How powerful is faith? They say it's enough to move mountains.
This week I learned that faith is strong enough to get a family of 5 to church, on time, dressed up, and very warmly welcomed by a Dominican ward. This week I learned that faith is strong enough to help a lady that's been investigating the church for more than a year and has never accepted a baptismal date, to finally accept one in the coming month. This week I learned that it's worth working to help an 11-year-old girl's mom that isn't too fond of the church, give her permission to get baptized. This week I learned that there are a bunch of people waiting to hear the message we have, but they just don't know where to find it.
We are teaching an amazing family of four kids and a single mother - The Urraca Family. They are so adorable. Yesterday they went to church for the first time and they loved it. Afterwards the mom, Betania, told us, "I don't know what I'm doing in my church! Here is much better!" They were greeted by the members and embraced and participated and smiling and so happy. The oldest kid, who's actually not really a kid, he's 22 years old, is furiously studying the Book of Mormon. He's already in Alma and we gave him the BoM a week ago. Wow.
Mercedes accepted a baptismal date this week for September. That in and of itself is a miracle. The sisters before had always told me she would never accept a baptismal date and would never tell them why. We entered in that house with all the faith we had and no fear, invited her, and she said yes! She is amazing and is so constant in church. She has such a good knowledge of the gospel and studies the Liahonas in English. I love her!
We're working with a 11-year-old named Cookielove (yes, seriously that's her name) who wants to get baptized so bad, and has gone to church several times, but as of now her mom is not giving her the permission. We have plans to get to know her mom and help her soften her heart. We are hopeful and faithful.
I love the work. All is well in Mi Sion. My companion, Hermana Delcompare, is awesome and I still get to live with Hermana Silva! We are working hard and it's like I'm not even training. She already knows everything!
This week were interviews with President, Consejo de Lideres, and as always, District Meeting... lots of meetings, yet we were still able to get a lot done in the area. Awesome.
Hard work and faith gets things done.
I love you all,
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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