Monday. P-day. The sacred day of rest for all missionaries. Hermana Perez and I were chilling in the apartment, She's taking a nap as I caught up writing in my journal. The phone rung. I answered it. The AP's were on the other end, telling me that Hermana Perez and I were going to be in a trio, that we were going to meet up with our new companion in 2 hours, and that we were going to be working in both areas until further notice. Another sister had received her Visa and left for her mission in Florida, so Hermana Jean would have been left without a companion.
That call turned our week into a very fun adventure as we joined Hermana Jean, an adorable sister from Haiti, in order to form our little trio. The majority of the week was spent traveling from one place to another as we dedicated one day to our area, one day to hers, and so on. Ever night we returned to Hermana Jean's area because the apartment there has enough beds for us all.
Honestly it was so enjoyable being in the trio :). We had a lot of fun together and were able to still get a lot done and have some really good lessons. There is a boy, Tijo, that only speaks Creole that has been attending our church in Benjamin, but lives in Villa Verde. Thanks to the trio we were able to find him since we were working in both areas and start teaching him. And thanks to Hermana Jean, who speaks four languages - Spanish, French, Creole, and English - it was all possible! Hermana Perez and I would teach our parts of the lesson, and Hermana Jean would translate for us. Trio blessings <3
On Saturday we had another Noche Blanca where six people in the stake got baptized. It was a beautiful service and we, the missionaries, performed a special musical number. There was a man who got baptized that, for medical problems, couldn't submerse himself completely in the water until the third time when two more men entered the font to help him keep his legs down. After the ordenance, our mission president spoke of the importance of complete immersion, and why it was necessary that he be submersed three times in the water. He explained that it is because, just as we must completely submerse ourselves in the water, we must completely give ourselves to God. There are often times where we want so badly to give ourselves to God, yet we can not do it alone. We find that the help of our fellow men and brothers is what allows us to submerse completely, to become more fully a disciple of Christ. We can not afford to hold our arm above the water and consider ourselves fully converted to Christ. Rather, we must give our all to Him and fully submerse ourselves in the water.
We are teaching a family right now that is amazing and so close to my heart. Benjamin is a single father with four children and he has the best questions ever. They are so hard sometimes but they have helped me to study better and he has real intent, so all the questions are okay. We are praying that he recognizes the importance of really praying and recognizing the Spirit and his answer. He wants to know more than anyone I've met on my mission.
I know that God lives and loves us. I know that He answers our prayers. I know that as we seek to have the Spirit in our lives, He will guide us.
I love you all,
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Santo Domingo East MIssion
SDQ 4102, 2250 NW 114th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172-3652
8540 NW 66th St.
Miami, FL 33195 - 2698
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission