|This is a poster we put together for our dessert activity :)|
SO these pictures are pictures of a ward activity that we had this week! It was called ¨Postres Celestiales¨ or Heavenly desserts in english :) What we did was we invited all of the members to make a dessert with an investigator, then come to the activity with their investigator...and their dessert, and we were going to have a competition to see who had the best dessert. Peruvians are very very proud of their food, so it was a good activity to get lots of people there :) And we got a pretty good turn out...and we got to try lots of great desserts and meet new investigators :) These pictures are pictures of the winners :) Her name is Madeley and she made crema volteada. It's kind of like flan. It was SO good :) She made it with her cousin that we are teaching. Madeley was a less active that we recently activated so we were super excited for her :) In the picture with all of us, her husband is the one in front and we are working with them to get them sealed this coming January :)
We also did a service this week for a less active lady in our ward who has bronchitis. We had to go to her house and wipe all of the dust off of her little things because the dust was affecting her health. Well, she is one of those little old lady's that collects all sorts of little things and puts them on display in her house. All of the shelves were made of glass, so we spent about 3 hours cleaning the dust off of these little objects...being careful not to break the glass!! It was quite the project, but by the end she was happy and grateful so it was very worth it :)
This week has been really amazing investigator wise as well. To be honest, things have been moving very slowly here in Huaraz these past couple of weeks. I am used to Lima where everything is fast paced, and people get baptized in 2 weeks...and the work is moving fast. Well, here in Huaraz, in the provinces of Peru, the work isn't as fast. We are in the process of hastening the work here. I am so grateful that I have the chance to be one of the missionaries to help these little towns of Peru understand the work of Salvation and hasten the work a little bit more for the people here. And the Lord is definitely helping us do it!!
This past Monday we had so much faith that we were going to find a new investigator to set a baptismal date with. We prayed as we left our apartment, and the Lord literally just placed him into our hands. We start working at 6 on Monday, and at we contacted a man in the street. He was entering his house and I felt pretty strongly that I needed to talk to him. Well, we gave him a Book of Mormon and set an appointment for the following . , we taught him, and he accepted baptism so easily! He is PREPARED! His name is Wilder and he is 48 years old and single. He was so receptive to the gospel! He loved everything he heard and accepted a date to be baptized. He will be baptized the . The spirit was so strong in this lesson! I was just beaming as we left the lesson. Also, one of the recent converts in the ward, Jorge (Hermana Winter's convert), is the leader of the Single Adults in the ward and he met Wilder and was just so excited for him to get baptized! We taught Wilder in Jorge's house and Jorge just kept saying ¨Oh let's just bring him to the font now, he is ready to be baptized!¨ And he kept offering himself to baptize him! haha. It was awesome. We are very grateful for this miracle to find Wilder. I'll keep you updated on his progress.
Also, Juan and Kari...remember them? Well, we stopped teaching them a while ago because they were progressing very slowly. Well ,this week we went back and thanks to the Book of Mormon, we have seen a HUGE change in them and they are ready to be baptized! They accepted a baptismal date for the as well, and are so excited. They are the cutest couple! They are about 30 years old and they have their little son Hans who is 5. So cute!! So...we are helping them prepare for baptism as well :)
I have seen the power of the Book of Mormon once again this week. The first day that we met Wilder, we gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read it, and we set an appointment to come back to teach. Well, when we came back to teach, we asked if he had been reading his Book of Mormon. He said, ¨This book is from God. Everytime I read it, I feel such peace and I forget all of my problems. I love the Book of Mormon¨ We continued to teach the lesson and at the end of the lesson he accepted baptism so easily. His heart was SO open to our message and he was so prepared. Because of his testimony of the Book of Mormon, he is willing to do everything possible to follow Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon has the power to change the hearts of our investigators, and if our investigators are reading it, and praying, they will feel the Spirit! With Juan and Kari it is the same. They have been reading and praying as a family for weeks now and they were prepared to accept baptism. The Book of Mormon changes people. I know that it is true.
Well, I think that is all for this week. The Lord is working with his missionaries! I know that this is true. He has the power to change people and prepare them to hear the message of the Restored gospel. I know this church is true and that Jesus Christ lives and is our Savior. I am so grateful for this knowledge :) Love you all!! Oh, and He answers prayers! Always! :) Love you!