Hola family & friends!

Posted by cameron and chelsea , Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:11 AM

que pasa calabaza!!!!! Hahah.. How are youuuuuu!? Haha I hope everyone is doing well! This week has been one of my greatest weeks and also one of the worst! It started on tuesday I got sick and that was rough because i have never felt that way ever before! But i was given a blessing Thursday by my stake president, and I kid you not, that night i was completely normal! Everything that was wrong with me was mejor!! I am so greatful for priesthood blessings!

So our contacting hasn`t been that great, and Hermana Luz hasnt been attending church so we have to push her baptism back until she has gone two more times. So our zone leaders are frustrated with us right now. Our numbers our terrible. But on saturday... my goodness, longest, hardest working day ever! We contacted 30 homes in the mountain region which took 4 hours. I was exhausted after that!! ( Good thing I had a cold Inca Kola!!! ) Then after that we had 4 lessons! It was so much work! Sooooo Sunday I was thinking it was only going to be me and Elder Lopez at church... NOPE!!! WE HAD 8 INVESTIGADORS COME TO CHURCH!!!! 8!!!!! My heart was just filled with joy watching they come to church!! And Hermano gonzalo, the man who lives like an hour away on the top of a Ginormous mountain and can barely walk came!!! I teared, not going to lie, i cant even imagine what it is like for him, his house.. well it really isnt even a house and he has a beautiful view from his house you can see over all the mountains, next time we backpack to his house I will take a picture! It takes us about 45 min to get to his house after we have all ready taken a taxi halfway up the mountain. Then the road stops and we have to hike. How he came to church... I have no clue, he has a terrible back and terrible pair of legs. Half of his left foot was cut off in an accident with a saw. We have only had 2 visits with him and one lesson, but he keeps telling us how he wants to be a member so badly! That baptism will be hard!! haha!! But he is so nice! And he knows Cacewan as well! 

After church we were suppose to go have cuy with a lady in our ward (Guinea Pig) because it was Huanaco independence day! But she was sick.. so we lucked out of that one!! But we didnt have anywhere to eat for lunch. But luckily there is a guy named Hermana Paul who just got back from his mission 3 years ago and he isnt married, and he has a lot of money... a lot!! He works for Toyota in Lima but he lives in Huanuco. He loves us! He wants to go to visits with us like every other night and he wants to buy us kfc and pizza hut! We have a mall here but missionaries arent allowed to go in, so he goes in and buys us food and we eat it at his house. So for lunch on sundayhe had bought 5 pizzas on saturday and then we just warmed them up on sunday! It was awesome!!!! Plus we had Inca Kola as well ( Obvio ). It was awesome!

Then after lunch we got a call.. Listen to this... this is just amazing.. So we get this call right? and it is this girl named Yadith. She is 21. 2 years ago she met with missionaries and then decided lds wasnt for her so she stopped, then on sunday she called us, We have never met or talked to her before and she called us and said Hey is this the missionaries? Can you come visit me? And I was just like uhhhhhh noooo, that is too weird, and this person probably wants to mug us! But we prayed about it and we decided to go and to be careful.We asked if we could talk to her outside her house, and she said it was fine. But all in all, she said she has been praying recently and she said that she needed to be baptized. She said the Gospel is true and she has repented of all her sins, and all she wants to do is be a member! So we taught her for a little bit and I asked her to get baptized on the 30th of August and she said yes!!! I got my first baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This week was so hard at first, and just when I wanted to say this is the worst it turns around and becomes one of the best weeks ever!!!! I am so grateful for this Gospel! Everything about it is just fantastic!!!! I realized even when I was sick... that i was given this trial to test my faith. I wanted to give up, i wanted to call it quits, I hated being sick.. But i testify to you this... That when you are given a hard trial, a hard time, the worst trial in your life... Never Give up!!!!!!! NEVER!! Because he is always there!! Always! He looked out for me the most when i needed him too, he answered my prayers, when i needed help, he helped me overcome this week.. But only when we keep pressing on with faith will he help us. Ben told me something before I left, when it is hard, just do it anyways. It will be hard, it will never be easy, because salvation was never easy for Christ! I love everyone! And I am so grateful for missionary work! Grateful for every person who has given time to serve the Lord! Thank you!! Jesus is awesome!! 

Love you all!!

With Llamas, 
Elder Thatcher

(p.s.) Thanks for the package mom! I should get it by next monday

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