Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 Alecia's birthday pictures and email!!!

  Hma Roxanna and Alecia with Perfume To all the dear people who made Alecia's 20th birthday so wonderful, I would like to give you a heartfelt Thank You!!!! She is so happy! I know that it is because of the efforts of her dear friends, especially Hma Roxanna and Hma Nunez! I really appreciate all the care that you give to her. I will forever be grateful to you all.

 Alecia and Hma. Nunez

 perfume! smells so good!
the wallet they gave me
and a wallet! BIRTHDAY GIFTS!
¨Biting the Cake¨
bolivian tradition...

Pic missing here:  . louis and the key chain he gave me
my cards and gifts
 This is a rather strange and gorgeous bolivian flower

 and all of louis´s family at the baptism!
Letter to Momma:
Hey mom!!!
hey mom... i have just spent flipping 45 minutes looking for a computer that actually works here in the internet cafe we are at... and therefore i am working with half the normal time i would have to  write... just apologising ahead of time...

 This week was amazing! so many great experiences! LOUIS WAS BAPTISED THIS SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His entire family was there! And my what a beautiful testimony he gave after wards!! i cried... and we sang i like to look for rainbows in spanish with all the missionaries in our ward. his little cousin (about 10 years old) was there too! His name is J...., and he kept jumping around all excited saying, ¨wow! my turn next saturday!¨ which was way cute! and totally possible! lol! his mom is also less active, so we made an appointment for this friday to go and visit her and begin the rescue process! ;)
my birthday was fabulous! all the sisters that live in our house made little gifites for me to make it special! And hermana Roxana(our pensionista) and her family had a surprise bday party planned for me! I got american candies from one sister from my group, a wallet and perfume from hermana roxanas family, as well as two cute key chains from the little guys! A whole lot of cards and little sweets! And lots of love! OH, and my face shoved in cake! lol! its an interesting little latino tradition to ¨bite the cake¨ ... or in other words... get your face shoved in the cake lol! hma nuñez did the honors of the shoving... and i got a mouth ful of yummy cream! lol! anyway, i am trying to send pics! so you all can see!
anyway, i truly loved this past week! so very special, and full to the brim with great moments, laughs, and the spirit! i have never felt such joy as when i saw louis be baptised. he will be, and is, a great example for his entire family! and i hope to see them all strong and firm in the church before i leave this area! Yesterday, we officially rescued his grandma! Hermana julieta quiroga! And we are on our way with the rest! hermana julieta and her husband are beginning to prepare to be sealed in the temple! And the d....... family are fixing up their recommend to start attending the temple yet again! after many years of being less actives! I FEEL GREAT!!!! I DO NOT REJOICE IN MY OWN STRENGTH, FOR SUCH A THING DOES NOT EXIST... I AM WEAK... BUT MY LORD AND MY GOD MAKE ME STRONG!!! I REJOICE IN HIM! I TEACH OF HIM! AND I PRAISE ONLY HIM! this is the mission. i have seen moments so hard i thought i would never make it through.. i have beat myself up on a regular basis for a lack of perfection. i have cried and i have lost hope... but through it all... i have learned to trust in GOD... and in no one else. to love HIM who died for me... and to TRUST in that they both have a plan, a perfect plan, for me and all those i teach and love here in Bolivia.
anyway, as for kechawa... the native language of Cochabamba... or the language of the INCAS!!! Is actually quite difficult... however, i am now able to hold my own in a typical ¨how are you¨ conversation... lol! and my next step will be my testimony, and how to pray in said language... or dialect. anyway. its really kind of incredible to learn! lol! Who knows? could be the language of the lamanites.. ;) anyway, few words in kechawa:
ari- yes
mana- no
walehia- good
mana kanchu- there isnt any...
mana intendi kichu- i dont understand!
lol! have fun with that! lol! its spelled phonetically so yall can just read it... the actual spelling is TERRIFYINGLY IMPOSSIBLE! LOL!
Anyway, love you mom.. gotta try and write every body else too though! lol!
hma alford

Letter to the President:
President Dyer,
this week has been one of the bests of my life... I was truly worried as it was the first time i would spend my birthday away from home... and because we were trying to plan a baptism... which i was afraid would fall through like all the others since October in my mission... Lets just say it was kind of depressing to look at my planner and know that the day i turn twenty years old i would have no one... But I prayed for the strength to look to God and hope in Him... And the week began peacefully. We had good lessons and a lot of fun together. the day before my birthday, we confirmed the baptism date! And planned it all out! I felt as though God had a hand in those plans... as each and every little hitch was solved easily and with out much head ache! My birthday was made special by incredible people here in my mission. I learned that i have much more here than i ever realized. God loves me. And he sent me that day many people to show it for him. I have to say I think this birthday could have been the best I have ever had! And then this Saturday Louisito was baptised! And his entire family was there! We had one of the greatest days ever! And I couldnt be more pleased or feel more blessed! Anyway, just thought I would share!
have a great week president!
Hermana Alford

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