¡Hola Familia! Another beautiful week in Moyobamba. The skies were especially beautiful this week. I feel like I`m realizing all over again how beautiful Moyobamba is because Hermana Rodriguez is still so new and says "wow" and "how beautiful" every time we walk down the street. This week we had zone conference and President and Hermana Blunck came to Moyobamba! They really love the missionaries and it was like having "parents." We had lots and lots of practices and I know the training really helped Hna. Rodriquez and I become better teachers and adapt to teaching together. We focused on not teaching to "describe" things to people, but asking people questions to help them "discover" for themselves. Two nights this week Moyobamba decided to repair the electricity lines in various sectors. This meant there was no light from about 6:30/7:00 until 10:00. In the picture, you can laugh because we pulled out the birthday candles I brought with me and we had daily planning by birthday candle light. As we were walking back for the night from our area of the city that had light back to our apartment, you could see the weirdest phenomenon. There we were walking in normal lammplight and what loomed ahead was a dark curtain of darkness....and really it was a curtain. As you looked ahead two blocks to the park in front of our house, you really couldn`t see anything. We started talking and pulling out all of these analogies how many of our appointments that day had been with less-actives who for one reason or another had left the gospel. Many are having problems and ask us what they should do and the answer is always the same: If you want to enjoy the light, you have to live in the light. We were scared walking into the darkness with my little flashlight because the curtain was so overwhelming. It is so much like the gospel..... come to the "light".....don`t venture into the "scary darkness". Really missionary analogy, I know, but it was such a real life example after the appointments we`d had that day. We ran into a lot of "Bibe Bashers" this week which is making us work that much harder this week to find people who are really interested. The branch is progressing and I learned to appreciate the service of any person....to love everyone like the faithful member they could be. Love always, Hermana Bowles
I asked Hermana Bowles a few questions and these are her replies:
1. What is the yummiest treat you have eaten in Peru? My favorite pastry is called a pionono. It`s a lot like a cinnamon roll because it`s a sweet cake roll with caramel called "manjar" in every layer. You can buy them vor .50 to 1 sol depending on where you go. 2. What is the best dinner or main dish you have eaten? I have two favorite main dishes here: Aji de gallina ( shredded chicken with this yummy chicken salsa spread over rice with a boiled egg on the side) and pollo de moni (it`s chicken with a delicious peanut sauce served over rice). mmmm....my mouth is starting to water thinking about those dishes.
3. Tell me about Hermana Rodriquez.
Hna. Rodriguez is great....and loves learning English. I`m so glad
I`m companions with a go-getter. Her father is a doctor and her mother is a nurse part time at the jail. She has three sisters and everyone but her dad is a member. Her mom is a temple worker Wednesdays at the Mexico City Temple where her sister was sealed in December right before she left. We`re still getting used to the ebb and flow of teaching together but I`m so glad she loves working and being obedient, too.