I had an amazing week this week! First off on P-day we went the Reunios (I think that´s how you spell it haha) It is a beautiful dam, and we had permission to go in a group of 16 which was awesome. After that we went to a Bodega haha It was super funny to have 16 missionaries surrounded by all the wine. We went on a tour and I learned a lot about how wine is made and prossed (well I knew nothing before haha). But it was a great cultural experience. The other people in the tour were super happy in the wine testing part of the tour because they each got 2-3 glasses because we don't drink haha
This week was great. We were able to work a lot with the members and we are seeing some great progress in our area. We were able to teach seveal lessons this week and we have 3 new investigators, and 4 investigators that are progressing towards baptizm!!
The most amazing investigator that we meet this week is Damaris. Damaris is 20 years old and in staying in the hospital which is close to the chapel becuase she suffers from anorexia. She in in a nutrition program in the hospital, but she is staying in the mental ward because it is the only place that they had room for her. Damaris was a reference from Hermana Rodríguez (an amazing sister from the area of the elders of Parque Molina). We were able to have a lesson with her and we talked about how God loves her just the way she is and that Jesus Christ knows all of the pains that we have both physical and spiritual. The spirit was so strong in the lesson. Tearfully Damaris told us that she is suffering a lot in the hospital and told us about how terrible it is in there. I know how aweful the treatment in mental hospitals can be in the US, and I can't even imagine them here. She said that God is her only friend and support now. She is such a valient person. I cannot imagine what she is going through but she has such strength and determination to make it through. We ended the lesson with a beautiful prayer offered by Marta (a 20 year old member who is preparing for a mision). We then gave her a Book of Mormon and she said that she would read it.
On Saturday we called her up and asked if she could have permission to leave the hospital with us and go to church. She said yes. So we went to the hospital and picked her up. It it a very gloomy place, and I can't imagine having to stay there all day everyday for 5 months. The people who work there said that she could leave with us for an hour because we are from the church. The church has a very good relation/reputation with the hospital because the church donated wheelchairs a few years ago, and several active members work there. I have a strong testimony of the power of service and how being a good example can go a long way. Damaris went with us for sacrament meeting. At first she was a little uncomfortanbe because she doesnt like being around a lot of people, but afterwards she said that she felt good about the experience and that everyone was so nice and friendly. She wants to come next week and will work to get permission for the full 3 hours.
I am so greatful to be on a mision and to have the opportunity to meet and learn from incredible people like Damaris. The misión is a great experience that I wouldn't give up for anything.
I love you all and I am soooo excited to talk to you in 2 weeks!!!!
Love Hermana Malstrom
fotos: P day fun, a noche de hogar with paula, Ariel, hna Benítez, Hna Sbona and Hno Julian and us doing a service Project making dolls for the nursery teachers to use to teach the first visión story and how to pray.