So I have officially crossed the one-year mark here out in the fields of white!! It’s pretty unbelievable. I’m like an old sister missionary now… On wednesday night, the other sisters and I went out to eat ”Mexican” food. It was a lot of fun! Our server happened to be an 18-year-old young adult in our Stake, and we ended up talking to him for a little while about missionary work. He was wanting to serve a mission but there are some things that he has to clear up before he goes out. We all thought that the conversation was really casual, but yesterday we ran into the same guy again and told us that he doesn’t believe that our eating there was pure chance because he said that conversation was just what he needed to give the last push and go to talk to the stake president!! It was a really rewarding moment. We’re really happy for him. He’s going to have a good mission.
Right for my one year mark, I am pleased to announce to you that SISTER HOLLBERG HAS FINALLY RECEIVED HER VISA….!! Like a year and a half later. On Tuesday Hermana Brud and I got to be companions again and go down to the immigrations office for the last time. (Until we have to leave the country.) We finally got our neat little ID cards which are admittedly cooler than the Utah driver’s liscenses. But we only got to hold them in our hands for about 4 seconds before the guy from the Area office was like, ”And I’ll be taking these, thanks,” and took away our passports too. It was sad. I would have taken a picture of it if I knew that he would take it away. Supposedly they’ll send us copies though so one day I’ll getchall a pic.
So this week has been pretty normal. We had a really great district meeting this week though that really motivated everyone. The zone leaders gave everyone a copy of this talk called ”The Fourth Missionary” by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge. It is incredible. To any of you people out there who are serving missions or thinking about serving missions, I would advise you all to read this talk because it will change and expand the way that you think about this work. Too say that it really helped me out would be an understatement!
We’re planning to do a really cool Noche de Hogar Misional (Missionary Family Night) with the ward this friday night. The central message is ”How to start living the gospel over again” and it’s starring this Mormon Message:(http://www.mormonchannel.org/youth-videos?v=1463152613001) We four missionaries from San Silvestre have planned these really fun games and we’re going to do the same lesson simultaneously in 4 houses by spitting up and going with mini missionaries. The plan is that each family is going to invite as many of their neighbors and friends possible. It’s going to be cool! We’ve never done an activity like this before.
Today for P-day we’re going to make food from the Selva (jungle) and play sports! I’m excited.
And that’s about it! Plus, I’m out of time. But you guys are all cool and I hope you all have a wonderful week! Sorry if my letters are pretty bland sometimes. If you guys ever have any questions or anything, let me know!
Going out to ”Mexican” food (Peruvian style) for our 1 year mark! Of course the burritos had french fries in them. Food without potatoes here isn’t food at all. Hamburgers don’t exist here without french fries in them too. Interesting. It was funny, when we got the burritos, Hermana Loayza goes, ”Hey, these have olives in them!!!” Hermana Brudnicki and I were like, ”No no they’re black beans, not olives! Don’t worry! Just try it!” They were spooked out, also by the guacamole, but in the end they liked it.
”Huacas” — real deal Incan ruins. Cool beans. There are a ton all throughout Lima, including in the residential areas but I’ve never taken the time to take a photo until now. They’re all fenced off so you just have to look at them from a far, obviously.