As my intro says, we had transfers this week. I am here with Hermana Chávez again in Santa Luzmila.
This week was great! It went by really fast, honestly. We are progressing great here! We met many investigadores who were 100% ready for the gospel. We met Hermana Lizbeth in the park. She took the missionary lessons 10 years ago, but never was baptized. She has 3 children. Her daughter Miley is 10 and has such a great desire to progress in the church. She reads the BoM on her own, ahh they are just the best.
We are also progressing well with Hermano Sebastia. He is 13 and has such a strong testimony. He is going to be baptized on the 15 of September!
GREAT NEWS, WE ARE SO EXCITED HERE. The prophet, President Nelson, is coming to our mission on Oct 20! He is coming specifically for our mission! Oh how I am so excited. That is also a great motivation for us, to work harder and reach our goals.
With the new transfers, came a new elder into our zone. And guess what, he´s from Queen Creek, and went to Higley High school, knows a lot of my friends. haha, small world!
Also, we were walking down the street, an hermana came up to us, asked if we were the missionaries for this area. She recently moved here with her husband and baby, and she is a member, and an RM. I asked here where she served, and she said Temple Square, in Salt Lake. And guess what, she knows my cousin, Elder Montenegro. I cried when she told me this. Such a small world!! haha. Also she knows Elder Jackson, from Queen Creek, for those of you who know Elijah. So awesome!
Also I learned something interesting, hahah the dog from the movie Coco is a Peruano hairless dog! haha, I didn't know that.
We did service for Hermana Timotea this week. She works in a greenhouse. We put soil into bags, and I loved it. It reminded me of my grandparents in Montana, and all the fun memories from there. That was a tender mercy, to serve her, and to be reminded me of my dear grandparents.
Okay I am gonna talk about some random things that we have here in Perú, bc people have been asking me.
* Here, everyone drinks Inka Cola - its a coke product, its yellow, and its so good. Its a soda, and it looks really gross but I love it.
* Next, a lot of people speak the language Quechua. It is the language of the Ateces, and its so hard haha. I have learned a little, but I wanna learn Spanish first, then Quechua after, lol.
* Okay next, everyone here puts mayonnaise on everything. Buuuut, the mayo here is different. idk how to explain it haha.
* Also, every notebook and paper here is on graph paper. its interesting.
* Okay next, there are 5 MILLION DIFFERENT types of potatoes in Peru. yeah, 5 million. We eat potatoes everyday here, lol, and its usually a different potato every time.
* Everyone here lives with most all of their family. Like with their cousins, their grandparents, aunts, everyone. This is a great opportunity to teach families. Love it.
* We are currently looking for a new apartment out here, haha it's stressful because we want to find one before we have to pay the next time for our rent. But it's okay, Heaven is helping us :)
Okay sorry that was all super random, but yeah, those were random facts about Perú.
I want to share something I have learned this week with you all. In the mission, your faults are elevated so much. You are shown your weaknesses. I have discovered so many things about myself that I don't like, and I am so thankful for this. I want to become a better person. I want to become a better Sam, and a better missionary. So with these faults, we need to trust in the Lord to make our weaknesses become strong. I pray to become better out here, and at times I get very frustrated with myself. At times I get sad because I feel like I am not progressing, that my Spanish is horrible, that I am impatient, that the people here don't want to listen to me, I miss my family, etc. But, I TESTIFY that God is for us. Heavenly Father is there to help us become strong. He wants us to succeed.
My brother Ammon shared a scripture with me from Romans 8, "If God be for us, who can be against us?". I KNOW that if we put our trust in the Lord, we WILL become strong.
So yeah, wanted to share that with you all today.
I am so thankful for you all, thankful for the opportunity to be out here serving the people of Santa Luzmila, and for the opportunity to try to become a better "Hermana Andreasen" everyday.