Hola! First of all my P-day is different next week because we have a special activity with the president of the mission. They get home next week! So sad!
This week I went to Pajaritos for a day. Let's just say I like my area more, but it was lovely. I spent the day with Hermana Pizzaro. She is so cute! While looking through her photos (something you always do during divisiones), I made quite the discovery....(see below photo). Yes, my Powell friends, that is Bowen Prestwich. Turns out good ole Bowen was comps with the boyfriend of Hermana Pizarro. We live in a small world. (Marshall or Kim, please forward this email to Bowen, I want to talk to him haha.) I spent about 5 minutes in disbelief. It's not everyday you find Elder Prestwich in a random photo album. All I have to say is your fanny-pack es genial.
One thing I've thought about a lot this week is the priesthood, or the sacerdocio. I am so grateful I grew up in a home with the power of God literally in my home. This is a huge goal of mine, to have the priesthood in my home so my children can enjoy the same blessings. How grateful I am for my dad...and on that note, happy Father's Day!!!! To all the father's out there, and the most to Bart Arnold Brinkerhoff. You're the best! Thank you for teaching me to work hard, smart, and how to crack jokes.
Have a great week everyone!
We had a super good and very fast week! First of all I went to El Rosal on Tuesday with Hermana Lopez. My comp and her comp had meetings. It was so fun. I love how even though we are from different cultures and whatnot we still get along so well. Fingers crossed that she is a future comp!
Stalin got baptized this week!!!! I have to say the adversary is REAL. Stalin is so awesome, but any problem that could happen when preparing for a baptism happened with him. Even up to the last three hours before his baptism. He had work until 7 and his baptism was at 6 o'clock. Also his phone had some issues and we could not communicate with him. So we waited...for 2 hours. It's every missionary's worst nightmare! Luckily we made contact, got him to the church, and we had the most wonderful baptism service.
I have some advice for future missionaries...read the material they give you when you get to the field. For example, the book Adjusting to Missionary Life is magic. It will answer every question you have. Why I did not read that book in March is beyond me. One of my favorite quotes from it is this: (Wow, could I sound more nerdy right now?)
"You will need to take correction, repent, face your weaknesses and regrets humbly, and rely on the Lord more than ever."
Those words could not be more true.
I send my love and I know the church is true. I know Christ lives.
What a weeeekkkk! A good one, but it went by in a flash!
Some highlights were:
1. We had reunion de cambios! it was my last one with my Presidente Barrieros! He goes home this month. He bore a strong testimony of the atonement that I will never forget. I sometimes have a hard time feeling the spirit in spanish super strong...not going to lie, but this time it was there.
After the meeting he came up to me and told me he expects me to be a strong leader in the mission and do great things with the next president. He also said to follow the example of Hermana Aspitia and watch her closely.
I am so lucky to have such a strong companion and I think I will be forever grateful for her. Seriously I love that woman.
2. We went to the temple with Saury and Victor. It was lovely. So lovely.
I sure love all of you and hope you are well!
What a week!
I have news upon news!
I honestly can't remember the last week...except the past two days, haha. So let's get to the good stuff.
First of all we had cambios!!! (In English, "exchanges?" I really don't know, haha.)
I was expecting to get a new companion and stay in my area...but this only sort of happened. I still am companions with Hermana Aspitia and we are still in the same area, but we got the area of the other hermanas in the ward! So we are in a half whitewash (or in an area where both missionaries don't know the area and you start fresh). So now we are the only hermanas in Diego de Almagro!!!
After receiving this news I was super pumped, but also terrified because now two hermanas are going to do the work of four hermanas! Ah! As if we weren't busy enough, haha! Great things are ahead, even though I am scared to death!!
President called me last night and told me had a great trust in me and so does the Lord. I need to step up to the plate even more now and trabajar no mas [work more]!
On the plus side we spent the morning moving the other hermanas out of their house and in turn I received more clothes than I will ever need from other hermanas that have lived in the house.
How many times did I say "hermana" in this letter? Does someone want to count? Lo siento [I'm sorry]!
I hope all is well in your parts of the world!
I have a request for you all:
"Every member a missionary" - David O Mckay. Compartir, compartir [share]!!! This is my challenge for you all this week. And when you do share the gospel shoot me an email about it!
Below are some pictures from our trip to the temple.