|On our way to Baños!|
It's been quite the adventure! Today we spent my last P-Day in the same place where I spent my first...in Baños! It was a ton of fun! Not sure how, but the nurses miraculously got permission to come with us and they'll be spending the night so it's going to be super fun! Then a bit of mission news...because of Carnaval and they changed the transfers to ...so I'm getting kicked out of my sector a couple days early :( and I'll be in Quito with the nurses until . It'll be a blast!
Definitely have been in shock the past few days about what's happening. Still don't believe it. Probably won't until they force me to take off the badge...that's going to hurt. But until then, there are still many souls to find and save!
This week has been so great! We saw so many miracles. My favorite miracle this week was seeing how God led us to the people who really needed it. We saw His hand in every moment. It seemed as if every appointment fell, but we kept praying and kept looking! We gave it our all even when that felt like it wasn't enough. Well as a result we were able to help a sister in the ward who is going through a divorce. It's been really hard for her for a lot of uncontrollable reasons and she has been striving so much to keep the faith! But it hasn't been easy. We didn't know this was going on but felt the impression that we should visit her to see if she had any referrals (because she is AWESOME at giving referrals) Well we got there and she told us everything. It was really sad, but we were able to give her hope and encourage her to keep the covenants she made in the temple despite what was going on. We checked on her a couple more times in the course of the week and according to her we always showed up right when she needed it. I'm grateful for the spirit that guides us in the work of the Lord, even when that sometimes means seeing a lot of appointments fall first! :) It was so special seeing this hermana with all of her children in church .
As I was looking at the waterfall in Pailon del Diablo today it gave me so much deja vu! It's incredible to me that during this whole time, that waterfall has been constantly flowing with an incredible force. It made me think of all of you, who have been constantly there for me during this time, every week with your emails and prayers. It has been felt. It has shown me and taught me so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I absolutely love being a missionary. I always have and always will. My mission isn't ending but merely starting. It's the very least I could do to show my love for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know He lives. Not once have I seen it but I sure have felt it. With every fiber of my being. I know that this work is much bigger than any one of us, but that together we can change the lives of many and if we're willing, our own lives. He has changed mine. And I will forever be grateful.
Although this may be the last of several emails encouraging you all to keep praying, keep reading, and keep believing, that will always be my invitation to you all. I know it works. I've seen it everyday!
I love this gospel and I love all of you. Ecuador has become my home and it will be the hardest thing ever to leave it behind but as many of you have encouraged me, it'll only be for a short time. If we do our part all of us will return to our loving Heavenly Father to be together forever! I can't wait!
les amo con todo mi corazon!
|Starting off the hike!|
|Fun times in the waterfall!|
|We made it!|
|That's probably got parasites in it...|
|Soaked but happy!|
|Never a dull moment...|
|Trying to take a picture with the sun in your face is pretty hard.|
|but really fun :D|
|My favorite investigador made my favorite soup...:D|
|con PESCADO FRITO! :D :D|
|Our investigador gave a huge bag of Chonta from the Oriente...not sure what to do with it....|
|Hermana Jaynes and Hermana Barraclough!|
|Pamela!!!!!!!!!!!!! a year and a half later!|