Shoutout to Hermana Sandison who has officially been a member of la iglesia de jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias for 2 YEARS! Woohoo! Shes doing so great! I don't even have to plug her nose for her when we walk by Starbucks anymore! (; #progress
Greatest news: *Drum roll* HNA SANDISON AND I DIDN'T GET TRANSFERRED
-which is such a blessing not only because we love each other but also because we have got a lot of things to do!
|Goodbye party for Elder Gandarillas (assistant) He is awesome!!!|
|Last picture with the district!|
NOOOOO we never ever wanted to break up with Jaco! He was THE BEST. Such a fun person to teach. But the time came... the relationship wasn't progressing, we had less and less things in common, our goals were different... "It's not you Jaco, It's me." Just kidding it was all you Jaco! 5 Sundays in a row he committed to coming to church, we did everything we could, and he let us down every. single. time. So we visited him one last time and let him know that he was always invited to come to church but that we wouldn't be visiting him anymore. With all humor aside it was actually heart-breaking. I turned to Hermana Sandison and saw tears streaming down her face. We love our investigators and we want what's best for them! But sometimes it just isn't their time. "We do not preach and teach in order to "bring people into the church" or to increase the membership of the church. We do not preach and teach to persuade people to live better lives .... We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance and baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of God. No one else can do this." And that was it, our mission with Jaco was finished. I have all the confidence in the world that one day, when his hair turns gray, he will end up taking missionary lessons from our children (: My hope and prayer.
Con mucho amor,
|2 of our investigators that came to watch the baptism|
|We love Hermana Orlenka! (She was just called to be a mini missionary)|
|Hermana Sandison's shortcuts... For the beauty of the earth?|
|We found Hermana McRae!! (she's been 6 hours away in Tumbes for almost A YEAR) We were beginning to think that she was a myth or a legend. We love her!!!|
|About ready to pierce us with its horns|
|Ready to charge...Torro!!! (like in Spain)|
|This picture does not show how massive this bull was...|