This past week here in Perú was something called "La Semana Santa" or "The Holy Week", which is a huge Catholic tradition so of course everyone was out partying during their time off from work and it was a bit harder to find the people that we normally visit. Not to mention there were more drunks in the streets. Haha. But despite all of that, we were able to have a pretty successful week! Seriously so much is falling into place.
We should be having a baptism this Saturday because a young woman that has been investigating for a few months now --and has been hot and cold about baptism-- finally told us this last week that she wants to be baptized this Saturday and the YW in the ward are helping out a lot with keeping her enthusiasm and everything. We also have been working with our bishop with a young part-member family where the husband isn´t a member and the parents aren´t married either. They now have a wedding date for the 9th of May and the husband accepted a baptismal date for the 10th last night! There are more potentials for these next couple of weeks but I´m just in shock because I havent been in an area like this since I first got to Perú. We are finding and teaching a bunch and there are so many prepared people here. In all of my other areas we have had to work extremely extremely hard to get a baptism and here it is still work, but just very different. I´m super grateful that I am with an awesome companion and that we are starting to have some success.
Even with all of that, probably the best moment of my week was last night. A few days ago while we were eating breakfast I was reading a talk about women and had the prompting to share a quote from it with my pensionista, Hermana Elizabeth. I felt weird just being like, "hey, listen to this...!" randomly in front of everyone and kinda chickened out. I felt bad for not following the prompting but later I wrote the quote out really cute on a little note and gave it to her last night after dinner. It was something SUPER simple, but brought tears to her eyes and she gave me a big hug. She didn´t say much but I knew it meant a lot to her. Her daughter is also on a mission in Ecuador and she actually has the same time as I do in the mission and her family is less active. They have a lot of challenges in their family and I know that she loves having four sister missionaries in her house every day. She cooks for and takes care of us plus her own four kids that live at home with her and her husband. I just wanted her to know that we appreciate her. Like I said, it was super simple and made me realize that you don´t always have to go out of your way much to find people that you can help, sometimes what Heavely Father needs most for you to do is right in front of you.
I love hearing from you guys so much, especially from Sadie in Brazil! I´m so happy to know that the Lord is watching over everyone and that He blesses us so much.
Con mucho cariño,