Oh no. There´s no time again. Sorry.
On Wednesday, we went to the temple as a mission and it was amazing.
We had an awesome lesson with Joanna this week where the member that accompanied us committed her to baptism in December. Awesome member!! She has grown so much in her testimony and is excited to get baptized.
In short, mission life is going splendid.
I love you all, Keep shining,
We went to the temple!! Yes.
I feel strangely uninspired to write this time. We also got jipped out of our internet time so this will be short.
Tuesday we had interviews with President. That was awesome. Honestly words can´t begin to express how much I love that guy. He is beyond inspired on personal and mission-wide levels.
Yesterday, Sunday, we had a ¨Dia Santo¨ where, as a mission, we all put forth all our effort to be 100%, exactly obedient, to the line. I am grateful for a mission that values exact obedience and that tries to improve every day. Through exact obedience we access greater blessings and the grace of the Lord is shed upon us.
20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive ofhis fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father;therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.
On Wednesday we had an amazing lesson about the Plan of Salvation with Raquel. She asked the best questions and was so amazed at the plan. The Spirit was so strong and added to my testimony of the great plan our Father in Heaven has made for us. She came to church for the first time yesterday and brought her husband. I love visiting her. She´s something special.
We had another really special lesson about the Restoration this week with Pablo. He´s 76 and has 54 years in his church. When we teach him he tends to quote the Bible from memory and if we ask him to read a scripture, he usually can just recite it off the top of his head. Well, turns out he began talking about the 70 that´s mentioned in the Bible before we got to the part about Joseph Smith. Well when we got to explain to him that the church had been restored and that there are now modern day prophets and apostles and seventy, the Spirit was thick. I am so grateful for this restored gospel. It´s rather amazing, what God has done for us. He has provided us with the fulness of the truth.
Just got advised there are only 2 minutes left...Sorry to all that I wasn´t able to write... which I think was everyone...
I love you all. The church is true. Keep shining,
Monday. Ward Activity. We listened to Christmas thoughts, drank ginger hot chocolate, and lit up the Christmas tree. Our Ward Mission Leader then announces, ¨Hermana Shaw is going to sing ´Silent Night´¨¨. Well that was news for Hermana Shaw. Improv. Cool.
Friday. Another Ward Activity. We listened to Christmas thoughts, drank ginger tea, and lit up the Christmas tree. Our Ward Mission Leader tells me 5 minutes before everything starts that I´m going to sing, ¨Venid Adoremos´. Improv. Cool.
Saturday. Ward Correlation Meeting. Our Ward Mission Leader tells me that I´m going to sing, ´Come Thou Fount,´ and that he´ll play piano in Sacrament Meeting. We run it though 2 times. Sunday morning. No practice. Sing. A bit better than improv. Cool.
Our Ward Mission Leader´s got me singing.
We´re teaching an amazing and inspiring couple. Elot and Mariette are from Haiti and are the most special people. They have developed such strong testimonies and each time we teach them, they ask the best, most inspiring questions. Yesterday we had an awesome lesson where we analyzed what faith really is and what it can do. They have such a strong desire to get married, get baptized, and be sealed in the temple. Nothing distracts them from that goal. Even though each time we see them we bring news about how complicated the marriage process will be since they´re not Dominican, they continue on, just as excited as ever. It´s going to be expensive and long, but they´re willing and happy to do whatever it takes to get married and get to the temple. I love them.
This area has a handful of people investigating the church that have such large obstacles in front of them. They go to church every week but find it hard to believe that God will help them get to baptism. Or, if they do believe, they lack the faith to act and get the process going to make the changes they need. I don´t think I´ve ever read 1 Nephi 3:7 so many times in my life. The Lord always provides a way. And we must have faith in that, not just believe it. Do we really trust in Him? Elot and Mariette are great examples to me of exceptional faith. They believe it, they trust, and so they do.
I love you all. Keep shining, the world needs more light,
The internet today is chugging along like a snail. So if you wrote me and I don´t send an email back, don´t be offended. It´s not you. It´s the internet.
This week was pretty dandy and family filled. On Friday morning we went contacting real quick, and found 5 families that all accepted return appointments. Whoa. We were kind of super really excited. One of the families we started teaching last week went to church on Sunday. Joana toted her husband, Nando, and her 3 little kids to church. They were restless in Sacrament Meeting but Joana loved it just the same. Elot and Saloman, a Haitian couple we´re teaching, has plans to get married and baptized this month. They ask the best questions. Yesterday Elot asked if they would be able to get sealed in the temple after their baptism. You could just see the joy in their faces as they contemplated that fact that their family could be together forever.
Saturday morning we went up to Guaymate, a part of our that takes a 30 minute bus ride to get to. The ward went to clean the streets as a service project and we went to contact. The bishop is dreaming of opening a branch up over there. There really hasn´t been much contact from the church over there. It was strange meeting so many people that had never heard of the Mormons.
Scripture of the week: Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power, and then we may stand still, with the utmost assurance , to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
I love you all,
It´s been raining a lot! We were contacting when we saw a beautiful rainbow come out.
On Sunday we ate lunch with the Stake President and his family. Hermana Quezada and I became Aunt Shaw and Aunt Quezada and their kids became our nieces and nephews. :)
We put a tree up at the church! Christmas starts in October here, no kidding. Everyone has their lights up and they´ve been up for a while now.
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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