Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 43

June 6, 2016

So, the moment you have all been waiting for....I didn't get transferred!  hahaha!
Three transfers in Shilcayo with Hna Velazquez! I guess these transfers were the time of not changing anyone because only one companionship in my zone had transfers!!! and there are four companionships that have been together three transfers now.

My Zone!

The Elders wanted us to pose as Special Forces ... not sure why?  

Anyways so Shilcayo is pretty awesome ... this week was elections again! Last time, they narrowed it down to two candidates and yesterday they decided between the two. So there wasn't church again yesterday :(

The new president of Peru is... PPK! I have no idea what his real name is, but everyone calls him PPK and I don't even know why hahaha.
This week we had a really cool miracle... in the branch directory there was a couple named Felipe and Sara and we decided to go looking for them the other day.  Their address didn't exist and the the people in the neighborhood didn't know them, so we gave up looking for them since we had no way to find them! Then this past week we walked past a man with his little daughter and Hna Velazquez felt like we should contact him, so we did. We started talking to him and he told us that a long time ago he attended church there. Then I felt like I should ask if he was baptized in this church, which we usually never do in contacts, but we asked and he said yes! So we asked him his name and he said Felipe! How crazy is that! So he gave us his new address and we´ve started visiting them! They were baptized a looooong time ago, maybe 10 years ago when the Elders came to visit them. They were baptized the same day that the Elder that found them was transferred, They felt pretty discouraged and they just stopped coming. Now they have three kids and are raising their niece who vaguely remember church and have never been baptized! The second time we visited them, we came in and their kids said "This week, we´re going to go to church!" without us asking them! Of course, then we had to explain that there is no church this week because of the elections, and they'd have to wait a week hahaha!  We feel really blessed that we found them.  

We have been working really hard with a recent convert of two years named Yetty, who is the only member in her family and recently hasn't really been coming to church. We don't really know what's going on with her, but she always accepts us and loves our visits! We have asked her for referrals all the time, but she always says she doesn't know anyone.  So we invited her to pray to know who we should share the gospel with, and she said she would. This week we went to visit her and she said that she thought of a lady that lives nearby and she used to visit with the previous missionaries.. so we went and contacted this lady named Rosa Mary and she is super cool! She and her husband are looking for a religion to dedicate themselves too, so we´re super stoked to start working with them. As we left, Yetty told us about more people nearby that she knew! She ended up giving us a ton of references that have tons of promise!! It totally animated her to share the gospel more and she says she'll come to church with us this Sunday! That was a miracle! So all of you who say you don't know anyone to share the gospel with when the missionaries come over.. pray about it! and someone cool will come to your mind :)

This week I was reading a conference talk by Dieter F Uchtdorf and I really liked something he said... "Many of the things you can count, do not count. Many of the things you cannot count, really do count". I think that is a great way to live life.  Many times we stress about what other people think or see about us, but it is exactly that kind of thing that does not count. What really does count is things like how much we love and help one another. I would challenge all of you to try and do something to serve a friend or family member this week, and you will really feel a whole lot better :)

Love you all!!
Hermana Gurney

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