Dear Fam Damily,
I just survived the BEST/grossest district activity. We went up to the other end of the island (my old area, we were literally down the street from Sister Xavier’s house haha!). We went to a place called the Bat Caves. One of the coolest caves I have ever explored! Also, the grossest because there were roaches the size of my hand and bats EVERYWHERE! One hit me in the face hahaha. At the end of the cave there was a big rock wall that Sister Xavier, the elders and I free climbed up. (sorry mom) It was sick! The drive up to the cave was cool too. It was a super long curvy road through a really old village. I forget how happy being the in mountains and climbing rocks makes me. 😊
This week was seriously SO GOOD. So many cool spiritual experiences. I got to have an exchange with Sister Montenegro (my old Peruvian companion). It was super fun to be with her again. We contacted into a lesson with a super sweet lady named Enaz. She is REALLY old and REALLY blind, but super sharp and SUPER hilarious. Sister Skinner and I went to see her the day after and she let us do service for her!!! Trini’s never let us help them out so it’s always really exciting when we get to do service. She had us fold some sheets for her and plat her hair while she told us about how Trinidad was in the 40’s and her life story of being in an arranged marriage at 16 to a 72 year old man…. yeah she had a crazy life. One thing I love about being a missionary is meeting so many strangers and hearing their life stories. It’s the best.
So there is this man named Jody in our contact area that we contacted our very first day in the new area. We walked by him and I thought he yelled out to us when we got further down the road so I turned around and he said, “Sorry, I was yelling to someone else.” and I said, “Ok that’s fine, we will talk to you anyway.” hahaha We contacted him and he seemed really cool, but we were never able to catch him for a lesson after that because the man is so “busy”. Well, on Saturday morning we were contacting in the rain and he saw us from his gallery and invited us in. We had the coolest lesson with him! We asked him about how he came to know that God is real and he told us this big long story about how he was once stranded on a river in Venezuela and he prayed for food and for gas to get their boat off the river and right when he ended his prayer a fish jumped in his boat and a man came down the river on a boat and handed them a tank of gas. hahaha I was like, “No way! You can’t be serious.” but his mom was there and said that he was telling the truth. Him and his buddies were missing for a month on that river. In the lesson we asked him what he thinks about the scripture that says we were created in God’s image and likeness and he went into how God has a body of flesh and bones and started talking about the Counsel in Heaven. We asked him how he knew that and he said he’s had dreams about it. He’s super cool. At the end of the lesson he told us he knew a member in our ward! Her name is Anastasia, when we saw her at church we told her we were teaching her friend Jody. She was shocked because a couple months ago she put him on her 21 day promise. (The 21 Day Promise is a challenge from M. Russel Ballard. You make a list of people in your life that you want to accept the Gospel and you have to pray for them every day and night for 21 days. The promise is that at least one on the list will listen to the missionary lessons. The 21 Day Promise is part of our mission plan, we give it to all our members.) But the area where Jody lives was shut down so she never gave the missionaries his info. Pretty cool that we just “happened” to find him. That was a really cool spiritual experience of the week.
We also are teaching a really cool rasta girl, who is 17. And has 2 kids. Crazy! She is awesome though. She is fun to teach because she is so eager to learn and has a bajillion questions every time and always reads more than we leave her in the BOM. She is one the best investigators I have ever had!
This week was seriously such a great week! This area is GROWING and we are seeing so many miracles, so I am happy. 😊 The Gospel is True!
We found a rope swing by the ocean…. so we pulled over haha.↑↓
I found Loui in our backyard! (Childhood pet:)
The rest….P-Day…District Activity