We've been doing a lot to help Hermana Stull get home tomorrow! Between saying goodbye to old wards, treking it out to central Lima for immigration, and final interviews with President, we've been kind of all over the place this week. Not a ton of time to work, which is scary. Because Hermana Santos and I will be all by ourselves without a 'mom' starting now! I'm not sure if anyone really has a lot of confidence in us newbies, but our bishop is really supportive. And he served in Texas on his mission, so he still remembers a lot of English. Pray hard for us!
This week we had a phenomenal mission conference with Elder Uceda of the area 70. I can't even begin to explain everything that we learned. He focused a lot on the importance of obedience. Definitely a theme in every meeting we have. One thing that I thought was really interesting that he touched on was the importance of learning English as members of the church. Translations are almost perfect, but the real power of the gospel is in English. All of the Latinos have been challenged to read their scriptures in English. He got really passionate about it. He said he hasn't read his scriptures in Spanish in almost 20 years. When he talked, I pictured a Latino Elder Holland. He speaks with power.
I also had the opportunity to go to the baptism of Ninfa, the grandma of familia Diestra. President gave me permission since I helped get her to her baptismal date. It felt like home to be back in Violetas. It's hard to be away from them. The service was really sweet, and Ninfa is very happy to be all nice and clean. :)
We can definitely use all the prayers we can get right now. This week is gonna be rough! We have a lot of new responsibilties on our shoulders.