Monday, December 28, 2015

Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Hola familia y amigos!

The best present I got for Christmas this year was the chance to talk to my family on Skype! 
I didn't realize how much I really loved my family until I got to see them for the first time in 4 months. For all of you who spent the holiday with your family I hope you enjoyed it and didn't take it for granted. I did think of an analogy to this. I left my family to serve a mission for 18 months. I love and miss them a ton and I know they feel the same about me! This is the same with our Heavenly Father. We lived with him before we came to the earth. We left him to come here for a short time. He loves and misses us sooo much! Luckily, we can talk to our Heavenly Father much more often than once a week! Don't forget to pray to Him!!
     Anyway, other stuff about this week! First, a couple #onlyinBolivia´s:
1. The mailman rode up on his motorcycle and gave us a letter for someone in our ward. It had the church's symbol on it and we were missionaries so I guess he thought it was all bien. Haha.
2. I saw some really good looking grapes on a truck and I bought them. The truck was driving around with a megaphone selling fruit. My companion thought I was crazy but they were the best grapes I have had here. 
3. We went caroling and us Hermanas were in the back of the truck as the Hno driving sped over crazy bumpy dirt roads. It was also raining. But it was great fun!
      Also, we were contacting and we stopped to talk to a lady on the street and we told her we lived on Calle 1 (she was sitting on Calle 3) and she said, "Keep on going then." Haha, shut down...
     Something really cool!!! Our two recent converts gave the prayers in Sacrament meeting! It was tan chevre!!! They gave great prayers and Hna Padron and I were so proud. Edwin has also been asking us about a mission. I am really excited for him and hope he goes!!! I just want to close by saying that I learned a lot this week. One of the things I learned was about the power of the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon changes hearts and I know that all who read it will come closer to Christ. So as a gift for me this Christmas/New Year I want to invite everyone to read the Book of Mormon. Whether you are a religious person or not, I know the Book of Mormon can help you in your life. It has helped me countless times. I hope you all have a great week and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Love,  
Hermana Eaves

Monday, December 21, 2015

What??? NAVIDAD!!!‏



It is Navidad already??? Where has the time gone??? 
I have almost 4 months in the mission now which is CRAZY to me because it feels like I just got here! So much has happened!!
First of all, we sang as a missionary choir for our stake and it was sooo cool! I love feeling the Spirit through hymns! We are going to sing for a bunch of Policemen in their meeting this Miercoles so that will be cool! Remember that one guy that is usually on drugs that came to our zone meeting once? Yeah, he is always at the chapel and the other day he kissed the stake president on the head...I don't know why he hangs out at the chapel. Maybe he can feel the Spirit there or the members are nice to him. I don't know. 
     We got offered another ride by a stranger. On the same road as last time. Que rado. We said no...
     Also, there was a protest so the main highway to Cochabamba was blocked. We had to go down this super dusty dirt road to get to the Cancha! It was really fun actually. It just took us an hour instead of the usual 10 minutes. 
     We had the coolest devotional for Christmas yesterday. It was given by the Mission President and his wife. There were special musical numbers and testimonies and so much cool stuff! I loved one testimony from a missionary. I am going to write it is Spanish first because that is how she said it and then I will translate. 
       "Esta ano de Navidad yo queria a tener un Navidad como en casa. Yo estaba pensando y tratando a tener esta Navidad como en casa. Pero yo ha realizado que no voy a tener una Navidad como en casa porque no estoy in casa. Estoy in un lugar mejor."
     "This year for Christmas I wanted to have a Christmas like I have at my house. I was thinking about this and trying to have this Christmas be like it is at my house. But I have realized that it isn't going to be a Christmas like I have at my house because I am not in my house. I am in a better place." 
       Honestly, as I was listening to her talk I felt the Spirit so strongly. I know there is no better place I could be for this Christmas that Bolivia, inviting others to learn more about the Savior and to apply His teachings in their lives. This Christmas isn't going to be pretty gifts and lights on the tree. It is going to be all about Christ's gift for us so many years ago and His light that he shared with the world. I hope all of you are taking this time of the year to study the life of Christ in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon so that you can apply His teachings and grow more like Him this Christmas! I love you all so much! Feliz Navidad!
Love, 
Hermana Eaves

Monday, December 14, 2015

We Had A Monsoon!!

Hola everyone, 





















It has been another great week!!! Today we were riding in a trufi (a big bus) to Cochabamba (which is 30 minutes away) and a lady got up and started to preach from her Bible to all the people on the trufi. The missionaries I was with told me that she had done it before. She preached for the whole 30 minutes and I have got to say that I admire her courage. She was pretty cool.
     Anyway, another trufi story...we have two types of trufis here, one is the big bus that is easy to stand up in. The other is como un 12 passenger van that they cram a bunch of people into. One time, my companion was bent all the way over and standing on one foot during a 10 minute trufi ride while I was squeezed in between two cholitas with their Awayos full of stuff. It was pretty fun. Plus this week was HOT HOT HOT. Which means we sweat all day. Last night we didn't even hug after companionship prayer because we were so hot. Haha. 
     We have a ton of cute, old Cholitas in our ward. One of them was called up to give the opening prayer and she said, "Hola Hermanos y Hermanas. Voy a orar..." (Translation: "Hi Brothers and Sisters, I'm going to pray.") Then she prayed. Haha. When she started that way I was afraid she thought she was supposed to give a talk. 
     Okay, I have the COOLEST story for you all. Remember that guy who called us last week asking to be baptized? Well, his name is Edwin and he is sooo cool! So first, he called us to be baptized. Then he called us to set up a sita. He accepted wholeheartedly everything we taught. Hermana Padron and I had to clean the baptismal font and the room antes del bautismo and he showed up AN HOUR EARLY and helped us clean and set up. 
 I had to climb inside this hole to close the drain to the baptismal font. Haha
  Bautismo de Edwin!! Edwin, Obispo, Hna Padron y yo
A little information to help you all to see how amazing this is: Bolivians are NEVER on time. At our last baptism, the people getting baptized showed up 30 minutes late and the Bishop showed up an hour late. So him showing up an hour early. He is so cool. The next day he showed up 45 minutes early to church for his confirmation. Hermana Padron said hi to him then had to leave to go get other people and bring them to church. When we came back he was cleaning the sacrament trays. Literally, he is the coolest kid (23 year old). Bishop was confirming him and talking about a full time mission and I felt so happy. I just want to help all these people to go on missions and get sealed in the temple and be happy. It's stuff like this that makes me want to be a missionary forever.
Ander got confirmed this week!!! Finally! Him and Edwin were confirmed yesterday. It was so cool and we were so happy!! 
   This week we are going to focus a lot on finding people because we don't have many to teach. So it's going to be a long week of knocking portas. :) Which is actually really fun. I am loving it here and am soo excited for Christmas! Not for the usual reasons though (presents, family, etc). I am excited for Christmas because we can talk more about the Savior with people who otherwise wouldn't want to listen to us. It is just really cool. 

Anyway, have a good week! I love you all!! 11 days til Christmas!! 
Love, 
Hermana Eaves

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello!

Hola everyone!! 
Another week has flown by!! Mother, I have not yet been sick. :)
     Okay, so a few of you asked about Ander. He has not yet been confirmed because his parents are menos activos!!! So they are not always at church. I might just go and get them all Sunday morning, haha. They even have a CAR!! Haha. 
    Anyway, we were walking down a dirt road in our area in the middle of no-where and a random guy stopped and asked us if we needed a ride. He was probably just a nice Bolivian man with the best intentions but we told him no. Haha. I also almost got hit by a taxi (not the same day) but luckily I wasn't. 
    My companera asked me if there were cactus in Arizona. When I told her yeah she thought it was so cool (she is from Canada). Haha. 
     I don't know if I have told you this, but Bolivians don't refrigerate meat or dairy products. If you want cold chicken you have to refrigerate it yourself...
     There was a guy that walked by us on the street and asked us if we were searching for hombres. My companera told him, "NO GRACIAS!" and we walked away really fast. Weirdo. 
     Oh boy, church yesterday was so great! I have the funniest stories ever! So our chapel is interesting. There is just a big hallway that is open to the air outside and it is lined with a bunch of doors that lead to the classrooms or the capilla. The doors are all glass paned so you can see out of them. Hermana Padron and I always sit by the door of the capilla so if our investigators walk up we can see them. So anyway, one of the members walked to church (because on Sunday cars weren't allowed to drive-a Bolivian thing) and her three huge dogs followed her to church. The dogs kept trying to get into the door of our chapel (where we have sacrament meeting) and the elderly man finally closed the door. We could still see the dogs though because the door was glass and they were in the hallway thing. THEN the dogs started mating. Hna Padron and I were dying because here we were in sacrament meeting with the dogs mating shamelessly outside the glass door. Well, the elderly door guarder saw this and ran out the door with his hymbook to seperate the dogs. Hna Padron and I are dying as we try not to laugh at the old man chasing three huge dogs down the hall. We would see him run one way with his hymbook and one of the dogs would sprint the other way. IT WAS HILARIOUS!!! I could not stop laughing. This is seriously another #onlyinBolivia moment. Haha! I wish I could say that the man chased the dogs away and we had a peaceful meeting but no, the man had to run out into the hall at least three more times to chase away the dogs. 
     Also, about 5 people in our ward gave their testimonies in Quechua because that is what they speak. It was so cool. I was trying to listen but pretty much all I got was testimoniomanta, iglesiamanta and Jesucristoj.

Noche Foganera (Fireside) with a real fire. It was super cool!! 
     Another cool thing is that Sunday was a day in Bolivia where there were no cars allowed on the road. So we had to walk everywhere. We ended up walking for 2.5 hours to get to all the places we needed to be but it was so cool because there were no cars in the street and all the kids were playing in the road. There were tons of people walking and socializing. It was so cool. 


Cows crossing the intersection. They have more right of way than people do. :)
      Anyway, a super chevre experience from this week was that one morning at 6 AM one of our investigators called us. We called him back when we woke up and he told us that he wanted to be baptized this Saturday. We were both so surprised and told him that he was awesome and he could get baptized on the 12th of December. Haha, he still needs all the lessons. We have lots of cool experiences here on the mission. We have been giving people Christmas messages which has been really cool. It is a great way to talk to new people and share the message that we have of the Savior. I love teaching people and lifting their spirits. We have such a great responsibility como members of this church. We need to help those who are struggling and lift the hearts of those who are sad. I hope you all remember that! Have a great week everyone!!
Love,
Hermana Eaves

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Summer......WINTER???

Ya, yo no se what season it is...So I have made it another week without getting sick, though two Elders in our Zone were not so lucky. It has been another great week here in Bolivia!! My companion and I decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving with my mini tree and snowflakes that we cut out. It was pretty great! 
My companion and I talked to a lot of people that only speak Quechua this week. We found a new part of our area and a lot of the people there only speak Quechua. What we do when we find those people is say, "Emenatendeqichu". Which means "none" or "nothing". And then we leave. Haha, we need to go back there with a ward member that can speak Quechua. Haha. 
     Oh, just a few fun money facts about Bolivia. One nm cubed of gas (I have no idea what that is) is only 1.5 Bolivianos and 7 Bolivianos is 1 dollar American. Our taxi driver filled up his tank for ll B's. Que chevre...
     Anyway, sometimes our investigators give us como 50 cookies to finish before the sita is over so I have become a master at sneaking them into my bag. This week I have snuck a total of 30 cookies from 2 different sitas in my bag. Haha, my companera thinks it is hilarious. 
     The trufis here have NO problem with passing other cars on the road. The trufis pass whether or not there is a semi truck barreling towards them in the other lane, whether or not there is a motorcycle in the way and whether or not their passengers are gripping the arms of their companeras and wondering if they are going to die in the back of a Bolivian trufi. 
Some #onlyinBolivias:
 1. I saw another guy bathing in his yard. My companera saw him too. Luckily he had shorts on. 
 2. I saw a Cholita peeing on the side of the road. She looked like she was just squatting there and I thought, "Oh, that little Cholita lady looks triste. We should go talk to her." Then she stood up, wiped herself off with her skirt #notoiletpaper and walked away, leaving a little puddle behind. Haha, it was pretty exciting. 
 3. The other day there were some Cholitas fighting in the street (in Quechua of course). The Cholita would yell something and the drunk Cholito would yell back. Then he yelled something at us and walked away, haha. 
     We had a baptism this week! It was an awesome little boy named Ander. He is 9 and his parents are menos activos but they wanted him to be baptized so we taught him. He is so smart and so great!

  The youth here are so great! I really think that the youth have the most potential to change the world. There are so many youth here that are such good examples for their parents. I love being here. I will miss you all during the holidays but honestly, this work is the work of God and it is more important than I am. I am glad to have a part of it. I love you all! Have a great week!
Love,  
Hermana Eaves

Photos
1. Thanksgiving dinner-sausage, papas fritas, onions and tomatoes

2. A sweet bridge in our area. We walk across the trash-filled ravine to get to some of our investigators.