A Childs Prayer
Monday Jun 19 2017
This week has been a rough one. Not a lot of progress with the people and no one wanted our help with anything! But hoping for a better week to come!

My comp is so sweet and so much fun it feels like were opening the area together since I didn't really learn my way around in that short time while I had my cast on!
We talked to many new people that we hope to visit this coming week so that'll be exciting!

Last night, something that I felt and really needed to feel was after we as missionaries sang, "A Childs Prayer", was an overwhelming feeling of peace, calmness and confidence in my knowledge that I really am a child of God. A literal Celestial being with a never ending love. I felt so happy that while listening to the given talks I couldn't help but smile cause my Father is a God and even though I have gone through tough times and trials that I myself wouldn't choose to go through, He loves me so much and wouldn't even give me anything to just cut me down, but to allow me to grow so much.

I suggest that you all listen to, "A Childs Prayer". :)

I know God loves us. I know we all have a purpose to be here on the earth and spread with others our happiness even if its just by helping others to know the simple knowledge that we are all loved children of a loving Heavenly Father,

I love you all. Have a great week!

Walking to his house was David with his little David
Monday Jun 12 2017
We received our new transfer and Im so sad that Hermana Vargas leaves cause I wanted her to "kill" me. But, Im so excited to start my last transfer with a sister also from Ecuador, Hermana Pastillo!

I feel so good. So thankful for my time as a missionary and Im feeling so calm and pumped about everything to come! This is such a special area with many special people.

Yerco was baptized and it was so beautiful. His spirit is so strong and he was so excited. I know for sure that he really was ready for that special day and that God loves him so much.

This week I studied about how faith can affect miracles. My whole study was so beautiful and I was filled with motivation to leave right then and just work. After our studies we left to go meet up with a guy named David who also has a little 4 yr. old son named David that we met last week in the park and my comp and I swang for a few minutes to rest my foot, they accepted the visit. We got to his house and he wasnt there, I looked at my comp and said, then lets start on the house that was on the other side of the street from Davids house. So we knocked and looking outside the window was an older man, I looked at him with a big smile as I waved him to come down. I could feel the literal feeling of faith in my heart that he would actually come down and that something good would come of this contact.
Very quickly he (Onofre) and his wife(Leonor) invited us in, gave us fruit and we got to give them the beautiful message of the Restoration which I love with all my heart. She being an Evangelist had many unanswered questions that we were able to help her with and her husband is just starting to go to church with her.
It went so great that they accepted another visit. Ill keep you updated on them!

We left and visited an investigator, Miriam(50), that lives on the same street we sat for 5 min. cause she didn't have much time and we set another appointment and then we left. As we left their neighborhood, walking to his house was David with his little David! He thought we were going to come over at 3 in the afternoon! We didn't have a set appointment for that hour so it worked out perfectly, we came back and we also taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon and wanted to keep knowing more! We will visit him this coming week! WOO!

Finally, we visited Miriam the next day, she had received the first and second discussion a few weeks ago. We planned to teach her the third discussion. However, she told us, "I want to know more about the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith." I asked her if she sincerely wanted to know that she would allow her heart to be opened to any feeling and answer that she would receive as we read the first section from the Joseph Smith History in the Pearl of Great Price. She said that she sincerely wanted to know and that she would. I offered the prayer to start, I could just feel the spirit enter in with us. I know that it could be with us thanks to her sincere desire to know the answer.

We read to her because she cant read that well she has bad eyes. And the spirit was SO STRONG! She told us after we read that she knew it was true and marvelous. That Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that if this was true, that this is the only true church on the earth.

We invited her to be baptized and she said that she wants to keep learning and maybe with time. Then, she shared with us about a time when she had surgery she had a dream that she was on one side of a little river that was horizontal to her, that there was a VERY tiny little bridge and on the other side was a huge gorgeous green land with a bright light. She said, she heard a voice tell her, "its not time yet, go back, and then she woke up.
The scripture from 2 Nephi 31:18 came to my mind so we shared it with her.

The spirit really was so strong, simple, and perfect. I love that as we start each discussion with an opening prayer and sometimes even a hymn, that we can literally call on heavenly guidance. I know that God always has work to be worked on. That He is eagerly waiting for each of us to get on our feet and do His will so that His work can move forward. I love our Heavenly Father so much.

A Lamb and a pig can't get married
Monday Jun 5 2017

I got my cast off!!! Now I don't have to do my happy dance with my crutches haha!
I'm kidding I still have to use them for like 2 weeks I don't know why cause Im walking just fine with a little limp but its okay cause theres always music playing in the streets so I kinda just make it look like Im super into the music.

Also, another elder this week on monday, Elder Uriarte, whilst playing soccer broke his foot a lot worse than I did. He had to get surgery and he has to go home now. Satan is out to get us!

Yerco is doing fantastic! He is so ready for his baptism. He also says the funniest things!
This week we taught him about the Law of Chastity and he agreed with it all. He then asked about it being something bad if he was Mormon but fell in love with a Catholic if it would be okay, and we explained to him that obviously it would be okay but that there are some consequences. We talked about how in the Temple a marriage isn't just between the man and the woman but also that they include God in their relationship.
If the two of them have that same goal then there will be more peace and harmony in the house and family and for their children.
And he said, "that makes sense, cause a Lamb and a pig can't get married cause one will be like, oh lets go eat lettuce and the other will be like no, lets go eat garbage!" HAHAHA his comments sometimes are the funniest!

Yesterday, Sunday, was such a beautiful day. I just felt good in general. In Sunday school our class was based on Repentance. Im so thankful for repentance. More importantly for the Atonement of Jesus Christ because with out His hard suffering, there would be absolutely no reason to repent. Jesus is the way. He is where all hope comes from. I feel so happy to have the beautiful blessing of knowing why its so important to repent but also to really understand and continue learning about the Atonement of Christ. He's the best!

My invitation to you all is that you can search and study enough about the life of Christ to find out what His invitation is and that you can know exactly how to act upon receiving this invitation so that you can receive more fully His personal blessings for you.

I love you all! Have a great week!



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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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