They cried and asked us to teach them
Monday Oct 31 2016
I love my hijita(daughter) her name is Hermana Cardoza and She is from Piura Peru and is the sweetest most angelic person in the world, I have felt nothing but pure gratitude! So I took her out for ice cream to talk and get to know each other a little better :)

In Bolivia its just another normal day so thats fun, but when we knock on doors, Ill ask for candy just to make it a good Halloween! Haha

Ada now has a baptismal date for the 19th of November! and last night we had a beautiful family night with her mom and other sister. We talked about their true identity being daughters of a heavenly king, they cried and asked us to teach them what we are teaching Ada and the spirit was just so peaceful and strong and we were just so happy!

Another day of the week we were walking up the hill after lunch at our penshionists house and there is this house that usually has about 7 workers who are men and a woman who lives there, and they always give us cat calls and so I looked at my comp and said, lets go give them a pamphlet and we went and they ALL listened hahahah and we actually have a family night with the woman that lives there and her husband and kids! She told us she is really interested and wants to learn more.
Im really excited to see what happens, Ill let you know next week!

Then, another day, we were contacting in the street on our way to an appointment with Ada and there was a young man named Sebastian and as he was walking into his door we stopped him to give him a pamphlet and share a short message about the Plan of Salvation and he was really interested and we ended up having an appointment with him and turns out he was so confused on what to believe that he started to believe that after death we would just be dust. He told us that his father had died around a year ago and that it hasn't been that easy for him. He said he felt a lot of peace about this message and that it gave him a lot of hope. It was cool to explain to him where his dad is right now.
We will be meeting with him next week after all of his tests in school. Ill let you know more about what happens with him!

Another cool experience that we had with contacting people in the streets was with another young guy outside of his house, his name is Limber and we talked to him about the restoration and yesterday after church, we met with him and taught him all of the discussion and about the book of mormon, and I think I just love talking about the book of mormon cause I don't know why actually, but it just makes me so happy to teach people about that book!

This week really was so beautiful and peaceful and I LOVE MY HIJA!!!!
Have a great week! :)

It's never too late to be obedient
Monday Oct 24 2016
So it turns out that I've been 8 months pregnant and I'm ready to have a baby girl! I'll meet her this Wednesday! I'm so excited!!! hahaha President called me last night to ask me to be a trainer, I don't know if any of you remember that in the mission our trainers are our "moms" or "dads"... Haha I'm so excited, really nervous and actually quite scared! But I know that If this is what the Lord wants me to do, I can do it, as long as I include Him.

My comp, Hna Fuenzalida is going home to Chile, tomorrow. So she left on Friday from our area. So I've been in a trio with the sisters in the area next to mine. But I was able to go and work in my area with a couple members and it really went so well! We met amazing people. We had great contacts and not everyone just "had to go" cause they were in any hurry, they were actually interested!

So last week, we received a reference from the elders of a young girl named Ada(24) who lives in our area and she called the elders and told them that she passed the church and someone gave her 10 Liahonas and that she had been reading them and she wants to receive the discussions. So a member and I visited her and we taught her all about the Restoration and at the end I asked her if she felt that these things were true, that she would be baptized and she said, "I was just going to ask how I could do that or what do I need to do?". The spirit was so strong, we visited her another time on Sunday and explained about the Book of Mormon, wow I'm just so thankful for that book, I'm obsessed haha! After our lesson yesterday with her, her mom came and told us she has interest and that she thinks that this could be the change that they have been needing in their lives, with the other two younger sisters of Ada.

I really love to see what God does when we have the mindset to just please Him.

It's never too late to be obedient, wanna know why?
Because God has so many tasks for us to do and accomplish and the second we choose to sincerely be obedient, He offers us those tasks. There is much to do, but only those who He trusts will be able to fulfill His work. I really learned so much about obedience this week.

I hope you all have a great week! Ill send you pics with my "hija" (daughter) next week! Wow, time is literally flying! I've almost hit my half mission mark!

Love you all.

Don't forget your purpose
Monday Oct 10 2016
There is so much reward in purposely putting your focus on the positive and thinking thoughts centered in Christ.

This week was great! My dad gave me wise advice to just pray and thank God for everything in my life and blessings, and to not end my prayer until I have thanked Him for everything.

So, the first thing I did on Tuesday morning for my personal study, was kneel in prayer, as I left it open and opened my eyes to start writing everything, I felt a strong impression that I needed to write about all of my life, from as early as I can remember, until now. I am so amazed at the many things the spirit helped me to remember that gave me so much comfort as I was feeling a bit frustrated.

Do we actually take the time to recognize our blessings and gifts and most importantly, the love we receive so mercifully from God?
Are we only focusing on the tiny black dot on the pure white wall?
Do we sincerely want to be happy trying to do Gods will and not our own, or are we contently living in our own heads?

I challenge you all to write as many memories you can, starting with a prayer for the help of the Lord as you write. I promise that as you do this, you will be happier, and more sincere with those around you because all you will want to do is bless others, and as you try to bless others, our LOVING Heavenly Father, will bless you.

Alma 1:30
And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.

I love you all so much and know that God does too. Don't forget your purpose, and if you haven't figured out your purpose just yet, you will only find it in Christ, so lose yourself in Him, and He will show it unto you.

something my companion helped me learn, was the thoughts that we are having, who are they coming from?

The answer will be found in the way you feel.
If you feel peace, confidence, happiness, motivation, etc. = God
Or if you feel, angry, anxious, anxiety, frustrations, discouragement, etc. = Satan

Be careful to whose counsel you heed.

We have also been writing down, at least, one miracle every night and it has changed my view from the black dot to the rest of the white wall. Try it!!!

Have a great week!

It was pouring so hard
Monday Oct 3 2016
Photo: It was pouring so hard to my comp took this cool pic, the thunder was like a scary movie it didn't sound real and all the power went out! It was crazy!

This week was alright!

So my companion and I were contacting on a street and we came to this house and knocked and then looked up to a sweet looking old lady in the window asking who we were so we told her, "were missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints and would like to give you a pamphlet" and she sweetly smiled and said that she will come.... Her sweet looking old husband opened the door and we told him who we were and asked him his name and personally for him, who God is in his life, and then we gave him the pamphlet, he told us he will go read it in peace but that he is catholic and that he reads the bible and then he put his right hand down make the gesture of a level and told us that we are right there and then threw his left hand up above his head and said, "and Im right up here, so you cant teach me anything." then slammed the door and I just got sick of saying, "its okay!" cause it actually hurts a lot, but maybe he read it in peace and loved it! Im waiting for his call.

Conference was really beautiful wasn't it! It made me want to serve more and love more, and in so doing I will receive the pure joy that Christ can only give us.

I've been trying to put my focus a lot better on Christ so for a couple of my personal studies I've drawn pictures of Christ and written about him and what He was like. It has really helped me to think more of Him, I think writing about Him and drawing makes it stick more in my head! So maybe if you need more help to focus on him think of his life here on earth and maybe even draw a picture.

I have wondered how many drops of blood He dropped for me specifically in the Garden of Gethsemane, then realized, it was perfectly just as many as He knew I needed.

I love you all and I 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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