Monday, May 18, 2015

Crazy Week

Where do I start? I got to skype my family on Monday! That was pretty amazing! I love them so much and I have grown to know the importance of families more and more here on this mission. Families really can be together FOREVER and how wonderful that I get to share the eternity with such amazing people!
Okay a few stories...
Story 1:
This week we had kind of an amazing experience. It was late and we went to an appointment super far and up on a hill. Usually this late at night is supposed to be dangerous... I guess... that's just what people say but we´ve never experienced anything. After the appointment, we decided to walk to our next appointment which was about 2 miles away because we had lots of extra time.(at this point it was about 7:45) We started walking down the hill and I noticed a man walking behind us wearing a vest. I just ignored it and kept walking. We turned a corner and he went straight to go talk to a woman so we just continued. It was when we rounded the next corner that out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that he was still behind us walking at the same distance. I ignored it at first but then after about 15 minutes and him still walking right behind us, I asked my companion if she thought it was fishy and she said that she hadn't noticed. So, I just ignored it thinking that maybe he was a police officer with his vest and he was watching us because it was dangerous or something. I had no idea. I never once felt in danger though. Another couple of minutes and he was still following us. We arrive to our destination and slow down to see what he does. He slows down too and looks at us. He then asked us if we were the sisters so we said yes. He then told us that someone had been robbing him so he got away and jumped on a bus. He went all the way to the end of the route with the men following him and he saw us so he got off his bus and decided to walk with us knowing somehow that we would protect him. He followed us all of the way until we stopped and then asked us if we would escort him to the corner so he could get home safely. What faith?? Things like this remind me that I really am a representative of Jesus Christ and it makes me not worry of the things that will happen because I know that my Father in Heaven is watching over me and all of the people around us.
Story 2:
Do you all remember Casi?? The 76 year old woman who only spoke quechua that we recently baptized? Well we´ve been visiting her and lately she has picked up the desire to read in spanish! So we come over with our paper, pen, and Book of Mormon. She can read the front cover of the Book of Mormon and everytime we come, she understands more and more of spanish. What a miracle??? She is always on time to church and her desire to learn is like no other that I have ever seen, despite her age, her speaking abilities, and any of her other circumstances. She truly makes me open my eyes and want to try harder every day.
Story 3:
Last one,
Baptism!!! How amazing is it to witness two young sisters come unto Christ through baptism. Truly warms my heart and helps me realize the love that Heavenly Father has for them. Both of these girls have been coming to church their whole lives but they have just recently been baptized. I can see the Lord's love for them. I am so sure that he is so happy with them and the choices that they have made. They have such strong testimonies and they truly understand their purpose. It is just so amazing.
The other baptism was a little 8 year old girl. Her name is Allyson. She is SOOOO cute and I wish I could just take her around with me everyday. Before she gets baptized, she looks at Elder George and she goes "your hands are HUGE"!!! so funny.  Then, when it's time for her to be baptized she gets in the water and loves it. (the water was super warm and usually it is FREEZING) The kid baptizing her grabs her hand and she freaks out because it's wet and rubs it on his chest, ahhhaha  then after she's baptized, we tell her to get out of the water and she won't because its so warm. We tried to drag her and it was so funny.  Children are so innocent and so close to Christ. She is the most adorable girl in the world and it makes me so happy to see that her and the two other girls made those decisions for themselves to come unto Christ.
I love the Gospel with all of my heart and I thank the Lord for all of my blessings! I can't wait for the day when I stand with Him and shout for joy for all of the people who chose to come unto him.
I love you all and I only hope happiness and joy for you all.
-Hermana Wattles

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