Monday, April 28, 2014

April 14, 2014

hey family!
well we had transferes and... i am still in libertadores.  i have been in this area for almost 5 months but i know that i still have work here to do. and i am training a new missionary again!  hermana S from puira.  she was born in puira but lives in trujillo (exactly the same as hermana E!).  she is so awesome and so ready to work.  i love new missionaries because they arent tired yet and they are just so happy and excited to be here! i was so sad that Hermana E left because we really were such great friends but i know that she will do great things in her new area.  
Hermana S and i had a miracle this week.  i think that this has been one of the most stressful but rewarding weeks of my mission.  we have been visiting M and C and their three little boys (who were a reference from our ward mission leader) for the past 2 weeks now.  but this week we were talking about something, i dont remember what, and M mentioned that they werent married, just living together.  and that she has always had dreams of being married in white.  but here in Peru the custom is that if you have had kids before you are married you are impure and you can't be married in white.  you can be married in any other color but not white.  this completly opened the door to talk about repentance and baptism and we were able to tell her that after her baptism she will be completly clean.  and she wont have this sin with her anymore.  she lit up and started to cry and said that she had felt so much guilt because she had her kids without being married but that she truely believes that with baptism she can be clean again. so Hermana S and I and the zone leaders are starting all the paperwork for them to get married civilly in the next 2 weeks so that they can be baptized at the end of april!! and we were able to testify to them that after their baptism, they will be clean and CAN be married in white (in the temple!). ah they are so prepared! i am doing things here in peru that i never thought i would do.  i thought i would come here and maybe help a few people to get baptized.  but it is even more than that! right now we are helping a family to become eternal.  i feel so blessed.  i will keep you updated on their progress.  i heard that its kinda a hard process to marry someone here in peru so i hope that everything goes smoothly and that they can be baptized this month! 
Other than that things are going good here in libertadores.  we are a little low in investigators right now but we are working like crazy to try to find people who want to hear this message.  oh and its turning into fall here and at night it is soooo cold! i have a feeling we are having the last of the warm days until december.  
thanks for your emails! i love you all! until next week...
xoxo hermana murdock 

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