I just love the DR! I love the people, the culture, the weather, and everything. I especially love when people are so friendly and talk to us in English.
HELLO MY LOVE..............
HELLO MY LOVE..............
HELLO... They said...
I love it when people drive by in cars or on motorcycles and yell things at us. Most of the time its nice things hahaha
Martes was super great. The day started off with Elder Stef receiving a package from him mom which had beef jerky in it! We were all so excited and he was nice enough the share. So for District meeting we all ate beef jerky and had our awesome meeting. At the end we had a mini study session togther and talked about questions that we have or the investigators have and discussed how we can best answer those questions. I love learning and growing together as missionaries and I'm so grateful for awesome friends who are on this journey with me.
Hermana Polanco helped us out and we contacted Carlos and Maria who were two references who live in two different areas father away. Then we went to help the Elders from the other ward with a investigator lady who we found who lives in their area.
Miercoles we headed out early to visit Pedro. Again I was so impressed with his testimony and his determination to ¨follow God and his plan for the rest of my life¨ We then went to Nanas house who is a young mom with 2 little girls. She was cleaning her house because her grandma just moved out. She was super sad and stressed. It was fun to help her clean her house and show her love. It just hurts my heart. I want to love everyone here! What a blessing I have to be trusted by the Lord to love these people and to teach them and invite them to have this happiness.
Then Hermana Polancos sister invited us over to her house for Elder Stefs birthday to eat Tacos. At the end we shared a video called Ripple. Ripple - To The Good Samaritans In Our Lives: Thank You. // Viddsee.com It is about how the good things that we do will come back to us. I love the members and the people here in the DR and I hope to bring this characteristic home. They are all just so willing to help and give and love even if they don't have much to give. They are truly like Christ - humble and selfless. I'm grateful for them and for teaching me to have more charity and love.
Jueves we woke up early again to go running but when we got down stairs our gate to our apartment was locked and we didn't have keys. We decided to climb it and regretted it a second later as we thought of how to get back over once we got home and were all tired. But it was an adventure. We got to go to Sosua and teach Modesto again and then saw his neighbor's bran new puppies. One of them peed on me and I had to walk around with a peed skirt all day.
Viernes we taught Pedro again and then stayed all day and night outside of Puerta Plata. We taught Carlos again and got to hear the conversion story of a member Juan DeLaCruz. I love listening to conversion stories. They are all different and all so powerful. Even people who were born in the church. We all are converted at one time.
We then returned for our correlation meeting with our ward mission leader and planned an open house. We are having an open house for everyone. We are inviting everyone to invite their friends and family. We are going to have every organization be in charge of explaining the function of the class or organization and then have them answer a typical or common question that has to do with the church and the gospel. Then after they go around to all the classes and see the church they can go into the chapel to watch the movie Meet the Mormons. I'm hoping that it will be a non threatening way to invite people to church and to ask questions, meet the missionaries and understand a little more about our wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sabado we had an awesome lesson with Mikal and Christie and taught them about the Book of Mormon. They are super cute and love learning. Christie reminds me a lot of on of my really great friends who joined the church as a youth and was so excited to serve a mission and help people to be happy like her.
Domingo we had 8 of our investigators come to church. Pedro, Carlos, Modesto, Chanika, Mikal, Christie, Emilio and Eneudi. They all stayed all 3 hours and all loved church and want to come back every week! 😂🤗
We also had a Family home Evening with Yenifer and Rikeyla who just got baptized and their family. They had a really great question which made me think a lot too. Yenifer said that in Primary they talk a lot about Joseph Smith. Yes it is true we do. Just our church is still centered in Jesus Christ. We are the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. We explained that we are just grateful and explain the importance of Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. Through this prophet we have the restored gospel and authority on the earth today. That is what makes our church different and true. I'm so grateful to have had the prophet Joseph Smith and I'm so grateful to have learn at a young age about this true and this happiness. God and Jesus Christ love me. They have a plan for me and they want me to be happy. Thanks to this restored gospel of JESUS CHRIST I am SO HAPPY.
I was also blessed to hear the conversion story of the old bishop of the ward. We said that an elder started teaching his family and he finally gained interest too. It wasn't that simple or that easy but after a lot of work and testimony building this young missionary, his companions and the Holy Ghost helped him to find and accept the truth. He went on to tell us that this young Elder is now he mission president of the mission! President Castillo!!!! I got goose bumps all over as I felt the power of his conversion. I know that President Castillo was called of God to be our mission president and that he has the power to help and direct this mission.
That was about the short run down of my week. I leaned a lot and was constantly blessed by my Heavenly Father. One thing that I have been thinking a lot about is something that my grandpa Bake told me when I got my mission call. ¨There are two names on my plaque. One represents all of my family and one represents our Savior Jesus Christ. Be the kind of missionary that is worthy of those names.¨ I'm so blessed to be a missionary and I love every day of my mission. Every member has this same responsibility. When we are baptized we make that same promise to take upon us His name. Strive to be worthy of that name and live the best you can. Make Him proud. I love you all and hope you have a safe happy week!