On Thursday, we had a baptism! The woman’s name is Marialuisa. We’ve been teaching her for our entire time in Barranco. There was a point where we almost gave up but for some reason, we just kept with her. She’s a haircutter and her challenge was that all of her clients always tell her lies about us members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here’s one — That there’s a colony in the US called ”Utah” where there are only Mormons allowed in, and that it’s where we worship Joseph Smith. Marialuisa is a really sweet woman and all of the different things she’s been hearing has been confusing. The turning point with her was when we decided to do a fast with her. This was when Zumba was sick so it was really just her and I who were doing it. We knelt on the floor in a back room of her humble shop and offered up a prayer, asking Heavenly Father that he would guide his daughter back to Him, and that she would be able to see His hand in her life and recognize the way that He would provide for her. It was such a powerful moment. The Spirit charged the room. When we finished the fast the following day, Marialuisa told us that she had felt something different, and it was exactly what she was searching for. From that moment, she decided to be baptized. We are so happy for her!!! She’s going to do really well. I know that Heavenly Father just loves her because I’ve felt it.
The same day as the baptism, we went to visit this less active member but she wasn’t there. I saw some drawings and paintings on the door of one of her neighbors houses and went to look and check them out. Out came the artist and he was pretty cool! We talked to him for a while and gave him a Book of Mormon. In the end, he was like, ”You guys gave me this book, so please let me give you something too.” He gave us one of his paintings!! We had just met him in the street! Like what?? haha it was awesome. But we’re not sure what to do with it. Should we cut it in half and share it? We’ve gotta find someone to frame it. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it so I’ll have to send it next week. But it was an abstract painting but it has a lot of detail and I think it’s quite nice.
The other day, Hermana Zumba had to go to Immigrations to do work on her visa stuff. We had to be in the mission offices at 7:15 in the morning to drop her off, and we returned at about 7:30 in the night to pick her up. I did spilts with a ward missionary named Rosangel. It was really fun! She stayed with me the whole day and acted like my companion.
Also, that night a bird flew into our house. We opened the windows and we thought it went out, but in the morning when Hermana Zumba was showering, I heard a little PEEP-PEEPing going on. Sure enough, the little guy was still there. I tried to help him out but he just couldn’t find the window. I went to gently pick him up just like I do with my baby quails but the wild finch just went and hopped on my shoulder! It was maybe the best moment of my life. I walked over to the window and pointed my shoulder out, and then he flew away and joined some of his little bird friends. Makes me tear up just thinking about it again.
Well, this has been an eventful week. I hope everyone’s doing well. If you didn’t watch conference, WATCH IT. Ok, everyone raise their hands if you would like to hear Moses speak. Ok, great. Now, what do you say if I tell you that we have a real prophet today just like Moses. Would you like to hear him speak? Exactly. And that my friends, is conference. I can’t believe I’ve never really understood and appreciated conference before in my life like I do now! Wasn’t it great? My favorites were Elder Holland’s talk, Elder Uctdorf’s, and Elder Bednar.
Have a great week!
Love, Hermana Hollberg