Tuesday I went to Navarrete for intercombios with the Hermana Espinal. It's cool to see the little miracles that happen everyday when we follow the spirit. We found new people to teach, we helped people make goals for baptism, and we found an old investigator who they had lost contact with and had a super awesome lesson him. He will be baptized this Saturday!
Wednesday we saw more miracles. The last time that we had met with Yessica, we felt sad. We had taught her about the law of chastity and felt that we could have explained it better. When we came back we asked her if she had read and prayed about the things that we explained. She had and had even shared the pamphlet with her husband. Then we shared 1 Nephi 3 and talked about the importance of keeping the commandments and being obedient to Gods commandments and laws. We talked about prayer and scripture study and going to church. She understood very well and agreed to keep those commandments of God. They aren't our laws, they are Gods laws. Even if we don't understand them or even though they aren't always easy we will need to keep them out of love and obedience to God. He knows us better than we know ourselves and wants us to be happy. That is why we have commandments and that if why we should keep them.
Thursday we met a great kid named Alex who previously met the missionaries on a bus and had downloaded the Book of Mormon and read a lot of it. We found him at his aunts house and started teaching him.
Friday we contacted around our house and found so many great people to teach! Later that day we taught Elizabeth and her daughters (pictures of them included) We had an awesome lesson with them and challenged them to go to church on Sunday! Then the neighbor came over and started talking to us. She really opened up and begged us to come back and teach her. I love seeing the people who are so prepared and ready to accept the gospel. God's timing really is perfect and he has people prepared to learn and accept his gospel.
Then we had another lesson with Alex, his aunt, her daughter Casey, and her friend Jose Miguel. They all accepted to be baptized and loved learning!
Saturday morning we met a member's friend named Susana. She is super sweet and loved the things that we taught her. Then President and Santa invited us for lunch, and after we met Santa's nephew and started teaching him. We also had an awesome turn out for our English class that night.
Sunday kind of felt like the Hermana Bake show. I gave my last talk in Spanish and Hermana Maxfield and I sang a special musical number then I gave the relief society lesson. Jean, who is getting baptized November 4th, came to church as well as Elizabeth and her 4 daughters, who are getting baptized later in November, and Patricio, who is a contact from English class! I was so happy to see them all come and see the peace they felt at church.
Today was my last pday! We went to Mao and played baseball with our zone and then ate a goodbye cake for Hermana Sanchez, Maldonado and I
I'm not going to say that the mission was easy, but I can easily say that it was the best year and a half of my life. Through the ups and downs my testimony grew into something I never imagined. I have grown closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ and I have realized the importance of having His love in my life. I have realized the importance of obedience and how obedience invites the spirit and blessings come trailing after.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. We are on the Lord side. That knowledge and testimony made and makes it easy to stand up and stand out as soldiers in his army.
When I received my call it didn't hit me just how important my calling was or how special it was. Being called of God and given this authority to teach his sheep is unbelievable.
The purpose of my mission is the help people come unto Christ by helping and inviting them to make and keep sacred covenants such as baptism.
Although many did not accept the gospel I am happy to know that we planted the seed of faith. I have hope that one day they can accept and enjoy the blessings of the gospel. I was also blessed to see the lives of many people change. I was able to see their sadness, stress and uncertainty disappear as they were filled with the love of God and his teachings.
2 timothy 4:2-72 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
I know that the church is true with all my heart. I know that Christ is the head of this church and that it is lead by a living prophet, Thomas S Monson. I know that God lives and loves every one of us, his children. I know that he created a perfect plan for us to help us return to live with him one day. I know that families can be together forever. I'm grateful for every one of you and I love you all so much. I am grateful for your love and support this past year and a half. I have felt your prayers. I love you all and hope to see you soon!
Santiago Mission Dominican Republic