Sunday, March 31, 2013

Felices Pascuas!! March 25, 2013

Buenos Dias !!!!!!!!!
How are you all?? I hope wonderful, carefree, happy, enjoying life and receognizing the positive. :) This week, I forgot to mention in my last email is Semana Santa...or in english terms, Holy Week! The week before Easter ( Pascua ) Being here in Ayacucho during this time of the year is SUCH a blessing! Because it is like...the capital of all the festivities of Semana Santa...including Pascuatorro! On Saturday, there will be bulls running in the streets...kind of like in Spain, but a little less intense. :) Also, all this week there are celebrations, parades, and all sorts of presentations...also fireworks. A lot of fireworks haha. It is way cool. I feel very cultured. :)
Also, this week, I almost died. Well....not really. However, I thought I was going to die. So, we had service on thursday morning, as usual. We helped to clean up the backyard of someones house. Anyways, there are really random fruits here in Peru, that are super tasty. One of the trees in the backyard had a fruit called `higo`. Its super weird, but super tasty. Anyways, I ate a bunch, and one of them tasted really old...a bit rotted one would say. So I looked at it a little more in depth, and noticed (after I had taken a bite) that there were little white worms crawling around in it! Haha yep. So basically, I willingly ate worms...which are now in my stomach. Luckily, I didnt get sick though because my stomach is now accustomed! It was a good learning experience...and very exciting. :)
HOWEVER, more importantly that the pascuatorro, and the worms experience... this saturday is the baptism of Charo Guttierrez! She is SUCH an incredibly wonderful person. She is super receptive to the spirit, and has had a testimony of the gospel since the first day that we taught her. Her faith is super strong and she is suuuuuper excited for her baptism this Saturday! (As are we, my companion and I :) I just love how happy people are when they are able to build their faith in Jesus Christ even more and be able to make this covenant of baptism with our Heavenly Father. everyone knows, this Sunday is also Easter! I love this time of the year...and Christmas, when we are able to focus fully, and completely on Christ, and all that He did for us. Sometimes, it is difficult to be able to comprehend all that He did for us through His Atonement, but it is incredible. Jesus Christ, being the Son of God, came to earth to suffer for our sins. As humans, we are so incredibly imperfect, and Jesus Christ was willing to make up for our imperfections, and give all that He was, and more to give us the opportunity to repent. If we have faith in Him, utilize His Atonement, are baptized, and endure to the end,  we are able to live with our Heavenly Father again, after we pass on.
I am SO grateful for all that Jesus Christ did for me. He was the perfect example in everything that is was, is and what He did. Because he was resurrected, we also are able to be resurrected and live in a kingdom of Glory. I know He lives. I know He loves us. The Atonement is real. :)
I love you all! Happy Easter!
Con mucho amor siempre,
Hermana Elisheva Ali

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! March 18, 2013

I feel like I never have enough time to write everything that has happened this week! Haha but what an amazing week that we had!!! First things first, last monday, I forgot to mention, we went to Quinua!!!!! It is about an hour away from Ayacucho. It was SO beautiful! Super green and high up in the mountains: We also ate CUY---roasted guinea pig! Again :) But this time, it was cooked in a stove in the middle of nowhere on a mountain, in PERU! It was way cool, and pretty much super delicious!!! We also hiked up a mini mountain into a waterfall! It was BEAUTIFUL!! :) I love this place SO much! Attached are pictures :D
ALSO we had a baptism on Saturday!!! Danny Roccha. He is the best. He is only 11 years old but he is one of the most intelligent kids that I have ever known. Teaching him was SUCH a blessing. I really feel so blessed to be here and have this incredible opportunity!
We also have a ton of support from ward members with this work. Its the best. Yesterday, we had a special experience with one of our investigators - Cesar. We were teaching him of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. How we have the Priesthood authority from God again o the earth. He was talking, paused fir a minute, and said, I feel something that I have never felt before in my heart. It was so cool! We explained to him how the Holy Ghost works to testify of truth and he started to cry! It was SUCH a powerful moment!
In his closing prayer. he asked sincerely to our Father in Heaven to know if these things are true. Afterwards, he said, I really feel like they are. I believe Joseph Smith was a Prophet because I can feel something different.
It was SO powerful! ;) The spirit is real. He testifies of truth. Whatever thing we need to know, if we pray to our Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus Christ, God will answer. I know it. :)
I love you all!
Con mucho amor siempre,
Hermana Elisheva Ali :D


Sunday, March 17, 2013

My life is a blessing! March 11, 2013

Hoooooooooooola! I hope you are well. I hope that things are wonderful and that you are all happy! I dont have a whole lot of time again! Ah! But this week was SUCH a good one! Also...I didnt know it, but apparently March 8th is Woman´s day! Haha. We were gifted with peaches :) I love Peru!! Haha. I feel so ridiculously blessed to be here in Ayacucho, serving with the people I am serving with, working with the ward here. The pictures that I attached are on top of one of our hills in our area. And the view is INCREDIBLE. Im thinking that we should take a family trip here in a couple of years :)

I love my companion, I love this area, I love these people, I even love the hills that we have to climb every day! Haha. This Saturday, we have a baptism! Dani. He is super prepared and super excited! I will attach pictures next week :) His mom also has a baptismal date for this Saturday, but she might be the following Saturday instead. Pray for her- Yhovana :) They are wonderful!!! We are working wih a whole lot of really wonderful people right now who have a lot of struggles, but we are seeing their lives literally change with the blessings of our Heavenly Father.

I love how simple and clear the Doctrine of Jesus Christ is! If we have faith in Him, repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost and endure to the end,we will be able to inherit the kingdom of heaven. We had a really cool experience this week with one of our investigators- Charo. It was our first lesson with her. We explained the Book of Mormon, we explained the doctirne of Christ, and the spirit was SO STRONG. All three of us could not stop smiling. Our hearts were so full :D She said that she had never before felt the happiness that she was feeling and that she wants to follow Christ with all her heart. It was SUCH a cool experience that I wish I could describe better! Haha. She said in her prayer... ¨I know the church is true, because I feel it. ¨ It was incredible!!!

The spirit is real. He testifies of truth. Heavenly Father is aware of each one of us and our individual needs.

I love you all! Have an amazing week!!!
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Elisheva Ali :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

I love Ayacucho!! March 4, 2013

I hope your week was phenomenally wonderful! Mine sure was! Can I just say that I thought Lima was way cool, but Ayacucho is INCREDIBLE!! :D It is soooooooooo beautiful here! The weather is amazing, there are rainbows, it rains on and off, it is super clean, the people are suuuper nice and suuuuper loving and oh man. I just love it! Also, my companion Hna Cahuas is the best! We get along super well and we have great unity and a whole lot of good times together! :) Basically, I feel really, really blessed to be here!

This week was way good! Getting to know the area, getting to know ward members and investigators and contacting abunch of people! The investigators that we have right now are so special and they are so ready to have the Gospel! These people here have such a desire to follow Jesus Christ, and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to help them know how. :)

About half the people here (mostly the older generation) speak Quechua! So...depending on how longI am here (hopefully for a while..:) I will be able to learn Quechua as well as Spanish! After 6months, I feel completely comfortable speaking and understanding spanish! Woot! WHat a blessing to be able to speak two languages! :)

I dont have too much time to write too many details, BUT I just want to say that I am so blessed to be here! This week the focus seemed to be in the power of the Priesthood, and how important this power is. The Priesthood, that was on the earth when Jesus Christ was here, again is on the earth, and only with this sacred power of God are ordinances able to be performed and be valid in the eyes of God.

I know this gospel is true, Presthood power is real and I LOVE being a missionary!!! :)

Con mucho amor siempre!!!!
Hermana Elisheva Ali

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ayakucho!!! February 25, 2013

I hope you are all doing MARVELOUS!! I was super excited to receive your emails of love and news and support. Thank you :)
I have some SUPER exciting news!! :) I have been transferred to where I wanted to go! Haha Ayakucho!!!!! Its up here in the mountains! It is BEAUTIFUL. Pueblito means little town. And thats exactly what it is! Super cute! Well....its not exactly super little. But its a town that has the historic aspect of Peru. The women with their dresses and babies in their shawls, super hard workers, super humble, AND a lot of people speak Quechua!!! :D I have a feeling that I will be here for a while and I am super excited!! My new companions name is Hermana Cahuas! There are 12 weeks of training and she has only had 8 weeks. So in spite of my new area, and new language, I am also  training! Haha I am suuuuuuuuuper excited to be here!
Ayakucho is about 9 hours from Lima. It is super green and super beautiful. I encourage you to look up pictures on google. We left Lima last night at 9:30pm, had a bus ride of 10 hours...(the bus driver was suuuuuper slow) and arrived here at 7:30 this morning! I am pooped. But it was fun! And the drive was beauuuuuutiful! (the part that we saw with light this morning) haha.
Anyways...I dont have a super long amount of time. BUT I wanted to inform you of this exciting news!!! Next week I will have more news of new investigators, new family´s that we are teaching and hopefully I will be able to describe a little bit better Ayakucho! haha. I love you all!
Con mucho amor siempre,
Hermana Elisheva Ali :D