Sunday, March 6, 2016

Swan dives and talking with parents

Funny story of the week:
Tuesday Idk why but my balance and mental connection with my body was soo off. Rebecca, Ariela, and Keirra will remember something similar that happened at girls camp a while ago. But Tuesday morning we went running and well there are a lot of rocks in Peru and I guess I was too lazy in lifting up my feet (sorry Dad) and I took a swan dive into the Peruvian dirt. I totally ate it hahah and the best part is it was in front of an intersection so everyone praised me for my gracious fall with beautiful laughter and many funny Spanish words that Hna. Orellana said not to repeat. Well I left with a cut up hand, two bruised knees and dirt everywhere, but hey we didn't stop running after, out of embarrassment or endurance, well we've leave it there for you to decide . AHAHAH /: ahha 

Not too much luck with news again. I think we need to change up tactics or something because right now, knocking doors isnt working too well. Or maybe we are knocking in the wrong areas. But we had a beautiful miracle this week. 

Angie is our investigator. First of all you should know she is a 17 girl who is very 

timid and shy and more the type to stay at home than go out. So her oringal

 baptismal date was for the 20 of February but kept getting pushed back because 

we needed to talk to her parents and they were always busy. Well. 

Tuesday night we finally did it and it was the first time for me and Hna. Orellana. 

We both walked in the house super nervous but we were respectful and kind and 

so the Mom started to tell us of how her mom had been mormon and her brother 

and that she at one point had been close to baptism but in the end didn't get 

baptized . She said she wanted Angie to wait to be baptized at least until the end 

March maybe April because Angie would be going to the University and

 seeing different things she might leave behind the church and she can't make a 

commitment like baptism and then leave it behind. Well we listened kindy and 

then we explained a little bit of what a baptism really means and how to know if 

you should be baptized, by asking God and that that was exactly what Angie had


Angie then tesitfied, beginning with her story of before with her Grandma and how 

she went to church with her, and then how when she died it left her very alone 

and how the gospel had filled that hole. Angie testified that she knew it because 

she had received her answer, true and clear and she knew it was the path she 

should take. She said that she was determined to follow Christ and obey all of His 

commandments, even when she entered into the University. So it wouldnt make a 

difference between being baptized now and one or two months from now. We 

were stunned as we listened as she testified with power to her parents.We knew 

that the witness she had received from the Holy Ghost and her acts of faith is 

what moved her to such firmness of testimony. Well we discussed, they thought, 

and Angie put the date as March 5. Well the parents would speak, ask a couple 

questions, look at each other and they speak some more. The whole time I was 

just praying that God would touch their hearts and in one moment Angie spoke of 

following the example of Christ and the example of her Granmother. Her 

grandmother is well spoken of in Paita as a woman of much faith and many 

people have been moved to tears speaking of her. Well when Angie said this, 

both her and her mother had tears filled in their eyes. The Spirit was so strong. (:  

Well the next day we received the answer that yes Angie could be baptized the 

5th!!!!! WHOOO!!!!!!!!!

So we are thrilled. Even though transfers are this week we are just enjoying our 

time together and working hard. Im excited and nervous to see what this transfer 

brings but I trust the Lord.

Spiritual Thought:

Sometimes we get discuraged in this life but to whomever is feeling a little down, 

a little too habitual or over worked, remember this. God loves you SO MUCH that 

He sent His son, His perfect son to die and suffer and go below all things, so He 

could lift us up. And there is no large price, no gigantic sacrifice required. You can 

just start with a prayer and immediately the Atonement of Chrsit can take action to 

bless you, strengthen you and give you life. Dont ever forget His love. It is the 

ONLY reason we have hope, a beautiful hope that makes a anchor to happiness 

and joy. So lift up your heart and rejoice, The Lord has come. (:

I love and miss you all

Hermana Tanuvasa

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