Sunday, June 4, 2017

Finish with a Blaze

Hello and Goodbye!!!
So for those of you who are not aware, this will be my last email home. I will be arriving home on February 28th. 
I wish I could describe to you just how amazing, life-changing, hard, miraculous and wonderful the mission has been for me. I have grown in ways that I never thought possible and changed so much. I have come to love the Bolivian people with all my heart. I love sharing the gospel with people and seeing their hope increase. I have gained a great testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know He lives and loves us. I know that through Him we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. I know that through His sacrifice and resurrection we can have families that don't only last for this life but for eternity. 
     I remember beginning my mission. When I left my home to fly to the Mexico MTC I had no idea what lie ahead. I remember arriving to the Mexico airport and not understanding a word of what anyone said to me. Arriving at the MTC I was able to meet and shake the hand of an apostol, Elder D. Todd Chistofferson, and tell him what mission I would be going to. Wile I was in the CCM (MTC) I learned to much about trusting in the Spirit to know what to say to the investigators. I learned about the gospel and I learned how to love my companion. 
     On October 5, 2015 I left the CCM. I remember being full of excitement. I had no idea what Bolivia held in store. I was going to a country I didn't know to speak a language a barely knew to people I had never met and I couldn't have been more excited. On October 7 I met my companion, Hermana Fuenzalida from Chile. We went to Sucre together. We walked hills in the rain and in the sun, teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember meeting our investigator, Miguel, who had so many doubts about the gospel. I remember that I didn't understand all his questions, but I was able to bear my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and the happiness that it had brought to my life. I left Sucre before Miguel was baptized but now he is preparing to go on a mission. In Sucre I realized how great of a privledge I had to be a missionary. I wrote in my journal "Never forget yout unchanging companion, during your mission, His name is written on your tag. After the mission, His name is written on your heart." I came to know and love my Heavenly Father. I was able to speak to Him and He became my best friend. That time became a foundation for my mission. 
    I then went to Quillacollo with Hermana Padron. I missed Sucre and all the amazing friends I had made while there but Quillacollo gained a special place in my heart. I was able to help God's children start down the path that would lead them back to His prescence; the path starting with baptism. I met amazing people who had great desires to follow Christ. I will never forget the phone call we received at 6AM from our investigator, Edwin "Hermanas, I want to get baptized this Saturday."  I will never forget the huge smile on Edwin's face when he received the Priesthood a week after his baptism. I will never forget my other investigator, Bianca's, example of faith when she went to her baptismal interview and was later baptized, even though she was afraid she wasn't ready. I will never forget her smile as she came out of the water. I won't ever forget the tears I shed as some of our investigators chose to reject our message, even though they knew it was true. At this moment the scripture in Alma 26:27 took on new meaning " 27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success..."  My companion and I were able to continue on, trusting in God and we were able to see many miracles in Quillacollo.
     From Quillacollo I went to Alamos with Hermana King. The work was difficult and we were often rejected. I relied often on the scripture in Docrtina and Convenios 123:17 " 17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." Many people were opposed to and even hostile to the message of hope and peace we shared. I remember one instance when we knocked on a door. The man that opened the door invited us back. When we went he let us in and we sat down. Then this man began to attack the church. He attacked all that I believed and held sacred.. When it was my turn to speak I remember feeling a power swell within me as I said, "I know that God lives and loves us. I know that He restored His church to the earth through His prophet, Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know these things because I have asked God and He has told me that they are true." When we left that house I felt a new strength inside me. I felt a new desire to spread the truth to those who would listen. In Alamos, Hermana Gutierrez and I were able to help a lost sheep, Cleofe, return to the fold of God. We went to visit her today and she told us that she still goes to church and has the goal to go to the temple to be sealed with her husband. She brings to mind a scripture in DyC 18:15-16, "15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many soulsunto me!" I left Alamos thinking that I had not had any success there. Now I realize that we were able to find one of our Heavenly Father's lost sheep and help her to find the hope and happiness that lies in the gospel. :) 
     From Alamos I went to Tupiza. I came to love Tupiza with all my heart. My testimony grew, my love for others increased, I was able to form everlasting friendships. I will never forget the people I met and the feelings I felt while I was in Tupiza. I wish I had words to describe how amazing the members are. Each member faces great diffuculties yet they are all united by the faith they have in God. I learned so much about faith and miracles in Tupiza. I was able to see an area come to life. I was able to meet wonderful investigators. Though they weren't baptized when I was there, my joy was full when I heard that a family I had met and taught had been baptized a month after I left. :) In Tupiza I came to learn what it meant to have charity for others. I couldn't hold back the tears as I left that beautiful town; knowing that I was leaving behind people that I loved and cherished. I only had one convert in Tupiza; myself. I was converted in Tupiza and that is what makes it a very special place. 
     From Tupiza I came to Siglo XX where I have been able to help 4 people come to find the truth. Carla, Soledad, Saturnino and Antonio. 4 precious souls. Each investigator and convert I have had have left great impacts in my heart. I have found great joy in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been able to laugh and cry, struggle and succeed, grow and learn and become a better person. I love a quote from E. Russel M. Nelson "For Latter-day Saints, Jesus Christ is JOY." For me, Jesus Christ is JOY. Spreading the gospel brings me JOY. Being a representative of Jesus Christ brings me JOY. And being here in the mission and seeing others come to know Christ has brought me more JOY than I could have ever imagined. 
"30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.
31 Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they aremany; yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren and also towards us. 35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, allwisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name." Alma 26:30-15

 1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
 2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
 3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
 4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
 5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
 6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance,patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility,diligence.
 7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.     DyC 4

Yo se que Jesucristo vive. El es mi Salvador y Redentor. Se que El vino al mundo y dio su vida para que cada uno de nosotros podamos arrepentirnos y volver a su presencia. Amo el Evangelio de Jesucristo. Se que es solo por medio de El que podemos tener felicidad verdadera. Se que las familias pueden ser juntas para siempre si son sellados con el poder y autoridad de Dios en sus santos templos. Se que Jose Smith restauro la iglesia de Jesucristo. Se que el Libro de Mormon es verdadero y trae paz a las personas. Se que Thomas S. Monson es el profeta hoy en dia. Se estas cosas por mi mismo y las dejo en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen. 
¡Les quiero mucho!

Hasta pronto,
Hermana Eaves
Bolivia :)
  Tupiza-de graining maiz

 Familia Martinez-tupiza

 First day-Siglo XX

CCM Mexico con Hermana Standring

Monday, February 13, 2017

Baptism!!!

Hello a todos!
It's been an awesome week! We have been working so hard and have been able to find many people that are prepared to accept the gospel! 
      The other week while I was in an intercambio with another sister we were walking down the street and talking. We passed by several people but for some reason didn't stop to talk to them. Then we passed by a lady that was leaving the house with her baby. I felt like we needed to stop and talk to her so we did. She is now an amazing investigator. She has lots of problems with the father of her baby and is going through many trials but has lots of faith. She is awesome and has accepted a baptismal date for 11 March. I know that Heavenly Father leads us to His children that need our help. :)
     Also, we had a baptism and it was sooooo awesome! We had a problem because we didn't have a propane tank to heat the baptismal font. We finally found a member that lended us one and we went and filled the font with hot water. :) So that was a mini miracle. Our investigator that was baptized is named Antonio Calle. He was a super prepared investigator from the start. His aunt is a member and she showed us his house. He loves the gospel and was super happy at his baptism. The other joven that was baptized is named Carlos. Hermana Gutierrez and I found him while knocking doors. He is super awesome too and has read all of first Nephi in the Book of Mormon. We had to pass him to the Elders because his parents live in the campo and we couldn't teach him alone in his house (Antonio had the lessons with his mom). So we are super happy for them!!!! It was an awesome week! I know that this is the work of our Heavenly Father and that He loves us. I love you all!
Love,  
Hermana Eaves

With Antonio and all the people that came to support him. :)
With Carlos and Antonio.
Us with Antonio and his family.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A HOT and rainy week here in Bolivia!

It has been a HOT week here! The kind of week where you don't even wipe the sweat off your face because you know it will just come back. Haha! But I love it here and love the work! 
     We have seen TONS of great things here in Siglo XX this week! Our investigators are progressing and we have been able to see their desires grow! We found a super great family a couple weeks ago. The family consists of the dad, mom, 6 little girls and 1 little boy. They are all sooooo excited to listen and learn from us. The parents accepted a baptismal date for March 11th and they came to church this Sunday! The oldest daughter said that she would like to serve a mission one day! We are super happy for them! 
    I love to be a missionary here in Bolivia! I am so happy to serve Heavenly Father 24/7 and to carry His Son's name over my heart all day long. I love talking to everyone about the gospel of happiness! I know that we are weak so that Heavenly Father can make us strong! I love quotes so I will finish with this one "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for His arm to be revealed. (DyC 123:17) I love you all! 
Love, 
Hermana Eaves
The Elders had a baptism! And we helped teach this family (Paola was baptized 10 months ago-the one next to me). We were happy to see the kids baptized! 
They were doing something with the floors in the chapel so we had our meeting in the nursery room.
 
Chopping away at a plant with a machete in an elementary school. 
With Hermana Moquillaza in intercambios (and my hand after service)
I found this in a glass case in a gas station...nice. I think it came from Arizona.
The ice cream taxi...they sell ice cream out of the back of cars here. They drive through the neighborhood with their music...it's not even abnormal here. 





Can dogs receive the spirit?

Hello!

So to explain the subject, a recent convert (she's a young woman) brought her two small dogs to church. We went over to her and were like "Why in the world did you bring your dogs to church?" She replied "So that they can receive the spirit." Great...they were even all dressed up. Then we got stuck with one of them for church and had to carry it around and take it outside for potty breaks. It was a bit difficult. We explained that dogs can't come to church...hopefully the recent convert understands.
The dog we had to hold for the three hours of church...

Anyway, it was an awesome week! We truly felt led by the Spirit to people who are ready to hear the gospel. Here are two different experiences:
1. In intercambios, Hermana Lopez and I were searching for a cholita named Olga. She had given us her address "From the last bus stop of Trufi 27, there's a bread shop and I live in the tienda (mini store) a little bit arriba from the bread shop." So we were looking for that, haha! We went to a tienda by the bread shop and met a lady named Petrona. She seems super prepared. She has had a lot of trials in her life and her son recently was in an accident that left him in a wheelchair. We are super excited to teach her and know that God led us to her tienda.
2. We took a taxi to Jardin for our other intercambio (45 minute drive) We talked with the taxi driver and he really was prepared and needed us in that moment. He had lots of problems and we are going to send the missionaries to his house (the missionaries in his area).

I love being led to Heavenly Father's prepared children. I know that He loves us and is always watching over us. Love you guys! Love,

Hermana Eaves
PS My mom has my flight plans. You can ask her for details!


Intercambios with Hermana Castillo and Hna Kincaid in Jardin

Unclogging our sink #professionalplumbers
We put our pillows and blankets in sheets and carried them like the cholitas do...

Intercambios with hermana Lopez and Hna Gomez
Eating some sort of fruit from a cactus (it's called tuna in Spanish) 

Monday, January 23, 2017

I'm just all out of ideas for the subject....

Hello everyone!!!!

It has been a great week!!!! We contacted a lot this week and had a great time! One lady couldn't talk to us because she said her jello was burning, haha!!!
Okay, I don't have much time today but I want to share something super cool that happened! So we went to search for a lady and her daughter that we found in the street. We end up finding them and their cousins and uncle and aunt (15 people in total). It was super awesome! We ended up teaching a crowd of people in their house a little bit about the Plan of Salvation. The dad of the family said at the end of the lesson "My wife and I woke up this morning knowing that something good was going to happen to us today. We didn't know what it was until you showed up. Thank you!" It was so awesome! I really think they are going to progress!
Anyway, I love you all! Until next week! Have an awesome time!

I have some great pictures from this week but I'm going to wait until next week to send them because I don't know if this internet has a virus. :/

Love,

Hermana Eaves

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A great week in the 20th Century!

Hey everyone! To explain the heading/subject? my area is called "Siglo XX," which means 20th Century in English.
Anyway, it has been an AWESOME week! (Like every week in the obra misional!) Yesterday we received calls for cambios and...I will be finishing my mission here in Siglo XX with Hermana Gutierrez!!!! It is going to be an awesome 6 weeks here! I am so excited to work hard and give it my all and share this amazing gospel!!!
Sooooo, Hermano Saturnino (our convert that was baptized on Dec 10) will be starting Chemotherapy tomorrow so keep him in your prayers! He is super weak and his throat is so bad (he has throat cancer) that he can't even talk to us anymore. We are hoping that everything can go well so that he can recover.
Anyway, it's been super cool here to see the work progress!!!! We have 3 investigators with a fecha programada for their baptism! Antonio is the brother of a recent convert named Manuel. He is super awesome and has been coming to church and reading his Book of Mormon! We have high hopes for his mom too! Aracely and Fanor are a couple (they are married!) They have been reading the Book of Mormon and came to church this Sunday with their little kids! Aracely's mom is a member of the church, which is great!
Something funny about this week is that my companion wanted to spray a bottle of Raid around the kitchen to kill all the fruit flies. I had to convince her that it wasn't a good idea to spray toxic chemicals around our food. This bottle of Raid is going to be the death of me. Also, we still have a rat in the apartment...lurking. :)
I love the mission soooooo much and am so happy to see people change and progress! I love my area and have the best companion in the world! I am so happy for the gospel in my life and I know that families can be together forever! I love you all! Have an awesome week!
Love,
Hermana Eaves
Desperate times call for desperate measures...using the plunger in the sink...the water started going down but not because we unclogged the drain. Rather because the pipe sort of came off the sink, haha! So we need to get that fixed now. We currently have a bucket under the sink.
Zone Picture!
Intercambios with Hermana Castillo.
Going down the mountain in the dark with Paola Gutierrez.
Intercambios with Hermana Amaguana.
In Intercambios with Hermana Hernandez we went down this super big slide (in the background). Slides and skirts don't mix, if you wanted to know...

Our little friend, Rosie.
With all of our fruit!

Monday, January 9, 2017

1 RAT down, probably 3 more to go...

So as you can see in the subtitle...WE KILLED A RAT THIS WEEK!

My companion and I are tired of having to keep all of our food in the fridge so that the rat won't eat it...we are tired of finding rat poop all over our desks and kitchen...so we set a trap (just a bucket of water) and we put it under the rat hole and one rat fell in one night and died. Success. 
The dead rat....your welcome.  We think there are more rats in our house though...we are pretty paranoid and are always going to the kitchen to check, haha! I am done with mice! They always eat my oats...

But it was an awesome week! It was so cool because we were able to take two converts to the temple! Soledad went and did the baptism and confirmation for her mom and Paola went for the first time even though she has been a convert for 9 months! It was so awesome! I loved seeing them do the ordinances for other people! 
It was also awesome because Hermano Saturnino (my convert who has cancer) received the Sacerdocio (Priesthood) yesterday after church! He is super sick and getting worse. Today he is starting Radiotherapia (I don't know what the translation is, it's like Chemotherapy) so we will see if it helps. 


But the mission is so awesome! I love being a missionary and helping people to know their Savior! I know that Heavenly Father loves us and answers our prayers! I love the Book of Mormon and know that it is true! Love you all!
Love,
Hermana Eaves

This is how they sell bananas;  In giant stacks.
We went to the temple with our zone.

Monday, January 2, 2017

I can't believe that it's 2017!!!!!! Yesterday I was thinking back on this whole year of 2016 and I truly feel that it has been the best year of my life (until this point). It has been such an amazing year because it is the only year that I have spent completely in the service of my Heavenly Father, testifying of Jesus Christ.
I started off the year in Zona Quillacollo, Area Villa Moderna with Hermana Padron, my trainer. We were able to see many miracles and help two wonderful people, Ander and Edwin obtain testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and be baptized. Then my trainer went home for knee problems and I became companions with Hermana Cicotte! She was super awesome and we had a LOT of fun together. We were able to work hard and see Bianca be baptized after a MIRACLE when we got her to her entrevista!
Then I was transfered to Zona Alamos, Area Alamos where I was first with Hermana King. We caught a rat in our house and contacted a ton! It was lots of fun with Hermana King and I learned a lot! Then we had cambios and Hermana Gutierrez (who is my companion right now too) came to be with me. We didn't catch the second rat in our apartment but we were able to help a precious soul, Cleofe, to become active in the church again!
Then we received early cambio calls and I went to TUPIZA where I passed some of the best months of my mission. I started off in a trio with Hermana Goff and Hermana Lopardo. We laughed and joked and freezed our tails off in Tupiza. Then Hermana Goff went to Cochabamba and Hermana Lopardo finished her mission and went home. Hermana Jara came to be my companion. We had lots of fun searching less actives and working with the people in the pueblos, many of which became my close friends. :) Then Hermana Jara left and I was assigned to be a Sister Training Leader with Hermana Bisama in Tupiza! We came to love the people (Investigators, members and recent converts) in our area and in our branch. I was super sad to leave my beautiful Tupiza!
But I was so happy to come here to Siglo XX with Hermana Males. We worked hard and were able to see Carla and Soledad be baptized. Then Hermana Gutierrez came to be with me and we have had a blast! We helped Saturnino be baptized and have been able to see many miracles as we have been diligent here.
So here's to 2016! I have learned and grown so much and I will never be the same. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He came to this earth and gave his life for each of us! I am so thankful for this wonderful chance to be a missionary! I am so excited for 2017 and the miracles that it will bring! Love you all!

Love,
Hermana Eaves

In the RAIN!


My area, Siglo XX!


With a parrot (kitten?) on my shoulder.