This week was AMAZING!!! Like literally so many miracles i am just so grateful to be a missionary!
But before i start in Riobamba we celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the gospel in Ecuador!!
It is such a special time to be a missionary here in Ecuador right now. We went to an event and all the missionaries sang. There was a cute little slide show and a lot of typical dances of the country. I was really just feeling some ECUADORIAN PRIDE!!
Ok so i will start with Fernando. He is a less actives husband.... he isnt a member. We started teaching him at the start of this transfer. He is very catholic, and is afraid to pray and ask if the church is true. We had a couple very spiritual lessons with him, but then a lot of things happened in their family and we couldnt go back until this week. We went to see his wife and she told us that Fernando had told her that she needed to call us because he feels something different when we are there teaching. When we went we explained to him that what he feels when we are there really isnt because of us, it is the spirit. We had such an amazing lesson about Joseph Smith and the next day HE CAME TO CHURCH!!! We were so excited.
Ok another miracle. So we were contacting. And we contacted this 18 year old boy named Andres. He told us that we could come back the next day and that he was very interested in hearing our message. Later that night we went to visit a recent convert. We made a comment about the joven we had contacted and she told us that it was her nephew. And that he was atheist! She was SHOCKED that he would accept us. So then Hermana Costa and I were super stressed.... worried that he was just going to try to prove us wrong with science or something. So we went the next day and he explained to us that he was atheist, but that as of late he felt a spiritual hunger and for that he let us in! So we explained and invited him to pray. And we invited him to baptism but he didnt accept, but he did accpe to go to church. At the end of the lesson he said his first prayer in 4 years and the spirit was SO STRONG!!!! Hermana Costa and I left that appointment bouncing off the walls. The next day, sure enough there he was in church. We visited him later that day and we asked him if he had prayed after we left on Saturday and he said he had and felt that God was listening! And he loved church. So in that moment we invited him to baptism for the 19th of September and he accepted! Such a miracle! It really was a testimony to me that anyone that searches truth with true intent will find it.
So i thought that i would give you guys maybe a rundown of what life is like here in Riobamba. Well just something short. First off, i dont know if i have told you guys this, but here in Ecuador the amount of rice we eat is..... we eat too much. But i have become addicted. I LOVE RICE!! If i eat lunch one day and there isnt rice, i find myself questioning if the person who prepared lunch is really from Ecuador.
Also here in riobamba it is FREEZING!!! I freeze all the time.
Ok so i will try to think of coooler things next week. LOVE YOU ALL!!
Be happy because life is so good.