Monday, April 20, 2015

Week of walking and miracles!!

Hola everyone!
Sorry I couldn't write last week! I had to go to Immigrations with a bunch of other gringos to get our stuff all finalized so I can live here! WOT! I've got a sweet Peruvian ID card now. Buuuuuut we sat in room after room after room for like 9 hours. There goes my P-day. It was actually pretty fun though to, well, speak English like all day :) and to get to know some of the other missionaries in my mission!
As for this week.... SO MUCH WALKING!!!! Holy cow! We were back and forth across our area every day all day! But it was great. It's slowly getting colder because here, its winter! It's still SO HOT during the day (I got sunburned on Wednesday and everyone is like 'why is your face red?' its actually pretty funny) but at night Hermana Alsonso always complains that its too cold!!! ¿¡Que en el mundo?!
Now for some of our investigators! Sorry I've been so bad about telling you guys about them! But first we have this familia, Familia P, and its this couple with a little 3 year old. They LOVE hearing about the gospel, but they ask so many questions is CRAZY! They talk SO fast too so half the time I can only catch like a few words here and there! But they're great.
Next we have this guy named Juan (I'm pretty sure half the population of Peru is named either Juan or Jose, no joke). He is so good at read the Book of Mormon and coming to church, but says that God isn't answering any of his prayers. His baptism is this week and he says he'll get baptized only after he gets his answer. It's a bit tough because there is only so much we as missionaries can do for him! There comes a point where he has to decide, and we can only help him!
Other thing. So we have this system in Lima Oeste called 10 Maneras or 10 ways to find new investigators. Each week we have 10 specific things that we do to get into houses and teach. Singing hymns, offering service, stopping families on the street and making balloon animals for their kids (I'm a BOSS at making dogs), stuff like that. And our mission president has promised that if we diligently do these 10 things, we will baptize EVERY WEEK. So this week we worked hard at doing our 10 Maneras, but we only had 1 new investigator. ONE!!! All week! Everyone we talked to politely slammed their door in our faces. We were a bit more than disappointed. But here comes Sunday and we have one Manera left, and the minute we knocked on this door to share our last Manera (asking to share the "El Vive" video the church put out for Easter and if you haven't seen it go WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. But I don't know what its called in English!) and there was a HUGE family inside!! As we got to teach them and they want us to come back! Then for the rest of the night, we found new investigators. Not even joking. It was the greatest thing ever!
So diligent obedience really is the key to all success! I know that this Church is true and can change lives, because I've seen it here!! The book of Mormon was written by real prophets and contains the fullness of the Gospel of Christ! Christ Lives and is my rock (Helaman 5:12)!
Love you guys!
Hermana Stephenson

**Note from mom: The video Megan talks about above can be found on youtube and is called "HE LIVES"
p.s. I also cut my hair today!!!! its AMAZING cuse its so hot and I have no time to do it in the morning! My companion nearly had a heat attack. it was so funny.
BEFORE the haircut

AFTER the haircut

Hermana Alosno's heart attack during the haircut

me in all my white glory (the flash didn't help...) and our district!

 little Johan! The downs boy

Love his hugs!

The city at night

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