ok hello and howdy!
First off sorry if this email is hard to understand- the spacebar on this computer is messed up. haha. But anyways it sounds like at home was a super fun and adventurous week! Can talitha ride a 2 wheeler? Or was she pulling the wagon on a 3 wheeler? So weird. She looks so big in the pictures you sent. Speaking of which thanks so oooo much madeline for the plan de salvacion, talitha for the drawings, and mom for the pics and thing from Lula’s funeral. All of these things are on my desk and wall now. thanks so much! Really enjoyed that lots and lots. also so cool that you are going to go see hna melissa morris for her homecoming!!! She sent me pictures of all the things she is eating haha. I miss her lots. The girls in my house last night told me that I need to start trying to be hna black and not hna morris...I think i must be talking about her a lot and how I want to be like her haha.
As far as salud goes- i am feeling awesome. i did take the charcoal, along with some other things perscribed from Elder nelson, and even went to the clinic because it just wasn’t stopping haha. But they said I was perfecto. So i asked my zone leader for a blessing. The blessing said that because I decided to use faith, the medicine in me would start to work little by little and that I didn’t need to take anything else! So.. ... I am learning a lot about faith this week. :)
on monday I was kind of frustrated with trying to do my calling as leader, have good logros (number of lessons? I dunno what logros is in english anymore haha) and train my companion. But reading the quote you sent me mom helped me to remember to take things one day at a time. Sometimes I get frustrated because I just want the church to work as good here as it does in utah. I just want someone, anyone to be a home teacher or a visiting teacher. I know we are far from perfect in utah haha but like . ... a lot of things work a lot better in utah. And i know like the chruch has been in utah for 200 years, and we are just barely going to get to 50 soon here in bolivia. But sometimes because I’ve seen how the church CAN work i just want to make everyone here do it in the same way. haha.
But anyways its really going good here. FAith though has become big this week for me. sometimes when you just get no no no no no no no no no no day after day you start to get disheartened and lose faith. It’s because you want to protect yourself. Well at least me. i don’t want to be sad again, don’t want to get my hopes up, so I think I lose faith because it’s easier to just not believe that the people will progress. When you really picture someone in white, really believe that they are ready, really put all your heart and soul into helping them and then they don’t except the truth and happiness you have, its hard! And it really hurts. so I think somet imes I shut down a little sometimes. But you just gotta keep having faith. gotta keep believing that there are people here you are meant to teach and baptize. And sometimes you go weeks without finding them, and if you’re like me you get nervous because you think, where are the people I promised before this life that I would find ? What if i don’t find them ?! But you just gotta keep going with faith. Trust that the big guy up above is going to make everything work out. I just have to do my part- which is open m y mouth and talk to everyone and do my best. God will do his part if I let him.
Anyways this week was also cambios. I am still with Hermana Barrios ( one month with the same companion if you can believe it ! haha ) but now there are two more hermanas in our house that are also working in our area! One of them is a new gringa ! hna baldridge. No one can say her name here hahaha. We went from 2 gringas in this mission to 6 this week! so that’s cool. also thanks to my calling as leader I was helping with the cambios. My favorite part of this was running down the street in front of a taxi with 6 mattresses piled on top. haha
None of our investigatores came to church this sunday, but we aren’t giving up faith. We will get there. We will find the people ready and chosen for the gospel. We choose to be chosen. God is in this work, God is my captain in chief, and this is His work that I am doing. I love it. I love helping others. I love saving the world .
thanks for everything! love, Hermana Elisa Black