This week was bien bacan.
Last Monday for p-day we filled up like 500 water balloons and played volleyball... could it get any better? :) We had a good time :)
Later in the night we were visiting our buddy, Jose. He was baptized about 2 months ago, and he's going back to some of his old habits. Anyways, Elder Urpeque and I shared our stories about how it's possible to change and it touched Jose and we made goals together – to go one step at a time... one day at a time. We walked straight to the Bishops house and they were able to have an interview. As of now, he’s doing really good. Twice this week we walked into his house and he was laying on his bed reading the scriptures... and he came with us on visits a ton this week. Love that guy. MIRACLE.
We also found a great family... the dad of the family is a member of the church but hasn’t attended in over 20 years. His wife, Karen, and his 4 kids aren’t members. We got talking and we asked him how he felt about his life at this point and it got really silent, he put his head down and said ¨I’m missing something¨. We waited and as the spirit sunk into the room I asked him, you know what it is, right? Yes, he replied. He began to open up and tell us that he was ready to get back on the straight and narrow path, but this time, with his family. they attended church yesterday, and were even there EARLY! Haha it was amazing to see him, and his whole family :) MIRACLE.
Tuesday it rained. MIRACLE!!!!!!!!! OKAY for real though it rained a lot and PIURA IS FLOODED!!! It’s super sad though, a ton of peoples houses got destroyed and we’ve done A TON of service helping all the members and people here scoop buckets of water out of their house.
My companion and I were walking down the street when we passed this house with a little girl outside.... I felt an impression that we needed to turn back and talk to that family. I look at my companion and tell him hey let’s go back and knock that door. A 24-year old college student named Daniel comes house and HE’S AMAZING! We truly were guided by the spirit to find him. MIRACLE.
Luz. Her son Darwin who was a member of the church died about 2 months ago... he drown in a lake during an activity of the church. She was about to get baptized with her husband but they blamed everything on the church for the death of her 16 year old son, and decided not to. Anyways, we found her this week and started to talk to her... apparently she’s been having dreams about her son, Darwin, and that he is telling her that she needs to get baptized. She had a complete 180 degree change of heart and now her and her husband want to get baptized again. MIRACLE.
Wednesday I had a work visit with Elder Simarron. He’s from a tribe in Ecuador .... he only speaks his tribal language which is Chapilin or something like that. We had a good time though.. we walked and walked and sweated and walked :)
Thursday we put a baptismal date for our buddy Alonso. He’s 18 and told us he wants to be a missionary like us. He’s a baller and he’s gonna get baptized on March 26th. We’re working like crazy here. I think we have 13 people with baptismal dates for March!
Friday we had a ward missionary activity.... we brought like 8 or 9 investigators and how many members showed up?? like 10. We were a little embarrassed but the activity was super fun and the investigators had a good time so I guess that’s all that counts. :)
Saturday was NUTS. We woke up super early, cleaned church, changed, 3 visits in the morning, changed clothes, built a roof for a member, ate lunch, returned to our room at 2:50 and we left at 3PM, returning home at 9:30 PM.
Sunday all of Piura was flooded so there weren’t a ton of people that came to church.
Anyways, I can’t believe the week is already over, it feels like it just started and just yesterday I was writing you. I hope all is well at home. I love you guys and I’ll see you soon!