Sister Katie Garff

Sister Katie Garff
Bolivia Cochabamba Mission

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Awesome Week in Bolivia

Luis, a boy from my old ward in Sucre got baptized by Juan Pablo, a convert I worked with.

This week was absolutely incredible. We were able to see lots of miracles and laugh a lot...I sent tons of funny pictures to represent the funny and cultural bullet points por hoy:) I love that the Lord expects us to work hard, but that along the way, He wants us to laugh and enjoy the ride:D

Angelo is a person that just appeared in church during my first week in my new area He came up to us and told us that he wanted to learn more. The things was, we were super shocked because we already thought that he was a member. He was dressed nicely, appeared to be a return missionary, and, from sunday school, we could tell that he already had tons of knowldege about the gospel. We came to find out that he started attending church in his girlfriend's ward for 2 months and exactly 4 weeks after we met him, and on the date we set for his baptism, he got baptized! He truly is incredible and has great goals and intentions for the church. He wants to serve a mission, get a calling, get his patriarchal blessing, get sealed in the temple and, simply grow in his understanding and happiness of the Gospel. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!
We had two great baptisms, and it was great to share that day with the elders too as they had a baptism.Angelo is in the middle with Ruben and David to his left.
Ruben is el mayorcito that is in the picture next to Angelo. His son, David (a recent convert who has his mission call to serve in Mexico), baptized him and is very supportive of his son and his decision. What I love most about his testimony is that it is extremely humble and pure. He loves that the church is so supportive of families and desires that the rest of his family can accept the Gospel too! And he, like Angelo, is incredible! He got baptized very quickly (6 weeks after knowing him) and got baptized on the day that we made the goal as well. It felt so good to be in his home, watch his conversion and then watch his baptism. And, as I mentioned above, I just LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY because it is the best kind of service there is to bring others to the level of happiness that they need!
With our investiagtors, we highly stressed the importance of bringing dry underwear but the elders forgot to tell their investigator. How do we know? The bench really does tell it all. Poor kid!

This is an awesome elder that proudly showed us a hat made of cow skin that he had received from a member. I will definitely have to find that member;D
Pictures of our study wall. Mine is the one with the orange paper, and, really, my wall is full of spanish vocabulary and ridiculous pictures and quotes....and, that of my companion is quite different. She has got lots of inspirational quotes, mission pictures and cute, crafted things...maybe one day I will repent and improve, but for now, I will keep laughing:D
This is my companion cleaning the house becuase the big bottle of water exploded while she was trying to put it on the tap. The water was ALL OVER the kitchen and hallway and we laughed SO HARD as we figured that it was God´s way of telling us that we needed to clean the floor;D
I love you all, have a great week and know that I love you all very much!

Con Amor, 
Hermana Garff

P.S.  Enjoy your running water and we will for today too because we have WATER today:D:D:D:D:D 

Some Hermanas were in our house to do tramites,
so we casually decided to buy some churros to celebrate.
They are AMAZING!:D
Also, I got a package from the Woods. PLEASE send these pics to them and let them know that we nearly cried over seeing American candy. I shared this candy with them (one of the girls from Peru had never even SEEN candy before) and it has been super fun sharing the candy in family home evenings with different families in the ward.  Also Lisa Mietchen's Luna Bars were AWESOME!

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