From: Camille Weller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 11:41 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 11:41 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley
Subject: Hearts can change (:
Well what a crazy week!! (: we had lots going on which was great! i just want to share some of the hightlights(:
First off on monday nights we started doing family home evenings with the whole branch and this week we had it at hna mariellas house and it turned out so good! we had lots of members and investigators come and had a super good lesson about the importance of priesthood! Which is something were really focussing on as a branch so it really helped!
Tuesday i hit my 14 month mark!! crazy how fast time goes by! thats all im going to say about that.. haha
Thursday me and my companion had a cool moment and thought about us being in heaven and meeting all the people that we know here in chivay that we havent actually taught lessons too and imagined them asking us why we didnt share the gospel with them... that night i think we litterally talked to everyone in chivay.. haha thats how it should be everyday. But we got some good new investigators and felt really good about that day(: I think that applys to all of you at home as well... how would you feel if you get to heaven and meet your neighbors or friends or co-workers that you never shared the gospel with and they ask you why you didnt share that happiness and joy with them?? something to think about..
That night our zone leaders came up to do some interviews and one of them came with us to talk to Brenda and Juniors dad ( the one that wont give permision for them to get baptized) and man did we let that guy know how we felt... with the spirit of course(; but really the spirit was so strong, you could tell he could feel it as well because of how uncomfortable he looked.. haha during the lesson we asked Brenda to share her testimony of why she wants to be baptized and she nailed it. it was so powerfull i dont think there was a dry eye in the room. probably the most intense lesson i´ve had thus far in my mission. such a cool experience to see the spirit working in someone!
we also had pizza at victors restaurant witheveryone and he is so excited to get baptized! were hoping either this week or next! he just needs his interview! (:
Friday we all made breakfast at victors restaurant and it was so yummy!!! banana pancakes.. bacon.. orange juice.. eggs and of course president zobrists famous "fat sauce" as the syrup.. which consists of one stick butter, one cup whipped cream(or carton) and one cup sugar.. best thing ever!!!! but it definately holds its name haha
Then that night we went to visit brenda, first she told us some good news that she talked more with her dad and now he said she and junior can get baptized at the end of the month! so weve made progress from when shes 18.. to december.. to three months from now... to the end of the month!! The Church is true people (: we also put on her traditional dress stuff and they taught us the famous wititi dance, her dad was laughing and i think everyone was having a good time haha gaining his trust one embaresing moment at a time (:
saturday the elders had jessicas baptism! it was so pretty! i love river baptisms. plus we did it close to the natural hot springs there are here and so the water was even warm for her! Afterwards she just kept saying how happy she felt.. Shes a 21 year old single mom who has been through a lot in her life.. wierd to think that were the same age and she is just barely finding out the happiness that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to our lives.. something i think some of us take for granted and we´ve known it our whole lives.
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting... which consists mostly of sitting in awkward silence and then the missionaries taking turns bearing their testimonies.. but hey its a work in progress, then we had gospel principle class that me and hna stone taught, lesson one about God, our Heavenly Father.. it actually turned out to be an amazing lesson and afterwards we invited as many that wanted to to share thier testimonies about our Heavenly Father and almost everyone wanted to get up, maybe its just the microphone that scares them.. who knows. but it was really spiritual. i loved it. After church everyone went and stared at the cute bolletin board we put together like it was the best thing in the world!.... thats because it is (: just kidding, but were hoping it will help so that all the members know about all the fun activities we´ve got planned this month! we went out and visited members and met with nancy, the lady that somehow got baptized without being married to her boyfriend she lives with and now she cant participate in the sacrament or have callings because of it.. we talked with her husband a couple weeks ago and were pretty up front about how he is holding her back fromprogressing but she just barely got back into town so were going to go back on tuesday and see if we can talk to them together. But im sure that we could use your prayers on that one.
The branch is getting a lot better though! Elder Hulet has pretty muchgotten everything into order and is getting more members into callings, things are looking up!!
Something random i wanted to share was about setting goals. As missionaries we use goals a lot. monthly goals, weekly goals, daily goals and even sometimes hourly goals, ive learned how important it is to set goals in life and then work to achieve them. If we dont set goals its like were running a race with no finish line. We need to have the end in mind and sight so that we can work towards getting there.. otherwise were just running with no purpose. in preach my gospel theres two quotes i really like...
“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”–Elder M. Russell Ballard
“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.”
–President Thomas S. Monson
anyways maybe everyone can make some goals for this summer, or month or week or year or for your lives and then work hard to complete them (:
Well i love you all and you are all in my prayers! dont forget to remember to do the little things(: The church is true and i love sharing it with the people her in Peru! have an amazing week! let me know some of the goals that you put (:
Hermana Weller (: