Last night our District Leader called to announce the changes we would see in this next transfer. He started with Hermana Ho, who´s ending her mission and going home to Hawaii, then announced the new trainer Hermana Monjaras would have, then he told Hermana Rivera she´d be leaving for another area, and then.... and then he said I´d be staying in my area and that I would be training a newbie in the mission. I´m going to find out who and meet her tomorrow in the offices. Let´s just say I have been doing a LOT of praying. The Lord´s going to be helping me a lot with this.
> Last PDay we (Hna Ho, Hna Monjaras, Hna Rivera, and I) went in to the city and spent the day in the Duarte, which is like a big, cheap, shopping center. I found a few things and we had a good time.
> I think the best gift I got this week for Christmas was being able to see Mayky and Maicol get baptized and confirmed on Saturday and Sunday. It was an awesome service. I sang ¨Love One Another,¨ as it´s one of Maykys favorite hymns. Mayky was so overjoyed through the entire service, she couldn´t stop the tears from coming. She´s going to be such a strong instrument in the hands of the Lord. She´s already done her Family History and asked us if she can bring her friends to church. Go Mayky!
> Christmas Eve we had an activity with half the mission. It was amazing. We learned and laughed a lot. Aaand I got to sing a solo (Noche de Luz aka Silent Night)! That was nervewracking. But fun in an adrenaline rush way as well. That night we went to a member´s house for Noche Buena, which is an awesome feast. We had some super good food and enjoyed our time over there.
> Christmas was amazing. I got to talk with the family and that made me happy! We also had a Zone Meeting where we had a gift exchange and ate a bunch of sweets. A member brought us food for our Christmas feast, so we ate pretty well.
> It´s interesting how true confidence and humility exist together and are not contradictory. We can have confidence and still be humble. What matters is where our confidence lies. Humility exists when our confidence rests on the Lord. It is when we begin to rely solely on ourselves that arrogance occurs. God is so willing to help us. We just have to ask Him. As we rely more on Him and learn to trust Him, our confidence will increase because we know He will make up the rest as we put forth our best effort.
> I love you all tons,
> Hermana Shaw
On Tuesday we hosted a wedding for Chloe and Abel. It included the ceremony, a dance, and even a buffet of Raisin Bran.
Hermana Ho is leaving for Hawaii and I love her with my whole heart. She will be greatly missed. Luckily she´s a student at Provo, so I´m sure we´ll meet again.
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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