Rain or Shine, We’re Missionaries!

Hi everybody!

I hope you´re all doing well. The weeks are starting to go by a lot quicker now, and I`m not sure if that´s a good thing or a bad thing.
Last Monday we had a zone activity to a waterfall, Cuimata, and oh my gosh it was sooooooo beautiful! And a TON of fun. Hna. Knighton and I pinky promised to return one day. I took so many pictures and I genuinely hope every single one of you get to go there one day, it was a dream. We also all got a little bit of the feels to go swimming, but the closest anyone got to that was Hna. Bustamante who decided to soak her hair in order to cool off.
After the activity we went out proselyting, and literally no one was home and our appointments fell through. It was super discouraging, but then a bird pooped on my skirt and Hna. Knighton and I just had to laugh because of the irony. The tender mercy was that the bird only `pooped on my skirt and not my head, woohoo!
It´s been raining so much here in Tarija. We were managing to go out unscathed, but the other day we got totally soaked and had no coats or umbrellas or nada, and had to wade through some ankle deep mud. All in all it was pretty fun, though, and fairly refreshing. On this particular day, we happened to walk part one of our investigadors, Sandr (married to recent convert Rossio), and he happened to be in booty shorts, running around doing errands! Hna. Knighton and I just about died. And then he saw us and was super excited, told us to beware Negrita (their dog) ,and then Negrita jumped onto Hna. Knighton, smearing mud all over her white blouse. We had to go home and change.
We had a lesson with Igor again, this time with Wipi, a returned missionary in the ward who LOVES to give waska (Quechuan word for “chastisement” accompanied by a swooping motion of the hand). He talked for a full two and half hours while we were there, and eventually we just had to leave because we wer going to miss our curfew. Later we found out that he ended up leaving at 11:30 at night…..yikes! That´s some hardcore waska. And then at 4:38 in the morning we get a text out of the blue from Igor saying he loves us, have a nice day, and he´ll see us at church on Sunday. We´re pretty sure he was drunk, and no, he did not come to church, but we did see him Sunday! He´s studing the doctrine, but Hna. Knighton and I have decided that we need to stop visiting them for a little bit because we´re just too casual with them and he needs to really study and pray. It´s kind of sad, but at the same time we really feel like he needs this and that it will be for his good.
Fabiola is a new investigator of ours, I believe I mentioned her last week or the week before. We had a really lovely lesson with her again this week, and even though her family lives in complete poverty, she gave us grapes and this other cool unique fruit. She´s so lovely. She told us at this lesson though that her 15 year old sister had been missing for two days, and they didn´t know where she was. When she came with us to church on Sunday (Yay!), she told us that they had found her. As it turns out, her sister had been incredibly drunk and passed out on the streets. For two. Days. And she´s only 15. That absolutely breaks my heart. However, Fabiola really enjoyed Sacrament and wants to return next week and stay the whole three hours, so hooray!
Saturday we met this awesome couple, Javier and Mabel! The Elders contacted them and gave us their reference. As it turns out, Javier is a taxi driver and he ended up driving the Elders one day. He recognized them because he had just recently seen The Other Side of Heaven, so thank you Disney for helping us get new investigators! Mabel is his girlfriend, they´re planning to get married in March. She is genuinely looking for the truth, and when we asked her if she has questions for us, she just told us “I just really want to learn more.” Well, perfect! Because we want to help you learn more! She´s been doing a bit of a religion hopping, trying to find what is true, and I´m just so thankful for the opportunity to help her. We´re also going to be teaching her English, so that ought to be interesting!
Whenever Hna. Knighton and I are having a hard day, Heavenly Father always sends us a sweet dog or a puppy. Yesterday, we literally had no appointments and had contacted just about everybody in our agenda before the day was halfway through, and we really didn´t know what to do. We´d been walking around the same street for three hours, but right after we made new plans for where to go, we saw the absolute smallest, cutest, most adorable puppy EVER. And the owners let us hold her. My soul sang with utter delight. Tender mercies indeed.
Thank you everybody for your love and support! I hope to hear from you all soon!
Hermana Ius

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