Well, this week has gone by really quickly. I'm just going to touch
on a couple things that I can remember.
First and foremost.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! Its really hard for me
to not be able to really do anything physically for you, but props
to Bridge for the cake and flowers! I wish there was something more
I could do, but I can't. I find that really frustrating at times
here so far away from everyone. But, its all good! Just know, mom,
how much I love and care for you. So much!!
So, this Tuesday are transfers! Thankfully, my comp and I are both
staying in Quillabamba together. We were pretty glad about that! Oh,
and I think Mamá Roxana (my favorite pensionista ever, she actually
reminds me of you, mom!) is going to write you an email today, so
be looking for it! She wanted to wish you a happy birthday! It will
obviously be in Spanish, so maybe Rachel or Google Translator can
help you out!
This last Thursday I was in Cusco for a DL/ZL training, and it went
really well. We learned a lot about the mission and the problems we
are facing and how we can overcome them and achieve the success that
we desire here in our missions. I visited the Carrasco family (not
my old pensionistas family, but Pres. Carrascos brother) from my old
ward (Chaski Ward) that morning, and they were so happy to see me!
They invited me right in and the fed us a big breakfast. He said
that his doors are always open for me. I love them, they are such
great people! That night, I treated Elder Retamozo to dinner at
Fuego (the restaurant that serves American food) because he is
finishing the mission and we became pretty good friends. The lady
there was also super glad to see me! She gave us each a free slice
of raspberry cheesecake... mmm... Delicious.
We continue to find more people as we prayerfully seek the guidance
from the Lord. I know that He is always guiding us, each step of the
way. We have been finding more people to teach, and many are very
close from baptism. However, Jose Luis was unable to be baptized due
to some problems he has been facing lately. We lost contact with him
for almost all of last week, but yesterday we talked to him. We took
him to a park where we had a long talk. He told us something that I
really didn't know before. He has a disease that is called
osteogenisis imperfecta. Look it up on Google, but his bones are
extremely fragile and he is the only person in Quillabamba that has
it. Poor guy, but he is really amped this week, and we are sure that
he will be baptized soon. His desires are high, all he needs to do
is put in a little more effort. Rina, however, says that her sister
traveled to Lima and she wants to be present in her baptism. We have
an appt with her tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. Hopefully
we can help her out. She attended church for the third time this
week! She really enjoys it.
So, something interesting happened yesterday in our sacrament
meeting. As we are singing the opening hymn, a couple walks in with
their new baby that just almost a week and a half ago was born. We
are really good friends with them. So anyway, he looks at me while
they are finding their seats and he says in a half whisper, "Hey,
you're going to give the blessing to our baby today." I thought they
were joking until they walked up there and the branch president
said, "Elder Christensen, that means you too." Holy crap, here I am
thinking, I have never given a baby's blessing before! But I did it,
and it actually turned out really well. They were really
appreciative, and I am thankful for the confidence that they have in
me. Pretty cool experience! Haha.
I have really been reflecting on the importance of faith in our
lives. Everything we do in our lives, day by day, should be done by
faith. Every step we take, trusting in the Lord that he will direct
our paths. Like it says in Proverbs 3:5-6. I know that if we trust
in Him, he will keep his promise. Faith in every footstep, I love
that. Let us all trust in Him, and His will for each of us, just a
little more. Missions are the best!!
Take care everyone, I love you all!!