From: Camille Weller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:09 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:09 AM
To: Melissa Wheatley;
Subject: Crazy week.
Well this was a super crazy fast week, but it was also really spiritual and fun! Well i guess i´ll just go day by day.. Monday we went down to arequipa and got to spend pday there, then we got to go back to graficos, my last area and also Hermana Stones first area and have a family home evening with The Choque family that i worked with when i was there, right after i left the dad, who was the only non-member was baptized, so it was so great to be able to celebrate that with them and to hear how everyone is doing and have a good little lesson. I also got to visit another family that i worked with where only the son wasnt baptized and found out that he also was baptized a little after i left! Just proof that sometimes our job is just to plant the seeds and keep going forward. Tuesday we went to our district meeting in our zone, wierd to remember that district meetings usually have more than four people.. haha anyway it was a super good meeting, we talked about how important the book of mormon is, especially in teaching because it has such a strong spirit to it that is easily felt. Then we had a practice for the musical number and then went to dinner and back to the mission home. Wednesday we had the sisters conference in Arequipa and it turned out to be such a good time, we had president and sister zobrist talk first and they talked about how the most important talents we can have are spiritual talents, then we had 4 guest speakers come who were all returned missionaries and they all were in tears and so were we as they talked about how much they loved thier missions and how they helped them in their lives as wives and mothers. So so cool. Then we had lunch and did an activity where we wrote our testimonies and tied them onto balloons, then we let the balloons go in hope that when it eventually falls, someone will find our testimonies. Just a different way to be able to share our testimonies as missionaries. Then we had everyone write a paragraph about them and why they decided to serve a mission and then we read them and had everyone guess whose story it was, it turned into a really spiritual testimony meeting that i dont think i´ll ever forget. It made me realize how much i love the mission and how much i dont want to leave.. then we ended by giving a little talk about the importance of being sisters and what that really means. Despite all the little things that went wrong i think that it couldnt have gone better... one down, one to go(: Then after the conference we had the opportunity to go and help with "operation smile" here in arequipa, they had some doctors from the US that needed people to translate for them so we got to go help with that for the rest of the night which was super fun, mostly the kids were just checking in so nothing too hard! Made me remember how much i want to go into the medical field.. On thursday we drove down to Tacna with president and the assistants and we sat in on a conference with all the missionaries there about the importance of obedience and then we escaped and went and visited a bunch of people from sister stones old area in tacna, which was super cool. then that night we all went out to dinner and i got to eat some interesting meats... i had a plate with steak, alpaca and ostrich... all which were surprisingly really good! After that we stayed in a hotel and got ready for the sisters conference there the next day. Friday we had the conference, it was a lot more calm than the one in arequipa but it was still really good. Plus i got to see my daughter, Hermana Bazan which was fun(: We all went and ate pizza after and then headed back to arequipa where we were out as soon as we got to the mission home. Saturday we got to go help again with operation smile at the hospital but that time they were doing the actual surgeries. We played with the kids as they arrived to help them not be so nervous and then one of the doctors i got to know on wednesday let me go into the sugery and help out a little bit! i love it way too much!! haha definately going to have to think more about my future... That night we finally made it back home to chivay! por fin. Sunday was our last sunday at church here in chivay and sister stones last sunday in her mission! crazy! It was a good day, brenda and victor both came and sister stone gave a really good talk in sacrament on how those who really want to be better and want to change will feel guilt and sorrow and those who dont wont really feel that or better said pay attention to it. We talked a lot about how some people are just so far off the path and how maybe they dont feel bad about what theyre doing? I think i always knew that what i was doing was wrong when i was a little off the path but i just ignored that feeling.. now i think of guilt as a blessing, it lets me know when im in the wrong and when i have some ammending to do. It helps us to be in line with the will of God and doing the things that will be the best for us in the eternal aspect. It was wierd to be in branch council, talking about all the things that need to be done and to know that we wont be there to help continue out the work of the Lord in this area.. we went out and visited as many people as we could to say goodbye and it was really hard on both of us because we love this branch so much and i cant image not being here to continue to try to help them.. wierd feeling. Today and tomorrow are our last days here and we have so much to do.. we still have to pack up and move out our whole room, say goodbye to everyone and try to do all we can to help the branch in the time we have left. Tomorrow night we are off to arequipa, wednesday theres a practice for the big conference and then thursday we get to hear from an apostle, Elder Anderson. Then stone is off on friday and i found out that i will be companions with Hermana Clemens in paucarpata, a really nice area in arequipa and will be a sister training leader for the last little part of my mission. Im really excited to be able to just keep working and doing the Lords work as long as i can! Something i learned this week was that prayer has a lot of power... when we need help with just about anything, that should be our first go-to. There were some things that happened here in the mission that made some of us sisters sad and worried but through prayer we can be relieved of worries or stress and can be at peace and be able to keep going and moving forward. Plus i dont think Ive ever been as tired as i was this week but i made it through. (: Prayer works people. Dont forget that. Well lm off to a new area, keep praying for our little branch in chivay!! love you all!!
Hermana Weller (:
p.s the computer wont upload the pictures so i might try again in a minute.