This week was pretty crazy. My companion is gone. He left to his house on New Year's Eve for health issues. They called us at 4:30 to tell us we needed to be in the airport at 6:30 for his 7pm flight. We ran home and packed up and away he went. That left me without a companion. I spent that night with one companionship and the next day with another companionship in my zone. Since I wasn't getting anything done in my area, I asked permission to work with Junior and he was my companion all day Thursday. Thursday at 8:30, I went to pick up my new companion in downtown Cochabamba. His name is Elder Melgar--he's from Beni here in Bolivia.
Cambios are on Sunday and I don't want to leave here.
We have a new family we are teaching that is very open and interested--the mom and 14-year-old son especially. We had helped her carry her big cholita bag of bottles several weeks ago but were just able to contact her for a lesson this week. She also came to a baptism when we invited her on Saturday. It's great to see God's hand in what we do. I remember seeing her and thinking we should help and now I know why I had that impression. She is very grateful that we are visiting her and her family.
We taught a lot of lessons to less-active members this week. I really like working with them. I think it's because they are a lot more like me than investigators are. I always had the gospel, I just didn't always grasp its importance.
Thank you for the packages, Grandma Marie and Papa Dave & Atwood Family. Yours hasn't made it mom. I'm only about a week away from needing the new journal you sent me, grandma, and bubbles don't exist here, so whoever thought of putting that in the Atwoods' package is a genius. The kids here love them.
Today we went to Pairumani in the morning. That's the green pictures and waterfalls. It was fun. We had a water fight with our zone.
I spent New Year's Eve with Mercedes and Junior's family. We had permission to be out until 10:30 for that night. Back in the apartment, the fireworks woke me up at midnight though, and it was a ton of fireworks that I could see very well from the balcony.
It's been raining like crazy every day for weeks now. One night it rained really really hard and here in Bolivia, I guess that means it rains inside a little too. My desk was very wet the next morning. I do like it a lot better than the sun.
I'm very pleased with how everything is going right now with the people we are working with. Have a great week everyone!
P.S. Isaiah 41: 9-13