Sister Katie Garff

Sister Katie Garff
Bolivia Cochabamba Mission

Monday, December 5, 2016

Adios to Wonderful Hermana Romero

A baptism through our reference!  This family is super-great and the dad will be baptized next week :D
Hola Everyone! 
This week was super great, but quite the roller coaster too! I said goodbye to Hermana Romero (my amazing companion who can make jam out of sand), and I was called by my mission president to be a trainer. I am VERY excited about this, but also pretty darn tense. I want to be the best example that I can be for mi nuevita, but it is also a little difficult as I still can only comprehend 50% of conversations. I know that God will provide a way though, becuase when God commands, and we act in faith, we will be helped! 

My companion's farewell is this morning - It was crazy!
Merry Christmas!
This is a Christmas tree made up of Coke bottles - awesome!  It is super-good marketing too!
Funny: We were in an appointment where the investigator asked me "how do your parents punish you" (as he is a father and is curious about how Americans punish their children). The word for "punish" in spanish is "castigar"...which is very close to "caridad"...which means "chastity"...Therefore, in my gringa mind I translated this as "have you taught the law of chastity to your parents." Needless to say, it is not the same:D 

There is 1 day per 3 months that cars are not permitted to drive in the streets to prevent contamination.  It was awesome because we walked in the middle of the street all day.  It was like a grand parade:D
(though it may seem that the parade was not really well-attended)
Cultural: Once every 3 months there is a day where no cars are permitted to drive due to contamination problems (pic:)), but when people can drive, they do not usually obey traffic laws because there are hardly any policeman. The funny thing is, I haven`t even seen one accident! People drive very smart here, because usually, it is their only method to gain income.
A great member who had cancer and is constantly in lots of pain.  Nevertheless, he is nothing by kind to me (especially with my Spanish).  He reminds me of my Great Grandma Betty because he is always kind - even though he is not always feeling the greatest.
Spiritual: I am so grateful for the resources that we have on the mission. Many times when pamplets, cards and scriptures can`t exactly reach investigators, it is neat to share video clips with them (if they have a dvd player) and stories from the Liahona. The other day we were visiting a man named Roberto who has been studying religion for years and never quite grapsed the book of mormon. We gave him a Liahona to study, and when we returned a few days later, he proudly declared that he had read the whole Liahona and was very intruiged with its messages. So cool!
Our new pensionista - I'm a GIANT ha,ha!
I love this work. It is not always easy, but bringing light into people`s lives is absolutely worth my time! 

Nuestra pensionista otra vez mas.  Ella es super-buena y muy amable

Love, Hermana Garff 

I forgot to mention that this amazing women, our pensionista, is working on the 25 ways to lighten the world pamplet. The other day we helped her write a letter to her daugther. She never learned to read or write in her childhood, but is currently working on it right now. It is so cool to be able to help her, and I it really made me realize once more, how blessed I was and am to be gaining an education! 

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