November 23, 2015 {Week 23}: No pictures. Again.

Man, I feel sick about not getting any photos to y’all, it’s been eons since you’ve gotten any from me in Riberalta.  Just know that it’s hot, the sun is strong, and it’s red, and dirty.  If it makes y’all feel better I can’t email my mission president either because the internet is awful.

Anyway, it’s been a bit of a long week.  Hermana Piscoya and I have had a bit of a rough week as well, but we´ve learned a lot from each other.

Okay so basically the entire world has chikunguñya. [I should not have read this.  It does not sound good. Please pray for continued her health.] Everyone.  We don’t have it and Hermana Nelson is better but like half the branch congregation has it.  I’ve learned that there is Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Chikunguñya, and Hepititis floating around in the mosquitos here in Riberalta so please pray for me. haha, Apparently chikunguñya is from Europe and is a mutated version of Malaria, idk.

I’ve hear now that I also talk fast in Spanish. A couple of the Latino elders get confused when I get to talking with them in Spanish, but Hermana Piscoya says I don’t so idk. [Is it the speed at which she speaks that has them confused?  I’m not so sure!:)]

I’ve learned that there are 2 types of Spanglish. One in which you speak English with Spanish words and REAL Spanglish where you speak English like a Spanish speaker.  “How many years do you have?” “How many months will she complete in the mission?”  “What happened in the house of your pensionista?” All of these sentences have come out of my mouth I am slightly ashamed to say, amongst other sentences in which we use Spanish words and verbs that do exist in English but we just don’t use them a lot or in that manner when speaking English.  It’s sad and funny haha, and we as Americans call each other out a lot. [I guess this means she now can add SPANGLISH to her list of languages!]

Okay, down to the good stuff.  We have had a ROLLERCOASTER of a week with Hermana Carla.

Tuesday: we asked for her exact direction [Spanglish for address], found out she lives in Forestal, which is not our area OR our branch.  Called the President, he basically said that we couldn’t have anything to do with her.  That she needed to attend church there where she lives, get to know her branch president, meet with the Elders in Forestal in her house, etc. Yeah, Hermana Piscoya cried and I practically did too. And she also told us she has Chikunguñya.

Wednesday: We told her the bad news.  She almost cried and said that it would be impossible for the elders to meet with her in her house because her family DOES NOT like the Church. And she’s really busy after work with school, etc.  She literally just sleeps and changes clothes in her house and nothing else.  But we introduced her to the Elders responsible for her area anyway and she had her baptism interview.  She told Elder Batz that she didn’t want to be baptized in Forestal or attend there, but that she wanted to be baptized.  Yeah, we were really worried so we called President  Zambrano and explained it to him.  He said we could still teach her sometimes at Hermana Marta´s and that we could even visit her IN HER HOUSE IN ANOTHER AREA with the elders.  AND that we could attend her confirmation on Sunday in Tajibos.

Thursday: we saw her while we were walking to another lesson on her moto, she stopped to talk to us.  So we explained everything with big smiles and lots of hugs.  She paused and told us that she also had good news! Hermana Marta talked to her parents(she’s 21) and got their permission that she could move to her(Hermana Marta) house which is in OUR AREA!  Yay!  It was awesome, we were so excited, prayers answered, seriously.  We called presidente y los elderes de Forestal to explain all of this.  The elders told us that they had VISITED HER FAMILY AND TAUGHT THE RESTORATION AND ORAGNIZED A RETURN CITA(visit).  That is a miracle.

Friday: Baptism is on Saturday at 5, don’t forget!  Text message that she can’t make it to her baptism because she has a test at 5.

Saturday: 5 o’clock, Manuel y Hermana Carla aren’t there.  We then get a phone call from Hermana Carla explaining that it was just a meeting and that the test is on Monday and that she’s on her way!  The baptism for Hermano Manuel y Hermana Carla finally starts at 6 and we missed a really awesome Noche de Hogar(family night) we had planned, but we are going to reschedule it. (We wasted half of Saturday en la capilla because the young women never showed up for the mutual they had planned…… yeah.)  Afterward the baptism, I ask Hermana Carla how she feels as we all give big wet hugs,  she says “estoy feliz” (I am happy). I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face during the entire baptism service for the 2 of them.  It was awesome.

Sunday: Confirmed with the gift of the Holy Ghost.  As converts to the Church of Jesus Christ, as they live righteously they can have the power of the Holy Ghost to lead and guide them for the rest of their lives.  When there’s danger, when they need peace and comfort, in all times of distress.  It’s awesome what the priesthood can give us in our lives.

Hermana E Butikofer

Ponderize: Alma 19:33 “And it came to pass that when Ammon arose he also administered unto them, and also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all declare unto the people the selfsame thing—that their hearts had been changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.”

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