Ecuador Quito North Mission
February 2015 - August 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Week 66 Tender Mercies
Hey friends and family!
This week has been a crazy busy week. We have been preparing 3 people with a baptismal date and we officially divided the stakes!
The multi-stake conference was crazy! We wore anaco and let me tell you, it is very difficult to run in anaco. We were getting everything ready for Rosa, our investigator with a baptismal date. I got to see every one! I saw Hna. Vega, an hermana who was in the MTC with me who recently got home. I also got to see a bunch of people from Imbaya and Cotama. I also got to see Hna. Thomas!! I have not seen her since I left Quito! It was so much fun to see her. With the dividing of the stakes, our bishop was called to be first counselor in the stake presidency so now we do not have a bishop (we find out tomorrow morning who it is...). Rosa was so excited to be there and really enjoyed it.
So weird... Monday is not Pday... Oh well, we still got work done. We visited Marleyny and finally met her husband! Little by little, she is progressing and told us that she and her husband have plans to get married! The only sad thing is that they are also planning on going to Colombia to visit and when I asked for how long, they said "who's knows!"... We later visited a few less actives and they were so funny. They asked what stuff I knew how to make then made a list of the things that I am going to teach them to make... I have actually become quite famous for cooking in the mission. My banana bread recipe has slowly been making it around the mission...
We passed by a bunch of people but they were not home. We visited Dayana who is set to be baptized in November. She is so excited to be baptized. In the evening, we visited an investigator named Geovani who we have been visiting for 2 months. We reactivated his wife and daughter the other month but he would not accept a baptismal date. Tonight, he accepted a baptismal date!! We have been focusing a ton on repentance with him to help him with his word of wisdom problems.
We talked to a less active who told us that she was unworthy to pray. I asked then why do we pray to repent and she said that I had a good point. It was pretty funny. After lunch, we tried to catch a bus but we missed it by a minute so we walked from Casco to San Pablo (30 minutes) then caught a bus to visit Rosa. She is such a cute old lady. She really liked the multi-stake conference, especially the choir. We were going to go visit Estela (finally after not visiting her for 2 weeks...) but ran into the owners of our house who wanted to fix a few things. We had to wait an hour while the husband fixed our shower. It was worth the wait because now it works amazingly! ;) We ran up to chat with Estela and found her reading her Book of Mormon. When we finished and she prayed, you could tell that she was putting more feeling and effort into her prayer! She has come so far!
It rained like crazy today! After visiting Marleyny again, we walked home to make lunch and got caught in a crazy rain storm. After lunch and visiting Rosa, we waited again in the rain for 40 minutes for a bus... We visited Dayana and continued her lessons for her baptism. She is so funny. We visted Geovani and read a little bit in the Book of Mormon with him. Tonight, he was a little more humble in listening to us.
My mamitas love me! :) I had told my mamita that I absolutely love choclo and she made me a ton today. We made plans with an hermana to go to Guallabamba to a zoo with her and possibly a few of our less actives for our next Pday. We visited an investigator named Olga and answered a few of her questions about a chapter in the BoM. Then we visited Geovani. Tonight, he received a priesthood blessing to help him with his cigarette and alcohol problems. Oooof! The spirit was so strong! I love watching people's faces change when they receive a blessing!
Today was a tender mercy for me! We went to Otavalo to get some things and to go to a district activity when I ran into an hermana from the El Eden ward in Quito. I started crying and she was crying and Hna. Cruz looked all uncomfortable. She told me that her son is doing so good on his mission and a bunch of other things. Heavenly Father always sends me someone my way to brighten my day :) For our district activity, we went to the Cuicocha resevoir (the one I went to back in May...). It was fun.