Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First of all THANK YOU HIGHLAND 21ST WARD for the package. I loved it. It was such a surprise and I loved all the notes. 

Okay so this week started out really good but it ended up not so great. We started out spending all last Friday in the clinic with another Hermana and since we were going to be there all night I decided to have them look at me and get my intestine problems all figured out. I had had diarrhea for about two weeks and I was in a lot of pain. So they gave me some pills.  I hope that it was my first and last experience with the Peruvian doctors. They are about 20 years behind. It’s quite funny. 

During the week we were working hard every day. And running into roadblock after roadblock. But we kept doing pushing along doing good. This past Saturday we had two baptisms scheduled, so we worked hard with Dayvi and Nicole all week. And they were ready. 

So the time came for the baptism and Nicole entered the water to set an example for her brother, who was nervous. She came out of the water just glowing. It was awesome! Next was Dayvi and he had a fear of entering the water. Well after an hour of coaxing and trying to convince him. (Hermana Oleveros even entered the water, up to her waist- Haha). And Both Elder Elmer and Huaman trying - Dayvi was not baptized. It was really sad. Hermana Oliveros was pretty devastated. I was too, but I was trying to stay positive for the both of us. 

So the next step was Sunday, we needed Nicole at church, no matter what. We left extra early to help them, well basically wake them up and get them ready. We ended up knocking on their door for about 30 minutes. NOTHING. We went to church without them or any of our other investigators. It was tough. The rest of the day we couldn´t get in contact with any of our investigators. It was really hard. We haven´t even been able to contact Paula or José for over a week now. 

So let’s just say its been rough in Monserrat for the past week. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end. 

We are really good at inviting but our purpose from our mission president is to baptize!!!! Which is a great goal. But I have been in the field almost 12 weeks and Nothing. I haven´t seen any fruits of our labors. We invite and people want to listen, but it’s the desire to change and to want to repent that is so difficult. Any advice??

Pray for our area please!! We need to meet new people who want to change and want to repent. It’s been hard.

Thanks so much for your love and prayers. 
Love Hermana Sandstrom 

Awesome Peruvian stuff

Our district's gingerbread cookie making experience :)

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