Happy birthday MOM!!!! I have been thinking about you all day and want to wish you a very special day. I hope you know i am there in spirit for the festivities!!
You guys will never guess what i experienced. AN EARTHQUAKE!! it was way little but Hna Holden and I were in with an investigator for the very first time and i was talking and then all of the sudden the house shook. so i kept talking and then the house shook again!! and i said what is that in spanish? and in english our "investigator" goes, thats an earthquake. we need to get out. so we walk out and i was freaking out because it was way cool but i wish it was bigger... apparently there was a 5.5 earthquake somewhere else and lima felt the after shock. then a few days later we felt a tiny little one. it was pretty exciting! I guess in Huancayo there arent any earthquakes.
So remember how i told you all that i got called to speak on sunday two weeks ago? well everyone kept telling me how lucky i was that i didnt have to prepare talks anymore because i already gave mine. i kept preparing them because they asked us to and i didnt not want to just in case. well i am sitting on the front row during sacrament meeting and they say we are very pleased to hear from the following. i got extremely nervous for some reason and i lean over to hna Holden and say ahh! i am so nervous for you guys and then all of a sudden the guy conducting goes and Hna Rasmussen in the Huancayo mission. I yelled out front the congregation AGAIN? i cant believe i did that... but he goes again? well did you prepare a talk? and i said yeah and he goes well maybe we will just have to hear from you twice. then the branch president stands up and goes no we will pick someone else. Afterward the guy conducting came up and apologized and he said for some reason i just really really was pushing for you to speak. i knew you needed to.. i dont know what that was about but im just glad i didnt have to speak again. And now i am a laughing joke in the CCM because anytime they need people to do something everyone goes have Hna Rasmussen do it. I literally get called on to do everything. its fine. Thanks for the last name dad haha because i guess it just speaks to everyone.
The coolest thing happened today! We went to the temple this morning. We were supposed to leave at 6 40 to be at the temple by 7 05 for the 7 30 session. we sat waiting for a bus and didnt get one until 7 10.. because every single one was full so we thought we wouldnt make it on the bus. well we finally had to split a bit to fit us all on buses so my companionship and a companionship of elders got on a bus. i see this cute old lady smile at me as i get on and i just say hello how are you. and she said im okay really sadly, so i said why? obviously this is all in spanish and she said my son died one month ago. It was so easy! so im like who has a plan of salvation pamphlet!! haha and then we gave it to her and she was sooo grateful. it was neat. she gave us her name and address and said she would love to learn more. she seriously was so grateful and That is why we couldnt get on a bus earlier. we needed to be there at that time. Who knows if that lady will ever join or who knows what but it was fun.
Elder Bednar came. There were 800! missionaries! It was crazy. and long. he talked for three hours straight but we sat there for four all squished. He had a good question and answer segment and this sister asked how do i know if i am teaching by the spirit. i loved what his wife said. she said every single week we are taking the sacrament right? and one of the blessings is to ALWAYS have His spirit to be with us. so always literally means always! as long as we are worthy. i had never thought of it that way. it just never hit me i guess. but Elder Bednar said dont get so caught up on having the spirit with you. Realize when it leaves you! Because you can feel that. it made me change my perspective a lot on the spirit and teaching with it. i really am glad someone asked that because just like my bus story just barely. the spirit is with us and will guide and direct us always.
What did yall learn about faith? I learned two very simple things! faith is action. Duh! literally every story in the Book of Mormon is about faith and acting on it and when we act on faith we can literally move mountains! okay maybe not move mountains but things we can do is so powerful that its like moving mountains. i have been pretty nervous about going into the field and all i can think about is this phrase, exercise your faith in christ and face your fears!! It is that simple! Faith is an amazing concept and i am excited for life to keep facing my fears and acting on faith.
This week i really want to work on patience. i am going to need a lot of it especially with myself these next few weeks. Because guess what!! I only have 5 days left in the CCM. I leave for Huancayo morning. Like early morning. I am ready for that 8 hr bus ride. Here we come! I am so nervous but i am so excited to share the joy i have with others. We all joke we are going to the lost land because nobody knows where it is and it is so far away from everything that nobody really cares about it. There are 2 north american sisters, 3 latin sisters, 3 latin elders and 4 north american elders. I am so excited!!
I hope you all have a great week! And dont forget to seek to have more patience.