Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Family History Work

Dear Mom and Dad and my wonderful family and friends,

Wow, I am so happy to hear about your callings.  Mom and dad you are perfect for the job! 

Elder Carlos A Godoy
Sister Carol F McConkie
This Sunday was an extra special conference with all the stakes in Bolivia with those of Peru. For this conference, Elder Godoy, two others of the 70, Sister McConkie, and Elder Cook spoke to us through broadcast from Salt Lake. There was a room where the broadcast was in English so me, my companion, Elder Barazoto, Elder Lefgren, and other North Americans went there to watch the conference.  We were all expecting the conference to be in English and translated to Spanish, but all of the 70 could fluently speak Spanish so they all spoke in Spanish. Even Sister McConkie read her talk in Spanish.  She reminds me a lot of you, mom, no matter the task you can always do it, and her testimony of the Savior and her dedication to follow Christ is amazing just like yours. There were words that Sister McConkie struggled with, and I could totally relate with her.  Rather than listen to the English translator, we changed the channel so we could all hear their original voices in Spanish.  Elder Cook, who ended the conference, was the only one who spoke in English to which we quickly changed the channel to hear his prophetic words.  My companion laughed at the thought that he went with us, the North Americans, to hear the conference in English, but we all listened to it in Spanish.

As for the messages, I truly know that this church is guided by our Savior, Jesus Christ and that He has called these men and women to lead His church.

One of the biggest topics was member missionary work and from the birth and resurrection of the Savior and the restoration of His gospel through Joseph Smith, His greatest focus is to preach His gospel so that we can know how to live and obey his commandments to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father.  Just like our Savior, our greatest work is to preach the gospel to the living and also to the dead.

Elder Cook addressed how important family history work is because without these ordinances that we perform in the temple, our ancestors cannot cross the great divide that Lehi saw that separates those of the Kingdom of God and those in spirit prison.  Also, he reminded us of the numerous promises of safety, protection, and happiness that will come as we turn our hearts to our fathers and help them receive the restored gospel and the saving ordinances of this life.

Mom and Dad, I am so excited for your calling!  I am so grateful for your examples and work that will bless so many lives, and you will be doing missionary work for those on the other side!!

Also, thank you for all the prayers.  Hermana Genisis is due to leave the hospital today or tomorrow.  In the hospital it has cost a fortune to cure her, and if you could, remember her in your prayers and put her name in the temple please.
Also, in the week, Elder Barazoto let me know that Hermana Escobar received a calling as the 2nd counselor in the Relief Society!  This made me so happy to know that they are progressing as a family in the church!
Hermana Escobar was recently called as the 2nd Counselor in her ward Relief Society
Also, Yulianna accepted the baptismal date for the 26 of this month.  We are working hard to teach her all the lessons and become friends with her parents so that they know we love them and will be willing to let Yulianna be baptized. Please remember her in your prayers too.

This week, I will also pray extra hard for Sarah.  I am so happy she is feeling so much better, and I just can’t wait to see Baby Bosen!

I love you all so much and hope you have the best week!

Elder Matheson

PS.  Sorry I can’t send more photos.  This computer I am using keeps saying it has a virus so I didn’t upload any new pictures.

Pique Macho - A Typical Bolivian Food





Oh and Kirtley did email.  She is going to serve a mission in Cochabamba, Bolivia!  I think it is so amazing to have so many of my friends serving missions - especially so close.  Oh and if you get the chance mom, a good Sunday dinner is Pique Macho.  I think Michael would love it.  It has homemade french fries on the bottom with sausage and meat chunks mixed with peppers and ketchup and eggs!  It is so good. 




Pique a lo Macho
From: https://boliviancookbook.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/pique-a-lo-macho-pique-macho/
Ingredients:
2 lb top round first cut steak (any soft lean beef will do great)
8 large potatoes
4 uncured beef hot dogs (you can use pork hot dog)
4 eggs
1 large tomato
1 small red onion
1 small green pepper  (1/2 large pepper)
1 locoto or jalapeno (optional)
1/2 cup chicken broth, white grape juice or ginger ale - (choose one - see recipe)*
1 tsp white vinegar (for meat)
1 tbsp cider vinegar (for the salad)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (for the salad)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cup vegetable oil to fry potatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cumin (optional)
1 garlic clove peeled and mashed (optional)

Peel the potatoes and cut in large wedges.
Peel the onion and slice in thin strips, do the same with the pepper and tomato.
Slice the hot dog in thin slices. Slice the hot dog giving it an edge. We don’t want them round.
Clean the meat and cut in cubes of 2 cm each side - this is very important as we don’t want the pieces too small or too big we want them bite size.
Mix the vegetables together and set aside. Once all the ingredients are ready we start cooking.
Start by frying the potatoes. You might end up cooking two batches, since we want them to cook slowly so they are crispy outside but slightly soft inside. This will help the potatoes to absorb the juices.
While cooking the potatoes, hard boil the eggs and peel them and cut them in wedges or round shapes. 
When the potatoes are half cooked start cooking the meat.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet and when the oil is hot add the meat. We want to seal the edges and brown them but not burn them. This takes about 5 min.
Once they are brown add half of the salt and pepper. If you want, add the cumin and garlic. I like the flavor that this adds to the meat. Reduce the heat to medium high
By this point the potatoes should be cooked and in the hot oil we cook the hot dogs. This step is important. We need to cook the hot dogs for about about one minute so they are nicely browned on the edges and crispy. Take to a paper towel.
Add to the meat 1 tsp white vinegar and 1/2 cup of white grape juice, chicken broth or ginger ale (**The original recipe calls for beer, but these are some non alcoholic substitutes) and the hot dogs. If you are cooking in an electric stove you can turn off. If you are cooking in gas cook for about 1 min. We don’t want it to be dry.
Mix the vegetables with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tbs vegetable oil salt and pepper.
Serve immediately after the meat is cooked it is important to serve  hot.
Put one layer of potatoes, add the mix of meat and hot dog and add 4 tbsp of the juices from the pan. Top with the salad and decorate with the hard-boiled egg.
You can put mayonnaise and ketchup on top.






Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy 6th of August - Independence Day for Bolivia!

My Dear Family and Friends!   

Happy 6th of August, which is Independence day for Bolivia!  This week it was so awesome to see all the flags and people celebrating the country’s independence.  My companion and I bought flags and put them in our bags to go proselyting and show that we are cambas or Bolivians in corazon!  In one of our lessons with Mickol, his dog, Negra, ate my flag.  It sure was funny, and I guess I will have to buy a new flag.

Also, I received the package!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so much.  It is exactly what I needed! The two pairs of pants fit perfectly, and I can walk much more comfortably.  Also, I loved the letters and food, especially the biscuits and gravy.  Wow, it tasted like real biscuits and gravy from Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  My companions liked it too. I saved the 2nd package to eat on my birthday. Also, Jason thank you for the flash drive and the music. The music is great for exercise time and for study.  I was wondering - some of the Piano Guys music and MOTAB doesn´t work in our music players because I think it is in MPEG 4 and I don’t know if there is a way to convert it over but I love the music a lot!
My new pants feel so good!

Eating biscuits and gravy with my 3 best friends
Also, we did 2 service activities.  One was clearing a lot of sticks and branches and also we are working with the Elders to build a little room to hold seminary classes.  Here they don´t hold all classes in the church but in homes of the members, and there are more than one seminary teacher for each ward.
Clearing branches and sticks
Building a Seminary Classroom
Also, today we cooked in the house with Bishop.  Elder Torres, from Peru made a really good rice, egg, and sausage dish, and my companion and I with the help of Elder Flores and Hermana Poma we made crepes.  For the filling we used caramel, bananas, and crushed Oreos!  (I accidentally grabbed the wrong type of flour from our kitchen and it was integral flour but none the less the crepes tasted delicious.)
 
Cooking in our Bishop's home

Hey even better news.  My companion is walking without crutches!  Wow, these past 3 weeks have been hard for him, but he is a spiritual giant, and I am so glad he is better!

This week though, Hermana Genisis the daughter of Familia Cholima, who is 8 years old, had an accidente in the kitchen, and a big pot of boiling water fell on her chest and part of her legs.  And she has been the hospital these past 3 days.  Today we got the permission from Presidente Rodrigues, and we went to the children’s hospital to give her a blessing.  The hospital was very clean, but there sure were a lot of sick children and there were barriers between each patient so we were in a room with about 20 sick children.  Discretely, I anointed Hermana Genisis and my companion then gave her a blessing.  I know that through the power of the Priesthood Jesus Christ created the world and healed the sick, and I know that the same authority is in His church today.  We felt so good to give her a blessing, and I know that the Lord will honor and bless Hermana Genisis to get better soon so she can come home.  Please keep her in your prayers this week!

I love you all so much, and I know this church is true and that Jesus Christ lives and that the Book of Mormon is his word given to bless our lives.

Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Matheson

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hello My Dear Family & Friends!

Hello My Dear Family and Friends!

Hna. Reina is the 1st counselor of the Relief Society and has been such a blessing to help the missionary work go forward. She helped Familiy Artiaga and Familia Ardaya get the papers and documents to get married.  This weekend her daughter Natalie was baptized and we were able to help her clean her yard and move some sand and then some huge rocks on top of the sand.  
 
In return of the service she fed us lunch the two days in the morning when we were helping her.  It was so delicious.  It was fried chicken patties with french fries and chicken and mashed or more like blended potatoes and was so good!
Hermana Reina Familia
 

Baptism of Natty
​The baptism of Natty, for her baptism I played the violin of I Am trying To Be Like Jesus, and the family of Hermana Riena sang with us.  It turned out very special, and the spirit was present.  It sure is special to see the face of a newly baptized person or child; they are so pure!


Today we also had a Zone activity and watched Monster University.  It sure has some good paralles about being a good companion.  Also, I saw Elder Barazoto! He is in my new Zone, and his area is right next to us.  He is a great missionary!
Seeing Elder Barazoto Again


As for the events this week, Familia Cholima came to church for all three of the hours, and they loved it! They are progress so well and accepted to live the law of chastity. The next step is to get them married!  Please continue to keep them in your prayers.   Also, Hermana Yuliana is doing great.  We were not able to have a sit down lesson because her parents weren’t home or we didn’t have a member (if you have/get the chance, especially if you are 18 years old, ask to go visit with the missionaries.  They will for sure say yes because this allows us to be able to visit single moms or teenagers who want to learn about the gospel!) but she is still very excited to be baptized!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support.  I love you all so much!



Love,

Elder Matheson

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Pioneer Day!

July 24, 2017

Dear Mom and Dad and my amazing family and friends!  Happy Pioneer Day

It is a bit crazy here because the people don’t celebrate pioneer day, and the American holidays and a lot of days they slip by without me even remembering what day it is but I hope you all have the best pioneer day today.

Almuerzo Last Week
As for my companion´s uncle, I forgot to ask my companion before we went to the internet cafe for the address of his uncle but the next week I will try to send it to you for sure.  His dad also works in the states and travels a lot which is really awesome.  The last week we had to go to the mail place which was in the north mission to pick it up because it weighed too much and only he could pick it up and not the mission. What an adventure.  The mail place was sure different than at  home but the people were very kind and helped us find his package, and thankfully they didn’t charge a fee.  What a blessing!

 
Visiting the plaza with my companion
But this week was amazing! Monday, Hermana Rodriguez called and asked how my companion’s foot was doing, and since his foot was still hurting we went to the doctor whose clinic is in the center of the city and he is a returned missionary.  The amazing blessing was that the doctor told us that his bones weren’t broken but that he had torn a tendon and that we hadn´t rested enough so it had healed into a knot.  But the amazing blessing is that he said the injury isn’t really bad where he has to go home.  But for three days he needed to rest in the house, drink vitamins and get 3 shots, one for every day of the 3 days of rest.  Sunday we were able to go back to work, but my companion will still have to use crutches for three weeks so please keep him in your prayers.

The other blessing was Saturday we received news of the transfers, and my companion and I are staying together.. Wahoo! Also, our Zone was divided, and my companion was made the new district leader.  He sure will do great.  Also, I heard Elder Barazoto got transfered into my Zone!  It sure will be great to see my son (the title of the person you train).

Also, Familia Cholima is doing great!  They weren’t able to come to church this week because of work, but they are so eager to continue to learn about the gospel.  Yesterday, we taught them about the law of chastity because they are not married and they expressed their desire to be married. But Hno. Cholima doesn’t have his birth records or his card of identity so he needs to get those first, which makes it a lot harder.  But I firmly know that God is a God of miracles and can do all things.  Please remember them in your prayers so that they can get their documents to be married.

Another tender mercy this week is we recieved a reference of a girl named Yulinana.  After two days of looking for her house, we found her, and she is so prepared to be baptized.  It turns out she has been attending church for 2 months and we didn’t even know it. But she wants to be baptized and is working to help her parents know that she is ready for this decision but what a tender mercy.

If you have someone who might be interested in the gospel, or who needs it (which is everyone) have the courage to give the missionaries a reference for someone they can teach.  It works miracles!

Going back to the days of rest with my companion, we had two multi zone conferences - one with Presidente Rodriguez and Friday the next day with Elder Godoy our area presidente.  I know that this church is guided by our Savior Jesus Christ and that He has called latter day profetas who direct his church and his work including calling members of the 70 and mission presidents.  Elder Godoy taught us about the atonement and how the atonement of Jesus Christ is not only for us to overcome our sins but enables us to have the godly strength to become much more than we could ever achieve by ourselves and that through the atonement the Lord does not change our circumstances but blesses us with the divine strength to endure and change them for ourselves.  I know these words are true and that Jesus Christ loves us so much and that through his continual grace that we receive each day as we strive to do our very best we can return to him and we can overcome of faults, our sicknesses, our weakness and fulfill our divine nature.  I love you all so much and I hope that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can continue to be pioneers in the latter days, which is one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for other to follow (and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ).

Love your son,

Elder Matheson!

Sunsets In Bolivia - Beautiful

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One Huge Miracle

Dear Mom and Dad, Family and Friends,

This day we went to the dentist for my companion and picked up a package from his dad.  I found out too that he has an uncle living in Springville, Utah.  I sure want to get his address and send it to you. Sorry this email will  be shorter;  today has been an amazing p-day full of blessings but a very fast one.

As for this week, my companion’s foot is doing so much better, and we are walking a lot faster.  He still is using crutches, but he is feeling much better.  Thank you for the prayers.

I guess one huge miracle this week was that Familia Cholima came to church.  Here sacrament is the last hour to accommodate two wards at the same time, and my companion and I both where sad when all of our investigators couldn’t make it.  But right before sacrament meeting, Familia Cholima came.  In short, when we started teaching them we didn't think they were going to progress, but the Lord works miracles and in our last lesson when we asked when we could return, Hno. Cholima said next week can you pass by at least 3 times a week, and his wife said we brought a special spirit to their home.  What a blessing!!

This week in my studies it has been incredible to read the Book of Mormon and Our Search for Happiness by Elder Ballard.  Those books you sent me with are amazing.  But the things I learned this week is how in the Bible many profetas saw the great apostasy and that we really need a restauracion through the Profeta Joseph Smith.  I know Heavenly Father lives and He loves us so so much.  When I have gotten discourage or made mistakes, and I pray and ask him for help,  every time I feel so much love and never a harsh chastising voice or feeling in my heart but rather a divine parently love that is indescribable..  Truly we are children of God and He is our loving Heavenly Father.

Also mom could you let Braden know that I am cheering him on, and I know he will be one of the best missionaries because he is so humble, obedient, and has a powerful testimony that will bless so many lives and I totally want his email to write him.

I love you all so much!

Your son and brother and friend,

Elder Matheson

​Zona Cañoto.  Also this next week we have transfers but I hope and pray I get to stay and work with my companion.
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

July!

July 10, 2017

Dear Mom and Dad, Family and Friends,

I am so glad you like the video. My companion is 24 years old and has about a year and a half in the mission and every time he tried to submit his papers he got injured.  He also is studying before his mission to be a lawyer and he also has a degree to teach history and has been the secretary to the Bishop and a teacher in the primary. He is one the most amazing elders with so much preparacion and many abilities.

Elder Flores is from Chile.  He is the tall one in the video and is a spiritual giant and is full of the love of Christ. He is 20 and has more than one year in the mission.  He never says anything negative and tries to be super obedient.  He right now is training Elder Torres (the shorter Elder) from Peru.  Elder Torres has about one month in the mission and is a great Elder.  Of the 4, Elder Mazariegoz and Elder Torres always are teasing each other; with them together there never is a dull moment. Sometimes in the night we can’t stop laughing because the are so funny.

I’m glad you all had a good Fourth of July,  hopefully with some chocolate satin pie. ;)

As for this week it has been full of adventures and lessons.

​Our pension -The Artiaga Family.  They have helped us so much and their food is so delicious!
Tuesday, my companion and I just finished our run when we saw the other Elders playing football with Family Artiaga nuestro pensions.  I told my companion that we should go play.  As we got to the court, I remembered a rule from president about playing football with members, but in the Artiaga family there are a lot of kids and so I thought well we are already here and I didn’t think anything would happen. As we were playing, my companion and I went to kick the ball at the same time and it turns out I hit his foot hard and injured his foot.  When we got back to the house his foot had swollen so much, and I felt so terrible.   But this week we prayed and I fasted for him and he has gotten so much better.  Right now he is using crutches to proselyte, but I sure learned the importance that we must be obedient to all the mission rules especially the small ones.  Please keep my companion in your prayers this week.  I think this next week he should be better.  But we have had a lot of help from the ward members and sometimes in the afternoons we leave my companion in the house of a member and I go to proselyte with another member and in the evening we both leave to teach together.  If you ever get the chance, some of the best ways to help the missionaries is to go visit with them or do divisions with them.  The power of the ward members and their testimonies is priceless to help new people accept the gospel.
​In a movie night we had for the ward my companion borrowed a wheelchair and sure had fun!

During our district meeting, Hermana Gardner from Colorado wasn’t feeling good, and when she talked to the nurse she found out she had gotten Dengue Fever.  The nurse asked if I would give her a blessing.  Wow, I sure was nervous as it was the 2nd blessing I have ever given in English.  In the blessing,  I sure tried hard to listen to what the Lord wanted me to say and bless her with, and I felt I should bless her that her body would receive peace and that she could sleep at night and that she could receive comfort that her family was protected by the Lord’s hands and that according to her faith she would be whole again.  When the blessing ended I was praying that those blessing could come to pass.  Dad, when you are called upon to give blessings,  how do you prepare for the blessing and how do you feel or know what to say?

I sure love you all and hope you have the very best week.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  They bless us and our investigadores every day.  

Love your son,

Elder Matheson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Prayer!

Dear Mom and Dad (Family & Friends)!  

Thank you for your advice, it sure helps me each week.  I am so glad to hear to that Sarah is getting better too and Jalise had a baby.  So many miracles happen every week it is amazing!

This week, I had an interview with President Rodrigues, and he gave me the counsel to pray fervently in the mornings and evenings and make prayer on my top priorities.  It was amazing to the see the difference.  I tried pleading for the Lord’s strength, and he helped and filled me with his love and spirit when I needed help.  Also, he gave me the great idea if I get bored to sing with my companion.  We sure love singing and I teaching how to sing in tune.  My companion never has had musical instruction, but he has learned so much from youtube and now we are practicing together!

One big answer to prayer was with Familia Coya and Familia Gracia.  We found these two new families this past week and we taught them and learned that they both had lost loved ones within the past year or two.  They asked us where are they.  We taught them about the plan of Salvacion and how families are forever and this brought joy to their eyes.

The next day, I started with a prayer pleading for help to understand more where their loved ones are at, and it was amazing to learn how important missionary work is.  From Doctrine and Covenants 138, the Book of Mormon and True to the Faith it was amazing to learn that those who are baptized but do not keep their covenants, those who reject the gospel, and those who never received the gospel are in spirit prison.  As missionaries and members, it is our job to strengthen members who are struggling to keep their covenants with God and also to teach and share the gospel with everyone so that they can be baptized and receive these covenants to return to our Heavenly Father and so that they can do the work for their ancestors and loved ones in the temple.

How important the temple is.  Thank you for all your prayers and temple service.  They are blessing our investigadores and many investigadores in Heaven with the Ordinances of salvation.

I love you all!

Elder Matheson
video

Here is the English Translation of a song for Michael and Mom.

Today we want you to be happy (very happy)
and have this happiness enter your heart.

That you hear the echo of our happiness for you all the way to the Pirai. (a big river in Bolivia like the Mississippi)

Today we are going to give you (like always)
our heart  (como yescas means people who are broke and don’´t have any money, but for me it means that I don’t have anything material to give you for a gift although I would love to give you a big saltaña and hug and much more, but I will give that which I have which is the love from our heart for such an amazing brother and example and such a special heavenly mother.)
And we are going to give you this love in this song.

Happiness, Happiness, Happiness in your heart!

We give you in song that we hope you cumplir or have a happy birthday, that you have a happy birthday and that you have a haaappyyy birrthday!

I love you Mom and Michael! Happy Birthday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Adventures!


Dear Mom and Dad (Family & Friends too)!

The Matheson reunion looked awesome!  Good job dad on those tires!  This week as we were walking I told my companion a lot of your mission stories dad.  He sure got a kick out of Walish Marsh finding the Book of Mormon in the hotel!

Also, I sure bet that Audrey and Maddie sounded amazing!

Michael your house looks awesome!  I hope there is a fence for Gracie and tomatoes when she gets hungry!

One big piece of news here is we received a new stake in Santa Cruz.  It is called the Santa Cruz Centeral Stake, and our stake changed names to the Stake of the Colorado!

Also, for Bishop Tuesday and Wednesday we chopped down two big trees that were hanging over his fence. He was worried that they might fall on his house so he asked if we could help him out.  It was so fun!!  Mom when you are trimming suckers off trees, you should really invest in a machete. It is so much faster than the cutters we have at home. Me and my companion were in charge of cutting down the two trees, and then Elder Flores and his new companion who he is training, Elder Torres, chopped them up into pieces.  On the 2nd tree, the tree started to fall in the right direction with Bishop and the other Elders pulling on it, but at the last second it lost tension and started falling towards the house. Thankfully it barely nicked the side of the roof and not the whole house!  In the morning, we prayed the activity would go well, and wow I am so  grateful for that prayer and that Heavenly Father answered the prayer.
The tree that almost took out bishops house!​
​My companion welding his mighty machete!
Grandma! I am sure glad for all the tree trimming practice I had with you in the summer.  It sure paid off!
Also, June 24 it is dia de San Juan or the coldest day of the year (even though it felt like summer/late fall) and for this day everyone eats hotdogs o pan chitos!  The culture here is the best!
Making nachos and homemade salsa today in the house of our pension. 

 My companion is a good chef
Also, the step father of the Ardaya Familia (the recent converts) went a whole week without drinking alcohol.  There are many times in the day we we receive miracles, and I know a big part of it is from our families back home and your service, especially in the temple!  Saturday night, he started drinking again but none the less we are not giving up on him.  If you could remember him in your prayers this week that will bring miracles! We are working really hard with them to attend church with family Ardaya so that everyone in the family can enjoy the blessings of the gospel!

Also, my companion has helped me arrange a diet to lose weight! Right now I am about 157 and our goal is cut back on the wafs (these really yummy wafers) and chocolate milk for 3 weeks and to run everyday!  My companion sure is wise.

I love you all so very much, and I know the Jesus Christ lives and that the Book of Mormon is true!  It is so true and I love to read it everyday!  It is amazing to feel the difference in the day when we read the scriptures which have the word of God which is how the Lord created the earth through His word.  And God said let there be light, and there was light. His word is powerful, full of Love and is just for us so that we have the spiritual strength and light in our lives!

I hope you all have the best week and start of July!!

Love you son,

Elder Matheson

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Power Of Fasting!

Dear Mom and Dad and my wonderful family and friends,

Thank you for the pictures and the music.  We are definitely going to use them for sure.  My companion said the chords with Come Thou Fount will be perfect. Thank you Jordan family! This week, I got to practice in our district meeting with the violin of the bishop's daughter.  On this violin all four of the strings work, and it has a full bow and a good tone.  I can't help but smile just getting to play it.

This week so many miracles happened.  I can't even count them, but on Saturday, Elder Mazariegoz and I both started a fast for Familia Ardaya.  This is the family that I got to help confirm.  They are so amazing and have so many challenges that they are fighting to overcome as new disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

One of this challenges is with money and with their step dad, Jimay, who is an alcoholic and when he is drunk he throws everyone out of the house.  Saturday we fasted and ended our fast Sunday. When we went to visit them in the night we were so happy to see that they had enough food to eat and that they were laughing and enjoying time as a family, but an even bigger miracle was that Hermano Jimay was not drunk and he was happily working outside. We invited him to join us for a lesson and he accepted.  In the lesson, he expressed his desire to change, and we testified to him of the power of the atonement and that by showing his faith by daily family and personal prayer, attending church, and reading the Book of Mormon he could overcome this debilidad.  The lesson was full of the spirit and we were even able to teach him how to pray, and he ended the lesson with a prayer.  I know that fasting works and brings miracles.

Other miracles we received from fasting was that we did an activity with the young men and the return missionaries of the ward where we taught them how to contact and for one hour they helped us contact.  It was amazing to see how they enjoyed the joy of missionary work and also had some rejection.  This activity sure helped us obtain more references, and the ward loved it.  I am so grateful for the Lord's help and that the activity could go through.
Missionary Activity With The Young Men
Also, another miracle was that we were trying to contact Christian who we talked to the night before and we knocked on a house to see if he lived there.   An 18 year joven came to the door and said he was Christian but wasn't the same Christian we met yesterday.  As we talked to him, we learned he was investigating the church in Cochabamba and has a Book of Mormon.  We then taught him a small lesson and set a new appointment for today.  Wow, I know this is the Lord's work, and I am so grateful for his guidance.  This week, Elder Maraziegoz and I worked so hard and when we did our part, Heavenly Father blessed us to find Christian.  I know Christian has been waiting for the Gospel, and I can't wait to let you know what happens this week!

I love you all so much!

Elder Matheson!
Gracie and Hope have a friend!!  This dog belongs to Hermano Rocha the 2nd counselor in the bishopric.  Also, his niece sent you a friend request on facebook mom!

I tried making those marshmallow cookies mom.  They tasted great, but only half the oven was working and I used multi-grain flour - oops - but they tasted great!