Monday, August 26, 2013

And then there were six...

                                                                                            Aug 26, 2013

Hola Familia!


Well. This has been a very interesting week. Where to even begin…

Good news first! Yes! We had our very first baptism this week and it was wonderful! I am definitely going to attach a picture. The whole day was a bit hectic but the baptism was perfect. L. is so incredible. We are so excited for her. The only sad part is that we won´t be able to teach her and see her as much as before :( But our ward is incredibly supportive and loving and have welcomed her in and loved her and she is in good hands :)


This week has been super hectic for several reasons. I feel ok telling you about this now because I´m better now, but I had the flu this past week and had a fever for several days. Last week I wrote my email wrapped up in a coat and blanket in the internet cafe by our house because I was so cold and feverish :P So that made working a bit difficult and the three of us have been fighting off sicknesses all week, but we´re doing better now and are going to be working even harder this upcoming week.


Our zone also had an emergency this past week with the other Hermanas of Independencia. They had to move out of their apartment immediately but couldn´t find an apartment in their area. So....emergency solution? Move in with us! So. We now have six hermanas living in one house, with one bathroom. It’s been...interesting so far. But super fun as well because we all love each other. They will probably be with us for about another week and a half. Our zone spent the better part of the morning last Thursday moving them out, then in, and rearranging our apartment to accommodate the six of us. Our lideres de zona are worried that we´re gonna have fiestas, but we assured them that we are mature sister missionaries and can handle it ;)

This has put a halt to our current search for a new apartment, at least for now.


On Friday we had the matrimonios!(weddings) There were 14 couples that got married, and then baptized the next day. It was a super awesome experience. We got to do a musical program for it and it was great. 

And on Saturday we had our double mission conference! It was SO AWESOME. For several reasons. For one, our zone got to do the musical number which was fun, for two, I got to see all of my friends from the CCM and it was like a family reunion! We were so happy to see each other. And third and probably most important, Elder Tad R. Callister from the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy (I think? I can´t remember for sure) came and spoke to us and it was incredible! Especially because we had the musical number and were sitting on the very front row. It was basically like having front row seats for general conference ;) haha. 


Our other investigators are doing well. We´ve had some disappointments and some hard times finding people, and we have a REALLY hard time getting people to come to church on Sunday because it’s at 8 AM in the morning (They can´t get baptized until they have two asistencias a Iglesia) (attend church) So when we are hoping to have 5 or 6 investigators at church and none of them show up, it’s a bit frustrating. So, keep praying for them and we´ll keep working hard and hopefully they will come to church next week! :)


I´m so anxious to hear about Kylee’s mission call!!!! I hope it gets here this week! Also, mom, I also almost started crying when I heard about the check you received in the mail. That’s incredible! It’s so awesome to hear about how Heavenly Father is blessing our family. I love you all! 


Also, the pictures I am sending, the first one is with Lucia at her baptism and the second is all the Hermanas of Zona Independencia a couple of P'days ago when we went to a natural history museum in central Lima. I´m hopefully gonna send one more email with a couple more pictures. 


I love you all! I look forward to hearing from all of you next week about school! ;)


Hermana Shelton


Rachel's zone eating a Chili's

Rachel's first baptism

            Rachel and the Hermanas of
                      Zona Independencia
Looking for a reference up in the hills of Independencia

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