There are so many words in Spanish that I wish had a better English translation…. For example the word ‘tranquila’. You can use it for like anything in Spanish, it’s awesome. Is it ok if I said that I had a pretty ‘tranquil’ week then?
I don’t know if I’ll have a ton to write today, though. Also, there aren’t a lot of weeks that could top how crazy last week was. But I’ll do what I can! :)
Pretty much, this week we learned that in our new apartment, it’s literally impossible to have all of the following three things at once: water, electricity, and a working shower. It’s literally impossible. We went for 5 days without a shower, during which we were forced to heat up water on the stove, mix it with cold water in a bucket in order to ‘shower’. Then, the water got shut off for two days so we were forced to go to a member’s house every time someone needed to use the bathroom. And then the water came back, then finally the shower got fixed, but then we’ve had power problems ever since. It goes out about 2 times a day. I’m pretty sure that the house hates me because literally every time that I’ve taken a shower during the last 5 days, the power has gone out mid-way. And just for me! Where is the justice?? Haha, it’s ok though. It all makes for the adventure, right?
We’ve also had a bit of a hard time finding investigators. It’s been really rough for some reason. Basically all of our lessons have been contacts in the street. Our numbers are really sad. But it’s ok though because you gotta always have hope. That’s what faith is for. And faith can’t grow unless it’s tested. But we got to spend a lot of time this week with the Bishop and we’ve made a huge list of great Mission plans for the ward. This place is just going to bloom!
We had stake conference on Saturday night and Sunday, and for both sessions the Mission President and his wife came! They told us that we’re the first group of sisters in this zone EVER! Cool, huh? They’re the best… honestly. They’re seriously like our parents out here. I’d trust them with my life. All of the Peruvian members are just in love with them, too. They always marvel at their white hair.
I got to go to a baptism waaaay out in Barranco on Saturday! One of my old investigators, Marilú, along with one of the investigators from the Elders named Estefany got baptized. Marilú is a mother of two. Her husband lives in Florida and he is a strong recent convert. Marilú is waiting for her visa to move out there too and join him. Their son lived over there in the states for a while with his dad and he got baptized out there too. So Marilú was the only one left who was a non-member, and in the end, she made the decision to join them! She’s really cool. I’m so happy for her and happy to see her family completed like that. Now, they’re going to start their temple prep classes to get ready to be sealed in a year! Estefany is the sister of a kid named James who got baptized by Elder Alva and Elder Viñoles back in February. He has progressed SO FAST and he’s already the ward Young Single Adult representative! He’s been blessing the sacrament every week since he’s been made a priest and he’s just a great kid. Preparing to go on a mission. He got to baptize his own sister! It was a beautiful baptism and it was really great to get to see everyone again for a little moment. Hermana Zumba says hi!
Anyway, that’s about it. I’m out of time. But I sure love you guys! Have a great, spiritually charged week! Do everything you can to have the Spirit with you! You are all the BEST and I don’t know what I would do without you all!!
Love, Hermana Hollberg
PS — If anyone has some Twizzlers just laying around and they feel like they have no need of them, I guess I’d make the sacrifice accept them….