Wow! Wonderful family and friends...it is yet again Monday..que rado?! :D
Wow! Cambios were yesterday and lets just say that I am very sad to leave the sweet people of Laredo...I have grown to love them so very much and am so very grateful for the many ways in which they have touched my life. It is really hard to leave with so many fruits about to become ripe for the harvest...but I know that this is the Lord's plan for me and I have been praying for trust in His plan for me. What a blessing that He has a plan for each one of us! Wow! Centenario 2 will always have a very special place in my heart. I am sure going to miss Hna. Maydana also...what a great hijita she was...she seriously taught me so much and it was such a miracle to watch her open up her heart to finally let me in. Goodbyes are so hard and tiring...but what a blessing to know that someday we WILL see each other again! Welp...you are all probably wondering where I am headed...I have been called to serve in the Center of Trujillo (the city)...Zona Central...what a blessing...to be closer to Pres and Hna. Marler...the temple...etc! And I am excited to get to know my new companion...Hna. Nelson better! She actually worked with Mimi in the Boise Idaho Temple before she came! What a small world! So today I am trying to pack up my things...say my goodbyes...write notes to tons of people that are SO special to me...etc! Whew!
Last time playing soccer with her Porvenir Zone
since she is being transferred tomorrow!
All the Hermanas in their apartment and zone wearing their Zone shirts...Jennesa is 18 for "18 months serving the Lord!!"
This week was tough...we have been working with Juana Amaranto and her daughter Stefany to be baptized on the 29th but so many things happened...that prevented them from making it to their date. It was such a rollercoaster week of emotions. Juana's mom is very sick and is in the hospital...so basically all this week she was in Trujillo either working or helping/taking care of her mom in the hospital. So we weren't able to teach her or meet with her. We passed by so many times, we called and in more than one moment we thought that she would still be able to be baptized on Wed...we were so excited and we were going to meet with her early yesterday morning to help get her ready for her baptismal interview after church...but we went there and she wasn't there...so odd...because we made the appointment with her. And then all of her family didn't come to church...so we are going to have to invite her for another date. So sad...what a tough way to realize that the Lord's timing isn't our timing.
We were able to have some fun activities this week though! We had a ward potluck that the Relief Society put on and then the Stake Talent Show! Which was way fun! Pres. Marler, Hna. Marler and one of their daughters with her family came to watch! As a zone we sang "Oh Elderes de Israel" occapella...with a cool beat that we all did by hitting our chests, snapping, then clapping...creating a neat beat! It was super fun! :) As a ward...we acted like tourists...like those crazy gringos ;D..and watched our youth dance some Latin dances. And I also was able to play my violin! :D So much fun!
Jennesa and Hermana Maydana with Hermana Irma
(the Elder's pensionista)!
-Totally learned some sweet dance moves...in better words how to dance some of the Marinera...which is the dance of Trujillo. Our teacher was a cute 9 year old girl who is so sassy but fun! :) We also got our nails painted there...(the pensionista de los elderes) Hna. Irma and her daughter! They are the best!
-DAD!!!!! The husband of the lady who washes our clothes (Carmen)...well her husband (Hector) he used to live in Argentina...and guess who was his bishop?...Daniel Cardus!!!!! Can you believe that?! What a small world?
-Received a package...and letters!!!!! Thanks so much Aunt Sally!!!! Gold fish!! Holy Cow! Best ever! :) You rock!
FUNNIES Y INSPIRATIONALS:
-Journal blurb: "With Carmen Hernandez (referral from the hermanas that we live with...she was their moto driver!...she is seriously golden)...we were able to invite her to be baptized and to aim for 22 de agosto...she didn't accept the fecha but she said she would ask in faith and study her Book of Mormon. She was so entruiged by the LDM and it was the first time she had learned that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before this life. So special! She really has such a special spirit about her! Most people in Peru don't smile a ton...but her smile is probably the most beautiful smile I have seen thus far...well one of them! :D"
-In one of our lessons...we were teaching the Word of Wisdom...and our member present...shared his experience and he said..."y los drogas...yo se que son ricos...pero..." (and drugs...I know they're really good...but)...jaja!
I found this quote this week...which I LOVE!!!
"Sisters (brothers :)), we belong. We are loved. We are needed. We have a divine purpose, work, place, and role in the Church and kingdom of God and in His eternal family. Do you know deep in your heart that your Heavenly Father loves you and desires you and those you love to be with HIm? Just as "Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ are perfect...,Their hopes for us are perfect." Their plan for us is perfect, and Their promises are sure." -Sister Carole M. Stephens (1st counselor in RS General Pres.)
Wow! Sure love you all! What adventures are about to happen!
Hermana Coleman :D