Well all is well here in Ambato. We are finding lots of people but we dont have a whole lot of investigators still. Thats the bad news about opening up a sector but we are just goingto keep working and the Lord with bless us! We had our verification meeting this week for the new missionaries and I finally got to take a pic with Hermana Loayza! She was the last comp I had in Puyo and we never took a pic so here you go.
This week was Hermana Gutierrez birthday. mi hija cumplió 21 años!
We went to the zoo again haha I think im going to know every zoo in Ecuador! But here are some pics!
this week was good! We had our zone conference with President Christensen. I love him and hermana Christensen so stinkin much!! We learned lots of new ways to find new victims. We also had divisions and we have the best hermana leaders ever!
We had a ward family home evening and I lost in the game that we played and I had to dance in front of everyone like a monkey, jump like a rabbit, and act like a dog and a cat haha everyone was crying from laughing so hard. i think its safe to say that Im not as shy as I used to be haha life is good here in Ambato. We are getting to know tons of people and looking for some new investigators! Hermana Gutierrez is the best and laughs at all my jokes so we get along just great haha!
I hope you are all doing great!! I love you all lots!!!!
this was our sad attempt at taking pics hahahahaha sorry I dont have anything better
Well this week was good! My cute little daughter is so great. She is the greatest. I am learning so much from her. She has so much faith and is always serving everyone! I want to be more like her haha I love her to death! We are fiding lots of new inverstigators but only one came to church. When we got here there was one inverstigator that they were teaching about a month ago but we are finding lots.The ward here is great and the leaders are helping us lots to find new less actives.
Sunday in church there was a convert that was telling us the story of his conversion and he is an ex military guy and as he explained it they trained him to be a "war machine" but he talked about how the gospel has changed him so much and how he never is going to let himself change back to who he was before. His story was a little funny but the spirit was strong. I love talking to the new converts because they dont know a whole lot still but their testimonies are so strong! Its the greatest.
Well my dear fam. Im still alive hahaha opening a sector and training at the same time is a great way to test your patience! Its a great thing that I have an hija that is so dang sweet. She is from Lima Peru and is seriously a doll. She is the first missionary in her fam and is the greatest thing that happend to Ecuador! SHe has a heart of gold and is super willing to work and learn new things. She is super diligent and loves everybody and everything haha our sector is huge. Its one of the biggest sectors here in Ambato but the ward is great and there are lots of members helping us out!
As always I dont have a lot of time to write but I lot you tons and hope you all enjoy some pics of our little adventure at pailon del diablo! Its a huge waterfall and you can walk up behind it in a little cave. its so cool! I LOVE YOU ALL TONSSS!!
Hey fam bam it was great to see you all yesterday I hope you all had a great mothers day to all of my dear mommies out there!:) I found out yesterday that I am also going to be a mom! My daughter will be here wednesday so next week we will see if I give birth to a gringa or a Latin. Im in Ambato now and we are going to be opening up a sector. I think my mission president is tryin to kill me! haha
It was sad to leave Puyo but here are some pics of my dear peeps. I think I left a little piece of my heart with all of them!
I love you all lots and hope you are all doin well! always remeber WWJD and to CTR and all of that fun stuff!
Hey fam!! All is well here in the jungle haha We ate lots of sugar cane and tried worms (chantacuro) google it hahaha it was gross. I wouldnt recommend it. I dont have a whole lot of time but here are some pics of my week!
We are still alive and kicking here in Puyo! Nobody from our mission has been able to go to the coast to help with the earthquake because the conditions are critical still and they are only letting military people and rescue teams in.
Everything is going good though. We have a few families that have lost loved ones and family memebers that live in the coast but we just gotta keep teaching the plan of salvation! We had divisions this week and The hermana Leaders made me pancakes for breakfast for my birthday haha thay are the cutest.
We also has the saddest little service ever. We passed by to visit an investigador and she was drunk and sleeping but her son came to the door and told us everything so we turned around to leave and right when we were about to step off of the side walk there was a dead cat. The little boy saw it too and he just started crying and crying and we cant hug him or anything so we just stood there staring at him until he stopped crying and after we helped him burry his little cat. We even made a little headstone for him. Poor little boy and the worst part was that his mom was drunk and wasnt going to help him.
In the sacrament meeting this week the young men were in charge of everything and gave the talks and everything. I think it was the funniest sacrament meeting of my life. There was one guy that had to talk about respecting women and he told us all that men need women to help them and support them to make good choices and lots of stuff. Right after he was explaining that women need men too but he couldnt think of a good reason so after a few minutes of silence he recieved the revelation that women need men to reproduce. Im pretty sure there wasnt a dry eye in the room because we were all laughing so hard. Oh the joys of the woung men and their wisdom!
I hope you are all doing good! I love you all lots!!
PS The elders had to bake the cake because we dont have an oven in our house but surprisingly it turned out good! haha
Well Im sure you have all heard about the Earthquake by now but everything here in Puyo is great. We are like 7 hours away from where it hit hard. We felt the earthquake here too but it didnt do anything and all of the buildings here are still in tact. My heart hurts for all of the dear families that cant say the same but all we can do is pray lots!! They dont tell us a whol lot and we arent allowed to watch the news so you probably know more than I do haha!
This week was good though we had interviews with President Christensen and I seriously love that man and my dear momma in the mission aka Hermana Christensen. They are the great and I hope one day you can all get to meet them to know what I am talking about!!
One thing that he told us is that the only difference between Christ and Satan is that Christ smiles. Think about that for a minute! All we can do in those hard times is keep on smiling and working hard becasue its what our dear Savior would do. We know that have already won this war we just have to help others know that too so they can have a little hope. I love you all lots and I hope you are all doing great.
Lots and Lots of LOVE!!!
PS We got to play with monkeys today again!
PSS I got my Birthday packages! thanks mom and thanks dad!
My birthday was good haha dont you all worry. There was lots of people willing to give us all of my favorite foods and thats the reason im getting super chubby haha but its all good. This week was good. It was full of lots of miracles and blessings. We are working hard and seeing results. We have a less active that isnt married and before she wasnt reading or praying or asisting but this week she did all three. She told us that she was going through some hard things and she remembered that in the church they always say that if you just open up the Book of Mormon you can find the answer you are looking for. Im sure she was looking for somthing to comfort her but she said that she opened up to where it was talking about the final judgement and it was what she needed to hear. We all laughed about it but she said it really does work when you just open the book because God is going to tell you what you need to hear.
But there is always something funny that happens. So the funny momment of the week... We contacted a mom and daughter but it was already getting late so we contacted them super fast and we were right next to the busy road so I didnt hear her very well but she told us that she lived in the sector of the Elders so we passed the reference and I told the Elders that her name last name was Loca so they called her and asked for M. Loca and she was like M. Loja?? hahaha I think the Elders are never going to accept referenced from my again.
But all is well here in Puyo! Hermana Loayza is great and works her little heart out every day.
I love you all lots and hope you ate lots of cake for me!!:)
PS the elders always have object lessons with food.l
HEY FAMMMM!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! Thank you for all of the birthday wishes!!
This week has been the best week of my life basically just because we are going to have a temple in Quito! That is the best birthday present I could have received. I was so stinkin excited. When President Monson announced the temple in Quito everyone in the room gasped and I think I was included in that haha I dont really remember because I was so happy and so excited!! I had chills from my head to my toes and I was smiling so big it hurt! haha I have never cried such happy tears in my whole life. Every single one of my converts and less actives and member from my sectors ran through my head and im just so grateful for every single one of them and for their desires to do good.
We also found some new people this week that are passing through some really hard times. I love how the gospel is so simple but yet it has a little something for every person that is sick, afflicted, suffering spiritually and emotionally. Hermana Loayza likes to work and we are being very dilligent. Our sector needs some miracles so we are being exactly obedient and working our hardest until the last minutes of the day. She is such a great companion and loves the mission work. And for all of the I love her haha . Im excited for this cambio and I know that we are going to see lots of new things happen here in Puyo. I just love these people with all of my heart!!
But I loved the conference. The spirit is always so strong. The gospel is so perfect and the church is so perfect. We have so many great leaders and they can always answer my questions.
This week was good! We had the opportunity to listen to the womens conference and it was so great!! I LOVED IT! We learned lots about service. I loved one part that said that everyone needs a spiritual and physical safe place (I dont know if that translates in english right haha). But I loved it. We should all help others to feel like that safe place is with us or in our homes.
The work was a little complicated in our sector becasue everyone here celebrates semana santa and they were all on vacation since wednesday basically but the Catholics do something really cool. On friday they have a little parade thing and all of the men walk through the street carrying crosses with little white loin cloths and one of Christ and everything. It puts everything in perspective were you see that. There was lots of people following behind them and it was super easy to imagine that on a friday like that one about 2000 years again Christ was doing the same thing for us.
We all know that with lots of celebrations means lots of food. We got to try maito de pollo and fenesca.
And of course I have more pics.
I LOVE YOU ALL LOTS AND I HOPE YOU ENJOYED EASTER!!!!!!
PS We had cambios and Im still here in Puyo but Hermana Tello went back to Quito. Now my companion is Hermana Loayza now. She is from Peru too haha
This week was great! We had divisions with the hermana Leaders and a conference with President Christensen. We are super blessed in our mission to have him as our President. Him and his wife are the sweetest people I have ever met.
We also got to go to the Zoo today as a district! hahaha best pday ever! a monkey grabbed my finger with its foot. Heres some pics!
I love you all to the moon and back! I am doing great! We are finding lots of new less actives to teach and finding some investigators along the way. We are in Quito again and have to travel back to our sector in Puyo tonight. Hermana Tello has been a trooper this week. She had to get her wisdom tooth extracted and has chimpmunk cheeks and everything. The dentist let me assist him hahahahaha. Im pretty sure thats illegal but his assistant had to leave early and before we were talking about how I worked with a dentist before the mission so he let me assist him to finsih everything up hahaha. Can I put that on a resume that I assisted in Ecuador?? haha just kidding but Im doing great and loving Puyo. The little girl in the pic is my BFF everyone says that she is my mini me but I thinks thats just because she has greenish eyes haha
I dont have a whole lot of time again haha My comp is about to get her wisdom tooth extracted but I love you all tons! Here are some pics of some of the people that I love haha and that spoil me. I hope you are all doing great!
Well my dear fam. I am alive and doing great haha thats about all the time I have today because we are in Quito for my companions dentist appointment and we have to travel 6 hours back to our house right now but I love you all tons and I hope you are doing great!!! TAKE CARE