Another week has already gone by, wow, time is picking up speed. I don’t even know how that’s possible. BUT, this week was FULL of miracles!!!!
I was telling Hna Schoeder about what happened with our investigator Faby (who got baptized this Saturday), how we had been fasting and we went to her house and taught a lesson that was 100% guided by the spirit. And then the next day she received an answer to her prayers that this is the true church!!! She has been AMAZINGLY strong ever since, honestly she is teaching and inspiring me everyday. BUT I told this to the amazing Hna Schroeder and she says, “okay let’s do another fast”!! We started fasting that day for a specific family that we’re working with, and the following things happened:
1. Eliana, the sister of Aneury who has been up and down with her commitments and just kinda flakey with everything told us that she knows the church is true, that everything we have taught her is true and has decided to ACT. Even though she can’t get baptized because she’s not married to her husband, she’s going to starting seriously reading in the Book of Mormon and coming to church. And then the next day she told us she was sharing the gospel with her mother-in-law who is from a different church. She bore her testimony to her and gave her a Book of Mormon!!!! Really amazing.
2. Odalis, the mom of the family that we are teaching, bore her testimony to us, told us she always feels at peace when we are here and knows that what we are teaching is true. She wants to get baptized as soon as possible!! The only thing is that her husband still wants to know more. But after working and praying week after week for this family she has a testimony, through the Holy Ghost, the testifier of truth.
Overall, I just feel so grateful to work her in Bonao and to have met the people who I have met. I feel like my heart will always be here with these people. Also, I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers, maybe not in our time, but he always answers if what we ask for conforms to His will.
I love the mission!!!!
PICS….Faby got baptized!!!
klokkkk everyone… so this week was madness. Thursday during planning, the assistants to the president of the mission called and were like, “HEY you guys are going to Santo Domingo for visa stuff, be in Santiago in 3 hours”. WELL, we had a very interesting trip to Santo Domingo………
It began to downpour as soon as we started walking to the bus station and in Bonao the streets flood in like under 5 minutes. We had to walk in water up to our knees to get to the bus station!!! Then, when we finally got to Santiago, we find out that we are literally the only people who are going to Santo Domingo, which is super weird because normally like a bunch of missionaries go together like a school field trip or something. But we got on a bus by ourselves and WE GOT TO SEE THE TEMPLE. Sadly, we weren’t allowed to go in, but it was really beautiful. It was also weird to see the MTC again after like 9 months. I saw some of my old teachers and it was so cool to be able to speak in spanish quickly with them. It made me realize really how much I’ve changed and grown in these past months. I am definitely not the same person I was. But instead of getting sad like I might have used to have done, I felt grateful for the experiences I’ve had and decided to keep moving forward.
But we are really excited because FABY is getting baptized this Saturday!!!!! Faby is 14 and has such a strong testimony, and is one of the strongest people I have met. Her conversion story really is miraculous. We had a really powerful lesson with her about how she can find out for herself if the church really is the church of Christ. She prayed that night to know for herself. The next day she woke up with an excitement and drive to go to church so she went. She later told us that she took that as the answer to her prayer. But what truly is miraculous is what happened next. Instead of losing speed after that moment, she picked up speed, keeping all of her committment, reading and praying and even doing personal progress. She even went to an internet center to look up general conference talks without us asking her to. She has SO MUCH LOVE for the gospel and is so excited to get baptized. She inspires me everyday.
I LOVE THE MISSION. I feel so lucky to serve here in Bonao with such wonderful people. God really does play a hand in our everyday lives!!!
our district….BONAO 1
sleepover in Santiago
mango smoothies…we´ve eaten them like everyday all week
family reunion!! Hna Merrill came to say goodbye
So transfers happened, and surprise, I’m still here in Bonao and, another surprise, I’m training!! That means my companion is brand new to the mission. WOW! I feel so grateful to be with her. She’s cute, smart, likes Harry Potter and Hamilton and already knows Spanish. She is doing so great adjusting to the crazy dominican life down here and is already teaching and contacting like a pro. Also, we made mango smoothies two nights in a row and life is good.
I feel super grateful to be here again in Bonao. Everyone is so open and loving and it’s super beautiful here. Also, it seems that everyday we find a miracle. Whether it’s someone new to teach or a special moment in a lesson, or just a gift from a neighbor, we really are blessed everyday.
I’m excited to see the miracles God will bring about in this area.
So basically I just love the people here and I love the work!
Hna Schroeder, hija mia
an only hermanas meeting, strawberries in the guagua, and ANEARYS hes getting baptized this week!!!
this week included:
·PILAS (lots) of cake. but i love cake so there wasnt a problem
·crazy loud and long thunderstorms in the middle of the night
·being called DOMINICANA (sorry america)
·watching the jose smith movie 2 times in a row…and crying both times
·finding so many people ready to hear the message of the gospel…after a zone conference we had about finding!
I have been thinking a lot this week about change. Why we change. What motivates us to change. How we change. Should we change. All of these good things. And I have come to the conclusion that as disciples of Christ, we believe in change…it is the very fundamental of our gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ EMPOWERS us to change. To shed the natural man and become a saint through the Atonement of Christ. And we should want to change! But the only way to change is be humble enough to see our own weaknesses and then to have the faith the change them. To take ACTION. And to trust that we if do our best, God will make up the rest. He will comfort us and then transform us into his servants, his tools.
I have been reading a lot about the history of the church, and Joseph had to humble himself, he had to change, in order to translate the book of mormon. He had to be totally in line with the Lord´s will. We too have the power to reach out and help those around us, but we have to be humble enough to accept the Lord´s will. And then, he will work miracles through us.
I love this gospel, I am so grateful to live in the fullness of times, with the restored priesthood of God and with a prophet.
thank you all for the birthday wishes!!!
I cant believe on Wednesday I have 9 months in the mission. Time is passing so quickly, I want to enjoy every moment!
Today, some awesome people threw me a surprise birthday party….I was very surprised. I am so grateful for the wonderful people I have had to privilege to meet here.
life is getting hotter and hotter down here in the DR!!!
I have pretty much forgot what it’s like to be cold, but that’s okay because I’m getting a sweet tan 🙂
Highlights of this week:
Hector, the investigator who just got baptized, just got called as the ward mission leader!!! He is so amazing and on fire with a love for the gospel. I know he is going to help a ton with the work here in Bonao, and he will see so much blessing in his own life. I feel so lucky to work with him!
We had an awesome lesson with a young mom who is very involved in her Christian church. The whole lesson went really well until we started to explain about Joseph Smith…and then she closed her heart. She said it’s impossible for anyone to see God and live, that there is no way there can be any other scripture but the Bible…and so on. I tried to show her scriptures, evidence of our message, but in the end, we could only testify. And so that’s what we did. We testified of Joseph Smith that he was a prophet, that God loves us and that he has a prophet on the earth today. We testified that Christ is our Savior and the head of the church. The contention then left the room, and instead it was filled with the Spirit. She agreed to meet with us again.
I love this work. Truth be told, it’s hard. It’s hard to keep going day after day, to give part of heart to people who might not even remember, never mind accept the message you share. But really the only way to soften the stress of it is to keep working. To keep giving your all. Because only when we keep working can we find the JOY!! I have learned so much in these months and I am so excited to keep learning. I know the Lord knows us and knows what we can handle. He will bless us if we let him.
Love you all,
a happy sandwich
beautiful Bonao sunset