Monday, March 31, 2014

New Chapel!

¡Hola, Mamá!

Mom, it's totally fine if my package is late! Hermana Weeks and I have lots of plans to celebrate, especially because it's also General Conference!!!! Whoever said that GC is like the missionary super bowl is completely and totally right. We are all SUPER stoked to meet with all the missionaries and members in Ca'acupe and listen to a prophet of God and his apostles. That is honestly the best gift I could get this year. Also, we are going to buy a tub of ice cream and eat it with Hna Week's peanut butter, so we're really excited for that too. We even managed to find some cherries today to put into it!  ;) Plus, it's on P-day, so I get to SLEEP. I do, however, expect a ton of emails from EVERYONE.

Probably the highlight of the week is that after 30-40 years since the branch was opened in this area, they are finally starting the construction of a chapel! When the branch president announced that during church yesterday, he just about started crying. The members here have been waiting YEARS to have a building to call their own, so this is such a huge blessing. This morning we went to the piece of land that the church bought 15 years ago to have a little ground-breaking ceremony. It was just the branch president and his family, the stake president and his family, and us 6 missionaries with a member or two. We sang, prayed, and took a couple pictures with everyone. Honestly, it's so great to think that the saints here are finally going to be able to meet together and worship in a building that will actually allow them to have room to grow, sing, learn, and develop in the gospel together. In the building that we have now, there is hardly any room to fit the 100 or so members that come on Sunday. Plus, it's a great way to get notice from those who aren't members!

Well, not really much happened this week, so there really isn't much to report. Miguel and Karen are still investigating. They finally managed to find all of the stuff about polygamy on the internet, so we got to answer all of their questions about that yesterday. The good news is that they're still interested and are going to come to Gen. Conf. on Sunday, so that's good! I got really worried for a couple minutes during the lesson that they were going to drop us! But the Spirit is awesome, crisis averted! Hna Weeks and I are also making more efforts to find more less actives now, too. Probably one of my favorite things to do is take our list of members and search for people that we don't know. Almost none of the streets have names here, so it's like a super scavenger hunt. The addresses usually say something like, "yellow house two streets over from the main road" or even just the name of the neighborhood and nothing else. Usually we just clap at people's gates and ask if they recognize the name, and then smoothly turn it into a contact and introduce ourselves and ask if we can share a message with them. So far we've found one less active, and we're eating lunch with him and his wife on Wednesday!

So, yup. That's pretty much what happened this week. I love you guys, and I hope that everything keeps going well. Keep up the service projects! Usually our service includes cleaning. I haven't gotten to use a machete yet, but I'm absolutely positive it will happen sooner than later.

I love you guys! Have a great week, and thank you for the prayers!!!

With lots of love,
Hermana Jeppesen

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