My new favorite color

ImageImageThis week I figured out that filling stuff is really fun. And you guys wanna know what’s especially fun to fill? Fonts. Baptismal fonts! Woooo!!! 

So yeah we had a baptism this week! FINALLY. Ahhhh que alegría tan grande. But really on Saturday afternoon when we turned the water on to fill the font I was seriously squealing and giddy like a little girl. The guy that got baptized is a true convert, let me tell you. At the end of my first couple transfers, I was convinced that the so called “golden” investigator did not exist. We were teaching a million people and in so many of the first visits a lot of them said they wanted to get baptized and you guys know I’ve told you before about a few people that we worked with for a long time but there was always SOMETHING that had to happen. I remember being so excited when we were supposed to have our first baptism and the same day of her interview she decided she didn’t want to anymore. Oh and Jazmin the most adorable girl who always comes to church but in the end her stepdad who’s Catholic was super opposed to her getting baptized and in the end her mom said no too because she didn’t want problems with him. And so many people that literally just disappear…. but wow Jose Luis really is gold. A true gift for us. His wife is a member and they recently moved into our ward and the timing just so perfectly happened that when they moved he decided he wanted to start going to church with her and well long story short we met them at church, went and visited him that week, and two weeks later he was wearing white in the water! He really is so special. It was kind of adorable in every lesson he likes to take notes and when we read scriptures he writes the references down. And we kind of laugh about this but after we explain a principle or something, he always says “Amen, hermanitas.” Ahhh we really love him and his wife so much they are so adorable. After the ordinance he bore his testimony and cried. And his wife (who got baptized like 3 years ago) bore her testimony too and said how excited she was because she was finally going to have a priesthood holder in her home. 
Yesterday we got to go to Hermana Sagastegui’s old area because a family she had been teaching got baptized too. I didn’t even know them but it was still such a special spirit to see a whole family get baptized…wow. When I saw Jose Luis and the next day this family come out in their white clothes it was like my insides just got filled with happiness. Forget purple, white is so my favorite color. Everybody looks good in white. Each time I heard the part when the person baptizing them said “being commissioned of Jesus Christ,” WOW I felt this huge chill and just knew in that moment that this is definitely HIS Church. I hope I get a chance to teach a family like them someday….the sad thing is that there really aren’t that many whole families in these parts…everybody is divorced or or separated or never knew one of their parents and much more drama…makes me grateful to know I’m part of a family that’s eternal. 
Oh good news, I’m officially legal in Peru! I had to go to the migrations office this week and spend hours basically just sitting and waiting so they could take my picture and fingerprints and give me a little ID that means I can stay. I had a small hope of seeing Paige Child because there were some missionaries from the MTC there but I wasn’t that lucky. 
Many more adventures coming next week….but these are the most important ones for now. Love you all!
-Hermana V
PS. I wasn’t kidding when I said read the Book of Mormon. Seriously…oh my gosh but really I don’t know how I grew up in the Church for 19 years and I’m just now realizing how amazing it is. 

I speeks Ingleesh

Bueno, querida familia, tengo que decirles que mi inglés ha malogrado entonces ya no voy a poder escribirles en la idioma de mi pais. Pero los que no hablan castellano pueden pedir a mis padres que traduzcan las cartas desde ahora.

BROMA. I can still speak English…it just feels unnatural! Hehe. Actually something that really bugs me is when people speak English to me. Unless its another missionary. And it bothers me less when members will say English phrases to me or call me “sister” instead of hermana because I know most of them just want to practice, but when were walking through the street and pass by and somebody says “hello booteful” or some other remark it irks me just a bit. Oh except the other day when a whole family was walking down the same street as us on the other side and they were all speaking English to each other….I was like “woaaahhh! I wonder what theyre doing here!” Haha it was kind of funny. It would be so awesome to have a Best Two Years type of experience where I find someone in Peru from America and have to teach them the gospel in English…except I think it would be hard cause now I only know those words in Spanish. 
Well anyway I have to tell you about yesterday! It was a great day for several reasons. Apparently there was some kind of memo that went around the ward and it was Bring Your Friends to Church Day in Barrio Salamanca….actually its been Bring Your Friends to Church Month and well yeah you guys can just imagine why that would make a missionary happy. We have a ton of new investigators and its the best when we find them at church because well first of all theyre already interested and second they already have a friend to come with! This is only one of the reasons I love Salamanca. But really Im going to cry when I have to leave.
Speaking of leaving, we had transfers this week! And I am still here, felizmente. But I have a new companion. Hermana Sagastegui from Trujillo, Peru. We had to warm up to each other but I can tell you now that we are going to be friends. Like, it might be hard to go to bed on time and not stay up talking all night! Just kidding. We are going to be way too tired to not sleep because weve got tons of work to do and are both really excited about it. Shes been out on her mission for 14 months now so shes just a taaaad bit trunky…but its okay. She loves David Archuleta, and lucky for us hes Mormon and has some songs we can listen to! Weve been listening to Christmas music from when he sang with MoTab. But Im excited to be learning a lot from all the experiences shes had. Salamanca is a change for her cause shes been in all the pituca ($$) areas of the mission and hasnt had to teach so many people who live together but arent married. Its been kind of funny on our way to every appointment the first few days or when Id tell her about some of our investigators she would look at me and say “Oh, dont tell me they con viven too…” and if I said no shed say “Yay, un milagro!” Haha. 
Anyway back to yesterday. Another reason it was great it because they called a new ward mission leader. The one we had before did absolutely nothing, like I didnt even know him. But this new hermano is super stoked to help us with missionary work and of course we are stoked to have him!
Also, I got a letter from HERMANA PEARSON. The first one from Argentina. Enough said.
Okay and maybe this next one shouldnt be a reason yesterday was “great,” but it was funny. We decided to move things around in the room a bit last night and decided to put the water dispenser on top of the dresser because before it was just sitting on the floor. Well when I went to put a new, FULL jug of water in, I dropped it and it broke and flooded almost the whole room. It was silent for a second and then we just started LAUGHING….then spent a good amount of the night cleaning up. But it reminded me of a time Papa Murphys flooded one night because the drain to the dishwashing sink broke. 
So I wanna tell you a couple stories. We are teaching a 17 year old boy named Ever. Hes the nephew of a member. Weve been teaching him for quite a while, and it has taken him a long time to warm up to us. Like he seriously didnt talk at all in the first few lessons. It was rough. But he is awesome and really wants to learn. We just have to move really patient and slow with him. But I wanted to tell you about him because when we started teaching him, he really didnt know that much about Jesus Christ. Like who He is or what He did. And I just realized the other day at the end our lesson what a privilege it is to be able to teach him about who his Savior is! I mean I guess Im pretty lucky to have known about Jesus since my Primary days. But I dont think I realized before the mission just how important He really is in our lives. And thats a blessing of having the job of inviting others to come unto Him. Its the best job there is. I studied the phrase “come unto Christ” the other day and learned a ton but one thought I had was why do we use the word “come” Well Id like to say we come to Christ because he is waiting to receive us. 
So the truth is, without Hermana Sassetti Ive been a tad bit lost in our area. I always just followed her so even after 3 months I dont know this place as well as I should. And the truth is, there are parts of the area Ive never even been to because its so big. But anyway we were lost the other day looking for a members house in one of these parts. We couldnt find it and decided to just try and find our way back and as we were walking a woman ran up to us and said “Hermanas! Where is the church here” (question mark key doesnt work…) and turns out she was a less active member who moved a few months ago and has been wanting to come to church but she didnt know anyone here or where to look for it. She asked us to please come visit her and help her come back. And to teach her husband who isnt a member. It was a simple but cool moment because we just thought we were lost not that we were following the Spirit but clearly Heavenly Father had a plan! 
Also, Yanet. She is so awesome. She has such a great testimony but is just waiting to get baptized because she hasnt been able to come to church because of work but is trying so hard to get her schedule changed, and is working really hard to get married too. She lives in a hotel with her 3 year old son Carlitos who is quite a…..handful. Makes it a little hard to teach sometimes. The other day we went over for an appointment and it was hectic because literally minutes before Carlos had flushed her glasses down the toilet and she wasnt going to able work the next day and a bunch of other stuff. But she still wanted us to teach what we had planned. At the end when she prayed, she thanked Heavenly Father for the wonderful day shed had and for blessing her with the missionaries. Her prayers always humble me because she is always thankful and is just glad that we come. 
Oh yeah so other funny moment that I have to explain from the picture. Last Monday we went to this place called Gamarra which is kind of like the Canal St of Peru but even crazier with even more people and the stuff is even more cheap. Needless to say, I loved it. But yeah this guy came up to us and handed us these little flyers…it says “clothes for Christian women….SKIRTS and much more!” Ok just kidding the pictures wont upload so some of these stories may make less sense and be less funny. Next week. 
I have a few more laughs to share with you but I will have to save them for next week too. 
But OH YEAH before I forget I have to tell you guys what may or may not be the best thing Ive learned on my mission so far. I have figured out the secret to fasting. On what we knew (or had a strong feeling rather) would be our second to last day together, Hermana Sassetti and I had a lesson with our favorite investigator. He is so ready to be baptized but kept telling us he wanted to “fix some personal things” before and that we were just going to have to wait. Well that day we finally found out what those “things” were and its what we call a pregunta 4. But Hermana Sassetti and I really love him and his girlfriend (who is a member) sooo much and so when we left we decided that we were going to fast for him because he really wants to get baptized. And every time I thought, “oh man Im so hungry, or so thirsty, or how many hours until I get to eat again” I instead thought of why I was fasting. And wow, that is the trick! If you remember your purpose instead of your hunger it is so much easier. I know fast Sunday was yesterday but maybe its something you can apply next month. 🙂
And with that I must leave you until next Pday. God be with you until then! 😉 Oh yeah and the Book of Mormon is true. And amazing. Read it. I dare you.
Looooooooove from Lima
Hermanita Villarini