first of all, we had FOUR investigators attend church and stay for all three hours. this never happens!! miracles are so real!!! also, some really cool, less-active members are starting to attend again. the work is rolling along! and, we started teaching seven new investigators this week, in addition to setting a baptismal date for the 9th of april! the baptism will be bruce, the little boy who's 11-years-old. he is so funny (reminds me of you, ry-guy), and he's so excited; last night he told us the exact number of days until his baptism. :)
we made a cake with hermana lupe!!
in other exciting news, we went on some adventures this week searching for "unknowns" in our area!! we used a list from lima of members the church needs updated information on; for example, where they live, if they've passed away, or anything else we can learn about them to update their records. so, we walked around for three hours trying to find some of these people. many had already died and several had moved, but there are TWO who are still here in our area!!! which gives us a couple of golden opportunities!!!
#stpatricksday fridge decoration on point
two of our NEW investigators, celica and leti, are from the "pueblos" (villages) and live in the city (iquitos) because they're working together as maids in a suuuper nice house. they're both very slow learners, and it's hard for them to remember what we say. but celica, who's 21, told us she feels like what we're teaching is true!! it's so incredible to teach the gospel in such simple terms, but it also requires every ounce of patience that i have. i think i actually prefer doing it this way, though; it helps me see the beauty and simplicity of the gospel message.
a little closer to the original apple nachos!
More from this week's message to Hermana Wood's youngest brother:
hey, goober!! whoa, your green st. patrick's day breakfast looks so good! i don't remember what i ate for breakfast that thursday, but i think it was this rice tortilla andra makes (which is basically a bunch of rice mashed together and fried). i'm pretty sure you'd love it. :) congrats to mckay on the shrek performance; i hope someone filmed that, because i want to watch his musical when i get back!!
guess what? this week we got a text from our zone leaders at 10:28pm (we have to be asleep by 10:30pm, so we were already in bed) saying that we had to be at the mission offices at 5am the next morning to do exercise as a zone. WHAAAAAAAT, NOOOOOOO!!!! oh man, we were so tired that day. my companion barely got up and out of bed. but, i actually had a lot of energy the rest of the day, so it was good!! i slept like a rock that night, though. :)
Answer to this week's questions from Hermana Wood's dad:
1. Will you be needing more contact lenses?
2. Does it ever get cool? Are you always hot?
3. Do you take showers both morning and night?
4. How often do you eat fish?
5. Do they have any strange fruits you've never heard of or seen before?
1. i recently counted my contact lenses, and i have enough even if i decide to extend my mission to next march!!
2. i'm always hot!! haha, always sweating. there is no hot and cold in iquitos; there's only sweltering and less sweltering.
3. i wish i could shower morning and night, but the water is so loaded with chemicals here in the city that i only shower in the morning (which is what nurse hermana alberta recommended). also, i know of at least one sister who got a skin fungus because she showered too much. it's awful for my hair, though; i have about 50% of the hair i came with, because it all falls out. :)
4. i eat fish a couple of times a week!! it's all from the amazon river and all tastes the same.
5. yeah, there's maricuja, aguaje, camu camu, grandilla, and lots more. they're all super good and make some awesome juices!!