Martes we went out teaching with Hermana Elsa Polanco and Hermana Bernadina. They are literally so crazy together but we had some awesome lessons. We had a super great lesson with Modesto who had some different thoughts about what happens after life. I was grateful for Elsa and Bernadina and their testimonies. It is super important that people gain their own testimonies but I love hearing member's testimonies. I could tell that Modesto could feel the spirit.
Miercoles we had a zone conference in Navarrette!!!! It was fun to go back and see my old zone and my companion again! We also had a super great training by our mission president. I know he is called of God and really does receive revelation for us here in the Santiago mission.
That night we got to teach Yermi and Vladimir about the plan of salvation. It is funny how when I began my mission I didn't like to teach the plan of salvation because it was hard to teach in Spanish. Now it is my favorite to teach! I really love the gospel and the plan that God has for us! I know he loves us so much and wants the best for us. I loved to see Yermi as she learns more about this plan. She told us that she has been pretty sad lately but that she had received the prompting that she needed to pray she decided to pray and said that she knew that the gospel and the church is true!
Viernes was a weird day but super awesome! I reached 13 months in my mission. Now that I have more time in the mission everyone seems to have the need to tell me how much time I have left in the mission! I've decided to take it as a wake up call that I need to work harder and harder! There are people here who need the gospel and I'm here to find them and help them to have the happiness from the gospel.
In the morning we had interviews with our mission president. I always love meeting with him and listening to his council. We talked about the mission and the gospel and our experiences. It was super different but super powerful. At the end we just stared at each other and he started to cry. Then I did too. I didn't know why so I asked him why he was crying. He responded that he didn't know, and I didn't either. We ended with a prayer and then I left. WOW I don't even know how to tell you guys but THE GOSPEL IS SOOOO TRUE! PROPHET Thomas S Monson IS A PROPHET OF GOD AND I KNOW THE OTHER LEADERS AND ARE CALLED OF GOD AND HERE TO HELP US! I'm so blessed to be on a mission and to have the chance to grow closer to my Savior and my Heavenly Father.
For or exchanges my trainer Hermana Sandoval came here to Puerto Plata with me and my companion went to Santiago.
It was fun to be with Hermana Sandoval again! It was fun to work hard together. I was prompted to have a day of contacting with her. We were blessed and guided to find 3 people who are very ready to accept the gospel and many others who have potential.
Elizabeth was one lady we found. Turns about that her sister is a member and that she had heard the lessons when her sister was investigating the church. She said that she had been to the church before and that she wants to come back and learn more. She also has 3 young sons who could be future missionaries!
Christina was sleeping when we contacted her house. Her son answered to door. I started explaining to him who we were and what our purpose was. When I found that his mom was sleeping I asked if we could come back another day to teach their family. He said ¨Yes! I want you to come back! I'm a member but we go to the other ward because I was baptized in that ward and when we moved we just kept going to the other one. My mom isn't a member but goes every week to church and wants to be baptized!¨
Eddy is a 16 year old youth who we contacted too. He was home alone so we couldn't teach him but we invited him to church and he said yes! Then he came to church and loved it! When we came back to teach him he told us his story. It turns out that his parents are divorced. His mom lives in Chili and his dad doesn't support him. His older brother lives 20 minutes away and buys food and helps his brother out but this kid lives alone. Cooks, cleans, goes to school, plays soccer (he received a scholarship) works (teaches little kids to play soccer) Studies and now goes to church all on his own! I'm so impressed by him! He is so well behaved and has the strongest desire to be good and do good!
That night we stayed up talking til 2:30am. It was fun to talk about Bonao and all of our memories! I literally knew nothing hahah back then! We finally fell asleep but woke up at 3am by the loudest, ugliest sound and the brightest white light and our whole apartment shaking! I literally thought that I was dead. When I opened my eyes and caught my breath I looked to see if my companion was still there and awake. We both looked at each other and then heard yelling outside our window. We looked out to see that a Jeep had hit 2 electricity poles right outside out apartment. The driver was rushed to the hospital and everyone else was just left in shock. We didn't have electricity which meant no fans! But finally we got back to sleep.
Sabado morning we woke up early to go running down to the beach. Then we switched companions back. We went to go teach Christina and her sons. When we got there, they had a friend who joined us in the lesson. Since it had been awhile since they had heard the lessons we started to teach the restoration over again. It was so cool to see Christina remember the things that she had leaned a long time ago. She even bore her testimony to the friend. She knows the church is true and wants to be baptized so bad.
Domingo 6 people came to church. Chanika and her kids Michael and Christie, Yermi (and Vladimir) Christina (and her sons) and Eddy (who turns out to be super good friends with the Elders Investigator who is going to be baptized this next week!
After church we went out with Hermana Elsa and the Bishop to visit less active members in our area.
The priesthood also had an activity were they all met up and then split off the find and talk to all the inactive and less active members in the ward! I was super impressed as I saw almost every single priesthood member old and young meet to go find the lost sheep! Whether they are inactive, less active or active, they are members and our family!
We also had an awesome lesson with Eddy. We talked about church and the duty to God book that he had received and then talked about prayer! I am so impressed with this kid and I'm excited to see the gospel bless his life!
I continue to see blessings every day and every week! I love the gospel and I know it is true. I hope that all of you can not only accept the gospel but live the gospel and see the changes in your lives as you put Christ first! I hope you all have a great safe week! I love you all!