Hey you guys! Love you all so much! My week has been… One of a kind, but with all of it combined… it’s been great! But to that in a minute, first you guys!
Missionary Gram… That’s pretty legit! I want to see Kake’s dress! That sounds super cute! Glad that Ash got everything she could ever want and more! That… would have been the WORST April Fool’s Day joke! I think I would have cried! Training Table can NOT go out until I get home! (Hang in there little buddy!). And I did pass the room check with flying colors! Don’t you be making fun of me! Ha-ha kidding. I would bring him home, just so Zach could have a little brother, but… I haven’t seen him for a while and I don’t know if I could. Sorry bro. ZACH! Hang in there little bro! Next year is going to be even better! This year was just a small practice of next year, it only gets better! Hope you liked Kayaking with dad, that sounds… delightful. KIDDING! I bet it was super fun! And I did know that he is a stud! I always knew that about him! ASH! Sorry about your tests… that’s never fun. But sounds like you had more fun for your birthday! Such a little teenager you are ha-ha. KAKE! Ha-ha… going to be honest… I laughed pretty good when I read that you had to write apology letters to the principal, your SBO advisor, and the custodians, AND that you had to do 10 hours of community service, just because you guys put glasses of water on all the steps! Fire hazard? Oh please, if there was a fire I would be thankful for the glasses of water because then I would just put out the fire with them! Ha-ha that’s also a pretty funny video idea! CONGRATS ON GRADUATING SCHOOL AND SEMINARY! WOOT WOOT! What a little adult you are now! Congrats to Braedon on getting engaged! I hope he’s so happy! That’s a super cute way to propose! And mom I love the Two Traveling Angels and the The Weaving, exactly what I need right now. But hope you guys are great and are happy!
So my week. I don’t ever know how to describe my week. Basically last Monday I went up to this waterfall, where the water was coming out of the walls EVERYWHERE! It was gorgeous! I would send pictures, but…. this computer is infested with viruses, so… let’s not try that one today. But after that we found out that one of the sisters here was going to have to travel to Lima for paperwork for her visa and… I was so excited. Me and this sister don’t get along very well (look at past emails for the tiny details) and I was ready to have some time without her here, I needed a break. Or so I thought. Sorry if this story is too much information for you, but you have to know so you can see what happens in the end! So Wednesday this sister left and I was left with her daughter. And we all had so much fun, we had pizza, I made a cake, we had cremoladas (just think of Jamba Juice), and we even had a little party. Funny story, I was playing with matches (We all know what’s about to happen) where you flick the match off the box and it lights up. Super fun, but don’t do it. So I was doing it and the match flew off and ended up between my finger and my thumb, burning my finger. That hurt so bad. But later on that day I decided to keep playing with my matches (how stupid can I be right?) and the same thing happens to the exact same finger, but now it’s just barely off to the side of the first one. So the next day I decide to continue… I am totally kidding about the third time ha-ha that would have been too dumb ha-ha but yeah burnt my finger twice, but it doesn’t hurt now. Looks weird, but normal ha-ha. Anyways back to my week. But anyways we all enjoyed this time, until we got the phone call that the other sister was coming in at 2 that very day (Saturday) and I thought I was ready. She actually got here at 1 that day and she was…. angry. Oh so angry. And I just thought “She just needs a break and then everything will be great!” So we leave for lunch, and then this sister came to lunch late and was still angry. So I started praying for God to give me the love I needed for this sister. And I didn’t get it. So it continues and I am so frustrated at this point. Along with all of this, she’s gossiping about everyone in the mission and is giving me nasty looks. So that night I am upset. Very upset. And I didn’t know what to do. And she knew I was upset so she starts to say the things she knows will make me more upset, and then would laugh when she could tell I was upset. I could not do it anymore. I went to church with the thought that one more week and then there would be changes and maybe she would go. Not a good idea. So then I went to go teach Sunday School to the teenagers and they would not listen to me; at all. I was so tired and worn out at this point I just wanted to give up. The elders entered my class with a box and said “Hey this is your’s” and left. At the end of the class, I grabbed this box and just left. I just wanted to see what was inside. Inside I find two boxes from my mom that had Reese’s (my favorite), some new shirts, Dr. Who socks, a Dr. Who shirt (which I have on RIGHT NOW), and some things for my daughter; and I just wanted to cry. So the rest of that day I was thinking about what I could do to fix this, I can’t be a missionary and have feeling like this. And at the end of the day… I had no idea how to fix it. I didn’t want to go back to our apartment, and I just wanted an answer. So I go to dinner and there’s one of my new friends sitting there eating dinner and he knew something was up. And he starts asking me questions until I just say what’s on my mind. And guess what. He BURNED me so bad. And I am so grateful for it. He said “Patience isn’t the problem. Love isn’t either. You need to be more humble. Then he went on to tell me before I knew about the church I was a drunk. Like one of those you see passed out in the road. And I would go home and my dad would wait until the next day and then come in and ask me ‘Oh my son, I love you so much, but why do you drink?’ Then kiss me on both cheeks and take me out to breakfast. And now I regret the way I treated him. I never told him I loved him and he never saw me change my life around. So take this time to fix it. You can help her make the changes that need to be make, and she might not take them, just like I didn’t, but you need to be there willing to help her make them. Not to sit there and think of ways to make it through or asking God to give you love for her. You have to do something about it. So do something.” And it literally felt like a slap to the face. But I needed it. Oh I needed it.
So my spiritual thought. You can ask God to give you the things you want, but we need to put in our part and show that it’s really something we want. And other times God is going to make us work for it and not just give it to us. That’s what it’s all about! Progress! So this week I invite you all to work for the things you have been asking God for and to remember that it’s going to be hard, but oh so worth it! I know that is so true, because that’s what I’m going through right now!
So quick update on Quillabamba and training. Quillabamba is great, we are trying to get a couple married on the 21 of July so that they can be baptized (the 21st is a big wedding thing and only costs 30 soles (10 to 15 dollars), but her husband is a little hesitant. We also trying to push for her best friend to do it too because she has an answer, but still need to talk to her boyfriend…… Our recent convert has dropped off the face of planet and is not doing good…. Keep her in your prayers! Her name is Nayruth, she needs a lot of help right now! We are activating people right now, we’re using a lot of members out here to help us find some of the oldest members out her, and it’s going great! My sector is about…. 40 minutes to an hour from one side to the next in car, but we don’t usually go out that far, but lots of work to be done! LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS!
Love Hermana Irvine