Hello, all! This week we had "cambios", or transfers, and while I'm still in Paucarbamba, the smallest area in all the mission, I've got a new companion- Elder Fernandez Davila. He's awesome, and I'm happy with how he interacts with the investigators.
The first day, we visited the sister I spoke of last week, with the many problems, and she asked us if we knew a missionary who could sing Happy Birthday to her very sick friend. My companion offered that we find a bunch of members, other missionaries, and all go together that very night. She was absolutely delighted, and so we found the Bishop's family and called our Zone Leaders and went, more or less, Christmas Caroling. Our investigator was giddy- she kept announcing a new sort of arrangement we were going to do. Some were cool ("Now we're going to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas!") And some were less cool ("Now Elder Burt will sing a hymn for us in English!"). But the experience was great and the sick friend very much appreciated the visit.
Later in the week, we also spoke to a family who had recently lost a little daughter in an accident from the upper stories of their house to the ground level. Speaking about the Plan of Salvation was powerful and spiritual, and we have two commitments to baptism, and we'll meet with the mother this Tuesday. We're bringing the gospel to people who need it and letting it change their lives in a powerful way, and that was what made missionary work seem so magnificent to me.
I'm very happy that the miraculous truths of Christ are made manifest in this day. As the Book of Mormon says in Mormon 9: 19, And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not. Miracles are manifest in this day through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority He has given us. We have countless opportunities to give blessings of health to people as missionaries, and this is only one example of the types of miracles in this day. Keep to the faith, and let it erase the worse feelings we sometimes let crowd us in. Faith is what's real in life...we've just got to wake up to it.