Monday we went to this little place called "La Encantada" its about 20 minutes from here and its famous for their ceramics. It’s ridiculously cheap so we bought some cool stuff.. :)
That night, we had a HUGE family home evening with like whole the ward... we talked about as members of the church, there is ALWAYS someone watching us, and we must be the examples. We must be strong, so that our light will be able to strengthen others. A returned missionary my pata named Jairo Nuñez asked what are we doing to strengthen our neighbor? So I'll ask you that same question. Back in good ol Alpine, what are you doing to strengthen your neighbor? A question to think about.
The church has sent out a new video called Hallelujah .... its like 2 minutes long and its SUPER GOOD. We are using it a ton in our mission and we’ve seen a lot of success from it. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO SEE IT! Then once you see it, call the family in to see it, then have them call their friends... everyone must see it!! My favorite part is the cowboy at the end :)
Tuesday I had a work visit with my good good buddy, Elder Hendrix. we were in his area in Tacala and it was soo good to be back.. although i was only there for a week, all the members still remembered me and it was super fun to see them again :) Elder Hendrix and I had an absolute blast... pretty sure we stayed up really late talking, but he taught me a lot on how we can adapt to THEIR needs.
Wednesday we had a district meeting and it was amazing. We talked about baptismal dates and that we need to put more!! We were thinking and thinking of ideas on how to increase the number of people with dates, and everyone was saying the same thing that we’ve done our whole missions... references from members, blah blah blah. We wanted something new... something that no one has done before so what did we do? Kneeled down and asked in a humble prayer, what should we do God? The spirit soaked the room, it was silent for about 4 minutes as everyone was pondering on ideas... then, it came to us. Using our own baptismal pictures and dates, to invite others to be baptized. (That’s why I asked you for my picture because I don’t have it) :) It was divine revelation on how God wants us to work here in Chulucanas. A true miracle.
Later in the day we found a GOLDEN family. They attended church in Piura for like 3 months but then they moved here and lost contact with the church. It’s a mom and dad, and 2 sons who are 16 and 13 years old. (3 PRIESTHOOD HOLDERS) They know the church is true - they know a ton, AND they read the Book of Mormon as a family! They’re already in 2 Nephi 31!! They pray as a family and the best part, THEY’RE MARRIED!!!!!!!!!! ITS A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re working a lot with them so I’ll keep you posted :)
Thursday we went to Morropon. :) I’m learning a lot of Quechua over there. :) Nocaj chan kanqui warmi? :) Ari, nocaj yachani quechuata. :)
Friday we saved 2 souls. :) We helped a recent convert do her family history and we sent 2 names to the temple of her dad and her grandpa. It was a special experience for her... and she was so grateful for us that she even started crying when we sent the names to the temple. It was a super cool experience.
There’s a 21 year old less active member named James. He’s SUPER COOL and we met him when we were visiting his little brother, Jorge. I think I talked to you a little bit about him last week. Anyway, we had a lesson with them on Friday and we told them that James could baptize his little brother Jorge and they got super excited about his date for April 16th :)
Church was amazing yesterday. It was Stake Conference so we traveled to Piura. :) It was a little hard to get investigators to travel all the way to Piura, but the conference was AMAZING. The Stake President spoke, a Bishop of the ward in Tambogrande, President and Sister Rasmussen, the President of the new temple in Trujillo, and his wife, and then a 70 came too! I think his name was Elder Nelson – he’s from Colombia. Their messages were really powerful. I walked away from that conference feeling strengthened. WOW.
It truly was a great week. We walked a ton, we saw the hand of the Lord and we saw His miracles.
Thanks for all the support, l love you guys too :)