Monday, February 3, 2014

So much to do! So little time! AND... One more week in paradise!

One more week in paradise!
Jan. 27, 2014

Alright, what a week, what a week! This week started out with one of the hermanas going to Guayaquil for a training and so her compy was with us for a couple days... that was interesting because we were trying to work in two sectors. So one of the days i did a split with my converso, Derly. and I put a fecha! All by myself! in Spanish! and i verified everything! Woo, go me! Super confidence booster... it's really too bad that we haven't seen him since, but that's the way things go here in Ecuador.
Anywho! this week we had the baptism of Isabel Herrera, age 75! That was quite the adventure. We said that we would pick her up at 6:30 for the baptism at "7:00" AKA 8:00 But when we got there, we found out that she had left for Machala and hadn't come back yet! So we left in hopes that she would show up before 7:00. When we came back... she hadn't, so we wait around until 7:40!! BUT luckily she had come in a taxi (they live on the very edge of our sector, and she has really bad health so she can't walk very much) so we tell the taxi to wait because we need it! But my comp and i decide to wait in the taxi for her to change and stuff. so we hop in the taxi and the taxi takes off without Isabel!!! We're all , hey we need that other lady and he's all, it's ok I'm just going to get gas. and we're all ... ah ok... but we get to the gas station and there is like a million cars! I'm all, we don't have time for this! and he's all, why? well buddy, we kind of have a baptism and we need that lady that you left behind! THEN it all clicks for him... ahyayayi. well, after much trial and tribulation we get Isabel to the church, take pictures, change her into her baptism dress, find out she didn't understand the whole baptism by immersion thing meant that she had to get wet. get her in the font with 2 elders and a chair, and baptize that woman!!! all in all it was a very interesting day. BUT now Isabel Herrera is the newest member of RAMA SANTA ROSA 2!  WOO :)
Well that's all i got for ya, i hope you enjoy the story. i love the work here :) i love being a missionary, i love my life, all that I'm learning and doing. I love watching peoples lives change for the better, i love you all :) 
Hermana Whitmore

So much to do! So little time!
Feb. 3, 2014

Dearest Familia!
This week has been great! We found a family and they are sooo ready to hear the gospel. They are actually married (not very common here) and have 3 kids! Javier, the dad, is sooo excited about it! Its awesome. He took his kids on a drive to see the church and when his son said he didn't know how to pray he taught him the correct steps that we had taught him the day before. Only Javier and his daughter came to church but we`´ll get his whole family there! I know! :)
Also this week, we had a bunch of run-ins with Testigos and Evagelicals. It just made my testimony of this gospel really grow. The doctrine is so confusing if you don't have the book of mormon to straighten it all out. It was fun to talk with them because they kept trying to stump us with locisimo questions and we were just calm and kept reading them scriptures. in the end we invited two of them to read the book of mormon and pray to know the truth... we´ll see if they actually do it!
WE have this investigator, Angie, and we went to visit her and she said she didn't want to get baptized but didn't have a reason either! So we asked her to say a pray and ask directly if she should get baptized. after the prayer we all knelt in silence so that she could receive an answer. I know i was using that time to say a prayer and I'm pretty sure my companion was too. But after about 3 minutes, she says: i think i need to get baptized!!!! SOOO COOL! We'll have to do it again because she called us last night and said she changed her mind again... but i know that she can ask again and again and always get the same answer :)
Alright, so, fun story time!
Story number 1: The other night i open my journal and there is a cricket (giant enough that i thought it was a cucaracha) just hangin out! I freaked out and totally screamed, chucking my journal across the room. Then after that, it took us about 10 minutes to get up the courage to find it and kill it... yeah, that was fun.
Story 2: So we have to take buses to part of our area. we were on the bus and i was takin a little cat nap. When all of a sudden i feel a hand on my face... that's right ON MY FACE!!!!! I open my eyes and luckily the hand had been removed.. but there was just this creepy Ecuadorian man standing over me, smiling! WOW! some people. i was sooo stunned i couldn't think of anything to say.. let alone any spanish words to say. So yeah that happened.
Also we had the baptism of Angel! he's super pilas. 

Anywho. That's all i got for you :)
I love you all! 
Hermana Whitmore

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