This week was crazy busy. Mostly getting ready for the Valencia wedding/baptism.
Last Monday we went to the airport to say goodbye to Jeremy. He's in our ward and was leaving for a mission in Peru. I couldn't help but think I'd be leaving from that airport in less than 3 months to go back home. We spent that same evening going around to the people that Elder Delgadillo wanted to say goodbye to. That got me thinking even more about how little of my mission is still to come.
It's really incredible how fast it's gone by. I still have time to do a lot, but I have very little time in comparison to the time I had when I first landed here in Bolivia. It's made it really easy to make the most of my time. I think it's like coming to the end of the race and it's easier to just sprint to the finish line. I naturally just want to do as much as possible every day because I can feel that the end of my mission is getting close.
Tuesday was an incredible day. I went to downtown Cocha to drop off Elder Delgadillo and pick up my new companion. At 11 o' clock that morning we were supposed to go with Benancia and Rinaldo and the witnesses to get their marriage papers signed and ready for the 23rd (it was the last day we could do it and still have them married on the 23rd). At 10 o' clock I was waiting for my new companion to show up and Benancia called to say that she'd gone to try and get a copy of her birth certificate (which is needed to do the marriage paperwork) and they couldn't get her one because of some kind of error in her records. They told her she had to go to the court in Quillacollo to get the error fixed. I offered to go with her.
My new companion showed up and we dropped his bags off at the house and went to meet up with Benancia. We found the court and the line was so long to be attended to that we weren't even going to get in that day. It looked like we weren't going to get it done for a marriage on the 23rd. We decided to go to a different civil registry to try and get the birth certificate again though. We found one and in 5 minutes had a birth certificate without any problem. I don't understand how it happened but it was awesome.
|Juan Carlos as a security guard|
However, we presented the papers and on Rinaldo's ID one of the numbers was worn off and they said that wasn't going to work. They told us that during that day, the place to get a new one was working through lunch and they told us to go there. Hermano Rinaldo was working though and he had to go to get the new ID card made. So we called Hermano Juan Carlos from the ward and dressed him up as a guard and left him in Rinaldo's guard post for a few hours while we got the new card and then went to get the marriage papers signed. We finally did at 4pm--five hours late and only an hour before the place closed but it worked. It was amazing how many things worked out for us.
Hermano Rinaldo has to work on Christmas so we aren't going to be able to do the baptisms that day. Instead we are going to do it directly after the marriage tomorrow. I'm incredibly excited for that. The family is super excited too.
We had a great lesson about the sacrament with Humberto and Natali (Carlos' parents) this week. And then for the first time in the 4 months we've been teaching them, Humberto came to church, We are hoping to build off of that momentum.
On Saturday one of Kevin's best friends, Denilson, got baptized. Kevin brought another friend, Diego, to the baptism who lives in our area. Diego came to church once too. We got to talk a lot waiting for the baptism to start. He seems like a really good guy and smart too. After the baptism he asked me, "How's my baptism going to be?" That's a good sign.
Kevin bore his testimony as part of the baptismal program. It was awesome and I think really good for Diego to hear. He talked about how much his life has changed since his own baptism. He talked about how it's made everything better in his family as well. I felt the Spirit strongly as he spoke.
Daniel Fernandez also passed his interview this week. He should get baptized on Friday. I'll explain more next week.
Elder Terceros, my new companion, seems really good so far. We are getting along really well and he seems very laid back.
I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas. Be like Christ.
Heis our perfect example. He was born to Mary in Bethlehem and wasperfectly obedient to our Heavenly Father during his entire life. Heprepared for us a way back to God's presence. I know He lives and lovesus. I love Him.