Martes we found out about transfers!!! I found out that I was getting transferred to Torre Alta, in Puerta Plata!!! I was super excited! It turns out that I will be a ¨step mom¨ to Hermana Shaw. Which means that I will be her second companion and that she just finished up her training. She is from San Tan Valley, Arizona. She is super cute and awesome and I'm excited to work with her here in Puerta Plata. We had a great last day in Navarrete and got to schedule baptism dates with the investigators who we had there and also say goodbye. It was sad to say good bye but I'm happy to know that Navarrete is safe in Hermana Lynch's hands.
It was getting late that night but I had one last person that I NEEDED to say good bye to. Hermana Negra is a widow who always feeds us and helps us with lessons and with everything! I love her so much and was sad to say good bye. So we ran to her house so we would be back home in time. When we got there the Elders were already there (Elder Cordova was saying good bye too) They are our zone leaders. At 9:30 the district leader called us to see if we home so Elder Sheffield (our zone leader) answered our phone. Elder Reed was so confused because he thought it would be me and we had a good time with Elder Shefield messing with Elder Reed. Then we went home and began the long night of writing letters and packing.
Miercoles we had transfers. We all met up in Santiago and then made our way to Puerta Plata with our zone. It is a pretty small zone. Only 16 of us; 12 Elders and 4 Sisters. We have 3 new Elders which is fun. It reminds me of my first area and companion. Elder Abaroa is in our ward with his trainer Elder Najera. They are a funny companionship and they both stress out a lot. Elder Abaroa is American and Elder Najera is from Mexico and so it is fun to help them both out. I was blessed to have a trainer who was a Latina and I know that he is going to learn fast. Once we got settled in and ate lunch we headed out to meet and teach the investigators in the area. The truth is it is a lot different than my other areas. There are a lot of rich people here and a lot of white people! We don't have a lot of investigators but I'm excited to work in this area and see how I can help and what I can learn from the people here. As we went out it was down pouring and never stopped. We had massive floods waist deep and were called to go home early for safety reasons. We were fine though just soaked head to toe. Hermana Shaw was wearing a blue dress which died her underclothing and her legs and arms which was funny. She came out of the room and said, ¨HERMANA IM A STINKEN SMURF!¨ The good part was that I have HOT WATER for the first time on my mission. I've never been so happy to take a luke warm bucket shower in my life. It was awesome!
Jueves we went out to Burger King! I about cried then too. Wow the real world! Real fast food that isn't beans and rice and chicken! Puerta Plata is awesome! On Thursday I met Jefferson one of our investigators. We talked about the plan of salvation and about the important things that we need to do in this life to return to live with God again. We talked about baptism and set a date with him for April 15! Then we went to our ward mission correlation meeting and received a ¨boche¨ which means we got in trouble for not working, well the old missionaries did. The ward here is awesome and they want to help us. I'm excited to work hard and show them that we are here to work together and help everyone here in Puerta Plata to come unto Christ.
We got a ride home from a member and all smashed in the back like normal. Here the law isn't a law. We just cram as many people as we can in a car and call it good. Elder Abaroa was new and didn't know that and was a little traumatized to find out that we all 4 had to be smashed in the back and that we had the touch so to make him more uncomfortable I smashed a book of Mormon in between us. ¨I can't touch you! I'm a missionary¨
Viernes it continued to rain all day. We contacted Torre Alta which is one of the richer areas in our area. We had little success but we did find an American couple who speaks English who lives here. I struggled as I tried to talk with them in English about our message and purpose as missionaries. Which was sad but funny. Its so much easier in Spanish. When we got back to the house to opened the fridge to get some ice for my water and found Antarctica in our freezer! It was almost all ice and it made sense why everything in the fridge was ice too! Oh missionary houses..
Sabado we went to a poorer area in our area called Munoz. We had to take a gwagwa to get there and its like 15 minutes away. We contacted around there and met some awesome people. I also met Edimar who is another investigator. He is 18 years old and is super awesome. We talked to him about faith, baptism and action. We also set a baptism date with him too. He has a lot of questions and like Joseph Smith he is really searching for the truth and wants to know the truth. We also got to watch the women's conference at the church which I loved. It was fun to watch it in Spanish. I'm SOOO excited for Conference!
Domingo was my first Sunday in Puerta Plata and my area! I loved it and I loved meeting more members. There are a TON of white people who came and who didn't speak Spanish and so I was asked to translate. It was so hard! I can easily translate in my head and understand but having to repeat it and listen at the same time is soo hard. The bishop said it was going to be a normal thing that I'm going to have to do. I'm hoping to get better.
Hoy! Today we had an awesome PDay! We hiked Teleferico, which is a mountain. Well we actually just took a cable car up and then explored the mountain with our zone. Everyone came and it was a fun way to get to know all of the missionaries. It is so beautiful here! I can see the blue, blue beach and there are actually stores! I love it and I love being a missionary! I hope you all have a great week and stay safe!
Con mucho amor,