And what a surprise! (: Today is an additional pday because we are going to the temple in Trujillo!! :D I am so anxious and happy to be going to the temple.
What has happened over the last 4 days has been indescribable. I had left Guadalupe with one goal in mind--to gain the trust, learn to love, and serve the members of my next area the moment I got there. After meeting my companion, Hermana Bronson, in Trujillo, we took a taxi (passing the TEMPLE :) and arrived in a beach town called Huanchaco. It's PARADISE. I almost felt like I was on vacation when we walked past the stores, restaurants, and hotels that line the beach front. The weather is amazing too--for the first time I have to use a sweater at night! :)
Hermana Bronson lives in Parker, Colorado but lived in Burley, Idaho for the first 12 year of her life! We are 100% bonding over all things Idaho. I dont think I have laughed more than I have before in these last 4 days. She is the greatest dose of a new missionary ever (she's got 4 months here) and we have seen nothing but miracles in Huanchaco in such a short time. We have been visiting members and have gained the trust of every single one, and last night was the most amazing lesson ever. We visited a couple who have had marriage problems and decided to accept the sister missionaries to their home to possibly fix the difficulties. Hermana Bronson said that the wife was too content with her life but her husband was a little more open to the gospel. We taught about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the type of lifestyle Christ asks us to live. We both taught with such simplicity and power, and our pensionista accompanied us and taught one of the most spiritually powered accounts of the 1st vision I have ever heard. I looked at the couple's eyes nearly the whole time and they fed upon every word we said. When we invited them to be baptized, they faithfully accepted, although the husband, Gerardo, wants to know how this works with many other religions. He said "I don't doubt what you have said, but I want to know if this is true since all of the religions says that they are true. They have good things but I don't know if all of it is good." Gerardo and his wife committed to praying and reading about the BOM and the church to know if it is true. AH! I can't describe how great it was.
Anyways, I read some of the more sappier love verses in the Bible in preparation for some families that have marital issues this week. I remembered the verse that I heard in the Work and the Glory movies, and couldn't help but swoon at the celestial love that John expresses in his second epistle:
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
My favorite part: "And THIS is love, that WE walk after his commandments." Sorry I don't have time to expound, but I just have to point out that this type of love is the kind that lasts forever. Hope you all enjoy the scripture! (:
P.S. This is my companion, Hermana Bronson--below is a picture she drew to welcome me to