|Painting of the last Judgement|
|Another view of outside of Cathedral|
|Inside the Cathedral|
|Juan Pablo Duarte (Abe Lincoln of the DR)|
|Outside of Cathedral|
|Intense ceiling with lots of symbolism|
|Hermana Hildman, Hermana Stanton, and Hermana Flores all started their missions together|
This week was good. We are getting to know a lot new people and finding new investigators. Our 7th day adventist investigator Jose came to church yesterday. He liked it all except for one talk about the sabbath day. A member stopped by him and took him to church. Hes in Alma with his book of mormon reading. Slowly but surely were getting progression with him. Once he receives his own testimony he will be SOLID.
Saturday we had planned on having a zone meeting in the morning but friday night at like 11pm they called us to tell us it was canceled. So the next morning we didnt have any plans secure. So we made some plans but all those plans fell. We were walking and I was like hey Miguelina lives over here we should go visit her. Shes an active member but shes a little physically disabled. I thought we could possible serve her. We get there and it was as if she was waiting for us.
I had never visited her before and she let us in and just showed us around and shared all these pictures and what not. We shared a message with her. She really is a woman of great faith. She has suffered 3 strokes so it is hard for her to speak. She said she couldnt walk nor speak like 5 months ago. She still has trouble speaking but she can walk and write. She is a walking miracle. She showed us she practices her writing by writing scriptures and she said she is currently in Moroni, the last book in the book of mormon. She really is an active a member and super sweet... but towards the end she kind of broke down. She got frustrated with trying to speak. She just out of frustration said that all she desired was to be able to speak clear so she could share her testimony.
However, she may not be able to share her testimony with words... but she sure does share it with her actions.
I invite all of you to open your mouth and share your testimony with someone this week AND.... be a living testimony. Live that what you say and believe.
This is Christs church and it is worth all the struggle and strife we expereince in this life to be able to live as eternal families afterwards.
When times are harder... pray more, read the scriptures more, fast, reach out to others more... be active in your church callings... go to church.
Life here is short, what matters most is how we use are short time here so that we can enjoy that eternal amount of time after this life.
I love you all and I know that Heavenly Father loves you and is watching after you. Dont be discouraged through your fight through life. Go to the BASE and renew your supplies. Heavenly Father. Hes just waiting to bless and help you.
Hope you all have a fantastic week and remember the bascis
and try to serve someone today!
Also yesterday, was an eventful day. One of our investigators Jose came to church again! He is a member of the 7 day adventist church. Hes really awesome and super sweet.
I truly have a testimony of how divinely led the mission is. We are with certain companions, in certain areas, in specific times... there truly is no accident. Everything is so divinely led by Heavenly Father. Its tough to sometimes remember that but I know its true. Heavenly Father loves us and as we trust Him and serve Him by serving His children He uses us and transforms us into someone better, stronger...
I really love this family and its hard to say ¨see you later¨s . But change is part of the mission and I have learned to really appreciate them because without them i would never have gotten to know the people i have.
I love you all and testify that this Christ´s church. Keep praying, keep working hard, and keep the commandments.
I had a crazy week of activties and not sufficient time to share it all.
this family is so cute. Lorenzo is so excited for his baptism and Loreal was asking questions about missions. ahh its crazy. I love the work.
I recently found out that Carmen from my first area... is getting baptized on the 11th! i just burst into tears when i read that. I dont think i can go though ebcause Lorenzo and Loreal are getting baptized the same day which is so bittersweet... but i wil lbe there in spirit.
I love these people.
|Before heading out for the Day|
|After a long day out! But a great day!|
I love all of you and testify God is aware of you. Even when you feel so so low and dark He cares. I testify of the power of the priesthood. I testify that this is God´s church. I know we are never alone. God loves us and wants the very best for us. He stretches us and pushes us but He never abandons us during this ´training´....
It was really cool and super spiritual experience.I cried a lot.. He truly is a representive of Jesus Christ.
This last week we went to Azua for a zones conference and learned a lot. One thing about being a missionary is youre never a perfect one... and always always can improve.
(the pic is our zone here in San Juan with President and Sister Nuckols)
Baptism really is a great thing and great first step. Its the doorway to our path back home... but not the end. Baptism is where we are ´born again´... not where we accept him and are saved.. We are saved after all we have done... enduring to the end.
Baptism is really a thing we pursue to invite our investigators to reach but ultimately those blessings of the temple are what we really want for them. The gospel brings so many blessings and baptism is just a step towards them.
I love this gospel and know its true. I know its not easy to live it but its worth it.
On another note,
Being a white woman in the DR:
So yesterday my companion and I were helping shell beans or ´habichuelas´is what they call them in a poorer neighborhood. While we were there sharing and helping this older couple several people came up to us and tried offering their babies to us. i felt really awkward. they were like.. do you want it? i was like hes cute, but no. And then one guy was talking to my comp telling her she was going to be her visa... i told that man to leave and she was not going to be his visa...
my life as a Sister missionary in the Dominican Repubolic