Hey guys! So yeah, just to answer some questions: Alliyah, yes, I have an hour to read and write emails. It's a little stressful, but it's kinda like 1 hour in the real world. Sometimes I print out all my emails so that I can read them all first and then write everyone in that one hour. I'm sorry alliyah and ammon and dad and mom that I don't answer you all individually all the time, but know that I am thinking of you all all the time and that I really do appreciate the individual emails! And mom, yes, we have 2 areas now combined into one huge area, but we only have a branch for both. It's really small, but there are some pretty strong members here that we are working with.
We are definitely working really hard here. Every day, we always have appointments, and if not, we have other people we can see. And the strange thing is that the Lord is continually putting people in our paths, every day! We have tons of work to do and for that, me and Hermana Nazaire are always tired, but always happy and having fun cause we got work!
This past week, we found a family, kinda by chance. We were actually looking for another investigator and didn't know where her house was, so we asked this young lady that was standing on the street. We ended up talking to her about the church and got a return appointment with her. When we went back to teach her, her cousin joined her and the both of them listened to our lesson. It turns out that the young lady didn't live there, but her cousin (she's 14) told us that we could come back to teach her family! She was so excited for us to teach them! When we came back, yups, we taught her family! It was a very strong spiritual lesson and the family is great! It's a mother, father, and their 3 daughters. We are definitely excited to be working with them. Yeah, me and Hermana Nazaire may have been imagining their baptisms in our heads ... I know i know, it sounds silly to you all, but hey, it's the dream of every missionary! hahaha nah, but we will see. I think they can progress a lot.
We have a lot of people who have baptism dates as goals, but we'll see what happens. They are all for 28 of Feb and 7 of march. We are hoping and praying that they all prepare. Robert has a date for 7March and wow, this guy continues to crack me up! He's this short little Dominican, 21 years old, who is just a crack up! always cracking jokes and whatnot. And Raymond, his friend, doesn't help much lol the both of them together is asking for trouble! We did end up visiting Noelia this past week and she's still the same. Sweet, awesome, loving and always thankful for the blessings that God has given her. But her situation with her family is still the same.
Oh! Okay, so our mission leader is super cool. Another crackup. He's 20 and every Sunday, we go to his house (we need to take a bus to get there cause it's really far) and teach or contact whoever is down there and usually he leaves with us. He's waiting for his mission papers to come back so he knows where he's going. And he's so prepared to serve! Anyway, so this past Saturday, we were walking down the street and he had on his sunglasses, bag, and was just strutting down the street with us. So I was like "Jhioly!" (that's his name) "I need you to say something in English". He was like okay ... "I got swag." "wha.." "I got swag" So he said it and me and Hermana Nazaire just laughed! But we explained to him what Swag is and now, between the three of us, it's an inside thing.
Well, that's about all for now! Oh, wait. there's one more thing I want to share. We have these things in our branch called "Noche de Amistad" or "Friend night." It's every week, when the ward members get together and bring friends or investigators and basically have a FHE night. It's pretty cool and I like it a lot! Yeah, not all the time investigators go, but it really does bring the members together. I'm not sure if we've tried that at home or if it's going on, but if anyone's interested, it's an idea. It's a nice casual way for people to get to know the members, outside of church, as well as what the church is like. Hermana Diaz, one of our investigators (idk if you remember her and the family, or if I talked about them), went once and loved it so much that she asked if she could have one in her house. So we had one in her house and since then, she's been a lot more comfortable with talking to the members and her and her husband have been coming consistently to church since that week! So it's just a thought. Never know what might happen.
Anyway, that's all for now. Sorry that it's a lot to read, but it's life in the DR for you! Thanks for all of your love and support and for all of your prayers. I love you all and will talk to you next week! And don't forget to smile!
Love, aloha, y amor,