Monday, September 30, 2013

El Olovar for another week


So, we guessed right! Hermana Agle and I will be staying here together In El Olivar for another transfer! Actually, only two people in our zone changed this transfer.  Our President doesn't like changing people around a lot because he wants us to just get comfortable with where we are and get to work, not using a lot of time to adjust to a new area/new companion etc.  Anyway, so Hna Agle and I are together and we'll probably stay together for a while.  Which is totally fine with us because we get along great and work well together as missionaries.  :) 

We've had a pretty good week this week! We are teaching a couple of families right now which is the best.  We are teaching a family of a missionary from our ward.  He is serving in Argentina, but nobody else in his family is a member.  So we are teaching them but they like to take things slow.  We're trying to help them realize that they don't have to know EVERYTHING before their baptism, but it's a slow process with them.  We're hoping and praying for a baptism with them before the end of October. Also we are teaching a family that is a reference from recent convert, so that's cool.  They're progressing really well but we've had a hard time getting them to church.  Actually, we've had a hard time getting most of our investigators to church, because church starts at 8am (whose idea was that?) haha so we get up early and spend our early morning on sundays knocking doors and waking people up, haha.  It's defintely an adventure before  church every Sunday. 
We're teaching another family as well that just keeps growing! Every time we visit them, another nephew or grandma shows up, haha.  So that's pretty fun. 

This week we did another service project with some Elders in our zone which was really fun.  We cleaned the man's roof, which is always interesting.  The roofs here are just like the backyards/garages, meaning there is just lots of STUFF up there.  And dust.  Have I mentioned how dusty Lima is? They have little fly/bug things here that are just full of dust.  You can just kill it with your hand, and there aren't like guts or anything, it's just dusty and just kinda blows off your hand.  Really weird haha.  Anyway, so we cleaned and sweeped his roof.  Sweeping in Lima is kind of like bathing a fish, what's the point? haha but we still had fun and helped him out a lot. 

To answer your question dad, there are 5 religions in Peru. Well, in Lima.  Catholic, Evangelical (is that how you say it in English?), Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and Christians.  Everybody is Catholic by default.  The other churches didn't really start growing until probably about 30 years ago so everything else is pretty new.  There are always a TON of JW's and evangelical missionaries out preaching.  And then there are "Christian" churches which is cool but we're Christians too so whatevs.  Anyway,  mostly everybody here has heard of all of the different churches and doesn't really know what to do about it because they all preach different things and have missionaries out all the time.  It makes me think of the time of religious excitement before Joseph Smith restored the church and how confused he was.  Luckily, we don't have to restore the church because it is already here, we just have to go preach it and bring it to the people that have been prepared to hear it!

The church is true! My testimony grows every single day.  It's so cool to see the hastening of the work every day, and how the Lord has prepared so many people.  Go out and be missionaries! Hurrah for Israel!

Hermana Jones

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