Monday, February 13, 2017

Finishing the Mission here in Iquitos

Hey so everything actually just stayed the same... not too upset about it, actually super stoked that I’m still with Hermana Ruiz, she’s a cutie and we get along great. (:

So Monday we were helping Hermana Dickman LEAVE. There was a ton of Hermana’s that finished their mish this last change! Now there’s only like 23 in all of the mission Peru Iquitos! And after my group leaves there will literally be only 3 gringas haha kinda crazy.
That night Hermana Robinson was without a comp so she went out to work with us in our area! We went and visited a less active family and found out that they have 3 teenagers who aren’t baptized yet.. so hey baptisms(: their dad struggles with the word of wisdom though! and he was telling us that he couldn’t come to church because he has to prepare himself and be really devoted to start to come to church which is a classic less active excuse, so we totally burned him with a couple of scriptures in Alma (with love of course) but after that he understood that the beginning to changing is with the DESIRE. so he committed to coming to church with his family BUT they didn’t show up. we will visit them tomorrow and see what’s up!

Tuesday we visited a family and the Hno is named Roger. He used to be a black and white photographer so he was telling us all about the work that he used to do before cell phones became a thing and then he didn’t have any business.. oops, sad for him though. But he gave us a couple references!!! We went and visited them and found out that they are part member families!! As a zone and as a district that’s our focus right now, finding PF´S - Inv who have family that are members! They seem pretty cool though and they came to church yesterday so that´s a good sign that they will progress! When we went to visit them they gave us meat from the mountain carne de Monte - have no idea what kind of animal I ate and neither does my Latina comp so that was interesting!

Wednesday we visited a referral from another member! Her names Martha and she’s AWESOME. She totally understands and accepts everything that we teach her and she is really excited to learn! I hope she gets baptized quick because she’s already there! The Lord is also preparing another reference that we got this week from ANOTHER member. Her names Miluska, she is 21 and has attended church 3 weeks in a row now. She accepted the baptism question, now she just needs to work on her testimony so we can put a date on it(: ahhhh all the hard work that we have put into this last change is showing its fruits now! so happy. I read this morning that sometimes we take the small and simple things for granted. We see things only in the moment and don’t look more towards how they impact our future. Elder Bednar describes it as paint strokes. He says that in his office he has a wheat field painting, and that if you stand really close to the painting it just looks like a bunch of dashes and lines of yellow and orange, but to look at it from far away the landscape truly is amazing! Sometimes we want to see an immediate change and impact with the things that we do to strengthen the home and have a better life, but really it’s all about consistency and diligence. If we keep being diligent, adding more strokes to the painting, we are going to look back in the near future and see how much we have progressed. Everything has its recompense, and after living here for 16 months I can definitely testify that this is true. (:

Also another tender mercy! We were walking to an appointment and some lady came up to us and said that she wants us to baptize her 16 year old son.. We were like wait what, this never happens. She said that her son doesn’t have a dad and that she has raised him as a single mom and she wants us to come and teach him and her about the church!!! We have a cita with them tonight! But the crazy thing is that we invited her to church and she TOTALLY CAME! Even without us teaching her. So crazy! These things dont just happèn haha

On Friday we went and did service with a lady in our ward. she’s super nice and lives with her older son but he is always working so she is always home alone. And she ALWAYS wants us to come over and visit with her haha. Every time she makes us popcorn with cheese. But the popcorn is super weird! It looks just like the hard kernels of the popcorn, but its soft and chewy like normal popcorn. They call it canchita! In the service we helped her make 3 leches because my comp made and sold that in her house!! But... she burnt it hahahaha and it came out like a big glopppy pudding. oops ((:

Something that I learned this week was about the spirit! At the beginning of my mish I though that I needed to feel the spirit burning in my heart to know that I really was being guided by him. But I’ve learned that even if it doesn’t bring us to tears or make us feel a burning in our heart, it is still there! It’s the still small voice. And that can be a feeling of peace or calmness or love or a remembering of simple things. We´ve been promised the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, we just gotta recognize his hand in everyday(:

Okay well I’m great. Also today was great. We left in the morning and went to the river Nanay! I held Suri. it’s a HUGE FAT WORM that they eat here. So gross!!  But I also saw the coolest thing ever. The river Nanay crosses with the Amazonas, and where they cross you can totally see the distinction!!! They don’t mix because the current of the Amazon River is a lot faster, so right where they touch, you can see the difference in the 2 rivers. Nanay is blue and pretty and the Amazon is super dirty and brown!! Hermana Haynie took some pics and I’ll send them to you.. Oh yeah Haynie is here with Robinson! They’re our new roommates.

Hope you have a great week and enjoy the huge letter that I sent this week mother(; I made up for the short ones.

Love you, 

Hermana Jackson

This is at the river !! You can see where it crosses in the background(: you can also take one of              these boats for 1.50 soles and go to a monkey island and see a bunch of shirtless natives.
                                                        I’ll save that for the return-trip(; haha

The roommates! Ruiz (My Comp) ,Robinson and Haynie (My CCM comp).

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