We are malleable beings. The mission has proved this to me. Do you remember Felicia Acosta? The one with nine kids? She didn't want to get married when I first got here. Then went to the temple and it changed everything. But her husband, pedro, who didn't accompany us on the temple trip, still didn't want to get married. It was hard to get her to church since she had work and there was a bunch of opposition, yet she fought to be able to make it each Sunday. Every day she became more and more determined to get married and get baptized. Soon her husband followed her example and one day as we went to fix her papers, he accepted the baptismal invitation we extended while waiting on the papers. After that he began going to church as well. And he has seen a great change. On Thursday, Pedro and Felicia got married, andon Saturday, Felicia got baptized. Pedro is preparing to get baptized soon. oh the joy! She was beaming the whole day and after her confirmation as well. I love that family with my whole heart. And the perks of being in Gazcue still = even though i technically left that area 2 weeks ago, I got to go to both their wedding and her baptism!
Sister Burton, the General Relief Society President, and Sister Marriot, the 2nd counselor in the General Young Women's presidency, came to visit our ward!! What??! So cool! Sister Burton even went to visit the Contreras Family and it was so sweet to see her present Elizabeth to the Relief Society in Gazcue and invite them to embrace her as their own, knowing that it took great courage for her to come back to church after many years.
The mission doctor's daughter and grandaughter, Molly and Macy, accompanied us on Monday to go visit some people. It was awesome! We had a bunch of great visits and sweet Macy shared her testimony in each one. We translated for her and afterwards she told me she's really excited to serve a mission some day.
Today we went to the Zoo and on the way home, the little guagua we were in broke down. well, the tire went flat. So there we were, on a busy highway, with the driver fixing up the tire as it started to rain. Adventures! He fixed it up and we returned fine, all in one piece.
This week I felt pretty drained and oddly just out of energy. It was strange because I had been feeling so "high" lately. Yet I am grateful for every experience that has brought me closer to my Father in Heaven. We are malleable beings. I learned that, not only from pedro and felicia, but by seeing my own life and self change. The Carpenter knows how to use us and shape us. We must trust Him. He sees us as much greater than we do. Yet as we believe in our potential with great faith, we start to see ourselves as we are seen and know as we are known. The Lord has a better plan than we do.
I love you all, may you shine as brightly as the Master sees you,
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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