Sorry everyone (MOM) that I didn't write yesterday. We had our independence day here and so everything was closed including the internet center where we write. Yeah we aren't as blessed as the other missions who have iPad. But The DR is still better..sorry
Martez we had our district meeting. Then we tried to go out to lunch. We walked into a shop that said CAFETERIA so we thought we could eat there. Turns out it was a barber shop that sold ham and cheese sandwiches and juice. Elder Reed said ¨heck no, every time I go to the barber shop I always leave with hair on me even if I'm not getting my hair cut. There is no way I'm eating here.¨ We laughed and then went to another ¨restaurant¨ and after that failed attempt we decided to just go to pica pollo again... ahhaa Failed attempts to eat good food.
We taught Ada and she said that she has been READING!!!
We also visited Luis Peres, our new investigator. His daughter was in an accident and so we prayed with her and her family. It was cool to see her gratefulness and see her faith grow because of a prayer.
On our way back we passed by the drugstore to get medicine for my companion and saw Bienvenidos (an inactive member who we contacted) in the drugstore with a live chicken just hanging upside down from his hands. It didn't even faze me but when my companion freaked out I realized how weird that actually is. haha
We visited another investigator Alba. She was having a hard time accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet. My poor companion was sick and Alba was just pounding us with her doubts and questions. I have never been so grateful for prayer in my life. I felt like crying and just walking out of the house. I prayed so hard and then said something (which I don't remember) and she changed. I was able to share my testimony of Joseph Smith and the Restoration and the lesson ended really well.
Miercoles we taught Luilli in the morning then Nicauri and Rosemairi in the afternoon. Then we taught Luis Peres in the evening. When we showed up it was just him and his wife and daughter but then all of Navarrete seemed to show up. We ended teaching everyone about the restoration. It was actually really cool. What was even cooler was when Luis gave the closing prayer. We could see in his eyes the desire to change and know for himself. He gave a really heart felt prayer and even cried a little.
Viernes we taught Luilli again. We taught him about the 10 commandments. I love teaching about the 10 commandments to people here because they are all so religious and ¨believe¨ in the Bible, but don't always understand or keep the 10 commandments. We talked about the ¨thou shalt not commit adultery¨ commandment which was a little awkward because we were teaching it to a 17 year old boy. We explained a little bit of the law of chastity. My favorite part was when he started laughing and his grandma said ¨He's at that age. Tell him. Give it to him plan and clear. He needs to know!¨ We all started laughing which made it easier to teach after that.
We ate lunch at Hermana Negras house. We have an running joke that the Elders in our district from Villa Gonzalas have dinner appointments every night but we have one maybe once a week. We were so excited to get invited to eat with the elders in our ward, but when we showed up it turns out the zone leaders in our ward were going on interchanges with the elders in our district and so they got to go to our only dinner appointment too! Hahah
We talked a lot which Chela about prayer and answers to prayers. We talked about how they come in all different forms. It was fun to talk about the holy ghost and it was cool to see her realize that she has received an answer to her prayers.
Sabado we ran into and met a lot of people who liked to talk talk talk. We also invited everyone to church!
Domingo we had so many people come to church. We went to go get Yoana and her family and when we walked up to her house we found Eudi and Leudi outside waiting for us all ready and excited to go to church. Luilli showed up with a member who has befriended him! Nicol showed up with her grandma and her cousin all cute in her little dress. Later, after sacrament had started, we got a call. I ignored it because we were singing but it turns out it was Luis Peres. He had gone to the other building farther away in Navarrete. He showed up a few minutes later and he knows a lot of the men in our ward! I was super excited and loved to see all our investigators all happy.
It was also a very sad day. Our neighbor's daughter has been suffering from cancer for a long time. They are members of our church. When we showed up to church we all found out that she had passed away that same morning. It put a damper in the mood at church. All the little primary kids lost a friend and all the parents saw two parents suffering from their loss. It hurt to see them like that.
I remember reading a talk called ¨The Choice¨ by Mary Beatty Duncan. She said, ¨After my sons death, I faced the dilemma of giving in to my doubts or holding fast to my faith in the resurrection.¨ I love this talk. Death is one of the hardest things. Young or old, people are people, friends and family. It hurts to say good bye to them. We are blessed to know that God has a plan for us. He loves us...All of his children. We are blessed to know that we can live with our family again. We can see them again. The challenge is remembering Gods plan and purpose.
I love the gospel. I love my Heavenly Father and I know he loves us. I love being a missionary and having the chance to teach this marvelous gospel to the people here.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!