Monday, March 28, 2016

Cereal and Yogurt and Yogurt and Cereal

We're going to blame everything that happened this week on the fact that the young single adults went to jungle for four days. 

The stake asked our pensionista and her husband to accompany the YSA on their trip so for four days we were left without anyone to feed us.... how did we ever survive before the mission? We have no idea. We ate cereal and yogurt for breakfast and dinner for four days. It's not entirely our fault because we don't have a kitchen in our room. For our lunches we still ate rice and chicken. We went to some of the sister's pensions or we ate in little restaurants that sell peruvian chinese food. Basically, long story short, we were super happy to eat eggs this morning :)

Also, one of the companionships of hermanas that we're over had emergency cambios so we were in a trio for a day and a half. We actually had some really good lessons but there was a lack of communication between some missionaries and her new companion didn't arrive until after we had been waiting in the office for an hour and then President's house for another hour.

We had some exciting things happen as well. My companion and I were probably the people most excited for the general women's conference so we told everyone about it and invited everyone. So many people that we have been working with came to the conference. It was incredible. The conference itself was amazing as well and I'm sure everyone was able to pick up on the messages of service and love. I hope we all can look for more opportunities to serve those around us.

Also Rocio is an investigator that we've been working with since January. She's more active than some of the members and she has a baptism date for the 16th of april.... but the stake still told her that she couldn't go to the YSA activity. We were a little worried that this would be a little disanimating for her but we had a lesson with her on Tuesday and she was fine. She's more than fine. We set a plan with her so that she can mark her own dates on the lessons that she receives and we gave her all the pamphlets. She's reading them all by herself and answering questions that are in the back of the pamphlets! She's amazing and we're so excited for her baptism.

So that's been our week so far. It's been quite the adventure :)

I love you all so much!!!!

Love, hermana White

Monday, March 21, 2016

Just a mini tornado

This last week we didn't have pday on monday after internet. It was a normal day of work because Friday was a multizone meeting and so Thursday was a multizone pday. It was really strange to proselyte on a monday and we attributed all our success to the fact that we were sacrificing our day of rest :P

Thursday we studied like normal in the morning and then in the afternoon we went and played volleyball and soccer with the four zones her in Huancayo. It was a blast. We started playing at about 2 and kept on playing until about 5. At 5 we looked over by a consession stand type thing and above it, outside of the park, we saw some flying dirt. We didn't think much of it until it moved towards us and ripped the tin roof off the consession stand and sent it flying towards some missionaries. One of our sisters got hit in the leg as did one of the elders in our district. The sister was fine but the elder had to go get some stitches (and a shot). He's perfectly fine now.... he just needs to run a little faster next time and 30 foot tall dust storm decides to attack a group of missionaries. The rest of us that didn't have to get stictches went and got ice cream afterwards. 
So that's the excitement this week.

Friday we had a multizone meeting. We talked about helping people resolve their doubts about the church, especially when they'd been investigating the church for a long time. I love multizone meetings. They're always super spiritual and reguvinating (spell check please).

Saturday the stake celebrated the anniversary of the relief society. Every ward learned a pioneer dance and everyone dressed up like pioneers. They had a three hour activity with speakers and crafts and we showed up in the last hour to watch the wards dance. Our investigator, Rocio, danced with our ward so it was super cool to see her.

Speaking of Rocio, she's been attending church since january but we haven't been able to get her with a date. We had a lesson with her yesterday where we asked her directly if she wanted to be baptised. She said yes. We programmed and date. We've been working with her for so long we were so excited when she said yes (we still have to wait until the 16th of April, but we know she's ready).

I love you all!! I hope you've had as great a week as I have!

Love, Hermana White

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pie Day

To quote a letter I received for Christmas from Evan: "3.14 is PIE backwards, coincidence? I think not" Happy Pie day everyone!

This week has been full of surprises.

The first surprise being that after hiking up Huatapellana we weren't too tired the next day when got right back to work.

Wednesday we went out with a member to do her visiting teaching. She had a couple less actives on her list so we went to find them. One of the sisters we found... wasn't even a member. We're going to go back during this week so that we can see if her daughter is a member or something. We then found another sister who has been less active since she was about 10. She's a single mother with 6 kids. We're really excited to start working with them. We actually had a lesson with two of the daughters and they're really excited to start visiting with missionaries.

Saturday we had a ward mission activity. We set up a scripture treasure hunt and split up into groups. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. There were five groups and they gave a prize to every group (it's a mission activity, everyone has to win). Something super cool was that everyone immediately started sharing their prizes with the other groups. More people showed up a little late so Elder Evans had us all sit in a circle and play another game called "do you love your neighbor" it's kind of like fruit basket. Everyone had a blast.

Yesterday the elder's pension invited us over for cake for his birthday. We got there at about 8 at night.... and found the elder's pension, her familiy and the elders sweeping water out of the house. The house had flooded and was convered in mud. We asked if we could help and Elder Viñola said that he thought we should clean the kitchen thinking he was funny because the kitchen had gotten it the worst. Well, we cleaned the kitchen. It took us an hour and fifteen minutes. We felt super bad for the familiy. The house isn't ruined but a lot of their things were. But while we were cleaning everyone was joking and smiling. No one was complaining. No one was crying. It was quite the experience. I'm so grateful for the blessings in my life and that I live on the third floor. There's no water on the floor..... sometimes there's no water in the shower ;)

I love you all. Remember to count your blessings big and small. 

Love, Hermana White

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

16,000 feet above sea level

Yesterday I couldn't write because our zone went to Huaitapallana. We got up at 5:30 in the morning and about 30 missionaries and us went and hiked a mountain. We hiked past a couple smaller lakes and up to a glacier. It was super beautiful, so green and very very cold when you weren't moving. We're all a little tired today but it was definitely worth it 😃

We also celebrated Elder Evan's (one of the elders in our ward) birthday yesterday night. I went to set my camara down on the couch and found an egg... It was extremely satisfying to egg someone, I think I know why they do it here now.

The past week we had a leaders meeting again. There's always a training before we discuss how we can better the mission and the training this month was on role of Prayer in conversion. I really have felt the power of prayer these last couple weeks as I've been trying to really focus on others and better my prayers. It works. I know it does.

We also had a zone meeting this past week. Our zone didn't change to much this last transfer so it's fun meeting with the same people and still working with them. 

I love you all, sorry I couldn't write yesterday.

Love, Hermana White

Also... general conference is in less than a month!!!! Get excited!