Peruvian Sign Language

This week has been an adventure. I said goodbye to Hermana Del Valle
and hello to my new companion, Hermana Hawkins! She is so great and I
think we’re going to get along well. She’s 20 and from Oregon, really
close to Boise actually. Our area is a little bit bigger this transfer
so we have been finding a lot. We decided to ask some of the English
sisters if we could trade our car for their bikes one day and they
agreed! So this Thursday we will be on bikes and I am very excited for
that! It’s so much easier to talk with everyone when you’re not in a
car.

This upcoming week we are going to be giving a lot of “do or drop”
lessons. Meaning we talk to some of our investigators who haven’t been
keeping commitments and give them one last chance or else we have to
drop them. 😦 I really don’t like dropping people. It breaks my heart.

On Saturday some of the ASL Elders called us and asked us for help.
They were going to be teaching some people living in Peru, who are
deaf, over Skype. The hearing person the Peruvians live with only
spake Spanish so they needed us to translate for them. It was quite
the experience! It was a lot of fun! It was so cool to see Elder Weber
try to communicate with them. They speak Peruvian Sign Language and
Elder a Weber speaks American Sign Language. So through this whole
process he was trying to learn Peruvian Sign Language while we wrote
down phrases and questions in Spanish on a piece of paper. It was
amazing to watch.

This week I was also working in the Visitors Center for a night. I
thought I wasn’t going to like it but I ended up loving it! I got to
teach people over the computer for a little bit and ended up setting
up missionaries to meet with a man I was talking to from Florida. I
also took a 15 year old girl around the Visitors Center and taught her
more about the life of Christ. She recently decided that she wants to
be baptized this summer so I was answering questions she had as well.
Then there was a man there just kind of walking around so I went up
and talked to him. I ended sharing my testimony of the Book of Mormon
and he asked if he could read it right then and there! So I gave him a
copy and he read the introduction. He told me that he would read a
little bit everyday. It was so much fun and one of the best
experiences I’ve had so far!

Well I hope you are all doing well. I miss you all! Have a fantastic week!

Hermana Hershey

Elder Weber talking to the deaf people in Peru!
Elder Weber talking to the deaf people in Peru!
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