May 23, 2016



Time has flown by way faster than I hoped it would. In one more week I will be saying goodbye to one of the best companions I have ever had. He will be heading back home to Ecuador while I stay here to take care of the area. I think one of the biggest blessings that I have received from serving this mission is that I truly know now who my friends are. Saying goodbye to Elder Villalba will be hard for sure.

 Our branch continues to struggle in some aspects but little by little we are getting through it together. As a district we have the goal of baptizing 5 people by the end of this weekend. There’s this girl here named Kiara around 15 years old who has been taking our lessons and she has learned incredibly fast. Her parents don’t want much to do with us but she makes en effort every Sunday to attend church, even if sometimes she is the only young woman in the Young Women’s class! She shows much dedication and if everything goes well she will be baptized on the 29th.

 This past week Elder Villalba and I got permission to travel out of our zone to baptize on of Elder Villalbas old investigators in Sullana. She was a little girl around 11 years old named Fatima. We sang for her “Mi Padre Celestial me Ama” which in English is “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”. Good thing about the mission is that it has improved a lot my singing voice haha. Also while in Sullana we ran into some old friends, Cecilia and Victor. Cecilia was my 2nd baptism in Catacaos and her husband was the first less active member I helped return to the church. They told us they now have plans to get sealed in the temple this coming year. It was a big surprise seeing them there but how wonderful it was to see how far they have come. One year ago this couple didn’t even have any idea that they could be sealed for time and all eternity but now here they are. Funny thing is, we started teaching Cecilia only because we would pass by the store where she worked every day to chat it up with the member who owned the place. Curious how even the little things can bring about such great change.

 We have one more week left in Talara before the transfer ends. I have high hopes for my district this week.

 Elder Cruz



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