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, November 8, 2015

Partyin In The Olive Trees

Hello everyone! So time is definitely flying, I can´t believe it´s almost November! It feels like just yesterday it was May, but then at the same time it feels like 5 years ago, time is sure weird!

Anyways, so this week was pretty great! It's pretty great having a gringa companion and we´re hoping it isn't just a week thing and we´re hoping we don't get transferred on Wednesday haha. We've been working really hard trying to get this area up and running! It's been hard and we haven't had very much success, but we know that if we keep working hard we're going to see so many miracles in this area! There is so much potential and all this area needs is love and work.

First of all, Marilyn is still my favorite person ever but she's also super frustrating! She knows everything we could ever teach her, she's reading her scriptures, she's praying, she has this spirit about her and she continues to change her life, but she just wont come to church! She has the hardest time coming and its just like AHHH it's not that far! And it was raining yesterday and apparently that's an excuse for everyone not to come to church. Silly Bolivians and their excuses. "It was too hot so I couldn't go. It was too cold so I couldn't go. It was raining so I couldn't go" it's a good thing it doesn't snow here or they would never leave their houses hahaha. Gotta love these Bolivians. Anyways, so we're still working towards baptism with her, but we're trying to help her understand the importance of church. Pray for her!

We also have this other investigator (i don't know if I've told you about her) but her name is Pimpi... well, her real name is Ida but she goes by Pimpi.... hahahahaha. She's like this forty... fifty year old woman that just cooks all day long and makes the most DELICIOUS bread ever. It's so good so we're constantly passing by to "check up on her" and buy bread hahaha. She's great though and is super sweet. We see lots of potential in her and hope she progresses! Also, when we went to go teach her our little doggy friend (HE'S SO CUTE) was following us and followed us right into Pimpis house and she kicked him out and it was just so sad. I just want to keep him and love him he's so precious! haha.

That's pretty much it for investigators. This past week we've been looking for the millions of less actives in our area. We have so many it is insane!! So we've been looking for a lot of them. It's just hard because they don't really have addresses here. It's like "street simon bolivar" so its like WOW lets knock on every door haha. Sometimes we get lucky and they say the street name and the color of their house. "street 2, yellow house. blue door" and then their will be like 5 yellow houses hahaha. So fun. looking for houses is a struggle but we've found a lot of less actives so thats good!

One of them that we met with was a lady named Janet Russell and that lesson was the funniest weirdest thing of my life. While we were trying to be spiritual and ask her why she isn't coming to church, her son was like dancing behind her, he had this monkey puppet( the kind on strings) and was putting that on her head, he was licking his moms hair and curling it, and all the while she's just acting like nothing is happening. And then near the end of the lesson she whips out english on us! That happened a lot to us this past week! In church people were just whipping out all the English that they knew on us and it was really funny. Ah. English.

Oooo! So fun story! So we were walking down this one street one day and there was this old man just sitting in a chair reading and we said hi and he said 'ARE YOU THE MORMONS' in his raspy voice so we went and talked to him and wow he is so hard to understand hahaha. We gave him a pamphlet of the restoration to read and tried to get his address but we could understand him because he has like 2 teeth so then we asked if he had a phone number and he said "I have 2 bibles" hahahaha. So he's fun. He just sits on his chair every day and we just give him a new pamphlet everyday to read haha. We're going to invite him to church and if he comes we're going to tell them to go teach that man in that chair. haha.

That's pretty much it for the week! It's been pretty great and we're working hard to find those people that are ready to hear about this gospel! Oooo one more thing! So once upon a time we didn't have anyone to feed us again on Sunday cause our pensionista went out of town so in relief society they stood up there and asked "Who can feed the missionaries today." And the response was horrifying. No one said a word for about 2 minutes. And then they just ended with a prayer. It was so awkward hahahahaha. So invitation for the week or month or whatever, FEED THE MISSIONARIES! Anyways, that is all.

I love you all and I hope that life is going well for you! Keep me updated on your crazy lives! Have a wonderful week and always remember that you are LOVED.

With love,
Hermana Higham

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