So you should all be dying to know what happened last Monday night when they called for transfers….I’m still in Alameda….but Hermana Mack is not. Not to be dramatic or anything but there was some wailing and gnashing of teeth. Haha just kidding only a couple of tears but it’s okay cause she got sent to zona Surco which is the promised land of the mission. (Supposedly it’s just like the States) Someday I will go there. My new companion is Hermana Avendaño from La Paz, Bolivia. And she’s a super sweetheart. And she likes to practice English so that’s fun too because she’s actually really good at it. It will be a happy 4 weeks with her. (This transfer is going to be short because of the president change.) Oh something else interesting, Hermana Bledsoe was her trainer. Hermana Bledsoe also trained Hermana Sassetti who was my trainer…and she has been in both Salamanca and Alameda so in the next couple transfers be waiting to hear that she’s my companion haha.
Last Monday I went to Gamarra with Hermana Mack. I’ve told you guys about that place before right? It’s kinda like going shopping in NY but way more people and way dirtier and just a ton a ton a ton of cheaaap CLOTHES everywhere. It was fun and I was able to get some new skirts. Yipee!!!
I figured out why we’re not allowed to hold babies. It’s because it would make the sister missionaries suuuper trunky haha. We visited a family this week that has the most adorable baby girl and I just wanted her so bad! The good news is that this week I learned how to fry an egg too so when I do get home and it’s time for that stuff I will oficially be ready to get married. Hehe.
I have never done exchanges my whole mission but this week I got to do them twice for different reasons so that was kind of fun! One time was because an hermana from the other companionship in Alameda was sick so my companion stayed with her and her companion came with me to the correlation meeting. Another time was so that I could escape from an appointment with an investigator who is kind of in love with me. He comes to church and is super involved in the ward but we’re gonna wait to see if he’ll get baptized once I’m not here anymore. Most awkward moments of my life.
Proud parent moments of the week – Eduardo came with us to an appointment and helped us teach. When we passed by his house to get him he made us wait so he could change then came out in a shirt and tie with his Book of Mormon. Love that guy. Also, Aylin called us over at church yesterday to tell us that some of her friends came over and saw her Book of Mormon and pamplets and stuff and asked her some questions and she explained it to them and so they want to come to church now. She also wanted us to come over tonight to do a FHE at her house. I’m so proud of that girl. The last couple weeks she’s come to church alone but she’s there.
Keep on keeping on family, I love you all imense amounts. And seriously, email me some pictures of your lives please. For every picture that Sarah and Liz post on Instagram, I expect them to email one to me!
Love from Lima,
Hermana Bellarini (super shark moment of the week when above mentioned investigator called me that….)
Okay crazy week. We had four people pass baptismal interviews! And one of them got baptized….the other three didn’t just for scheduling problems so hopefully this Saturday. It was so funny though. We had three of the interviews planned for Thursday night and when we called our district leader to ask him if it was possible that he’d have time for one more he just gasped and was like “Are you guys serious?!” Haha so that’s our phrase now. Well the phrase is actually “DE VERDAD?!” but yeah you get it. 🙂
We find out about transfers tonight…keep Hermana Mack and I in your prayers because we both want to stay here so bad. I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks in Alameda! I swear every transfer goes faster and faster. I officially love Alameda just as much as I loved Salamanca which I never thought would be possible. But it’s cause I’m meant to be here. My other family lives in Peru.
We went to the temple this week and it was wonderful as the temple always is. But this time it was extra special because President came with us! Hermana Mack & I had a really cool chat with him in the celestial room. He is so awesome and we’re gonna miss him so much. I kind of expressed to him that I just want to be the perfect missionary so I get frustrated with myself sometimes but he said something I loved that I’ll pass on to you guys. It’s okay to not be perfect, Christ knows we aren’t. But we’re trying to be, so what matters to Him is that we’re clean and obedient.
Eduardo got baptized yesterday and it was so spiritual and awesome. A lot of people came and they were all reverent (which was not the case at our baptism last week.) Hermana Mack & I sang I Stand All Amazed in English. Before he stepped in the water I saw him say a little prayer and then when he shared his testimony after I just saw it that he is going to be such a great leader in the Church because he is SOLID. I love their whole family so much ahhh it was the best. It was so cool too because his brother, who got baptized a month ago with Hermana Mack and her old companion is the one who baptized him. When we first started teaching him he used to stay stuff like “yeah well in my church this, and in the church that I go to that,” but this week in one of our last lessons he said something about “our church.” I loved that.
Oh so before I go let me explain the subject line. There’s the really popular song that goes “Solo quiero darte un beso” which means “I just want to give you a kiss” but we’re changing the words to go like “Solo quiero darte un libro,” which is “I just want to give you a book.” It’s fun. Don’t worry Emily I will still be working on the rap!