Sorry I don't have very much time this week, I went to the temple today and we have appointments coming up pretty soon, but this week went by super fast!
Monday night we had dinner with a member family. In all of these families, the kids speak english and the parents speak spanish, so it gets pretty confusing. But that night I made a new friend. His name is Leo and he is 7 years old. He and I spent a half hour talking about harry potter...so his dad walks in the door and says, "Papi! Ella es un potter head tambien!" Hahaha, so now he refers to me as a potter head :) I don't have a problem with that! Then we went to see Kimberly. We visited her every day this week because she wanted to be baptized on Sunday, but it didn't end up working out. She will get baptized, just not for a little bit. But when we were there, Nasri, the little 3 year old drew 3 pictures for me...really he just colored an entire piece of paper with pencil, but it was sweet. I made some cookies to bring over and in the middle of the lesson, he taps my shoulder and says, "these cookies are delicious" and then goes back to what he was doing. Haha
We love visiting the female members of our ward and we feel like we are really strengthening them. Every time we go over somewhere, if it is only the two of us and the member, she usually ends up crying about something and we help her through whatever is going on. It sounds bad that I really like that, but I love being able to build those relationships and help them out how we can. This happened with one of the members this week before her granddaughter came home. Her babysitter dropped her off and she introduced us. She says, "Missionaries, this is Claudia. Claudia this is MY missionaries". And there was no denying it :)
Kimberly and Ada really enjoyed church last week and came back again this week. They are accepting everything that we are teaching, so that's really good! Now that they are fulfilling commitments they are going to progress and get their answers.
The members here spoil us so much. Most of the time we have one dinner appointment every day, but if a member knows we are coming over at all, there will be food. Hermano Mogollon did this for us. We got to his house and he had bought us pizza. We are just so happy to be visiting him because he is the member that wasn't active, but after we visited him, he is going to church every week. And now he is starting to work with us to find others! How amazing is that?!
We had a mission wide conference call on Thursday night with President Riggs. It was incredible. The things I learned from it were, 1. President Riggs is our mission president for a reason, and 2. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. He shared so many scriptures that most of the time I just skip over when I read, but we applied them exactly to the mission and it was amazing! He is the best :)
Maria and Francisco are doing well. They are on date to be baptized on November 16th! They are doing so well :) Without any influence on our part they are trying to get work off on Sundays to come to church.
On Saturday and Sunday night there were Hispanic Celebrations at the visitor's center, so we went on both nights. The first they had dances from a lot of the countries and the second night was all spiritual and Kimberly came with us.
Yesterday we had a General Authority give a 1/2 mission conference and it was amazing. His name is Elder Kapschke and he is from Germany. We learned so much and it was incredible. At the beginning he asked us all to write down a question that we wanted answered and the Spirit would guide him to answer all of them. So we did, and every single topic we talked about was easily related to my question. It was incredible! I loved it! And then I got to go to the temple this morning, so it has been a good week.
Sorry this is so all over the place, but I didn't have much time!
Love you all!
|With Kimberly at the DC Temple|
|Washington DC Temple|
|With Hermana Moleli at the DC Temple|
|Bolivian Cultural Dance at DC Temple|
|Fall on the East Coast|
|Lights in our apartment|