Okay it´s not what you think, but technically the subject didn´t lie. Our house flooded three times this week. Want to know how? Well. Apparently one day the sink was clogged in the kitchen and the water wouldn´t drain. So the other Hermanas decided it would be a good idea to take out all the tubes below to clean it out. Turns out that was pretty easy. What proved to be a bit harder, though, was putting everything back together. This means that the Hermanas left it as is and left. When all four of us returned to the house that night, there was water all over the floor that reeked pretty bad. We cleaned it up and put a bucket underneath in hopes it wouldn´t happen again. Well it happened again. Two more times. Finally we stuffed some plastic bags in the hole in the wall and the plumber came. He put the tubes back together but the sink is still completely clogged and reeking water occasionally rises up into it. It´s been an interesting adventure. Luckily we take advantage of our challenges and sing hymns as we dance around with the mops. I´m grateful for Hermanas with good attitudes.
We made two miracle contacts this week from referrals we received. Each one was so prepared for the gospel, with either friends or family who are already members. One even already is reading the Book of Mormon, has a testimony, and told us he wants to get baptized the 14th of February. Unfortunately, these miracle contacts turned out to be just out of our area. Both of them. They are in other missionaries´ hands now and we are grateful to have met those two people, even though we wish we could see their progress more closely. People like them just strengthen our testimony that there are people waiting and ready to receive this gospel.
Apolinar Cubilite is planning to get baptized the 20th of February!! The only reason why it´s out so late is because he´s not going to be in town for the Noche Blanca this Saturday, or the 31, or the 6th, or the 7th... until the 20th. But he said he wants to get baptized, even if his wife doesn´t get baptized with him. This really is an answer to many of our prayers and fasts. That man is amazing. I am secretly hoping I stay in Nuevo Amanecer one more transfer so I can see his baptism service. He is very close to my heart and will be a great leader in the church.
Isaias is still excited for his baptism this Saturday and we are too! He is the only non-member in his family and has been prepared for 20 years to receive the lessons. I can´t wait to see the family take one step closer to being an eternal family.
One thing I find interesting is how both obedience and attitude influence our ability to feel the Spirit. We can be completely obedient and still not feel the Spirit if we´re too grumpy to notice it. Laman and Lemuel obeyed and followed their family everywhere. They even returned for the gold plates and risked their lives to obtain them. Yet the whole time they complained and were impatient. I think being obedient doesn´t entitle you to the Spirit. Rather it is being obedient with a good attitude that will bring you blessings and allow Him to enter into your heart.
I love you all, Smile at someone today,
Today we had a Zone Activity and got a bunch of flour thrown in our faces. It was pretty fun actually.
The other picture is my daughter, Hermana Barreda, and I. She gave me a pretty flower we found in the street and I put it in my hair. Some pretty plants are starting to grow here!
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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