Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Chilca!

Week Fourteen!

Well it was another super slow week here in Huancayo and I mean really slow.  The festival Cuazimoto went until Tuesday, Thursday was workers day, and Friday was the anniversary of Chilca.  We really didn't teach many lessons because everyone was at all the festivals or having fun with the families because they didn't work.

Remember Rosani?  Yeah she didn't get baptized.  It was the hardest day ever.  She had her interview to see if she was prepared on Friday and we show up and the district leaders are there already and there is the deep sinking feeling in the room with them, Rosani and her mom.  We were just like what is happening?  And it turned out her mom was preventing her from being baptized, and it was so weird because she is 18 years old and she can make her own decisions and so we were just like what in the world, and with the 4 of us the spirit was so strong, and we could see her heart softening at some points and then like 2 seconds later it would just flip and be complete hate from her.  We were like, right now Rosani is making big changes in her life for the better and she needs support and her mom is like yeah I know totally and I want to support her in everything she does because I know that this is really good for her and then we were like Rosani do you want to be baptized, and she was like yes, and we were like okay what day, and she was like the 17th of May and her mom started yelling like no you can’t be baptized.  We were just like what in the world.  So we left them with a prayer and time to think over a date and then on Sunday we taught Rosani about Agency.

But yeah, Ide and Daiana are set for this week. They need 3 assistants to be able to be baptized and they didn't show up at first on Sunday.  So we had a member go and pick them up for us and now they are being baptized on Friday, (The birthday of Hna. Witt) and it is going to be great.

You asked about the people here and family history.  Let me tell you a little something about the church here.  It is brand new right?  Only a few years has it been a full on developed land of the church.  But they don’t want to be brand new.  They want to focus on things like missionary work and family history, and they all focus on that, when really they should be focusing on the basic doctrines of the church. They don’t understand the importance of the Priesthood yet and they want to have everyone doing 300 indexing names a month.  It’s frustrating sometimes because the other day we found a man who has been a member for 5 years and doesn't have the Priesthood because he didn't understand the Atonement, and I’m just like people please, the doctrine of Christ is more important than family history.

You also asked if families lived to close.  Let me tell you a little story.  We went out with a return missionary. Okay not really out. We stood on the corner outside his house and he would stop people and introduce them to us like oh, this is my uncle they live right there, when can these sisters visit you, and we were there for like 15 minutes and got like 10 contacts.  It was crazy.

Anyway, next week will be cooler,
I am sending some photos of Cuazimoto and the Parade for the anniversary of Chilca,
Love you.

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