Monday, March 23, 2015

Fwd: Valencia Fallas

Hola familia y amigos!!

Valencia does this crazy thing called ¨Fallas¨. I really don´t understand it. But there´s fireworks going off all the time, bands playing in the streets, churro stands on every corner and big muñecas (statues/figures) in the streets that apparently are going to be set on fire on the last day. I still do not know what the point of Fallas is but it´s pretty fun! 

We had 6 investigators at church this week! It was awesome. I wish you could feel the Spirit in the room during gospel principles. The teacher, our mission leader, Victor from Nigeria, is so strong and has such an amazing testimony. He does so much for the missionary work here. The investigators were asking really good questions, and there were so many of them present, and the cr were helping too, ah, it was so amazing. 

Hna Lamoreaux and I after church realized that we just needed 1 more new investigator and 1 more member present lesson to hit pautas (goals)! I had prayed earlier that morning and then again before we left that we would find a new investigator. I was thinking it would take a special circumstance to get a new because it was already 7pm and we were about to visit an investigator, not much time to contact. On our way to that lesson though, someone in the street asked us for directions and we started talking to him. He was SUPER nice, probably the nicest and most humble person I´ve talked to in the street. We testified and set up another appt (we´re soooo sad he´s not in our area) but he was the New we needed!! And then after the lesson with the investigator (not a mbr present) we ran to a recent convert Matilde, who´s ¨son¨is not a member and we were going to try to get our last member present that way. But he wasn´t there!! I was so sad! Before we got there we tried calling a bunch of members to see if they could come with us last minute but nobody could, for backups. So we sat and had a lesson and prayed with Matilde. After we said the closing prayer David came home!! So we had a member present and shared pretty much the same lesson again and then prayed with him! We hit pautas for the first time!! 

I love Hermana Lamoreaux so much. I can count on her to back me up when we are contacting and in lessons, it´s the best. Last night after we hit pautas, we decided to go visit a MA with our last 40 minutes. He wasn´t there (or probably sleeping) but we had passed some girls on a bench on the way there, and I told my companioin that I wanted to go contact them. So we walked back over to them. They are 20 and 22 and really funny. Have no religious background at all but they accepted the pamphlet, and a return visit and we prayed with them. It was really awesome. So we got two more new investigators! I love that God puts people in our path that we can talk to, we just have to have the discernment and faith to do it!

Some funny things;
- because of fallas, everyone is getting drunk and partying. well we got on the metro to go to church Sunday morning and there was throw up all over the metro. and then there were these two drunk guys pushing eachother around and security came. exciting.
- this week everyone wanted to feed us when I was NOT hungry. and they always give us meat and I have to force it down.
- we celebrated pi day in our piso. we made a pudding pie and a boxed cheesecake and then ate it. so fun.
- rafael (blessing´s husband) rode his bike to church in his white suit. what a champ!!

I love you all, love your emails, think about you often and can´t wait to Skype you for Mother´s Day!! (Literally I´m counting down the days) 

Also you guys should ask me questions so I can know what to write to you about. 

Con amor,
Hermana Birch

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