Hola! My name is Rebecca Higham and I have been called to serve as a missionary for the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in the Bolivia Santa Cruz mission. I start my journey on May 19, 2015 when I report to the Peru MTC. My sweet mother will be posting my weekly letters and pictures so you can follow along with my adventure ❤

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Another Week In Paraiso

Hola familia! Como estan? Aaaaaaaand that's about it folks, you'd think that after being in Bolivia for a while now that I would start to learn more Spanish, but nope. Hahahaha chiste I know more Spanish than that, I just sound really really gringa when I talk hahahaha but people get a good laugh when I talk so at least I'm making people happy right? haha. So this last week was pretty great! Lots of work that's for sure! And its starting to get SO HOT. Like this is only spring here I don't know what I'm going to do when summer hits! I'm just really grateful that I'm not in Santa Cruz right now cause I would definitely be dying in the heat hahaha. But this week was awesome even though its hot! I literally have the best companion in the world and we are constantly having a party while doing the Lords work. Like she makes missionary work super fun and I'm so grateful to have her as a companion! She's awesome! And she understands me when I'm having medical problems. It's great and I don't want her to leave me in like 3 weeks, I'm probably going to die. haha. Anyways. 

Soooo good news! We had 3 investigators come to church this past week and they are AWESOME! Lucinda is just golden, but also still really timid and shy, but we're hoping to have her open up to us with time haha. She's awesome! This past week she was asking about baptism and was telling us how she wants to wait til next year to be baptized, but I think with more and more time she's liking the idea of being baptized sooner! The only problem is that she doesn't really have a true testimony herself, she just wants to get baptized cause that's what people do. So we're trying to help her understand why baptism is important and help her develop her faith more. But she's awesome! She's reading and praying! Which is awesome! It's hard to get her to read because she doesn't really know Spanish so it's hard for her to understand... and they don't really have a Ketchawa BOM....like they do, but we don't have them to give her sooo... haha. But we're working with her and we're slowly helping her learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But she is awesome and absolutely adorable! But we're still scared to death of her dog, it almost killed my companion the other day so now we have to protect ourselves with large sticks and rocks hahaha. But cool experience! The other day we prayed before turning the corner to her house and we prayed that the dog wouldn't open his mouth and that we would be safe and when we saw the dog it didn't even try to bite us and then it would randomly run away! It was great!!! Prayer is amazing and this church is so true! Also, I hate that dog. hahaha

Blanca is also doing really great! She has such a strong testimony and is just absorbing everything we're throwing at her! You can just see the change in her and see that she has this new light about her. It's awesome, she's so cute! We only got to see her once this past week because she had lots of tests for her college but this week we're hoping to see her more, she is great!

We also got this new investigator last week! We stole her from the elders... hahaha... apparently she kept having really bad nightmares the nights that the elders would come sooooo she didn't want them to come anymore, but she lets us come! So yay! Haha she's awesome though! It was pretty freaky though, we went to their house and they were just telling us how all of them were having nightmares and how they would hear things at night and how they think their house is haunted... so that was really fun. So we're going to talk to bishop and see what we can do for them cause that's pretty freaky. But she's awesome and we're hoping she progresses! 

Soooo I'm about to tell you something really fun. So once upon a time we had a zone meeting about talking to the bishop and figuring out how to work with him to see how we can get more references and so we did and we had this idea about having activities to get the members excited about missionary work and having activities that they could invite their friends and family too. We're having a competition to see which group (relief society, yw, ym, etc) can bring the most references by the end of the month and whoever does were buying them a pizza and ice cream party hahaha. Anyways, so last night was like the kick off of the activity and it was a family home evening and it was PERFECT. We had been studying light for our conference coming up and I had read a quote that said "a candle that lights another loses no light itself" so we based our activity off of that! We were in the chapel and we had all the lights turned off and we got some recent converts to share their testimony about how others shared the gospel with them and when they did they had a flashlight and kept it on as the next person talked. We had others that wanted to share as well get up and by the end of the activity there were so many lights lit and it was just so spiritual and so wonderful! it turned out perfect and so many people are so willing to bring their friends to the next activity. So our whole ward is just so excited to share the light of the gospel now! And it was a great turnout! We had 60 people there which never happens! The bishop got up at the end and bore his testimony about how others shared the gospel with him and how this activity was an answer to his prayers because of things that had been happening in the ward. It was INCREDIBLE. There were some members who had brought non member friends and at the end they all wanted us to come visit them! It was great and turned out way better than we thought! It was just another testimony builder that this gospel is so true! The spirit was so strong and the people who came could see the importance of sharing the light of the gospel. We are hoping these next activities bring us more success in our ward and we can help others come unto the light of the gospel.

This week was really so great! So much success has come out of this past week and this gospel is just so true! I love being a missionary with all of my heart and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I love and miss you all so please keep writing me! I love hearing from you! Have a wonderful week and remember to share the light of the gospel.

With love

Hermana Higham

We planned an awesome family night.

We just really love ice cream!

We are adorable

Selfie game is so strong
We love taking selfies together

We are amazing cooks

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