I am going to tell you all this story first so you can understand things later on in the letter. This week on Tuesday we had a couple things in the church. 1. Rocio had her baptismal interview. 2. Luis had his temple recommend interview. Anyways, we got to the church and only the sacrament room had light. The other half of the building had no power. So we called Luis and told him not to come because the bishop said he wasn't going to do interviews. Luckily we got the sacrament room before anyone else so Rocio could have her interview. But then people were turning the power off and turning it back on trying to fix it and I was just like NOOOO don't do that haha but oh well, she passed and it all went well.
First thing first... The baptism!! So Friday we had the baptism. It was awesome. Seriously I think one of the best baptisms I have had. Despite a few things that happened. So we were cleaning the church and filling up the font a couple hours before and then the light started to flicker in the church. This is about an hour before the baptism that it happened. So the light flickered and then it completely ran out. So we ran back to our room and grabbed the little flashlight that I have and then we called the other missionaries in our ward to see if they had one and they did but weren't there so I had to crawl through their window and go through their stuff to find their flashlight and then we had to run back to the church. So we kept filling it up after in the dark. 6 o clock comes which is the time that the baptism was going to start but nobody was there. There is a thing here called la hora peruana. Which means that everyone shows up late for everything. Seriously it is so bad. So the first person got there about 5 minutes late. Rocio got there about 10 minutes late and then the bishop who was going to conduct got there 35 minutes late so we had to wait for him. And the relief society president was going to give a talk in the baptism but wasn't showing up so I had to ask Elder Hiatt to give one of the talks at the last second. But then comes the baptism and the whole thing started at about 7 so it was already dark. We all go to the font and there is no light so the only lights we have are from the flashlights. But, she was baptized and the spirit was so strong. Afterward she bore her testimony and it was so strong. After three years of investigating the church she was finally baptized and she wrote on Facebook afterward (someone told us) that she was so happy that she completed one of her goals and now she has a lot of goals to come. She even talked with her husband about getting sealed in the temple so we are putting the goal with them that in one year they can go to the temple and get sealed with their children. Really it was such an awesome experience. There was white in Perú and Salt Lake on Friday.
Another thing that happened was that Luis again is doing so good. He still thanks us so much for visiting him and he tells us how happy it makes him and how sad he was before we found him and it is wonderful. He is so happy now. And anyways, he is making friends in the church and we went to our missions office of family history and we printed out names of his family and he is going to the temple with us on Thursday to do baptisms for his ancestors. It is seriously so great. When we went to the family history place I also saw Elder Tonga so that was fun to catch up and see how everything is going. But that is the update on Luis. All is well.
Also we have an investigator named ____ . She is the girlfriend of a young man in the ward. Well he is about my age and is going to go on a mission in this coming year. Anyways, she wanted to learn more and we taught her and she accepted baptism for the 9 of May. I might have already told you all about her. but anyway our lessons with her this week were so good. She is reading and praying and said that she felt good when she prayed. Also she said that before when she prayed she just repeated everything and now she is actually praying and feels like she is talking with God. She is excited to get baptized so hopefully all of that works out. Yesterday in our gospel principles class she sat down and the teacher said this class is for converts and investigators and I told the teacher she is an investigator. The teacher said this because she seriously looks like a member!
We had an interesting experience this week also but what I will say is that it is interesting that when people have problems they call the missionaries. We have 19 and 18 years and grown people are calling us to fix their problems. It is awesome. it really makes you think and realize that we are set apart by a leader with the authority from God to help people with their problems. We really are representatives of Christ and the people recognize it.
Oh and la hora Peruana. for example. Our church started at 2:20 yesterday. 20 minutes late. Normally it isn't that bad but there is an example for you.
All is well here in Perú. Love you all.