SO much happened this week so I will just get right into it.
I have some exciting news! I got a transfer call this week. Yes, a transfer call for my last week in the field, haha. There is a sister here in our ward named Yorel Gould who has been waiting to head out on her mission to Jamaica. Over this last transfer she has come out teaching with us almost everyday. Well, she has finally been medically cleared to go on her mission (she was recovering from two shoulder surgeries). But now she has to visa wait here in Trinidad, so guess who is going to train her… Sister Pacheco and I! 🙂 I am so excited! Out of the 4 people that I have trained on my mission, 3 have been Trini’s. And this will be my third Trini-hispanic trio! It’s going to be so fun.
This week we had a fly-in Mission Leader Conference, which is always super fun. They only happen 3 times a year because it’s really expensive to fly everyone into Trinidad. So when they do happen… it’s a two and a half day long meeting. It’s a long couple of days, but fly-in MLCs are amazing because: A) Sister Egbert’s food. B) We get to sleep at the mission home and hang out with the Egbert’s and C) The spirit is so strong as we all come together to discuss how we can help the mission to grow and become better. I am going to miss MLCs so much!
I wasn’t able to actually get to work in our area until Thursday because of MLC, but we saw many miracles this last weekend! Mostly with the Julian family.😊 This week we taught them the Plan of Salvation. (Well, more like they taught us. We gave them the POS tract and they studied and memorized the whole thing so they knew the Plan of Salvation like the back of their hand before we even taught them) And they are in love with it! Yorel, or Sister Gould made a poster with the plan of salvation all drawn out and they hung it up in their tiny little living room.😊 It’s been pretty amazing and such a testimony builder to me to watch the Gospel heal this little family. They were really dysfunctional when we first met them, but as they have read the Book of Mormon together as a family, (we have been teaching them for 2 weeks and they are almost in Alma) we have been able to see them coming closer together. You can see the peace and happiness in them. Even their neighbors keep asking them why they look different lately! The Gospel really does change people.
Funny story with them from this last week: Andrea is a fire cracker and she has a TEMPER! And this week she heard some of our investigators who are younger guys talking about us inappropriately (they were meeting with us for the wrong intentions) and they left their copies of the Book of Mormon out in the rain. So she literally beat the whole group of boys up HAHAHA. And when she told us about it she said, “THEY ARE NOT GOIN TO DA CHOLESTROL KINGDOM!” HAHAHA
The next cool experience we had was finding Brother Bobby. We were walking past a board house that one of our old investigators, who we hadn’t seen in weeks, lived in, but I saw Brother Bobby standing inside and I didn’t’ recognize him so we went over and talked to him. Turns out that Brian, the old investigator actually had passed away and now Brother Bobby is living in his house. We taught Brian just once, we sat on his stairs and taught him a short lesson about God. Well, I guess that Brother Bobby was actually underneath the house when we taught Brian. Bobby lost his house a couple weeks ago so Brian let him sleep on a mattress under his house. (His house in only 5×5 feet so there wasn’t enough room for the both of them inside.) Brother Bobby said that when we were teaching Brian he was listening the whole time and he felt something different. He actually has been reading in Brian’s Book of Mormon for the last few weeks. He told us that when he reads it he feels peace which is something he hasn’t’ had in a long time. He has had a really hard life. His wife and kids left him and went to the states and he lost his house. A few years ago, he actually tried to commit suicide by lighting himself on fire. It’s taken 27 surgeries for him to be able to have enough mobility to walk on his own. But when he reads the Book of Mormon he says he feels God’s love for the first time in his life and he is actually grateful that God spared his life. He feels like he now has a purpose. Brother Bobby is the most humble person I have ever met and just in the first few visits we have made with him, he has taught me so much.
I know the Gospel is true. And one thing that I feel like I have been taught over and over again during the last few weeks is that the Gospel truly does change lives. That’s why missionaries do what we do. To help people find that happiness that everyone deserves.
Love you all! Help someone in need this week. 😊
MLC. All the Sister Training Leaders throughout the mission.
Andrea and Tamara 🙂 (The Julian Fam)
Had sports day today.
The Julian family’s fruit stand always has a copy of the BOM there 🙂
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Sister Kimberley… yes, people still call me Sister Kimberley
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