. We invited her to a mothers day dinner and so shell be there! Woo!

We will have 2 baptisms this weekend, I'm so happy cause Carlos and Jesus are progressing really well and both have great desires and faith.

Who made up a happy dance? ;)

I hope you all have a great week! Love you!



Monday May 8 2017
This week was another week resting but I got to get out a bit more so that made me really happy!

We had a baptism for Johnny Condori, he is 17 and we have been teaching him lately. He was really happy to make this decision. The pictures don't really show it but, he was haha!

So one morning, I woke up and just studied a good 4 chapters in Alma which were really beautiful chapters! Then I got a little frustrated about not being able to leave cause I really just want to get out and talk to people!
I decided I would read in Preach my Gospel under the section about Patience and Hope. I studied the scriptures and stuff and I just remember realizing I need to be more patient!
Its hard that I know my purpose as a missionary is to get out and talk to as many people as I can and teach everyone who will listen about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet I have to stay in bed!
But I had a comforting thought come to my mind, "if you get frustrated about little things like being in bed for a month(could be worse) how do you expect to be worthy in the presence of God.

Frustration isn't a peaceful feeling if anything its a form of anger. So the thought made sense.

I learned that Christ-like attributes are for us to become worthy to be in His presence one day. And that a frustrated person wouldn't be worthy of that.
I felt more peace to just think, "well, its my trial, I gotta take it how it comes and learn what God wants me to learn, and this thing might be more patience!

Haha

I love you all!


It was on my foot
Monday May 1 2017
So many things happened this week!

We had 4 baptisms!

Just kidding, Ive been in bed all day everyday haha I broke my fibula! I'm sure you all already know cause my mom has been so worried! Even I worried more about my mom being worried than I worried about myself!

So what happened?

Last week on Monday in the morning, before I wrote home, we played soccer as a zone.
To be honest I was really enjoying it until I made a weak step and heard a huge snap and tried to get up and realized that I didn't just roll it but something really actually hurt so I was like, "Someone help me" (I was kind of laughing so I don't think that they really took me seriously until I got serious haha) Only one elder knew what to do and so he helped put it back into place and then I walked on it for a bit and probably really shouldn't have done that but later on I went to the clinic and I now have a cast for 4 weeks, now only 3 weeks!

I'm doing great though!

One of the funny things that happened this week was when my comp and I were in our room (I basically didn't ever leave) and because I was hurt, my comp was on the duty of killing all the bugs or moths... So I'm laying on my bed and she's running around the whole room screaming and trying to kill this giant flying bug it came by my head and so I threw my blankets over me (The best I could do in this situation) and she just says, "You really don't wanna know where it is right now" then she said with a big relief, "Okay, you can come out" and she told me that it was on my foot (the one with the cast) I think I almost wet myself laughing so hard, I was so helpless!

Im feeling good and with good spirits. I can't wait to get out and work!

Love you all and hope that you all 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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