Monday, October 24, 2016

Leaving Tupiza :(

Hello everyone! 
I have bad news...I am leaving Tupiza!!!!! I will truly miss this place. But I have good news too...I am going to an area in Cochabamba that's called Siglo XX (Twentieth Century). I have heard super great things about it! And guess what? We are going to live in the house (well, in an apartment behind his house) of an Area Seventy, Elder Balderrama. I'm so excited!

 Soooo...that means that I will go in a flota (like a giant tour bus) for 8 hours to Sucre. Then tomorrow I will fly in to Cochabamba.
     I really will miss Tupiza, though. I am truly leaving a part of my heart here. The memebrs here are sooo amazing. They have more problems than any other group of members that I have met but they are STRONG in their testimonies. The whole branch (with a few exceptions) are converts to the church. Many of them are recent converts (were baptized in this last year). I have learned so much in the four months that I have been here. I feel like I have become more of the missionary that God wants me to be. I feel such love for the people here and never want to lose contact with them. It is a little bit sad because some of my favorite investigators live in a little pueblo called Charaja. They don't have any way to communicate except for a cell phone that sometimes breaks. I truly hope that they get baptized one day!!!!! I want them to be an eternal family! 
My favorite investigators from Charaja!!!! Family Martinez!  
In our ward activity-a Futsol Championship!

     Anyway, I want to tell you about a MIRACLE that we have seen this cambio. We found a less active member about 9 weeks ago. When we first talked to her she told us that she had gone back to her other church, didn't believe anything about Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon and was super closed off. She always pretended not to be home. We finally found her and had a Family Home Evening. She felt the Spirit and we were able to go back and help her wash her clothes (everyone washes by hand). Through little lessons and service we were able to come to church and she CAME TO CHURCH last week with her kids! We didn't even go to pick her up! And this Saturday she came to our ward activity and had so much fun!!!! Then she came to church AGAIN yesterday! Isn't that soooooo cool! It is a miracle! I have seen a great change in her and I can't wait to hear more of her progress from my companion (I won't be able to s
ee it happen). 
Carmen and her kids, Ana, Juan and Genesis

     Man, I am so happy! I just love being a missionary. It is sad to leave people that I have come to love soooo much but I am soooo excited to come to love other people and help them in their lives. If anyone is wondering whether they should serve a mission, just do it. It is the best thing that I have ever done! I never want it to end! Love you all! Have a great week!
Love,

Hermana Eaves

Monday, October 17, 2016

A great week in good 'ol Bolivia!

It has been a SUPER AWESOME WEEK! 
All the members here in Tupiza are the BEST! They are so great and willing to come with us when we go and teach people. We have about 35 active women and young women in our ward and this week 7 of them came with us to visit people! They are so amazing and their testimonies really touch our investigators and the less-actives that we visit. 
     We had a MIRACLE this week! We have been teaching a woman named Carmen. We found her when we were knocking doors and found out that she is a member of the church but had been completely inactive for several years. She really didn't want to listen to us at all and told us that she had gone back to her old religion. But we began doing service-helping her wash her clothes and having Family Home Evenings with her and her family. And this Sunday she CAME TO CHURCH! With her kids! They called us as church was starting and were like "We are coming!" It was such a miracle! I was SOOO happy to see them there! 
     We also had a zone conference and it was SOOOO SWEET! We went to Quiriza, which is a tiny pueblo where the church began in Bolivia.
 In the middle of the conference we took a little walk to a shady spot under a tree. 
President Hansen told us that this was the place that an apostle, Spencer W. Kimball had prayed and felt that Bolivia should be opened for missionary work. It was such a great experience and we felt a special spirit there. It really was a great week! I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK! I love you all! Have a great week! 
Love, 
Hermana Eaves

Monday, October 10, 2016

Another Amazing Week!

Hello everyone!
It's been another AMAZING (although hot) week here in good 'ol Tupiza Bolivia. Tupiza truly is a wonderful, beautiful place! The members here are so good and pure, even though they pass through some of the hardest trials. The people here are so humble and we are seeing lots of progress! We have many investigators that are beginning to learn and to desire to make sacred covenants with Heavenly Father. I love seeing people change and progress and become who God wants them to be.
     Anyway, yesterday we had a Family Home Evening with the Branch President and his family and another family of recent converts. It was a super great noche de hogar. The family of recent converts are having a really hard time in their marriage and with work. They are struggling a little. So the Branch President and his wife gave a great lesson on how to overcome anger and what to do to combat the anger we sometimes feel in our families. All went well until the Branch President's little son bit President SUPER hard on the finger. President shrieked like a little girl and gestured for his wife (who was giving her part of the lesson) to help him. She just looked at him like "What is your finger doing in our son's mouth?" Haha! It was super funny!
    Anyway, many people sent me letters this week that were full of wonderfull messages. One of those said, "the thought came that if the Church wasn’t true, Satan wouldn’t work so hard to oppose it.  The fact that there is opposition to the Church is evidence of the fact that the Church is true.  Satan would not waste his time and effort fighting against something that is false.  His efforts are laser focused on opposing and leading people away from truth.  So, when we encounter opposition from the adversary in our efforts to live and share the gospel, we can have increased confidence that we are actually doing what God wants us to do and that we are on His errand."  I LOVED that! Sometimes I feel like it is super hard to share the gospel or super hard to work and help the branch here in Tupiza. The problems sometimes seem so big and I am just so small! But I know that if it is hard to do the work of God, then it must be true. Satan would not fight against something that is already wrong. Saints have always had opposition and that's not going to change. We just need to CONTINUE FIRM IN THE FAITH! I love you guys! Be faithful! Have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Eaves

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hello!

It has been a great week! We were traveling the whole week to get to Cochabamba, have a meeting and come back to Tupiza so not a lothappened.
     Something funny happened today. One of our neighbors started to talk to us and they literally can see into our house (because it is so close). He was talking about how we just moved in and we tried to end the conversation (because we were super late and he was asking prying questions :) like all people here) and he did not want to stop. So then we told him that we were missionaries. He was like "Oh...have a great day, bye!" #howtogetridofsomeoneinlessthan5words  We thought it was pretty funny.
     Anyway, the conference was sooooo awesome! For those of you who don't know what General Conference is, it is a big meeting that we have every 6 months where the living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his apostles speak to us. It is suuuper great because we receive counsel and help with the problems and trials in our lives. Anyone can watch the conference on lds.org. I encourage all of you to watch at least part of it!!! I loved many of the talks but some of my favorites were by J. Devin Cornish on how Christ is helping each one of us. I also loved the talk by Kazuhiko Yamashita. He talked about a missionary that had some health problems and I felt the Spirit sooo strongly. Also, I loved the talk by Russel M Nelson. He talked about always being JOYFUL! It was the best conference ever. I have come to
appreciate conference so much more here in the mission! I hope you all loved it too! I love you guys! Have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Eaves