Thursday, July 17, 2014

7/14/14 email!

From: Camille Weller []
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:49 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Dead Cuy.
Well this week was a great one! im glad that the world cup is over so that we can start teaching men again... haha also one of our zone leaders made a pretty funny comment, he said that we shouldnt care that we lost the world cup because were back to back world war champions. haha I love my country. (: 

Well pday was fun, we decided to jump on a random van and go where ever it takes us, we ended up in Ichupampa a little town about 20 minutes from chivay... its pretty much a ghost town, but we still made it fun. and even found a dead cuy.... should have taken it home to eat. haha 

We had FHE at a less actives house and had a really cool lesson about God and our relationship with Him. We did a little activity thing where two people stood up, one of them was God and the other was us. We talked about how each time we make a mistake or sin that God doesnt move but that we ourselves take a step away from Him.. and throughout the week we move further away from Him little by little, and it is harder for us to hear or understand the spirit when we arent close to our Heavenly Father... But that each sunday we have the chance to eliminate the space between us and Him when we partake of the Sacrament and truly repent. It was cool to see the reaction of the less actives that were there and to see the spirit working in them... and yesterday they were all at church(: also reminds me of a scripture i used a lot this week in teaching about the atonement and repentance.. 

D&C 58:42" Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more."

Tuesday we headed to Arequipa, that night we helped plan the sisters conference that were going to have in August and then we got to go eat at TGI fridays and have a sleepover with some other sisters at the mission home, it was a pretty fun night and good to just talk and be together as sistaaass!

Wednesday we had our conference/counsel with our zone and it was super good! we learned a lot about how to have success and also about trust. The trust we have in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the trust that He has in us. And about how we need to focus on rescuing the less actives here in Peru.. also there was an earthquake in the middle of it that was pretty scary but nothing happened. haha

Thursday we had an awesome lesson with Brenda and her friend Carla, We taught them about the atonement and about the importance of baptism and Carla decided that she wants to be baptized so were hoping they can get baptized together before Brenda leaves. I wish i could have recorded Carlas response when i asked her if she would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.. i barely made it through the sentance before she said yes with the biggest smile on her face. We also had a really cool moment where brenda was sad that her dad wont give her permision and so we told her how many people are praying for her to be able to be baptized.. we were all in tears but i know that her knowing that has given her more hope and faith to keep trying... man i love that girl and hope that all of our prayers will get to her dads heart soon (:

Friday our branch activity didnt really work out... i guess a service activity doesnt really draw in the big crouds.. haha But saturday we taught the Relief Society how to make pancakes and that turned out pretty good (: haha

Sunday was a really cool day at church. The elders had given Victor some white shirts and ties and he got to bless the Sacrament! It was soo cool to see him do that and see him progress even more in the church. We also had a lot of less actives come and it was cool to see some diferent people in the little chapel. Then that night we had another member ask us to come teach her how to make pancakes.... ive never eaten so many pancakes in my life!!!!!! 

So basically were just trying to do all we can here, me and Hna Stone might only have 3 weeks left here together and then were not sure whats going to happen, we know president is thinking of only having the elders here so if that happens im not sure where ill be going for my last transfer but that just makes it more interesting i guess(:

We can definately use some prayers towards the parents here in chivay.. another one of our investigators, Qussayns mom doesnt want to give permision for him to get baptized either... but sometimes i think we just need to keep working and trying and if it doenst work out, then were planting seeds for other missionaries in the future and thats okay. (: 

One thing i learned this week is that usually when we are unhappy or discouraged or frusterated its because were only thinking of ourselves... when we think of others before ourselves and focus on their needs we will become so much happier. "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospels, the same shall save it." Mark 8:34-35 i promise that if you try to forget about yourself and focus on what you can do to make someones life easier or make someone smile you will feel so much happier and the Lord will bless your life. 

i love this work.. i love being a missionary and even though i have so much to work on and to better i know that even with my weaknesses i can be an instrament in the hands of the lord..D&C 1:23 "That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by theweak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kingsand rulers."

Well i hope everyone has a great week!! i love you all!! also one more random thought... Dont sleep through the Restoration!! (: i read that talk and loved it so i attatched it and now all of you can read it!

Chaoooooooo (:

Hermana Weller <3



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