Archive | August, 2012

the week the Guayan sky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder

20 Aug


This week had the weirdest weather in the whole wide world. I like Uruguay because when it’s going to rain, it gets reeeeeeally hot and humid the day before, and it’s a really really pretty day. Then, all hell breaks loose the next day and it’s rainy and story and suuuper ugly. But hey, at least we get a warning. Right  now it’s raining really hard and we’re in 33 ’cause we wanted to escape Varela for the day and hang out with the zone, so yaaaaay!!
Marcos needs to be operated ASAP for his ear. He was born with a problem in his ear and he has had an infection really bad for the last month or so. His infection has gotten really horrible and they’re just waiting to take him to Montevideo to operate. So, pray for him! His little sister is our new investigator for the week. She’s been to church about 3 times. and so she is prrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooobably gonna get baptized this weekend. Let’s hope the crazy opposition that Satan likes to throw at us every time there’s a baptism isn’t too big.
We have some crazy opposition right now in the form of a member who used to love us like 2 weeks ago, but now wants nothing more than to see us out of Varela. It’s really sad and really scary. Especially since we literally didn’t do anything to her. We hadn’t even seen her for a week, and now she hates us. Sad. Buuuut, we aren’t leaving Varela. We are here for a reason and so she’s just gonna have to get over that. Hehe.
Someone fed us this week. BLESSED MIRACLE. Luisa, a recent convert here made us canelones. Which I love. One day I will make them for you all. But she said the most amazing, loving, heart-felt prayer ever in the whole world. It went something like this “Lord, thanks for sending these missionaries to Varela. Thanks for the work they do. And please bless these poor, hungry, starving missionaries… that they might find food to survive, amen.” …………. I LOVE her.
I finished the Book of Mormon again this week. I love that book. It is so very true. And I have no idea where I would be if I didn’t have that book in my life. The words of those prophets are there to guide us. I love Ether 8:26… I think…. where it says that the Book of Mormon has the power to destroy all evil and it can help us to do good continually. It’s so true. I’m so glad for the Restoration and the chance we have to have a book with the fullness of the gospel. THE CHURCH IS TRUUUUUUUUUUUE. Yay!!! So now I want to read my spanish scriptures again before I leave. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be a challenge…. but I will do it. I’m excited.
Well. I have to go now. I love you all. And I miss you all too.
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove and hugs and high fives.
– Hna. Ruiz

16 months down… only 2 to go…

13 Aug


2 MORE MONTHS. Ahhhhhhhhh. Cool.
Well first off, Hna. Acosta and I are staying together in Varela for a third change. Apparently a looootttt of companionships stayed together for 3 changes. That hardly ever happened with Pres DaSilva, but Pres Armstrong did this… maybe that’ll be his “thing.” With Pres DaSilva it was like 2 changes with a companion and you’re gone. But, 3 changes is a long time. And to be honest, I’m not that excited for this… but it’ll be ok. We need to learn something else from each other and we need to baptize more people in Varela.

Speaking of baptisms… Marcos got baptized! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! Everyone, but I mean EVERYONE in his house was SUPER sick, and so only his stepdad, who is also our investigator, went. It was a great baptismal service. Our new Branch President is a bossssssss and he helped us out a lot. We sang “When I Am Baptized” as a special number. Haha. I sang in english and Hna Acosta in spanish. It was actually pretty nice. But the funniest part is that after he got baptized, that night we went over to their house, and Marcos was getting ready to go to a dance party thing. Haha. And we were like “Remember the commandments!!” and he was like “I’ll be at church tomorrow, no worries!” … Yeah. We got a text from his mom at 9 :00 AM that said “Marcos JUST got home… and he just wants to sleep… what do I do!?” and so we told her to do everything possible to get him to church ’cause we couldn’t go because we have to teach Sunday School. And so Daniel, his stepdad, came with Rodrigo, my favorite kid ever, and Marcos wasn’t with them. And I was like “Where is he!?” and he was like “Ha! Oh, he’s in the car sleeping. We can wake him up for sacrament meeting” …Hhahaha. Ooooooh, Marcos. So funny.

His sister is also a new investigator this week. Shes 12, but she definitely looks 16. Crazy. And she walked into our lesson with Daniel on Saturday and she was like “So, now that Marcos is baptized… what happens?!” and she ended up telling us she wants to be baptized. The funniest part: yesterday she had her primera communion at the catholic church, because she has to do it because she goes to the catholic private school… and right after that she came to sacrament meeting. Hahahaha. I love that family so much.

But yeah. This week is going to be great. We found a whole bunch of motivation and spunk this week, and so we´re pretty excited to find more people to teach. It’ll be hard this change, but whatever. Its supposed to be hard. Well. rock on. Keep it classy aaaaaaaaaand pray that we find exciting things to do in Varela on P-days so we don’t have to go all the way to 33. Which is where we are going now. Gonna go hang out with the hermanas and then play soccer with the elders. Fun!!
Looooooooove youz! Chau.

-Hna Rrrrrrruiz