In the mission we get to seed, sow, and harvest. Sometimes we seed and sow and sow and sow and someone else harvests. Sometimes we come just in time to harvest the work of someone else's sowing. Sometimes we only seed. Or only sow. But whatever we do, we help to get the Lord's work going. And in the end, we realize it never was our own harvest anyway, yet the Lord's.
This week was miraculous.
Do you remember Luis? He agreed to get baptized on Friday, the day before his baptism on Sunday. Wow. The Spirit was so strong in that lesson, we felt it guiding us. I think I'm still in shock that he got baptized. Luis really has seen a great change. He's extremely intelligent so ever since the beginning of the lessons he's tried to pick everything apart and find errors. He finally admitted he needed to read The Book of Mormon with less criticism and with more faith. That's when everything changed. His little brothers, sister, and mom are preparing to get baptized as well and are so excited. I love that family with my whole heart <3
Mercedes also got baptized on Saturday. She was prepared for so long by countless missionaries (she's been going to church for more than a year). We just had to invite her to act and hope it was her time. Her husband and daughter are members and it was so beautiful to see that cute family completed. I admire that woman so much.
Rafael Contreras got baptized on Friday! Do you remember him from the last transfer? Hermana Burrell and I started teaching him, then Hermana Silva and I, then I got changed to the other side of Gazcue. I am in love with that family. It was hard to accept that I couldn't visit them anymore this transfer but we got to see each other at church and I'm so grateful for that. His wife was less-active when we started teaching them, but is now an active member.
Gioconda got baptized on Saturday as well! Hermana Silva and I started teaching her in the beginning of last transfer then I got changed to the other side of Gazcue. Gazcue perks? I got to attend the baptism! Gioconda is true evidence of extreme change. There is no soul too lost to rescue.
Marie also got baptized on Friday. Hermana Burrell and I were teaching her quite a bit and she was going to get baptized, but then she dropped us because of family problems, then came back in this last transfer and told Hermana Silva and Antonio that she wanted to get baptized.
The Lord's hand in this work. It's so joyful to be a part of it all. Each one of these people have grown so close to my heart and have been able to see great changes. I am so grateful that I have been gifted this time to be a missionary. I really can't express how humbled and grateful I am for the opportunity to be here and meet these wonderful souls.
I love you all, Share the joy of the gospel with someone you love this week,you won't regret it,
1. The most shameful musical number of my life. We started out so great, Hermana Delcompare singing a solo, then comes my part to enter and I completely lose the melody. We tried again. I messed up. The third time we did it, I had to enter in English because I just couldn't get it right in Spanish (sometimes the rhythm is a bit different when the hymns are translated) Luckily everyone was a good sport and we all just laughed together. Gazcue = family
2. Mercedes! I love her!
3. Luis, his three siblings, and his mom. I love that family.
4. Gioconda and her stepdad on the left. They are awesome.
5. Hermana Antonio, Silva, Delcompare, and I. We all live together and it's great! We are staying together this transfer, so Hna Silva will be able to finish the training of Hna Antonio and I get to finish Hna Delcompare's training! Fun!
6. Marie :)
7. Rafael Contreras and Elizabeth, his wife. I love them so much.
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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