April 22, 2019


Ofelia, Quito, Ecuador


Elder Rivera

#36 ¡¡¡Finessin Fanesca!!!

From April 22, 2019So my schedule was crazy this week. We barely had 3 hours to do things with meetings studies, and traveling to lunch at the other limit of the ward. I had interchanges with the Assistants one day, and I had a training meeting for District Leaders which was almost all day. The other days got a little weird with time as well cause people have a tendency to show up late to our appointments. But we did get some good work done and saw lots of Miracles. 27 And now ye have said that salvation cometh by the law of Moses. I say unto you that it is expedient that ye should keep the law of Moses as yet; but I say unto you, that the time shall come when it shall no more be expedient to keep the law of Moses.28 And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses.Nothing in this world would matter if it weren't for that one event. The one eternal sacrifice that Christ himself offered for the world. I never really knew why, but lots of times Elders and Hermanas don't get along here (sometimes cross culture and guys don't always understand women, and its worse when they are from other countries). This week I found out why. Luckily in the end I didn't let it upset me and it turned out good.So with my District, I am the newest. I have 8 months in the mission, my companion has 16, one sister has a year and the other Sister has 15(goes home in 3 moths). SO I am new in comparison.The Sisters didn't really like that. I asked them about one of the People they have that is preparing to be Baptized and she got upset cause I asked. I didn't realize I was supposed to know about their sector before being a District Leader and write everything down about the people they teach so reacted a little "weird". Then her companion said "How is it that he is a District Leader" thinking that I couldn't hear her on the phone. SO I replied "Sister, I heard that. If you have suggestions of how I can be better let me know so I don’t do a bad job" and she got super embarressed. So I felt super good and started off super good!(sarcasm). But things did get better. I ran the meeting and they said I did really good and they liked it. We have a hard time finding new people here so that is kinda how I based it. Then we both found lots of people so something we talked about made a difference. We found 7 times more people as a district this week than last week. For now they have calmed down and we have a good relationship and everything is super good. There is a special food here called Fanesca that is only eaten in Ecuador during the week of Easter. It is a soup with 12 grains (sometimes beans) for the 12 Apostles, and sometimes is has Fish. It fills you UP. It is a little weird but I liked it. I ate it a bunch this week.So we have seen some miracles. We contacted in a super Catholic part of town and people told us no, but we kinda pushed and just taught as they started shewing us away and we caught their attention and shared our mesage with them. Some still said no, but lots gave us their number and we will visit them this week.There is a lady here that has a fruit shop and I have walked past her almost every week. When we go that way we are normally in a hurry. We were returning from a meeting and she yelled Hi and we kept walking. I was thinking about it and just kinda turned around, walked back and asked her her name. We ended up introducing ourselves and she said she would like a visit. We told her we share a message that would bless her life and then she just started to cry. She said she has so many challenges in life and wants help. She has problems with money which means she probably wont want to close her shop sunday or Pay tithing but we are going to visit her this week. It was so cool to see and feel the Spirit just hit us both so hardly in that moment. Hopefully all goes well with her this week.Today we went to a Giant Catholic Church in Quito for Pday. It was really hot and sunny when we left, but then it started to rain super hard. Like you dont even know or understand. Then.........It actually Hailed. Like car alarms went off, people with out umbrellas went screaming and running for cover and I just ran out and enjoyed being pelted for 10 seconds to have the experience. It was good sized, Solid hail. Here the climate changes in minuets and you can get all four season in an hour.So not much time this week, but lots of experiences and miracles.-Elder Hallsted


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