Darkest Peru. What?

mel 2.23.2015iquitos 2.23.2015

I have no idea who or what or where Paddington, but I must assume that this is social media references that I’m not going to get for a long, long time. And that’s okay.

This week on Crosby updates—well, she’s fantastic. She doesn’t hug me much, but she’s really good at saying things like, ‘I love you. You have no idea.’ And also, ‘I could just stare at your face all day.’ along with other affirming, feel-good things. We have changes today—my very last—and we’re terrified at the thought of being split up. We’ve only been together for one change, but she’s literally the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time.

As far as missionary work in this ward goes, it’s stalling. We’ve got this adorable lady and her grown son going to church, but she’s super hesitant about being baptized again—she understands the priesthood and authority, but is quite opposed to the idea of a second baptism. She’s Catholic, and her mom was a nun when she was younger, but she’s quite wonderful, all things considered. Then there’s Alexandra and Jose. They’re a young, unmarried couple who’ve attended a few times. She’s definitely more invested in being a member and going to church and reading and praying, but he doesn’t want to get married, which is a huge obstacle here in Peru. She can’t progress any further without being married in able to be baptized. It’s sad, actually.

In all honesty, yesterday was a pretty rough day. Spiritually, physically, emotionally. It’s something horrible to know and to understand the truths of the gospel so clearly and to watch people completely reject it. We taught a less active where there was a woman who’s a member of a church called Dios Madre, of which has pretty strange, extreme ideas.  She snapped and bit at every little thing until we had to go to another room in the house.

Also, it was Sundays. Always, by far, the longest, hardest days of the week.

Alden and Sinda are coming home! Rejoice! To quote you Mom,  ‘I am SO happy about that! I want to jump up and down and yell and sing and dance.’ That’s about how I feel. That’s actually the best news I’ve gotten in a long time, and is definitely a booster to my iffy week.

See you all in a bit,

Hna. Compton

p.s. I’ve been dreaming a ton about Alden and Sinda lately and I totally had a dream of watching Alden get off a plane and you crying, you were so happy. Pre-cognitive-dream-called-it!

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