Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

     I hope all of you had a super awesome and amazing Christmas!!!!!!!!!! Christmas #2 in Bolivia was a success!!!! It was an awesome week because everyone is so nice when we contact them! Everyone can feel the Christmas Spirit, which is actually the Spirit of Christ! I love being a missionary in this time and sharing the amazing message of Christ's birth! 
     So this week we have been caroling to contact people and it has been pretty fun. We knocked on one door and were so excited that we were going to sing a Christmas hymn that when the door opened we took deep breaths to start singing and...when we looked up it was a guy about our age. Well, we shut our hymnbooks and put them behind our backs. It's sort of awkward/strange to sing to guys our age so we don't do it. We later sang to a Cholita sitting on the curb by her house. There's nothing like caroling while sweat drips down your back, haha! :) 
   This week we had a rat in our apartment. After lots of screaming and running around with the broom we finally managed to scare it out. Now our neighbors mentioned to us that they have a rat in their house...hmmm. Where could that rat have come from??? 
     Anyway, Christmas Eve was awesome! We were able to contact and sing hymns and share the news of Christ's birth! Christmas day was awesome too! One of the recent converts blessed the Sacrament for the first time and it was so awesome! He had been practicing the whole week and his whole family (even the ones that aren't members) came to support him. It was so cool! Anyway, I loved seeing my family on Skype too! That was awesome! And we were able to teach people and feel the Spirit so it was pretty much the best Christmas ever! I hope you all had as great of a Christmas as I did! I love being able to teach and testify of Christ and His gospel! Love you all! Hope you have a great NEW YEAR! 
Hermana Eaves
Christmas Morning!
Knocking a door- with about 5 dogs around- Christmas day!
Our Christmas lunch!  A chicken stuffed with chese, ham and sausage, mashed potato casserole, rice and apples with cream!
A drunk guy- He was there all day.
Caroling on Christmas Eve.
This morning.  It rained!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like.....SUMMER???

Hello! Greetings from Bolivia!
     It has been a strange week as to the weather. It rained on Wednesday and we got soaked in 5 minutes. 
But the rest of the week has felt like the Sahara desert (is that a place or did I just make it up? Haha!) We climbed a mountain on Saturday and I think that we both got heat exhaustion because we couldn't even think during the next lesson. Haha! But I love Bolivia, weather and all!!!!
     So this week our recent convert that was baptized this last week, Saturnino,  didn't come to church because his throat (I think he has cancer but they aren't really sure) has been getting worse. When we go and visit him he talks in a whisper. Please pray for him and his family! The doctors told him that there are no more treatments that they can do but I know that prayers can help! 
     So funny story, we live in an apartment in the house of Elder Balderrama (an Area 70). Last night we were trying to figure out what we could eat for dinner (it was Sunday so we couldn't buy anything) and we found some coconut in our fridge. And you all know that when we eat coconut then that means we have to go and smash it against the big rock outside to open it. Well, we were just smashing away and laughing because this coconut would not open when Elder Balderrama comes outside. He came over and was like "What are you doing?" We told him we were breaking open our coconut for dinner. He picks up the coconut and feels it then tells us that it was too hard and that it probably wouldn't open. That sort of put a damper on our dinner plans until I picked up the coconut and chucked it as hard as I could at the rock. Well, it split right open and we went and ate it for dinner. I don't know if Elder Balderrama was impressed or a little frightened...haha! 
     I also saw a guy on a bike coming towards us and felt like I should give him a Christmas pass along card. Well, I tried and he just rode on by. I ran after him for a bit but his bike was faster than me. Haha! But the best part is that 5 minutes later he came back and accepted a card. Haha!! The Elders are going to go teach him.
     We are starting to find some great families here in Siglo XX! We have been talking to lots of people and sharing the beautiful Christmas message! It has been super great! I just love Christmas! I love that it is a time to remember our Savior, Jesus Christ! Never forget that HE is the Reason for the Season! He is the greatest Christmas gift we will ever recieve! I love you all! Have a wonderfully MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Hermana Eaves
Intercambios with Hermana Hoffman and Hermana Moquillaza
At the temple with a recent convert! There is a super cool Nativity scene!
Before we broke the coconuts open on a rock
We contacted a ton of people outside a big Christmas fair! We gave out folletos and Liahonas. It was soo cool! I think we talked to more than 600 people in 1.5 hours. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's going to be a WHITE Christmas!

Hello everyone! 
I love being a missionary at Christmastime! It is the BEST! Here in Bolivia there isn't snow but we hope that this Christmas will be white with BAPTISMS! 

That being said, we had a baptism this week!!!! Hermano Saturnino Fernandez was baptized. His grand-daughter is a member and gave us his name as a reference. We went to visit him and he was a SUPER prepared investigator. He luckily understands Spanish (he understands Quechua better though). He has throat cancer but he really wanted to be baptized. On Saturday, after a few problems (there wasn't water in the chapel or propane to heat the water) we had a beautiful baptism! Saturnino invited his whole family! Many of them aren't members. After his baptism we asked Hno Saturnino how he felt and he replied "I just feel so happy!" I am so happy to be sharing the gospel here in Bolivia! I know that this gospel gives us so much happiness and joy! Share the gospel this Christmas! I love you all! 

Hermana Eaves
With Mahonri, Hermana Saturnino and his wife Simona
With the whole family of Hermano Saturnino
Eating our Christmas lunch (Dec 10)
With Pres and Hermana Hansen at our Christmas fireside
Hermana Gutierrez (my new compi) and I decorating a cake

It's been a rainy week! 
Eating chocolate covered marshmallows for lunch
On the big hill. 
So excited for Christmas!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Light The World this Christmas!!!!!

Hello and Merry Christmas to all (almost)
I am sooooo excited for Christmas!!!! When I was at home I was always excited for the presents and food and the time I would spend with my family. But this Christmas I am just soooo excited for the Spirit of Christmas! I know that the true JOY of Christmas comes when we serve one another and help other people to be happy. I LOVE this 25 day LIGHT THE WORLD project (If you haven't heard about it go to mormon.org and see what it's about-it is SUPER AWESOME). I love that for 25 days we have the chance to light the world of other people. Isn't that amazing!!!??? For 25 days we have the chance to serve others like Christ served when He was here on earth. And the best part is that it doesn't just have to last 25 days!!!! We can keep doing acts of service forever!!!!! Isn't that the BEST? 
     Anyway, we got cambios (transfers) last night. I will be staying here and my companion, Hna Males, will be going to beautiful TUPIZA!!! How cool! I will be companions with Hermana Gutierrez for the SECOND TIME here in the mission!!! Hermana Gutierrez is sooo cool! I was with her for 6 weeks in Alamos and now will be with her again! It is going to be soo cool!
     Anyway, it has been a great week here in Bolivia! Keep up your service and your love for one another! Keep up your 25 days of service! Light the world one candle at a time! Love you all! 

Hermana Eaves
We decorated for Christmas!

We did service helping a cholita carry her wood.  
We talked with her about her sheep.  Luckily she spoke Spanish and not Quechua.

We got cocouts again from the Mercado Campesino. 
I got stuck in the mud.  It has been raining a lot here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week was so awesome!!!!! I just love Thanksgiving!
I am going to tell you about this week by making a list of blessings:
1. My companion woke up in the middle of the night and heard a mosquito buzzing. She decided to get rid of it by spraying half a bottle of Raid all around our enclosed room where we were sleeping. She didn't know that you can't spray Raid in enclosed spaces. 
The blessing: We didn't die in our sleep. :) Haha!
2. A dog chased us all the way to our house one night. We were running super fast!!!!! Haha! 
The blessing: The dog didn't catch us and a dog that lives with our neighbors chased the bad dog away. Seriously though, we were shrieking and running so fast and when we got to our house we slammed the door and started laughing so hard. Evil dog. 
3. My companion and I were able to climb a mountain in 22 minutes (last week it took us about 40 minutes). We were dying when we got to our investigators house at the top though, haha!
4. It rained! We got soaking wet, but it was a blessing because it has been super dry here in Bolivia and they have had water shortages.
Thanksgiving lunch (I really don't know what this was...)  Haha!
On Thanksgiving we didn't do anything out of the ordinary but I made a list of all the blessings I have! I realize that I have so many blessings! One of the Hermanas we are in charge of went home this week for some serious health problems. I am so thankful for the health that I have! I take so many of my blessings for granted! I am so thankful for this time that I have in the mission to learn and recognize all of the blessings I have! Count your blessings! Love you all!
Hermana Eaves

Monday, November 21, 2016

A HOT week in Bolivia!

Hello everyone! 
It has been a super hot week here in Bolivia! I don't know what the temperature is but it has been a sweat-dripping-down-your-back-as-you-contact week. 
   So this week we were contacting a cholita on the side of the road and a drunk guy walks by. He starts talking to us and asks us for a card (the cards we use to contact). So we gave him one (without our phone number written on it). He then ripped it up, threw it on the ground and tells us "The truth is in the heart, not on a card". Then he walked away. So that was cool. We picked up the card. I will send a pic next week, haha! He also gave me a fist bump because I spoke English. He told me that he spoke English too and asked "Wat eis yuur neim?" (What is your name)
    We were in a sita with a less active family and one of the little girls was eating raw egg out of an egg shell that she had found on the floor...and the mom didn't even say anything. Raw egg...at least she is getting her protein.  
   It was a great week though! Hey, I forgot that it is Thanksgiving!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone (On Thursday). They don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I am going to make a list of things that I am thankful for! I heard the best quote ever the other day "Live in such a way that the people that don't know Christ, want to know Him because they know you!" I think that is beautiful! We need to be a light to the world! We need to show others that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best and most amazing thing in the world.  I am so grateful for each and every day that I have to be in the service of God! I know that this is His work and that He always helps us, His children. I know that He answers prayers. He has answered so many of mine! I love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Eaves

1. I didn't know water could be so green. Anyone want to swim?
2. Intercambios with the Hermanas of area Floresta. Hermana Villavicencio and Hermana Maclachlan
3. Breaking open a coconut using the rock outside
4. Exito!
5. My companion helping Ermunda, a cholita, braid her hair
6. Intercambios with the Hnas of Pagador-Hermana Kincaid and Hna Hoffman
7. How we feel after climbing up the mountain in our area...:)

Monday, November 14, 2016

I bought a coconut!

Okay, I don't have much time to write (y me da flojera) so I decided to put lots of pics. :) We are the Hermanas Capacitdoras (Sister Training Leaders) in Siglo XX. That means that we do tons of intercambios (I don't know if that is splits or divisions...I think it is splits in English) with the other hermanas. Splits are when my companion and I seperate and go with the different companions in different areas so that we can help them or train them a little bit. This week we had 5 different intercambios. So I was with LOTS of Hnas. I will use the pics to tell the story.
Pic #1-2 TODAY WE BOUGHT COCONUTS AND DRANK THE JUICE WITH A STRAW! Didn't know that was a thing but here it is. 

Pic #3 I found the worlds largest bananas here in Bolivia's Mercado Campesino. They weighed a ton. 

Pic #3 Tuesday's intercambios with Hna Beltran. A member gave us the most rotten bananas and we tried to eat them...but ended up putting them in our bags. 

Pic #4 Wednesday with Hna Oliveros. Someone gave us a watermelon, which we lugged around for about 3 hours.

Pic #5 Thursday with Hna Morales in my old area, Villa Moderna! Note the cow in the background. 

Pic #6 Friday with Hna Silvano here in Siglo XX (my area). She is happy...just her face doesn't show it. Haha!

Pic #7 Saturday with Hna Vilchez here in Siglo XX. Up on the mountain. 

It was a great and tiring week. All the Hnas are sooo great and loving! I learned a lot more from them than they learned from me! Ha! Anyway, I love the gospel and I love the mission. Yesterday we walked all day and knocked doors and it was sooo hot but it is WORTH IT! I wouldn't ever want to do anything else. This is the best work in the world because we are bringing people closer to Christ! I love you all! Have a great week!
Hermana Eaves