1) this keyboard is awful. Seriously. Sorry for all the typos right off the bat!
2) This past week, the Iglesia familia came to church! They are a less active family that we miraculously found, and they told us that they had been praying for help to come back to church. They have come these past two weeks, and are working towards having their baby daughter blessed in the church, and we are working with the Dad, Daniel to receive the priesthood so that he can bless her himself in a few months :)
3) Do you remember Brian and Soledad, who were baptized a little while ago? He blessed the Sacrament this last Sunday, then stood up of his own accord and gave his testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I cried, and Soledad too, haha :)
4) Also giving her testimony was a woman who is from Argentina, but married with an American. They live in the states, but are here visiting for summer break, and have two little kids, both of whom are learning Spanish still. Anyway, the mom got up to bear her testimony, and brought her little daughter up with her. It was super hilarious because as the mom was bearing her testimony, the little daughter got a sneaky look on her face... snuck her face a little closer, and in the middle of her mom's tearful testimony, grabbed the microphone and yelled `CACA!!!`. Google translate it, and you`ll understand why all the little kids dissolved into giggles and the adults were all trying to keep a straight face. On the plus side, looks like she's learning Spanish :)
5) Super cool story this week. Do you remember of Natalia, Luna and Laureano who all got baptized recently, from the Villareal family? The mom and her youngest daughter were the only members, and when Belen (the daughter) received her mission call, incredible stories started coming about in her family, including the baptisms of Natalia, Luna and Laureano. During the time when they were being taught, we also taught Alejando, the father, who never really wanted anything to do with the church, but started opening a bit more after Belen decided to go on a mission. Anyway, Hna Pacanchique and I recently started running in the morning for exercises, and got up this morning to do so. Normally, we get up at 6:15 to get dressed and all, so that we can leave at 6:30 and have 30 min to go running. However, on this particular day, for some reason, our alarm didn't go off at 6:15, and went off at 6:30 instead, leaving us less time to go running. However, we decided to go for a quick jog anyway, got dressed quickly, and headed out to do a loop. Since we had woken up later than usual, we just did a quick loop through the neighborhood, and as we rounded a corner, we noticed a man lying on the road in front of us, with another man crouched over him. Based upon the two motorcycles lying nearby, we realized that there had been an accident and headed over to see if we could help. As we got closer, I recognized Jonaton as the man crouched over, who is the brother of Belen Villareal. I then knelt down, and recognized the man on the ground as Alejandro Villareal, the father of the family. I knelt down next to him and said `Hey Alejando, whatcha doing here on the ground?` :) We learned that another motorcycle had hit him as they were heading to work, and we could help them out a little bit to clean up and head to the hospital. I really don't feel like we did that much, but at least he got up, and could walk after a while. The next day, I was talking to Ana Villareal, and asked her how Alejandro was doing. When I did, she started crying, and thanking me profoundly. I just hugged her and said `Ana, we really didn't do anything, I promise.` She then tearfully told me that that afternoon after Alejandro got back from the hospital, he told her what had happened. He told her that he was scared, mainly because he felt a great pain in his hip, and was scared because of the accident. It was cold, he was scared, and a little panicked. However, he said that in the middle of that, he suddenly heard someone greet him, looked up at the missionaries, and suddenly didn't feel any pain at all. As he was relating this story to Ana, he shook his head and said `Ana, I don't know what happened. I was hurting, then they arrived, and it changed everything`
It was an incredible experience, mainly to see the miracles that our Savior can work for His children here on this earth. I love the parallels that we learn from Alejandros experience. So often, we are scared, alone, and don't know what we will do. Then, we see our Savior and it changes everything. Our Savior and Redeemer knows how to help us. He can help us, and will help us. Please allow Him.
I love my mission, and I love my Savior!! He truly loves us, and it is such a privilege to be a member of His church, a member of His army. I know He lives!!
Love, Hna Lake :)