I don't know how to capture all our week in one email. But here I go.
Highlight: We are teaching a single-mother family, the Familia Arrache. Each member of that family has grown so close to my heart. We were sitting in Sacrament Meeting yesterday and Pamela, the 17-year old daughter, asked if only those who were baptized could get up and bear their testimonies. We told her no and began to bug her so she'd get up. I pulled out a post-it and told her to write down her testimony so she didn't get nervous. She was laughing and telling us "no no no" but we insisted. She stood up several times to sit back down right away, After a few pushes and urges, she stood up and made her way to the podium and bore her testimony!! It was only her second time at church and when we looked over at her mom, she was crying. It was probably one of the most beautiful moments of my life.
Familia Urracca: Familia Urracca is another single-mother family that we're teaching. Maybe you remember Luis, from the last email? Yeah. So. Turns out he STILL has doubts about the Book of Mormon, despite what happened last Sunday. But he continues to study and pray diligently. He even asked for a meeting with the Bishop because he wants to clear up some questions he has. Betania (the mom) and two of her kids made it to church this week. I love them. Even though the little ones move a lot in the lessons, whenever they see us they go crazy and always try to make us visit them every day.
Mercedes is still excited for her baptism this Saturday. She is so adorable. She has been going to church for more than a year now, so this is a long awaited moment. I can't wait :)
On Sunday we ate with the Peruvian sisters, these two cute little return missionaries in our ward that help us out quite a bit. They made us Peruvian food. Mm!
I feel like there are more crazies in Gazcue than people sometimes. As we were contacting a lady in the street, this man approached us and pressed his finger to his lips, signaling us to keep quiet. After doing that several times and just staring at us, he then started yelling at the lady we were contacting, telling her some not too pretty stuff. She entered her house and came out with a stick to start hitting him! My goodness. Hermana Delcompare and I were scared stiff and backed away but afterwards we couldn't stop laughing about it. The man was fine and ended up walking away. There are just so many crazy people here. It's ridiculous.
Ah. I love Gazcue. Crazies and all. There are people here I feel like I knew before this life. This is the last week of the transfer and we'll see where I'll go but if it's God's will, I would be quite glad to stay here.
I love you all, Keep shining,
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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