So weird to be writing on a Saturday! Just so y'all know, I'm not breaking the rules! We have to write today because we can't leave the house on Monday or Tuesday. Because I don't want to get covered in shaving cream, flour, raw eggs, water, etc etc etc. Whatever you can throw that will make a mess, that is what we would be dealing with! Yay for Carnaval! I actually did get a bit doused with some foam yesterday, but it dissolved right away so it was just funny.
Not too much to write this week. I feel like its gone by SO fast! On Tuesday, we had 7 lessons! The most I've had in one day so far. Days like that go speeding by, we're just running from one lesson to another, hopping on buses or flagging down taxis and making people stop and stare... there go the gringas! One cita we had was with Vilma and Ramiro. They are this SUPER awesome older couple that we were very lucky to find a couple weeks ago. After having three lessons with them, here are the changes I have seen in them:
There is already more of a light in their eyes, more of a warmth in there little home. It's tangible.
They are reading and praying! Ramiro is the cutest little grandpa-type guy. He jokes about the reading putting him to sleep and then proceeds to tell us about Mormon compiling the book of mormon an dthe nefites and the lamanites, and how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I was blown away! And then Vilma talks about how ever since she has been reading, she can't sleep super well, and how it must be Satan working against her because she is trying to do the right thing, so she just has to keep pressing forward! Um, yes! You go, Vilma!
Instead of telling us we can only come on Sunday nights like they used to, they tell us to come back as soon as we can! They KNOW they need to change and they WANT to do it!
We are going to see if they progress! Having to drop people is really hard. But it is a normal part of mission life. That is why we contact people alllllllll the time, so we can try to find new investigators every single day!
Thursday at zone and district meeting, we found out about transfers, which happened yesterday because of Carnaval. And Hermana Adams and I are both staying put! I was expecting that and so happy that it's true! Because I was expecting to stay put in the last cambio too. Grateful for my companion, for my sector, for the ward, for my investigators. For the house I live in (which I am told is the nicest apartment in the mission). Grateful I get another couple changes here for sure! Next change Hermana Adams for sure has to go, so I know I will stay here and get a new companion.
Yeah thank youuuuu for the package! You know the way to my heart -- chocolate!
Oh another lesson. We taught Silvia about following the prophet, and I started crying as I testified about how lucky we are to live in times with a living prophet, and how we will always have proteccion if we just follow his counsel! That is my challenge for you all this week. Are you listening to, reading, and following the counsel of our prophet and apostles? So yeah now Silvia has all the lessons! We are just waiting to resolve the marriage situation.... we are very hopeful that she will be baptized during this transfer!
This morning we ran to a lesson in Ficoa (the SUPER ritzy part of town, we eat there every Friday in the tex mex restaurante and I am pretty sure it's my new fave day of the week just for that yummmm) with an awesome family. They have three daughters who all dance. Thought a lot about Sydney! Theyre going to an international competition in Florida next month. But they also told us today that they're moving to a different part of Ambato, so we will have to pass them to other missionaries! Then we ran to Tatiana's hoouse and helped her clean for a couple hours. We taught her a quick lesson too! Also about following the prophet, because we taught her that a few days ago and she said, "Yeah sorry, I don't believe that" so we tried to help her understand today again that God loves us so He is always going to send prophets to the earth. Then we went running to another lesson with a new family, we had to climb up a fun steep little dirt path to get to their house. not sure how much they understand but we will see! Then we ran down the street and took a taxi to lunch, we were pretty late to that so the members weren't super happy. We ate as fast as we could, and it was their daughter's birthday so they also gave us cake, we shoveled it all down and then ran up a huge hill with very full stomachs -- we call them our food babies -- and then caught a taxi to this cyber where I am now writing you! As soon as we are done with this we are meeting Gaby, our cute ward missionary, and she is coming with us to a lesson with Santiago, and then we are going to the chapel for correlacion with the ward mission leader, and then we will teach english class, and then we are teaching Vilma y Ramiro, and then by that time it will be 9pm and we will get to sleep! We didn't have any time to study today but it has been a very full, very productive day!
I LOVE being a missionary! Sometimes I wonder how in the world I ended up here. But I am so grateful to be here, learning to think about other people instead of myself. Grateful to be done with my training! Although with Hermana Adams I haven't minded it at all!
Letters coming your way this week since I've got nothing to do but sit and write you letters!
Que tengan una buena semana!
|when you go twinning to zone meeting, yeah we're adorable|
|we are really good at self timer foots|
hermana beutler is going home! Saying goodbye at zone meeting
and I GOT ANOTHER PACKAGE! The most random thing in the world, what the heck I still can't get over the stuffed animal pig!!!! You show your mom a youtube video once and it follows you all the way to Ecuador hahahah. Its name is Kim and it gets to sit on my bed oevery day. "
spot the rainbow! Beautiful Ecuador!
Hermana Echegaray had a baptism this week! Lourdes got baptized, and it wasn't my baptism but they asked us to come to help with a musical number, and i *almost* felt like it was my baptism because I got to teach her for the first 6 weeks of her conversion process! It was a beautiful night and a beautiful experience. I didn't get to stay to see her afterwards, but this is with Hermana Marianita. She gave us food every saturday in my old sector and was so excited to see me, which was so cute, and she wanted a picture! >Sorry it's a little blurry!