What a week! After last week I was just hoping this week would be better, and it sure was! Hermana Challco and I really focused on reaching our goals and we found 14 new investigators this week! We also passed our goal for lessons with members. We were super excited about that. My testimony of the power of prayers of faith was strengthen once again.
Armenia is still happy as ever. At church yesterday she asked for a blessing of health for her Parkinsons and the spirit was so strong. After Marcelo finished she had the biggest smile and said "yeah, he's the one I want to baptize me." We also were able to talk to her family this week and they are all supporting her in her decision. We have moved her baptismal date back so that they can all attend.
Carlos moved to Iquique this week but Catalina is still progressing. Her friend Katy is also progressing lots too and they both have baptismal dates! Hermana Challco and I are so excited. We were able to teach the plan of salvation yesterday and Catalina was explaining everything to Katy. They both had really great questions about the ressurection.
We had intercambios this week and I was able to work with Hermana Crum. She is such a good missionary and I learned a lot, especially about focusing on repentance and Jesus Christs atonement in our teaching.
My birthday was great and thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. And shoutout to Dad (and mom I'm sure you helped too) for the surprise party! Holy cow! On Wednesday during companionship study a woman called and told us she had found a card on the ground with our number and that she needed to talk to us. Hermana Challco and I were so excited thinking we had found a golden investigator. We went for our appointment with her and when we walked into her cafe she started talking about my birthday and brought out a huge cake. I must admit dad, I was a little upset that I didn't get my golden birthday investigator but oh well... We sat down and started talking to her and her husband over cake. I was able to place a Book of Mormon which made me feel a little better. Then other people from the branch started showing up. We all had lots of fun together and the woman and her husband invited Hna. C and I back to teach them sometime. Marcelo and Romina also had us over in the night and we had pizza and it was really fun. Definitely a birthday to remember.
Ah....and I did end up getting my golden birthday investigator, Luis. He was a contact we made a few weeks ago and while we were eating cake he called and asked us to pass by his house right after. He is so prepared and accepted baptism and has been keeping all his committments and everything. But he is moving to Iquique next week so the missionaries there will have to finish teaching him.
I am so grateful to be here in Tocopilla. There isn't a better branch in the world and really if president kept me here forever I would be perfectly content!
I love you all and thanks for the prayers!