This week we had transfers on Tuesday and I am now with a new trainer; Hermana Rivera, from the Dominican Republic. I was sad to leave Hermana Frias but Hermana Rivera is great and I´ve already learned so much from her. She speaks hardly any English so being with her is great practice for my Spanish. I´m still in the same area, Nuevo Amanecer. We also have two new apartment mates, Hermana Ho from Hawaii, who´s training Hermana Monjaras from El Salvador.
I feel like there´s never enough time to write, but all is good in the field! Anthony, Ana Belkis, Mikey, and Apolinar are all staying strong and went to church this past week. I love each one of them so much!
We had a meeting with President Corbitt and all the trainers-trainees in their second transfer this week and we talked a lot about the Pre'mortal life. As he talked, it hit me even harder that we all fought together in the life before to be able to come here. Each person that is on this Earth chose to fight for good. As I pondered on this, my love for each person I know, and don´t know, increased. They fought by my side. She fought by my side. He fought by my side. YOU fought by my side. And so, thank you. Thank you for making that decision in the pre-earth life and for chosing to fight for the good. I love you for that, I really do.
I love you all,
Well, the first transfer is now coming to an end. Hermana Frias, my trainer, is leaving to be an Hermana Leader and I am staying here, in Nuevo Amanecer. My second trainer´s name is Hermana Riveras and she is Dominican; that´s all I know about her so far. Tomorrow we will head for the Mission Office, drop off Hermana Frias, and I will meet my second ¨mom' in the mission to finish my training. The two other Hermanas in my apartment are also leaving. I am sad to see Hermana Frias go... she has been such a wonderful trainer and friend. And I will really miss having Hermana Carpio in the house to sing with me and just talk. But I´m sure the new Hermanas will be wonderful as well!
Ah. I feel like every time I go to write home, there is so much to say yet I can´t remember anything. Let´s see let´s see.
This week Mikey, Apolinar and Ana Belkis went to church. They are all wonderful. Apolinar had a date to be baptized this Saturday, but decided he doesn´t want to do it without his wife, who says she feels like the answer to get baptized is sometimes yes and sometimes no. I asked her if she believes what we are teaching her to be true and she said yes. I then asked her what´s holding her back and she said she doesn´t know. Sometimes I just wish I could speak more fluidly with people, especially in times like that because Apolinar then began to talk before we could address it and when Apolinar starts to talk, he doesn´t stop. I love that guy and he says a lot of wise stuff but sometimes it´s difficult to focus on his wife with him there. But seriously I love that couple. She is always making us juice and they are both so sweet.
This week I learned that patience is an underrated characteristic. Patience means maintaining hope, faith, and confidence through hard times. Patience means that we look forward, with a perfect brightness of hope. It means not getting discouraged when things are hard. I don´t have my scriptures with me, otherwise I´d share one with you, but we are promised success and blessings if we have patience. I have noticed that if I keep patience, instead of getting discouraged because of what I don´t understand, I actually understand people better. Everything always turns out better when we have patience. And the wait is more enjoyable as well.
The pictures are from our Zone Meeting on Thursday. There are 10 Hermanas in this zone.
These scarves are from Nikaela's mom. I love the colors:)
I love you all!
This is from intercambios in the CCM like 6 weeks ago! They just sent it to me. We are in the metro of Santo Domingo in this pic
Monday was a holiday...so this will be short.
Yeah thank you for the thought. I think it´s true.. faith is always better than fear. I am always open to thoughts on how to understand the OT better, so feel free to share whenever you´ve got them :)
The dogs here just laze around. There are a lot but they don´t do anything and aren´t scary in any way.
I love you so much and am so gratful for your example. Sorry this week but I might not get out a general email since we have less time. We´ll see. But I love you and I pray for you and I hope all goes well with the house and I hope the wedding comes together.
Happy Halloween everyone! Well they don´t really celebrate Halloween here but we carved some apples nonetheless. I had intercambios with one of my Sister Training Leaders that day, so when we woke up we went over and carved some faces into some apples to celebrate :)
I also bought a coconut on the side of the street this week which was cool. I got to see the guy machete it up, pour the coconut water into a cup, then machete it up some more so that I could take the meat home. I cut that up and ate it throughout the week. Mm. I love coconuts and the island life.
This week was great. We had intercambios with our Sister Training Leaders on Friday, so Hermana Frias went to their area and Hermana Ortiz came to ours. We had some great lessons and Hermano Apolinar Cubilete now has a date to be baptized on November 21! His wife, Ana, has the same date, but it´s a date goal right now, and we´d love to see that change into a date. We are praying hard for her. She said she feels yes sometimes and sometimes feels no. Hermano Apolinar would rather get baptized with his wife than alone, so hopefully she gets to that point.
We had a really good lesson with our investigator Ana Belkis on Tuesday about the Book of Mormon and she went to church on Sunday! We were so happy. She showed up after Sacrament with her sister, who we found out is less active. That was interesting and we can´t wait to find out more about her story when we meet with her again this week.
I swear the rain is out to get us and our lessons with Anthony. He has gone to church three times, yet we´ve only had one lesson with him because every time we schedule something, a storm hits and we have to get home. Ah well. We have an appointment scheduled tonight, so we are praying the sky stays clear. He honestly amazes me. A lot of people need so much push to get to church, yet he has kept going, despite how many times we´ve had to cancel appointments on him because of a storm.
I love this work. I know this gospel is true. The Spirit works in amazing ways and He is here to guide us. I am grateful for His presence, His warnings, His comfort.
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