Hermana Shaw and Hermana Perez are sitting in a member's house, Isabel, with her brother Diego, who's taking the missionary lessons and is 69 years old. Hermana Shaw asks Diego where his Book of Mormon and tithing pamphlet are. Diego stands up, sprints to the other side of the room, climbs on top of the washer, grabs a post, scales the wall of the house, gets on top of the wall, and hops down on the other side of the wall to gather his things, all in the blink of an eye. Ladies and gentlemen- meet Diego. He's probably the most agile 69-year old man I know.
Oh man. Diego. He is so great. Apart from the acrobatics, there were also some waterworks that same night. His testimony has grown so much since we've started teaching him and he has definitely changed. He's happier now and is so excited to get baptized.
Diego has taught me an important lesson. He has taken lessons from the missionaries before and has gone to church and church activities every once in a while throughout the years. Yet it wasn't until now that he decided to really read the scriptures, get his own testimony, and let the gospel work inside of him to bring changes about. It's so interesting because we can be surrounded by the Spirit, but if we don't let him touch our heart, we will never change. We must let him in and allow him to change us. Diego has finally done that, and the change is evident. He's happier. He's kinder. He's more sensitive to the touch of the Holy Ghost.
Wednesday I got to go to Hato Mayor for an intercambio with HERMANA JUCHAU, my old MTC companion! It was so cool to be reunited and work in her area with her for a day. We had a good time up in the beautiful Hato Mayor.
Oh so maybe you remember Anthony, the 14-year old, self-motivated and determined investigator? We were teaching him my whole 3 transfers I spent in Nuevo Amanecer, and right before I left, we put a baptismal date with him. Well, he got baptized a couple weeks ago! It was so cool to hear that from the Hermanas that are now in Nuevo Amanecer. Anthony is such a good kid.
The Lord is blessing us and the entire mission. I am so grateful to be a part of this work. Through Him, all is possible. We are finding more people to teach and are so excited for what's to come. Miracles are happening throughout the mission.
As we let the Spirit touch our hearts, we find ourselves changing. And within that change, we find peace and happiness. I am so grateful for the way God has changed me through His gospel.
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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