Well another week in Moquegua. My dad said that Saint George is incredibly hot right now. I think Moquegua can beat it haha. I think its getting hotter everyday. Last pday we hiked to some waterfalls in Tarate, it was pretty cool! It reminded me of home a little because of the red rocks. Today we are headed to Ilo which is why im writing early. We are playing soccer against the zone in Ilo. I heard the weather is a lot cooler there so im excited.
I had some pretty cool experiences this week that Im excited to share. On saturday we had a baptism at 5 in the morning and a restuarant just opened up next to our house and has been having fiestas every single night until 4:30 in the morning. We are so lucky to have one of their speakers right next to our window. We don't sleep. Last night they also had a disco ball that lights up our room. It's the best. I am now caught up on all of the new latino music. Yaayyy. So we've been a little tired this week.
But I had 2 experiencias this week that strengthened my testimony SO MUCH about the priesthood. On Friday we left to our lessons with our bishop and another hermano in my ward. We have been visiting a less active that said she's been having problems in her house. She said that she's been hearing things in her house at night and can't sleep. So we went with our bishop to bless her home. When we entered her house it was really dark and really disorganized so we talked for awhile and when we all knelt down to pray it hit us all really hard. The ugliest feeling I have ever felt. My heart was beating super fast. But as the prayer went on the more the feeling went away and at the end of the prayer the feeling was SO different in her house. It was amazing. The bishop said after that he was super nervous and almost couldn't talk during the prayer. So after that visit we decided to head to another less active. We've been visitng him for awhile. He got baptized three months ago and before his baptism he said that he could hear voices. But after his baptism they went away and it worried him so he told us that he wanted to invite them again and he now he doesn't believe in God. Everytime we visited I left really frustrated and could never feel the spirit in his house. Well when we went to visit him on friday he opened the door and had like 5 new tattoos all of different distored faces and weird things. It freaked me out. So we started to talk to him and then the bishop and hermano Jesus started to get really serious with him and started to talk to him really loud and kind of rude. Hermana Bustillos and I were starring at each other like what the heck why are they being so rude. As they continued to talk the Hermano got more and more nervous and wouldnt look any of us in the eyes and said he needed to sit down. He then started to say weird stuff and stood up and yelled nothing exsists after this life and slammed the door. I was standing there like what the heck just happened. But after we left our bishop told us that he is posessed and that we need to have the priestood with us with we visit him. He told us to go home and that we will be protected. I had chills for like five minutes after. They were being really straight forward with him and really direct because they knew there was something wrong with him. It was the craziest thing ever. But my testimony of the power of the preisthood was strengthened so much. I know that the preisthood is the power of God here on earth. After I was thinking a lot about it and I was thinking about when joseph smith went to pray in the sacred grove and the power of the adversary that he felt before he prayed. How strong that must have been. But we can draw comfort knowing that we are stronger than any of that because we have a body of flesh and bones and they don't. I know that the power of satan is strong but we are stronger!!
Something that I have noticed as we meet new people and new families is that the FIRST thing they all say is how worried they are about their children. How scary the world is and how they want to be closer to God more than ever. We dont even know how blessed we are to have a knowledge of the gospel. It doesn't mean that we aren't going to be challanged by the things of the world but that we have something so strong and so sure to hold on to. I can promise you all that if you hold on and honor your convenants with God your convenants of baptism and of the temple that you will be protected. That you will be stronger than the things of the world.
I made a promise to myself to make my letters more uplifiting and longer because i feel like i've been slacking haha. I get super laazy when it comes to writing so i promise to be better. I love you all. I'm so grateful for the support that I have. The mission is the hardest thing I have ever done honestly. But when Im going through trials i think of all of the people who love me and support me. IM CRAZY BLESSED haha. talk to you next week!