29 de Septiembre 2014
This week has been a long week! Crazy how fast this time is passing by! This last week was a great week here in Sullana!
Last Monday night we had a family night with the member who rents our apartment to us. She is a super sweet lady. Lots of times at 7 in the morning we can hear her on the first floor and we are on the third. jaja She's super cool though. Her husband isn't a member, but he is super cool too. But maybe with a little time he will be able to soften up to the message as well!
That night we started exchanges. I worked in my area with Elder P and my companion went and worked with Elder A in his area. It was super fun working with Elder P for a day. He is from Pisco, Peru. And he is super funny. That day was great. We were able to teach a lot of lessons. It would be super cool to have a companion like him. The coolest lesson that we taught together was to R R. He is the 17 year old investigator that we found last week. He is super sweet! He actually does what we invite him to do! He reads the book of Mormon, he reads the pamphlets that we leave him, and he said that this last week he started praying every night and he feels like Heavenly Father is helping him in his life! There is one problem though. There always has to be a problem. There is always at least one. And his is that he works Sundays. And only Sundays. What are the odds! But this week we are going to teach about the Sabbath day and hopefully that will help him be able to look for some other work. He's super cool though!
Marcavelica is sweet. I love going to Marcavelica on Wednesday and Saturday. Two of the best days of the week always! We are teaching a family of investigators in Marcavelica. The P family. The dad is 35 and his wife is like 30. And they have a 6 year old son. They are super cool. And they are super receptive! Teaching them is sweet! Hopefully we will be able to help them set a baptismal date this week. That would be the best! But anyway, we were having a super sweet lesson with them this week when all the sudden the dad’s mom walks in. She is a member of an Evangelica church. And of course she comes to visit her son and grandson right during the middle of a super sweet lesson. But as soon as she arrived, the spirit left. So we decided to just end the lesson early because there really wasn't a reason to continue at that point. That was frustrating, but things like that happen sometimes.
This last Friday we had a multi-zone conference. I love multi-zone conferences. This time it was in Talara. Talara is about an hour and a half from Sullana so we had to leave at 6 in the morning from Sullana. There are 2 areas in Sullana that are about a half hour from actual Sullana. So two of those elders came and slept in our apartment Thursday night. Elder T and Elder Z. Elder T is super funny. He's actually from my group. It's super fun talking with him. But anyways, the conference went super well. I love when president speaks to us. President is the best. He always helps us feel excited about the mission which I'm super grateful for. One of the things that I liked about the conference was that we talked a lot about the role of the spirit here in the work. They talked about how we can't expect the spirit to be with us if we aren't doing what we are supposed to be doing. He talked about how if we really want the spirit to be with us we have to be obedient. This is something super important here in South America because there are lots of missionaries in this mission that are not so obedient. But that has to change if we want to see success. Obedience brings blessings. Exact obedience brings miracles.
Not much else super exciting happened this last week. I'm so grateful to be here on the mission! The mission has changed me. The church is true. NO DOUBTS!
About conference this weekend. I'm not going to be watching it. And neither will anyone else here in Peru. Because this Sunday are the elections in all of Peru. And it's illegal to have any kind of meeting in the church. So this Sunday we aren't going to watch conference or go to church. It's going to be weird. But they are going to rebroadcast it for all of Peru next weekend 11 and 12 de Octubre. I'm super excited though! I'm going to have to wait one more week than you guys though!
To answer your question - a groupo familiar is something smaller than a branch. It actually belongs to some ward or branch in the mission until it grows big enough to become its own branch. There are like 8 groupo familiares in the mission right now. They have anywhere between 10 and 40 people that attend church each week for sacrament.