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 20, 2015


Hola everyone! Seems like just yesterday I was just sitting in this internet place emailing you like yesterday but it’s fine! My area is really close to the airport so sometimes theres just this loud noise and you think I would get used to it since I’ve been here for like a month but I guess not, I still mess up typing when it happens hahaha. Anyways, this week was great! Me and my companion still a little rough hahaha we are still trying to stay healthy, my stomach is getting better though but then my companion got a cold and is about to lose her voice haha so we’re hoping this week we’ll have a successful week of not being sick. It’s been a struggle haha.

So something fun that happened this week is that is pretty fun, so President Uceda from the seventy came and we had a conference from him like all day on Saturday which was incredible! He is awesome and we all left so inspired and uplifted and it was amazing, I wish you all could have been there! But one thing that I absolutely loved was how he was talking to us about our personal study of the scriptures. He said that us as members of the church just go through the motions of reading our scriptures and we don’t really study them, so he encouraged us to really dive into the scriptures and to find the hidden secrets that are in there. It was awesome! So I encourage you all to do the same, really get into the scriptures! And when you do, you will find and get so much more out of it! It was awesome! We also weren’t able to eat with our pensionista that day so we made tacos and may I just say they were some pretty awesome tacos so that made the day even better! Haha.

So yesterday we had an AMAZING visit with Blanca, she is incredible! First of all, we were actually able to sit down and talk with her instead of standing there in her tienda haha. It was so great! And not only that, apparently her parents had investigated the church like 40 years ago and SHE HAD THEIR OLD BOOK OF MORMON AND HYMN BOOK!! It was awesome, they are so old and so cool! So that was awesome! And she was telling us yesterday how her parents didn’t keep going with the church because the missionaries pushed them too hard to get baptized and so they don’t really like missionaries and they keep trying to get her away from us, but she is awesome and refuses to! She told us how she knows how serious baptism and how she needs to take it seriously and she really wants to know when the Lord wants her to be baptized so she’s going to pray about it, she’s awesome! She also told us how she can see such a great change in her life  and how she just feels different after we’ve been teaching her, it’s amazing! She’s amazing! Her testimony is so strong! And she’s giving us references and says that if we ever need someone to come to us with appointments to call her, she’s awesome!

We also had a meeting with Lucinda, she’s also very awesome but wayyy hard. We’re having a hard time helping her understand everything. She comes to church every week, but we think it’s just because she comes with the old lady she works for and lives with. We’re trying hard to help her understand more but she just doesn’t get it. So this week we’re really going to get to her heart and see why she lets us come and why she comes to church. Also, she says she wants to be baptized, but not until next may haha. So we’re hoping to help her develop her testimony and help her come to her Savior.

Soooo we had another activity this week and it was such a great turnout! We had over 100 people there!!! And so many members brought their friends, it was so great! I’ve loved seeing the numbers going up every week and seeing our ward get more animated about missionary work! It was a night of desserts and we shared a short message then everyone just ate desserts that other people brought, it was awesome!! We’re hoping our talent show goes super well this week and that we get a bunch of references (our members cant come in unless they bring a non member friend or have a reference for us, it'll be awesome hahaha). There are a lot of random things people are planning to do, lots of singing… lots of acting (hahahaha) and just a lot of primary dances so we’ll see how it goes, I’ll let you know hahaha.

Oh so fun story. So our landlord has been so hard to work with and hasn’t told us how much we owe for our apartment for a while and it’s just a mess and so our elders were talking to him and they told him that we’re looking for a new house and that we’ll be out by October 1Soooo that was some fun news to find out that we’re moving and now we’re frantically trying to find a house and it’s so stressful theres like NOTHING and the one we did find is being looked at by other people and the other one only has one bathroom for all us 4 hermanas hahaha so that could be fun. So that was a fun stressor for the week. Hope we find a house and if not I might be buying a tent and living on the street! Hahahahaha also my companion is leaving me soon and I don't know how I feel about it. hahaha

That’s pretty much it for the day but I’d love to end with a quote that I absolutely LOVED this past week: “I marvel to think that the Son of God would condescend to save us, as imperfect, impure, mistake-prone, and ungrateful as we often are. I have tried to understand the Savior’s Atonement with my finite mind, and the only explanation I can come up with is this: God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly. I cannot even begin to estimate “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height… [of] the love of Christ.”President Dieter F Uchtdorf

He loves us so much! No matter who we are, what we have done, or where we are at, he loves us more than we can comprehend and he continually has his hands outstretched towards us. I hope you all know how loved you are and that you all have SO MUCH worth. I love you all so much! Thank you for all your love and support! You are all amazing and I hope lives are going well for you in the good ol’ US! Have a wonderful week and I’ll talk to you all so soon! And BE SAFE!

With love

Hermana Higham

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