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Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving In Bolivia!

Hello!

I have been counting my blessing all week and I think this was one of the most cherished weeks I’ve had. My heart is full of gratitude! I loved seeing your Thanksgiving pictures and hearing about all the experiences you are having. One thing I have learned this week is to cherish every experience that comes our way because that is what makes an impact and a change in our hearts.

We had a simple Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday. Of course they don’t celebrate the holiday here in Bolivia and being the only white missionary in the area, I knew I had to show them just a little bit of how we celebrate. My pensionista was super excited. She prepared all week buying the ingredients we would need. I taught her how to make stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and cinnamon rolls, all foods that are not found in Bolivia. It was fun! The whole family got into it. However, as much as we tried we weren’t able to make the Turkey possible. Ha-ha. But, that is all right we ate chicken instead. :) Before we ate we each shared something we are grateful for. It was fun to hear and to share only a few of my incredible blessings. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls. Thank you mom for the recipe!

After our lunch we packed our things and headed to Sucre for a mission conference with Elder Godoy. It was incredible. That man is truly inspired of God and taught with firmness and love. I think we all have a better understanding of how to become the most successful missionaries we can. I was so bummed when it was over. Afterwards as we were leaving the chapel to go eat lunch, President Hansen came up to me and asked if I would be willing to interview with Elder Godoy. Apparently, he wanted to interview one elder and one sister. I was nervous at first, as anyone would be being interviewed by a member of the 70. But, the nerves didn’t last long. The interview was so sweet. He asked me about my family, where dad served his mission and I shared with him my love for my mission and told him that it is changing me forever. The spirit was strong. I think you are going to find when I come home that I’m not the same Megan who left, but I am so much stronger. After the conference, as we waited for a few hours for our bus to travel back to Potosi, we were able to contact around Sucre. It is beautiful, it is green and you can breathe!

This weekend we had Stake Conference so President and Hermana Hansen came with us back to Potosi as well as President and Sister Jensen, the temple President. We were able to hear them speak both Saturday and Sunday. President Jensen is a powerful speaker as well. It was a spiritual filled week. I love being a missionary; I am growing as a person and servant of the Lord. I hope you each have a great week and enjoy the simple things especially during this Christmas season. 

Love,

Hermana Lomax






 Sucre and a service project making Bolivian bread!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Oh, And Bathrooms In Bolivia Are Far Worse Than Girl's Camp Biffies!

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving??? There are so many wonderful things to be grateful for.

This week was great, but it has been so hot. So hot that we now have permission to use hats, the sun here is killer. I really don’t know how people live at this elevation. I may just come home with skin cancer, but we are still doing all we can. For a service project on Saturday we washed our pensionistas dog and cut it’s hair. It was so hot!

This week I got sick. :( After one of our lessons on Tuesday we had to run to our pensions house so I could throw up. Let me just tell you bathrooms in Bolivia are far worse than girl's camp biffies. But, I’m used to them now. I don’t even remember what a flushing toilet sounds like. :) I was sick all night, but it didn’t change our plans on Wednesday as we pressed forward with our lessons. It was a long day but we made it through and by the end I was feeling much better. And Hermana Lidia (our pensionista) is so sweet she made me pizza because I could finally eat. The rest of the week was great. We had lessons with Alejandra, Dayna, Alexander, Maxima and Beymar as we prepare for their baptisms! So, we still don’t know if we will be able to have baptisms this week because it is Stake Conference. I hope so! Dayna and Alexander are so excited. If it doesn’t happen this week then it will be on December 5th.

This week we will be traveling to Sucre for a conference with Elder Godoy. We are leaving Thursday night and will return to Potosi on Friday night. We are all excited. Also, I found out today that I will be staying in Potosi for Christmas!!! Woo-Hoo! Next week we are going to start decorating our house for Christmas. I hope you all have an incredible Thanksgiving. There is so much we have to be grateful for. Here are just a few of the things I am grateful for this holiday season!

1. The gospel of Jesus Christ - Thanks to a loving Savior, who came to earth to show us how we must endure and who established His church and died for our sins, I can be forgiven and feel a joy that cannot be described.

2. My Eternal Family - As a missionary I have come to love my family more than ever before. I am grateful for their love, support and emails every week. I am grateful for the sacrifices they make so that I can be here serving the Lord.

3. Bolivia - I am so grateful for revelation here on the earth given to our leaders because I know Bolivia is where the Lord has called me to serve. Bolivia will always have such a special place in my heart; I love these people SO much. They are family to me.

4. My Health - I am very grateful for the health the Lord has blessed me with to be able to walk, eat the Bolivian food and do all the things required to be a successful missionary.

I hope this week you can each reflect on the countless blessings you have and that you all enjoy the time you have with your families!

Love you all so much,

Hermana Lomax   
 Bathing and trimming Peluching. Don't you love my cholito sombrero? 
Whatever is necessary for the sun. :)

The sick life, but I'm totally rocking my new Bolivian hippie pants!

The best daughter in the world!

Ok, there is a thing with some Bolivians that when they take pictures they make the most serious face they can. I don't know why. You would think we are forcing her to listen to us. 
I promise this is not how she is, it's just the picture. 
We are going to teach her to smile for her baptism pictures. Ha-ha.

Our two other investigators!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Process to Conversion!

Hello!

This has been a good week; they are going by so fast. It’s horrible! We had transfers last night; I’m staying in Potosi with Hermana Males. Woo-Hoo! I am so happy because like I’ve said before Heavenly Father is pouring out miracles faster than we can accept them. It’s awesome! Dayna, the cute young woman that I sent a picture of last week with the CTR ring is getting baptized on the November 28th. She is so excited and her mom is super supportive. She is looking forward to traveling with the ward to Cochabamba in January to attend the Temple where they will do baptisms for her dad, brother and younger sister.

Alejandra, had her baptism date set for the 12th of December, but told us yesterday she wants to move it forward to the 5th of December because that means one week less she will have to wait to serve a mission :) and she is also really excited to go to the Temple to be baptized for her mom. It’s hard to be apart of all of this without breaking down into tears as I see the hand of the Lord in their lives. I feel so blessed to be here with them in their process to conversion.

It has poured everyday this week; today we are finally enjoying a little bit of sunshine. But, we have made the best of it as we walk through the freezing rivers that run down the streets in our area. It’s probably not the most sanitary, but the Lord will watch out for us. :) We are excited for a new week to see what happens with those we are teaching and those we have the privilege of meeting. This transfer is going to go by so fast. It is only going to be 4 weeks because President is sending those who are going home in December before Christmas instead of after. So we have a lot to do! I love you all so much, and I pray for you each day. Have a great week!


Love, Hermana Lomax
I think this just made it clear. I am going to be a Bolivian Cholita for the rest of my life. This was a lesson we went to. We sat on the floor and taught while this cholita was making her hawayo. I asked her if she would make me one, but because I'm white she told me "no". Ha-ha. I'll make her come around. ; ) And if you look in the background that is a pile of potato and carrot peelings for her pigs. (That just shows you how much potatoes we eat :/)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cerro Rico Mines

Hello Everyone,

It’s another beautiful Monday, I am sitting here in an Internet cafe and it’s actually running fast today….a little miracle! I hope you are all doing well and are recovering from all the Halloween festivities. I am doing SO great just like always, I am enjoying my time here in Potosi. We are witnessing SO many miracles here in our area. It’s incredible, there is no doubt this work is true. I love getting to be a little part of it! Alejandra is progressing well; she has a baptism date for the 12th of December and truly is converted. We just pray everyday that the adversary won’t influence the progress she is making. Also, this week we met some awesome less actives of almost 10 years, we are excited to start working with them and hopefully be able to rescue them.

Today, we went to the Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) Mines here in Potosi and let me just tell you it was a little sketchy. We put on mining clothing, helmets and entered the mine. We were all a little claustrophobic, but it was really cool. We were able to see a few men working. It is requested by the miners that upon entering the mines tourists bring gifts. But, all they want is alcohol, coca (stinkin coca that’s the hardest part about teaching here because the coca is against the word of wisdom and almost every Potosino chews coca) tobacco or soda. So, all 20 of us brought soda, I’m sure the miners weren’t too happy with us.:) So, here's a few things I learned while touring the mine. Potosi is a really anchent (I am forgetting this word in English at the moment, but in Spanish it is antiguo :)) village that has a lot of traditions and beliefs from when the Spaniards were here. The mine is what made Potosi prosperous at one time as silver was brought out in abundance. It is also where almost all the males, both young and old worked. Interestingly, inside the mines the workers worship the devil, or what is known as El Tio. There are hundreds of statues of El Tio, which is represented by a goat. The mine has a history of claiming the lives of many miners. It is said that 8 million miners have died in Cerro Rico and other Bolivian mines in the last 500 years. The belief is that if the miners offer sacrifices and gifts to El Tio it will satisfy his desire to claim more lives. So, they regularly kill llamas as a sacrifice to El Tio and smear the blood on the walls of the mine. They also offer the gifts of alcohol, coca and tobacco received from the tourists to El Tio as well. 

The life of a miner in Potosi is actually really sad because they are forced to work for 16 hours at a time, talk about depression because it is pitch black. It is also said that the miners don't have a life expectancy above the age of 4o as they often develop black lung disease. The miners are also difficult to teach due to the beliefs within the mine. And, because our area is mostly campo, or the outskirts of the city, we have a lot of miners that live in our area. So, I’ve learned a lot about the different beliefs. It was an interesting experience, to say the least, to learn more about the culture and traditions of Potosi. Plus, we got to wear cool mining clothes and explore and climb in small spaces. I could NEVER work in a mine, especially here and especially with these beliefs.

Well, we are excited for another week. Can you believe it will be the last week of the transfer? Its crazy, but we are enjoying our time here and seeing the hand of the Lord in our labors. I love the mission, and I feel like I am doing exactly what the Lord needs us to be doing here in this area. I hope you all have a great week. Hope you are all getting excited for the holidays. We sure are, I am so excited to spend it with these sweet people. I love you all so much!


Love, Hermana Lomax

Read more about the mine, it's really interesting!


Me and El Tio!

We have the greatest view from our area. The steep climbs are worth it! 

This is one of our miracles. We met her last week and she is getting
baptized on
the 28th of November! Choose the Right or Haz lo Justo!