I think one of the hardest things about P-day is seeing a little white box on your computer screen and thinking, "How in the world am I going to get across how amazing this week was?"
Well this week was pretty darn great. We saw so many miracles and we are getting really busy again which I LOVE. Yesterday a single mom and her daughter we started teaching came to church. They said they loved it. Another investigator we had dropped showed up to church all by herself. Mercedes, who's preparing to get baptized on the 10th of September also came and had her baptismal interview this week. Luis and his little brother Edison also showed up.
It's hard to describe how much work and thought and prayer and worry and faith goes into each one of those people in an email, but let me tell you, it's a lot. Some of them occupy more space in your mind than others. This week Luis took priority as nearly all my study time, worry, and prayers were directed to him. Luis is an investigator we picked up not too long ago and he's been constant with coming to church and reading the Book of Mormon. You'd think he'd be fine and wouldn't be a concern. But for about two weeks now he's been telling us the same thing: "I just haven't got an answer. I don't know if the Book of Mormon is the word of God." He gave us a list of scriptures to compare to the Bible of things he didn't understand. We talked about the role of the Spirit in every lesson. We talked about asking specific questions. We brought members to share their testimonies. We told him to be patient and keep reading (even though he'd nearly ended the book already in just 2 or 3 weeks). Yet all the work seemed to be in vain as he continued to tell us the same thing: "I still haven't gotten an answer. I feel nothing."
Yet something magical happened last night. Luis didn't show up to the appointment we had set to have in the chapel. We went to look for him and found him at home. His mom and his siblings weren't home so we couldn't go in and teach. We began talking through the window about when we could come back and have a lesson. We asked him if he was reading in his Book of Mormon still. He said yes. He then paused and proceeded to tell us that he had found the answer to one of the questions. He then began talking about how before he didn't believe God could choose modern-day prophets (a doubt he'd never expressed before), but that he had found scriptures in the Bible that helped him understand their importance. He then proceeded to tell us, "I know.. that The Book of Mormon.. is.. the word of God". The Spirit was so heavy and the loud music behind us didn't even seem to sound. The drunken laughter dimmed. It stayed for quite a bit that way, as we shared our testimonies that we, too, knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God. Before we could end with the whole thought, his younger siblings came bouncing down the street, "HERMANAS! HERMANAS!" By that time we had to go home and couldn't talk more, but wow. I don't think I'll ever forget that night.
I know that this is the work of the Lord. This is where we are supposed to be. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that it is another testament of Christ. That book is something special. I love to read, but it's my absolute favorite book of them all. There is so much to learn from it.
I love you all, shine bright,
Today we had a Zone Activity! Kickball with flour, charades, and an obstacle course. Hermana Silva and I organized everything. It was a blast! Shout out to Grandma Flake - We used the water balloon and water guns you sent me a while back as part of the obstacle course :)
Other side note:I turned 1 in the mission! I've got a year down! Crazy
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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