Monday, January 9, 2017

So this is it, the last letter! I can't believe it. Honestly, I sort of feel the same as I have every other transfer. I know that this is my last week, but it's as if my mind refuses to accept it. But,at the same time, I'm super excited to see you guys!! Even if I do get back at midnight and we might all be kind of sleepy haha.
This week was a little disappointing because one of our investigators who was supposed to be baptized this week on the 14th, had to work and we'll have to postpone her baptism. But, I know that she is excited and prepared, and it comforts me to know that she will be baptized, whether or not I am there to see it.
However, another investigator will be baptized this Saturday as planned! He is great. In the past 2 weeks he has really progressed, and he has a very strong testimony. Seeing him baptized will be a wonderful way to finish.
This week will pretty much be just like normal, but I get to go the Temple Saturday morning, have my last interview with President, and then I have training (a.k.a. "preparation for normal life") the whole afternoon. Sunday I will have a free day, but I think I will stay in my current ward. Maybe I'll go to Tiquipaya to visit in the afternoon if we don't a have appointments or they fall though. Monday we have FHE in the mission home with all those that are leaving, and Tuesday, I'M HOME.
I feel like I should end this letter with a testament, or something maybe more dramatic, but I think the best way that I can finish is by giving my testimony that Jesus is the Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is only through Him that we can be happy in this life, and happy with our loved ones in the next. I love Him who loved me first, and I will forever be grateful for the past year and a half that has helped me to feel that.
Have a great week, and know that I am very excited to see you all! I love you guys!
Hermana Rupp

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ali Watata Charingi!! I don't know it I spelled that right, but that's how you say Happy New Year's in Quechua! The photos were awesome, so I hoped your vacation was as awesome as it looked, and that you guys get back safely.
This week was great!
On New Year's we went up to the roof of our house and watched the fireworks. Here everyone buys them, so it's CRAZY when it hits 12. I think Shelise said it was similar on her mission.
We are finding some cool people, but in particular we have 2 that are really great. We have one who is vey excited for her baptism. She's someone that you wouldn't expect to be so prepared, but she's got a strong testominy. We are also teaching a man who is a former investigator who recently moved back to Cochabamba. He has Embolia, which means he can't use the left side of his body very well, but he still walked to church this week. He also says that when he reads his Book of Mormon, he always puts its over his leg because it takes away the pain. I always feel the Spirit very strongly when we teach him.
Anyway, those are the highlights of this week :)
Have an aweome last week of vacations!! I love you guys a lot!
Hna. Rupp

We went paintballing today, and last Monday Hna Pastillo and I went to the mission home to help serve food during an activity for investigators

12/26/16 letter:
Hey!! I'm not really sure what to say seeing as we just spoke yesterday, but it was great to see you guys!! Sorry it was kind of short. The woman who let us use her computer had already let 2 other hermanas speak before, and when it got to my turn she has to leave. So she was literally standing behind the computer. pointing at her watch, and telling me she had to go. But, the good thing is that we can see each other in 3 weeks!
This week our zone went caroling in a plaza in the center of the city. I wasn't sure how well it would work out, but at the end there were a lot of people whom we spoke with that accepted return appointments.
Hna. Pastillo and I also saw a lot of tender mercies this week. A lot of people we contacted let us in, and we found some who have lots of interest. We also found some former investigators who are doing really well. If everyone makes it to church on time for the sacrament in the next two weeks, we have 3 people that will be baptized!
Anyway, I'm grateful that I saw all of you yesterday, and I hope you have a Happy New Year!!!
I know this it the Lord's church here on the Earth, and I will be forever grateful for the time I have to serve here in Bolivia, especially in the coming 3 weeks!
Love you guys!!
Hna. Rupp

Monday, December 19, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I'm not gonna go into a whole lot of details because I'm gonna talk to you guys in 6 DAYS, but Hna. Pastillo and I doing really well! We're in full Christmas mode haha. We're working really hard, and we just laugh and laugh together.
I have to send photos and a ton of family info to the offices and it's taking a lot longer than what I though, so I'm just gonna try and send more photos to you guys, and I'll give you an update sunday!
when do you guys want to do skype?? i'm thinking around 3 or 4 here, but i cant remember what time that is at home... if i dont hear from you guys in time, i'll go with that :)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hey family!
Sorry about last week, but it was insanity trying to get the house all ready and packing all of our stuff.
So my new area is the about 10 minutes from the old one, and I like it a lot! It's called Cobija, and it's in the center of the city. Their are a lot of business and fewer houses, but it seems to me that the ward is very willing to help us out. We'll have to work a little to gain their confidence, but we've been visiting members when appointments fall through, and I think it's working.
My new comp, Hna. Pastillo, is also awesome. We work hard and we laugh a ton. She's still getting the hang of how the mission works, but she really wants to do what's right, and I admire her a lot. I think we'll have a great transfer together!
Nargila was also baptized on Saturday! Hna. Campana and I were able to go to her baptism, and it was really beautiful. She gave her testimony at the end, and it was POWERFUL. It made me feel very grateful to have been in Colon. She's going back to Brazil this week, so today we ate lunch together so I could say bye.
Last week Elder Falabella came to visit our mission, and he taught us so many things that I'm very anxious to start applying in out area. But, most of all, I loved that he spoke about the Atonement and all that the Savior has done for us. I don't have time to put write it out, but he spoke of it in a way that you don't hear very often, and it was very poweful.
These past few weeks I've thought a lot about if I've made progress during my time here in the mission, and I think that the love I feel for my Savior and Redeemer is worth more than anything else that I could've gained. Because after all is said and done, what could be more important? I could do all the right things and know all the doctrine, but if I have not come to love my Heavenly Father and His Son, I haven't arrived to were I need to be. I still don't feel like I love Him as I should, but it is my goal to get closer. Not only during my last transfer here, but throughout all of my life.
I'm glad to hear that you had a great week. I love you guys!
Hna. Rupp

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hey guys! I don't have a lot of time today because we've got a ton to do, so this we'll be shorter than normal.
Hna. Campana and I both got transferred! The Elders in our ward will be covering our half of the area now, and I'm going to Cobija. It's another part of Cochabamba (I think it's still the center), and I'll be finishing the training of an hermana from Ecuador. Her name's hermana Pastillo, and I bumped into her today. I think she'll be super cool.
Hna. Campana and I have to go clean up all of our house (and to make things worst, the owners are on vacation), pack, and get everything ready so that the Elders can find our investigators.
I love you guys a lot and will try to send pictures/write more in a little bit!
Hna. Rupp