Hola familia and friends! This week was one of the hardest in the mission. We had to earn the two baptisms that we ended up having. Everything is all good now, and we won even though it was hard. This week Nina Isabel Pichamba Fichamba was baptized. She has had a lot of problems in the past, and we have had lessons for an entire month making sure that everything is in order to get baptized. Well this Tuesday we found out she was about to go to Colombia which was we like to call in the Spanish un delito grave. Which violates question four for all those missionaries who have done baptismal interviews. So we had to run all over creation to get into contact and have a very urgent and serious lesson, but everything checked out and she was baptized. She bore her testimony after and it was powerful. It was absolutely nuts. Some members were judging her and us for the baptism, but when she bore her testimony any doubt was swept away which was really good. That was the first battle that was won. Now for the second. Well, our ward mission leader is a great guy and does good work, but he's a little power hungry, and he just got a stake calling. He was feeling pretty good these last two weeks if ya know what I mean. Well, we have been teaching another guy who lives outside of our ward but we had a stake exception allowing us to teach and baptize him. Even more than that, we had authorization from President Richardson, the stake president, and the Bishop. Our ward mission leader persisted saying we couldn't baptize him for a week and a half to the point where the investigator said he was thinking about not doing it. Well it all got settled Wednesday. . . so we thought. We get to the chapel Saturday and the wife of the investigator comes up to us almost in tears and points at a room and says the ward mission leader is in there talking about the border thing and my husband is debating getting baptized later. My comp and I, hotter than pistols, shot into that room so flippin fast it wasn't even funny. The ward mission leader flips back to look at us and he said not another word about the subject. We didn't even say anything but there was a message communicated through the atmosphere saying if you say one more word we will have people with lots more authority on the phone. So we won the battle. His testimony was also was incredible. The service was super good. Everyone left happy and on good terms. They got confirmed on Sunday and the ward mission leader continued talking about it Sunday but the Bishop relieved him early of his responsibilities with us so the problem got solved. Now the third battle that I failed to mention was cleaning the font. The drain had not been cleaned since the day that chapel came up and let me tell you, I bear testimony that eye hath not seen nor can word describe what came out of that drain. Like God said to Job, we girded up our loins like men and fought the good fight of faith to take that what could have been living, object out of the font. Although pictures were not taken of the actual object,(for the good of young viewers,) Pictures were taken at the scene of the valiant soldiers who took on that monster. No injuries were recorded. Apart from that it was a tough week. We still have three people that will get baptized soon but the zone had a tough week. We are hoping for a better week. This week I had a thought that came to my mind in a zone meeting. I've told many that the day when I gained a desire to really come on the mission was the day my brother left. I've always wanted to be like Matt. Well I had thought, that I have another older brother who I'm also trying to become like. In these two years I have the opportunity to do what he did, say what he said, and teach what he taught. It truly is the best experience ever. This is the best work you can be in and there is no better place to become more like Christ than on the mission. I know for that reason also that I have passed through many trials in many forms but I absolutely love doing it and would keep doing it all my life if I could. We are happy though. Everything is going well. I love you guys. Ill send pics right now if the computer works. See ya later.
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