Wow so I've got a lot to update you guys from the last two weeks, and lots of photos. I went to migrations in Lima last week, still workin' on the visa, but I got to go to the temple---little slice of Heaven on Earth right there.
This week we had our missionary Christmas devotional and it was awesome! We talked a lot about how to truly live the spirit of Christmas and become more Christ-like. As a mission we are starting a new project of self evaluation, we have these cool new self-evaluation cards that we get to do every week to help us improve and emulate all of the Christ like attributes. The training was fun and President treated us to a delicious steak dinner---best I've eaten in a year!
Last night all of the missionaries in Iquitos wen the the Plaza de Armas and we sang Christmas hymns and then afterwards we went and contacted all the people that came to watch, it was fun!
We're pretty sad because it looks like our Brazilian investigators won't be getting baptized with us....They're actually not getting married at all, they are going to separate which means that Maria and Brenda will actually be going back to Brazil. We're sad about it but they have progressed so much and have such strong little testimonies, and we're happy to pass them off to the missionaries there in Manaos, Brazil! I for sure wouldn't normally encourage that a family break up, but truly I think it is for the best and I am so happy that they will be taking one step closer to salvation there in Manaos.
Other GREAT news! We are teaching some ladies named Karen and Clara. They were a contact from a few weeks ago that were incredibly prepared to receive the gospel. Just 3 days before we contacted them, The husband of Clara had died in a work accident and it was just the moment that she needed us to speak to her. Her heart was softened in that moment and now she is so so excited, coming to church and praying and reading the book of Mormon, and preparing for baptism on! We are also teaching her daughter Karen and her granddaughter amy. They are straight up angels, I tell ya. Love them SOOO much! Unfortunately, as is far to common here in Iquitos, her husband wants nothing to do with the missionaries. But this week Karen was struggling with something and decided to open up the Book of Mormon to a random page and right where she opened to she received an answer of comfort from the Lord. She shared it with us and told us that it was the answer to her prayers and she knows that the Book of Mormon and the church are true and is ready to be baptized with her two kids. I was SOOO happy, walked out of that lesson on cloud 9. Now to help that husband of hers want to get married!! Let's go.
Anyway, looks like I'm gonna be passing my second Christmas in my mission here in my area in the Belèn District of Iquitos---which means ''Bethlehem'' in spanish--sounds pretty Christmassy to me! Can't wait to see those pretty little faces on Christmas day!
|Navidad en Belèn!|
|Me and Hermana Burrell at our yummy Christmas dinner (well, lunch)|
|Workin' hard! We did service this week as a zone in a really cochina (dirty) house, it was so gross and we found the skeleton of a dead cat in the back...gross!!|
|That's me with a chicken on a dog...|
|That's me and a turkey|
|This actually happened...contacting clowns|
|Me and my favorite Brazilian babes|