Monday, October 26, 2015

Oct 26

Que tal mi fam? Such a good week, not sure where to start!

I`m pretty sure last week I mentioned that we are doing a Navidad Blanca, and have the goal to baptize people on 12 de Diciembre. And this week we found a new investigator named Kimberly. She is 20 years old, and has a little baby. She lives with her grandma. And she is AMAZING. On the first lesson we invited to baptism, and she said yes. She told us about how she has been wanting to change her life, and we found her at a good time. She came to a ward karaoke activity with us, already has made friends in the ward, and loves everything already. And she talked to her grandma about being baptized, and she is supportive. So we are planning on her being baptized on this day! Super excited about her.

All along we set the date for Viviana to be baptized October 31. She has been living with this guy unmarried, but for some reason I have just felt like it was gonna work out for this day all along. And a few days we got a call and found out they are no longer living together! She has the greatest desire to be baptized, and it is cool to see her faith as she has had to make this decision. So as of now, we are planning on a baptism this Saturday! Hoping everything works out, but there are a few things to work out still. But i'm so excited for her, and feel unworthy at times to teach people who have so much faith for knowing the church for such a small amount of time.

Sooo we just eat here all the time. There was a day this week where we had like a ton of huge meals. One after another. And that night, we had a ward meeting. And yet another big meal got brought out. And i was SO FULL, and it was just funny to me. So of course I started dying laughing, i dont know why. I tend to start laughing sometimes for no reason, and then i cant stop. And it was super awkward, no one knew what was up. And then my ward mission leader started dying laughing, just super funny. But anyways, I made it through the meal! And never wanted to eat again hahah. But also i discovered this fruit called maracuya. And im obessed. It is super sour, kind of like a pomegranite, but tastes like a lemon. Soo yeah new favorite thing.

This is probably my last week with Hna Bazan! Im sad, she has been so awesome. Im not sure what is going to happen, if i will stay in the area or not, but by saturday i will know. But for now, i know we have an awesome week ahead! Love you alllll have a happy halloweeen! Im super sad i cant dress up for my fav holiday, but maybs i will switch name tags with my comp or something. Les extra├▒o mucho! xoxo

Hermana Richan

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oct 19

Hola Familiaaaa. Not much happened this week, but it was good!

We had a Conferencia Multizona this week, and it was amazing. President and Hermana Rasmussen focused a lot on perspective. Everything is in an eternal perspective. Every trial that comes will be for our good. Every companion will teach us something. We need to look at the bigger perspective so that we can be happy in everything that comes our way and keep moving forward with faith. It was fun to be with a bunch of missionaries, and see how everyone is doing. 

Transfers are in a couple weeks, so Im getting sad that i probably wont be with hermana bazan for much longer! We got new elders in our ward, and they are the zone leaders. They are really cool, and really motivated, so it is helping us to be better motivated too. We are doing something called La Navidad Blanca (White Christmas), where on Dec. 12they want everyone in the stake to have baptisms. Should be pretty cool, so we are looking for new investigators to work towards this day.

Our area is HARD. It is known for being a hard area, probably because it is one of the richest in my mission ha. But I love it, just feel like not much happens week to week. Viviana came to church this week, and she is still golden as ever. She knows this is the true church, wants to be baptized, but we don't know what to do with her. She either needs to move out from living with Jaime, or she needs to marry him. And she goes back and forth, so we are trying to help her with that.

Not much else happened, but we are excited and motivated this week to find new people and set higher goals. Time flies out here, it is crazy. But i love every second of it! It is the coolest thing being a missionary. Unlike anything else. 

Love you all! BDAY shoutout to Cambam. Have fun in Texasss i'll eat some cake for you because i do that everyday here anyways lol. (cake her is BOMB) xoxoxo

Hermana Richan


Nine months for Hermana Bazan

Monday, October 12, 2015

Oct 12

Such an awesome week!
Today we went to the beach in Paita, so so so pretty. I loved it. But i dont have much time, so this will be short.

But this week we found a man who has a friend in the church, so he already knows a lot about it. We had an awesome lesson with him, and he asked us for a Book of Mormon. So YEAH we brought one to him the next day. And he came to church all 3 hours. Participated in the lessons and all. So awesome. His name is Geraldo, we are super excited about him.

We also found a lady this week named Angela. She had the missionaries about2 years ago. She gained a strong testimony, was going to be baptized, but couldn´t because she isnt married. And the man she lives with was baptized years ago, but doesnt want to return to the church. But we know there is a reason we found her, and we can find a way for them to get married and her to get baptized. We can see her testimony.

Viviana still wants to get baptized more than ever, and she is amazing. Loves listening to us, and always talks about baptism. But Jaime is drinking. All the time. Day and night. They have no money, and she is so sick of it. And it is so sad because he told us at one point he wantedt to baptized too. We are still trying to figure them out, but praying a lot to know what to do.

We have another investigator, Egustaquio, who is super awesome. He has SO many questions all the time, and we are like WAIT we will get to that haha. But we had a lesson about the plan of salvation with him this week, and it was AMAZING. Ive never felt the Spirit so strong. Im grateful to have grown up with the knowledge of all these things, but it is so cool to see how it can affect someones life that didnt know it before. 

I had an intercambio this week, and it was the first time ive had an intercambio in my area. So basically i was in charge the whole time, getting members to come with us. Navigating. Initiating all the lessons. Doing a lot more talking than usual. And it was awesome! It made me realize that I know more Spanish than i thought, and it was cool. Im feeling a lot better with Spanish, and things are starting to click.

So yes it has been an awesome week! The longer im here, the more I love it. Love you all, tengan una buena semana. Xoxo

Hermana Richan

 Our area
  Our area
 Picture of the week
 The usual
   Hermana Bryce
 Hermana Bryce
 conference
 conference
 last week
Here on peoples birthdays, they crack eggs on their head and say something good about them
 last week
 Intercambios
  Beach in Paita today
 Beach in Paita today
 Beach in Paita today
 Beach in Paita today
  Beach in Paita today
 Beach in Paita today

Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct 5

Don't have that much time this week, but it has been an awesome week!

First of all, CONFERENCE. I loved ALL OF IT! I was blessed to be able to watch it in English with a bunch of missionaries, it was awesome. I went in with a specific question, and it was cool to see how every talk added to the the answer. I feel like most of the conference was centered on Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and how we need to put our trust in Him. I really liked how the new apostles mentioned that God choosed the weak and simple to share His gospel. I feel that way with missionary work too. God calls us to do that things that He needs done, not because of the works we have done. Though Him, we are able to do the things that He needs us to do. I am trying harder now to submit my will to His, and have the courage that I can do what is asked of me.

It was kind of a discouraging week with investigators... It is hard in our area to get people to progress. Viviana and Jaime were hard to catch this week because her dad is dying, and Jaime has been having other health issues. We are praying for them and hope we can move forward with them! But we got pretty discouraged this week.. We had a day where we had little faith, and felt like no one is ever going to progress. Then after a lot of prayer, the next day was amazing! We found 5 new investigators, all are awesome. One lady even had the missionaries before, but I think this time she is ready and interested. 

Other than that it has been a crazy week with conference and everything. Loving it here, and love it more and more every day. Learning so much and seeing blessings everyday and I love feeling so close to the Spirit. 

Love you all, hope things are all going good! Have the best week. Xoxo

Hermana Richan