Monday, February 29, 2016

Still in Cerro

Yep so I'm obviously here in cerro!! Still... and its been great but I really think my body is starting to hate it. It is acting like I'm brand new here. But maybe it was just the stressful last week I had. So to start things off great someone stole our cell phone!!!!  When I was still with hna paez before cambios and we were getting in the taxi. It was just in my jacket pocket. Then it wasn't there anymore and where we live is notorious for thieves. So for this whole next cambio we probably wont have a phone... so its been really hard and stressful in that aspect because we have absolutely no way to communicate with anyone. But its all good! We are learning a lot. 

My new comp is hna Godfrey. Haha another gringa!!! I was really surprised it was a gringa. But I love her a lot. She has one cambio less than me so we are learning together! She is from Logan, UT haha which is great. We have a lot to talk about! She is such a sweetheart and I know I'm going to be learning a lot from her. 
So happy leap year!!! Are you all celebrating? Also happy 7 months! I cant believe I haven't seen you guys or been home in 7 months... that is so weird to think. It is also weird to think that I wont have seen you guys for 18 months. I am not going to lie but a lot of times I think that I'll never even see you guys ever again.  

So at the beginning of my mission I remember getting so depressed and discouraged or even angry when people would reject our contact card, or our visit, or the Book of Mormon but yesterday I realized how much I have changed my perspective. Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ. That is literally all we have done! As long as we have testified and invited then we have done our job. That goes for all of you too. You guys should be doing missionary work wherever you go. Remember that people have agency and aren't going to change unless they want to change. It is really cool how fulfilling it is after you invite someone and they still reject you. Because you have still done the work of the Lord. This is the work of the Lord. I know it! I know He is in charge. I am grateful for that. I love my Savior and my mission. I guess all of you haha. Have an amazing week!!!

Hna Rasmussen

Monday, February 22, 2016

What Just Happened?

So this week was sooo stressful and very interesting. Friday we had just barely finished weekly planning and then president calls me and asks a simple question. then the zone leaders call and we have emergency transfers. Yep. hna pfister left. She missed Miguel baptism and that means that I have to stay for another transfer here in cerro haha but luckily this next transfer is only five weeks. Then the other hermana in San Juan left. So there are only me and another hna here in cerro and we have been trying to work together and do divisions with members and such. 

Then Saturday we had Miguel baptism!!! It was the cutest thing ever. He was so excited. I'm so glad for him! His testimony was so cute and he cried and cried. e even shared something from a liahona! What a saint. He really has changed so much. Sunday he was confirmed. You can just see that change in him so much. His eyes are filled with the spirit. 

We went to contact this house. This guy came out that we didn't know. We gave him the contact card with a picture of Christ. He was not happy. He started accusing us of worshiping images... the spirit was immediately gone. I didn't want to take it back so he started ripping it up into tiny pieces. Then he threw it out into the street. We walked away and as embarrassing as this is I started bawling really hard. It broke my heart watching this picture of Christ just getting torn up and thrown into the street. I wasn't offended or hurt but I felt bad for this guy. He is missing God in his life. I seriously felt a little bit of what Christ felt. How horrible it is. He kept yelling at us to go find God. Luckily hna Paez kept saying "we have found him, we have found him". All we did was bare testimony of the Restoration and left. I could not stop crying but I am so grateful that happened. My testimony was soooo strengthened! I know we are in the truth and how lucky we are! Those poor people out there need our help. Share the gospel with everyone!!!! I love you all and I KNOW this church is true.

Hna Rasmussen
oh yeah real cambios are tomorrow.. wish me luck!

Monday, February 15, 2016


Miguel is getting baptized!!!! Ah we are so excited! Josefina wants a little bit more time but I know when he makes this step so will his mom. Ah we cant wait!!!

So this week we went to Huanuco and listened to Elder Godoy of the 70. Guess who had to play the piano. Yep. Me. It was awful!!! I didn't have anytime to practice. The two first songs were really good and  then after that it was bad. I just couldn't get it to go so they practically sang acapella. Hopefully president wasn't mad... but Elder Godoy will remember that forever. . . as well as me and as well as every single missionary that was at the conference.... but its okay! I'm over it. Also I got to see hna holland!! Ah I miss her so much. She is still serving in Huanuco but just in a different area.

Something I really, really love is teaching the Restoration and seeing people and this light turn on in them. It makes so much sense! God's church was lost but it needed to be restored. I love teaching it and talking about Jose Smith. I know he was a prophet of God. He seriously was called of God to restore the church, the same church that existed when Christ lived here. I know that this church is true. and I know Miguel knows its true! When we asked him if he was ready to make this covenant and follow it for his life he said "I am ready with all of my heart"... ahhh!!!! He has changed. The atonement is real!!!! People! Go and use it!!! Christ died and you can change. Miguel is so ready. I love seeing people change more than anything else in my life. It is amazing how true this church is. I love you all!!!! Have a good week!

Hna Rasmussen

Monday, February 1, 2016

Panqueque De Vida

This week seriously was amazing. Just in the fact that it seems like we turn the corner and God has placed somebody else prepared in our path. We found a ton of people that really can progress and I love it. With Josefina and Miguel. We watched the resurrection video with them and Miguel cried. He said he knows its true but he just wants to know a little more and read a little more before he is baptized. Josefina knows but has a little bit of fear. I love them so much. I know with time and faith and prayers they will get baptized this month! ah I am so excited for them!

We also had an activity called el panqueque de vida. It was so successful!! 7 of our investigtors came.. we were sooo happy.. We ate american pancakes and it tasted sooo good.. I could eat those everyday if my pension would make them... also my Spanish has skyrocketed. I'm grateful for the gift of tongues. i feel like i can actually express my love for people now. Its so much easier when you can communicate!!!! Also we tell everyone I am from Oxapampa. A city here in Peru that is full of gringas and everyone believes me. It is kind of nice haha. But I hit 6 MONTHS!!!! Who would have thought. Time is seriously flying by and it scares me because time is only going to go faster and faster. But I am grateful that I did have this time to work in the Lord's work and be his servant. I LOVE THIS CHURCH!!!! And you all too.

Hna Rasmussen