Yesterday was Hermana Delcompare's birthday. We celebrated with brownies and ice cream and homemade empanadas and balloons and by losing the phone. Yup. We were in a guagua (70's car type thing filled with people they use as public transport here) and it fell out of Hna. Delcompare's pocket. Oops. Well luckily someone found it and the missionaries in her area are going to go look for it.
Today for P-Day we saw El Faro de Colon, which is a lighthouse/museum thing. It was cool. We met up with some other missionaries as well. Party party.
Consejo de Lideres was steller. We had an amazing discussion about the sheer power of imagination. If you look for the word "imagination" or "image" in the scriptures, there is so much to learn about the subject. We are asked in Alma 5 if we have received his image in our countenance. We are commanded to not worship graven images. What we choose to imagine affects us. And the images we see and choose to consume have great impact. We go so far as to pay another to take control of our imagination for an hour or two when we go to the theatres. Do we realize how valuable our imagination is and how much we must protect it? It is a very part of how we exercise faith in Jesus Christ. As we imagine good and imagine the approval of our Father in Heaven, we exercise faith in Him (Alma 5:17).
Luis' kidney stones aren't bugging him as much. He's still got them but they're supposed to pass soon. Bethania is so happy and is constantly rejoicing that the gospel came to her life. We're still working with the Arache Family and trying to help them overcome the fear of their grandma, who is against the church. I never thought I'd run into that here in the DR, but Carolina told us she doesn't even want to mention baptism in our church to her mom because she has heart problems and thinks it'll scare her too much.We're praying so much for them.
One cool thing about the DR is that they have delivery for literally EVERYTHING. If you want something as simple as a small bag of cinammon, all you've got to do is call up the nearest colmado (little stores that are on every corner). Well when we lost the phone we couldn't do that and we wanted juice SO BAD. Walking just across the street never felt so far in my life. I've gotten way too used to this delivery thing.
Well. I know the church is true. God loves us. He's our Father. This is His work. It's not ours. I am humbled and grateful for the time I've been given to serve and for the miracles that happen daily.
I love you all! Keep shining,
Faro de Colon or Columbus Lighthouse
Homemade Venezuelan empanadas
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Santo Domingo East MIssion
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Miami, FL 33172-3652
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Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission