Hermana Espinoza said that when she was in Otavalo with Hna Pacheco, they went to cross a busy road; she stopped when she felt a tug on her sweater. In the moment she looked back to see what tugged her, a car sped by. Had she stepped into the road, she would have been hit.Hermana Sanchez shared that when she and her companion were walking on a dark street, a man ran after them with a knife. She heard a voice that said, “Walk faster” and then “run!” A taxi driver pulled up from nowhere. They jumped in. She felt shielded and believed it was her grandfather.
Elder Burleson was walking with his companion when he saw a ragged homeless man, which made him feel nervous. He was most surprised to hear this vagabond call him by name. He and his companion were even more amazed when this stranger answered his question of how he knew his name. He responded, “Two angels in white had just spoken with me and told me to listen to Elder Burleson and that they would teach him what he needed to do to be baptized like Jesus Christ.”
Elder Smith shared an experience of when he and his companion Elder Chavez were going home at night and were worried to see a group of scary looking people ahead on the same road they needed to pass. As they were contemplating how they would pass by these people, a taxi pulled up out of the blue and asked if they wanted a ride. The driver wasn't deterred by their lack of money. After driving past the danger, they told the driver that he could let them out. To their surprise, the unknown driver said, “That’s not where you live; you live up there,” as he pointed ahead. The driver took them directly home and then refused their offer to get money out of their apartment.
Elder Kerby and Pinta taught a young unmarried woman the first lesson. They knew she would need to get married first but decided to wait until the next lesson to break that news to her. When they met up with her for the second time, she told them that she had met some sister missionaries who had clearly explained that she would need to be married to be baptized. The unusual part of this story is that there are not sisters anywhere near where she met them. They asked her if she was certain they were LDS, and she pointed to their plaques and confirmed that they were wearing the same plaques.
In Inaquito, the Hermanas met a woman who recounted an unforgettable experience when her child was very sick. Three men knocked on her door and asked if she needed anything. She told them about her child. They accepted her offer to come in and asked her for oil, and blessed her child. When she went back to the kitchen to put the oil back, they left. She ran outside and said “They completely disappeared.” Her child recovered completely and she hadn't thought about that story until the sisters knocked on her door.