Monday, August 24, 2015

Week #46 -- BAUTISMOS de Elena y Luciana!!!!!! (Elena and Luciana's Baptisms), our STINKY room, exchanges w/ HNA. SOUTH!

Aug. 24, 2015:

Wonderful Fam and Friends!!!! :D

Wow! This week was full of many adventures! OH MY HEAVENS TA BETSY! We were able to have TWO wonderful, amazing, and beautiful baptisms this week! Oh my excited! These were the first baptisms in todo de mi mision!!!! :) Hna. Nielsen and I felt and are still feeling so very blessed! Elena and Luciana were VERY nervous but they were able to be baptized and confirmed after many prayers and helps. It was a very special weekend! Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts for these sweet daughters of God! They were confirmed and it was amazing! So super cute...Luciana (14) wore one of Hna. Nielsen's dresses on Saturday and one of my dresses on Sun! So fun! I was finally able to give them the very special Spanish CTR (mejor dicho...HLJ :)) rings that Mimi sent to me in a package! :D They loved them!
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Baptism of Luciana and Elena
What an incredible night with these two daughters of God! :D 

Welp...our room is such an adventure! Jaja! The zone leaders called us on Friday morning and told us that we need to move...again! :( Kind of a big bummer...but our bathroom is really having problems...ready? Well our heater for our shower was put in and after the first shower our circuit blew because our whole room is wired with telephone wires and so now we get to shower and go to the bathroom in the dark (with my flashlight :)) and they took the shower heater out with the shower now it is a little chilly and it basically comes out like a hose...then the toilet is clogged...and if we don't plug the shower up remember what happens? :) Yep you got it...all the bathroom stuff comes up the shower drain...and the toilet is leaking on the bottom too. Well this morning we were just laughing so Hna. what do we do?! jaja! I mean we love living with rats and cockroaches...they really help us in planning...but we would like a bathroom that works! So we really need to find a room ASAP! Which is kind of really difficult...but we know that with Heavenly Father...EVERYTHING is possible! :D (Sorry...don't feel bad at all...this is actually a fun adventure that we are laughing about now and will forever be laughing about!)

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So we may or may not have found a random bone in our room.
I think the rat brought it in! jaja! oh buddy!

I was able to go on exchanges with HNA. SOUTH!!! this past week! So fun to finally be reunited as companions after the CCM! :D She sure is an incredible missionary and such an example to me! She really was able to help me and we were able to work hard...which felt SOOOOO GOOD! and have so much fun while at it!

-We ate this dish called "Picante de la mar" and it was a yummy sauce with spices and with octopus, clams, and shrimp and it was actually super good! The octopus even still had all the suction cups on it! 
-My ringworm is getting better! jaja! :D
-During intercambios (splits)...Hna. Beasley made no bake cookies for us! So stinkin' delicious!

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In our planning last night!
(planning the next day for their service and teaching)

-Well our room is super funny...we laugh a lot! We decided we only reply to "Hellos"...yes in English in the streets if the person or people are younger than 10! jaja!
-We had a wonderful training JUST for the hermanas in our zone...because we have the most hermanas in our zone in the whole mission! 15 hermanas! Wow! Hna. South and Hna. Blackburn planned if for us (our hna. leaders) and it was so spiritually uplifting! They asked me to share about my picking up coins habit and who my angel was with the sweet little poem that goes along with it! 

"I found a penny today
Just laying on the ground.
But it's not just a penny,
This little coin I've found.

Found pennies come from heaven,
That's what my Grandpa told me.
He said Angles toss them down.
Oh, how I loved that story.

He said when an Angel misses you, 
They toss a penny down.
Sometimes just to cheer you up,
To make a smile out of your frown.

So, don't pass by that penny,
When you're feeling blue.
It may be a penny from heaven,
That an Angel's tossed to you!"

Don't you all just love that!? So I sure hope you can all look for the "pennies" in your lives...the sweet tender mercies that sometimes we let pass by! Let's recognize them and thank our Heavenly Father for them!

Loves to you all!!!!!
Hermana Coleman :D

Here is an amazingly sweet letter we got from Hermana South's Mom that shares more about their experiences together!!  She forwarded it from Hermana South...

"This week started out with something really special. There have been a few of the 14 hermanas in our zone that have been struggling a little bit and we wanted to do something really special for all the hermanas as hermana leaders. We got permission to have a morning where we could all meet up as hermanas in our church here in Barrio California and just have a recharging of spiritual batteries here. Sounds awesome right? Well... then we have to plan it... haha and it's safe to say that me and han Blackburn were pretty stuck for a while cause we just wanted it to be GREAT!... We got a feeling to call hermana Marler and see if she would talk.. she said that she would miss interviews that she was doing just to be there for it... ( I stinking love her) then we were just lost a bit again... we wanted to use the girls in the zone to talk and be in charge of giving different talks because there are so many amazing girls in this zone. While proselyting one night han blackburn and I were talking while walking to our next appointment... we decided to stop and pray for help... so we prayed that we would be guided in choosing who we should have help put the activity together and what they should speak on. Almost immediately, and I kid you not, Hna. Nielsen and Hna. Coleman's names came to our minds. Hna Nielson is an AMAZING pianist... and we decided that we should ask her to bare her testimony on music and the spirit, and how they work together for her and then have her play a piece after. Then hna Coleman's sweet testimony came to my mind.. while in the CCM with her, it didn't take me very long to recognize that she had a very special spirit and person that was with her. Its almost startling how powerful her spirit is.. She has a very very special angel that is with her in her mission named Hyrum. Hes her little brother, and Ill say hes one of the missionaries called here in Trujillo Peru because you can literally feel the work that he is doing here. I made the connection with her sweet spirit... and the amazing sweet companion that I have right now.. She also has an angel, and we know that he is working in a trio with us right now. His name is Keltson and he is her older brother, and really.. an amazing missionary. Both Hna Coleman and Hna Blackburn have been my comps.. and its funny cause the second you meet them you can tell they are so pure and being with them is heart warming and they glow with the spirit of the gospel which is an empowering force in their lives, I have noticed something about them both as well.. they both collect pennies.. and coins. Whatever ones they see on the ground! As you get to know them they will share with you that these pennies are very special to them, and they aren't just ordinary pennies! They are pennies from heaven. There is a sweet quote that they both have up in their rooms that is called "pennies from heaven." I don't believe coincidences... a coincidences is just when God is the author, and decides to remain silent... but in about 1 min, I made that connection and asked Hna Blackburn if she would be okay with sharing her testimony and story about her brother and angels in missionary work. WE asked Hna Coleman to do the same.. and they went above and beyond. They copied out the poem for each hermana, and translated it into spanish for everyone... They told about their sweet angels and how they have felt their influences in our work here.. and Hna Coleman gave everyone one of her special pennies... It was amazing how we could FEEL the spirit almost tangibly and we all knew that this work was bigger than just us. We have help from the other side, our angels and the angels of the people here. We are helping them do the work here and it is so important to them. I'm so grateful for my amazing companions!!! My testimony is growing everyday thanks to the wonderful people that I meet here, and I love helping the lord and his angels do this work!!! I is truly an honor to be a missionary of The Lord!! Also, Hna Marler's talk was amazing... she talked about each of us individually and our talents and gifts that she has seen and felt, and she gave each of us a bag of her favorite candy and a CTR ring. I LOVVVVE HER!! We also got permission to watch "errand of angels" with the hermanas!! We popped popcorn and the zone leaders were actually there for the whole thing, and I think they loved it all as well even though it was hermanay and girly haha! As a zone I can feel that this helped that the hermanas felt ready to get back out and do this amazing work we have such a short time to do! I'm so thankful for the spirit and for the help that we can receive directly from the lord!! Its AMAZING!

I also had an intercambio with Han Coleman this week... she is INCREDIBLE!! WE had soo much fun together and taught some AMAZING lessons! And guess what? That was our first time teaching together since the CCM and we can actually speak spanish now!!! Hahaha... it was so fun thinking about the great amazing and spiritual times we had together in the CCM, she truly is one of my very best friends and a dear person in my heart! When she teaches every word that comes our of her mouth is filled with love and powered and backed up with the truth that comes from the spirit!! AHH! I was blown away! We taught the first lesson to one of our investigators, and when she said the first vision I was mesmerized, and my heart was super filled. The spirit testified of the truth of it too cause the guys was like., "holy cow that happened I didn't even know that!!" Hahaha.. thats why we are here!!! I love her, we made no bake cookies at night together and took pics with our AGGIE and BYU shirts together, and our prayer at night was super special and one ill never forget."


With Hermana South in the CCM and Now!!

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