Quito is the best place in the world! Hermana Sjovold and I are doing wonderful and learning a lot. She is teaching me Norwegian, nursing, and even English sometimes… This week a missionary broke her foot and had to have surgery. Poor thing. Luckily, we enjoyed a little ride in a wheelchair after dropping her off in the hospital! haha. I am so grateful for the doctors here-they are wonderful. The best part is that we get to share the gospel with so many people even if we can’t teach as many lessons. Even the front desk workers at the hospital know who we are and what we’re about.
We were able to visit a sweet old woman this week. She suffered an accident a few years back and is very limited in her motor skills. We shared a message at the end of her bed with her and her nurse about charity and the love of god. The best part was that at the end of the lesson we sang “How Great thou Art” which put her right to sleep! It was such a sweet little moment.
To finish it off, we taught a lesson last night to 3 new investigators! One is Sonia-she just moved here from Venezuela and has come to church twice now with her neighbor, Sister Chuqui. We thought that she would be the only one home, but to our surprise her niece, Vitania, had just moved in to live with her. Then even more of a surprise is that there was a handyman, Manuel, who was working outside that agreed to listen to the message. So, we asked each to share about their relationship with God. Sonia shared a sweet testimony about the fact that he never ever fails her. He knows best. She was brought to tears. Then as Vitania told us about her life she cried also because Heavenly Father has blessed her in so many ways. I felt the Spirit so strongly and when I asked Manuel to tell us about himself I figured he would be a little awkward and quiet (because it was pretty random that he was there in the first place), but then HE started crying and commented that as a father life can get pretty hard and without God he doesn’t know where he would be. I was so shocked. I think Hermana Sjovold has the gift of making people cry… in a good way. But seriously. It was a powerful lesson and I know that all 3 of them were supposed to be there.
Keep up the good work and remember that even big tough handymen can feel the Spirit.