Monday, February 15, 2016

Aeropuerto Area

Hello mom (:
Oh my goodness this week was honestly SO much better. Throughout the week I just kept trying to think that there really are so many prayers being sent out to missionaries and it made it a lot easier to work. (Thank you everyone for your prayers, I truly needed them, we ALL need them.) Things with my companion are so much better. Sometimes we still don’t meet eye to eye but its literally so much better and we have been praying to have more charity in our service and I think this has helped us a lot. Also I know that sending my name through the temple really helped too because I know how beautiful, powerful and true the house of the lord is. The thing about the mission is that it’s really really hard to give everything you have because the mission can be really discouraging some days, but I’ve been trying to focus on working really hard to study and learn because when you give everything you have even when you’re tired then the lord makes up for the rest of our weaknesses and I saw this a lot in my lessons this week.

This week we were really blessed to find new people and families to teach, and I know it’s because our companionship was better that the Lord blessed us with opportunities. Last night we taught these two ladies who are catholic, lesson one. and they were very interested and said they were going to pray to see if the church was true. These ladies go every week to a prayer circle - its where a bunch of people meet from Tarapoto and from different religions and just pray for all the sick people and stuff -  so I know they are going to follow through with their commitment and I’m excited to hear about their answer!
This week we had one investigator come to church. My pensionista is Hermana Erika, she has 3 years as a member in the church and she is president of the relief society! She is such an awesome lady I really really adore her and look up to her. Her husband is not a member, he almost got baptized last year but his friends are really bad influences on him and he has a problem with the word of wisdom so it fell through. But Erika wants to go through the temple and receive her endowments this summer so yeah she’s just amazing. but anyways!!! The dad of Erika is our investigator, his name is Fernando. and he absolutely loved church! so hopefully he will progress(: they have a really awkward situation though because Fernando and his wife are separated but he won’t sign the divorce papers and he is living with another woman.... ugh. Peruvians.
One experience that was suuuuuper weird!! So we contacted this guy and we were about to teach him when he said that he had a gringo living with him and he wanted me to meet him! So I was oh okay yeah. So he lead us back to a little room in his house and there’s this 75 year old American living there! the guy speaks Spanish, English and Quechuwua - I have no idea how to spell that so spell check that guy please haha - he lived in the states until he was in his twenties in North Carolina or something and then he left on a mission for the catholic church and just never left Peru after that. hahaha we asked him if we could share a message with him and he got really creepy, like his voice got really impatient and angry and he said that he absolutely does not want to hear a message from the Mormon church. This guy is VERY catholic. On his tv was playing one of the catholic services haha but yeah he’s lived in Tarapoto for like 45 years and before that in a different area of Peru and here is where he wants to die. So weird!!!!!! Peru is beautiful but I would never want to live here for more than the time I have to serve my mission. I LOVE AMERICA (;
Our house is decent. The first night we were there I saw a huge rat in the bathroom and the person before us took the shower head and the toilet seat so we didnt have either of those two things for a couple days. Also we have a milllllllllllion spiders. They usually don’t bother us though,so oh well. Other than the rat and the spider it’s okay (;

Love you guys!!
Hna Jackson
And yes my foot is seriously all healed!! Thank you mommm and Dr. Rogers for being willing to prescribe me some foot meds without having to see me in person.  Which would have been pretty difficult. (;

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