|Hermana Sandoval and Jessica - a member|
Hola Familia y Amigos,
Esta semana fue asombrosa.
Lunes was preparation day. When we returned from our lessons we were greeted by a huge frog in our apartment. After 5 minutes of freaking our in our doorway, we finally got the courage to catch it and take it outside..okay my companion got the courage... When I went to turn the lights off later that night we found a huge grasshopper chilling on the lightswitch! Whyyyyy? I hate bugs, frogs, and ewwy things!
Martes we had district meeting. Elder Poulino encourages the person giving the scripture to say it in English; it is funny for me to listen to them try to learn and speak English. Elder Poulino has an American accent and its super funny to listen to.
After District meeting we fought a flood and the rain to make our way to the bus station for intercombios (exchanges). I went to LaVega with Hermana Taukafa. She is Tongan, but she is from Australia!!!! She is super awesome and I learned a ton from her and how she taught people. We visited a ward member there, and she invited us in for Hot Chocolate. We said, "yes" and went in. She continued to feed us rice, beans, chicken, bread, salad and juice! hahah She just kept giving us more food and wouldn't stop! Dominicans are so giving and serve so much.
Miercolas I woke up and took my first cold bucket shower. I thought our apartment was rough with no hot water. haha. Anyways bucket shower, breakfast and then back to Bonao. It's funny how much I missed Bonao after just one day. Elder Gonzalas and Elder Reeves (office Elders) came and inspected our apartment later that day. They were surprised that it was the same apartment that they had previously lived in, because it was so clean.
|The office Elders - Gonzalas and Reeves|
Then we headed to an investigator's, Leonidas house, for lunch. Her son, Wandy, is super cute. He always prays with us and it's the cutest thing! We always say, "Wandy Orar", and he stops and folds his arms and closes his eyes. Leonida talked about Wandy serving a mission when he is older, and it made my heart so happy!
Wandy - Leonida's son
We then went to a Relief Society activity with 3 investigators: Nicauri, Particia, and Miguelina. It's fun to see their excitement and to see them interact with the members and gain friendships with them. That is super important.
Jueves we cleaned the church inside and out for conference on Saturday and Sunday. It was fun to work with the branch members and serve with them. It ended in a water fight that the president started, and we had to walk home all wet.
We also visited a less active family. I love talking to them about the church, their experiences with their baptism, and their conversions. I love seeing them remember why the church is true and why they are members.
Viernes we had interviews with President Castillo and got to see and the Elders and Hermanas in our area. It was fun to talk to President. It's amazing to recognize that he is really called of God and that he has God's help and strength with him. He receives revelation and knows so much.
Sabado was awesome. We visited Leonida and Patricia's moms house and had lunch. During the prayer Patricia prayed that we would find more people to teach and join the church! I just wanted to cry; I was so happy! We also had ward conference that night. Nicauri, Leonida, and Patricia all attended which was super awesome! We watched a video in which a little boy got baptized. Nicauri leaned over to me and said, "WOAH, that's going to be me on the 23rd! She was so excited, and I was too! It was fun to see all 3 of them feel the spirit as they listened to our leaders and branch members speak.
Domingo we went to church early to practice in the choir. We also got to greet all the members as they walked in. It was fun to talk to all of them and see all of their smiling faces. They have the gospel in their lives so of course they should be happy. It was fun to sing in the choir with all the other Elders, Hermanas, and members and feel the faith and strength of all of them.
Today was we played basketball with the Elders for preparations day. Walking down the street, it was so hard to not stop and talk to everyone. I just love talking to everyone and sharing the gospel. Everyone deserves to know the truth and to have the happiness that the gospel brings. I love this gospel, and I'm so glad I have the chance to share it.
My Testimony for the week is about obedience. Hermana Sandoval and I have been thinking a lot about it, and we have realized that obedience has really played a key role in our missions. I don't always understand all the rules, but we have them for a reason. This week I stopped to look at a kitten on the sidewalk. I was in love and wanted to keep it forever. The owner came by and told us that we could have it! I really wanted it, but I knew that it wasn't allowed so we politely declined her offer. It made me sad because I want a kitten so bad! haha I know that these little things make a difference. The little things like getting home on time and exercising everyday all matter. I know the Lord blesses those who obey him. We have been super blessed by trying to be as obedient as we can.
Samuel 15:22 To obey is better than to sacrifice
1 Nephi 3:7 I will go and do the things which the Lord has commanded. ..
I love you all. I love this gospel. I hope you are all safe and happy.