Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Monday, November 2, 2015

Opportunities in Opposition

Aw man i´m sorry to hear about that dad.... that's kinda junk... but wow, what a spiritual experience that you all had! I'm glad you guys looked for the opportunities in the opposition. It's something that our mission is doing too, because we are seeing much opposition. So we've been trying to look for opportunities, and it looks like you guys are doing it too! And in the long run, yeah it all works out :D I'm so grateful for you guys and for the positive attitudes you have in the opposition! 

Hahahaha anyway, this week has been great and super fun. It has definitely been a spiritually strengthening week. We haven't had too much success with the numbers part, buuut the things that matter most are the things that we sometimes can't part numbers too. For example, I pretty much met willie wonka this week! We had the impression to go and visit a member who lives with her sister and her sister's husband and well, he's willie wonka! We went there and the member wasn't home, but we introduced ourselves to the couple (nonmembers) and then we found out that he's from CHile and what does he do for his job? Make new chocolate flavors. It was revelation that we received to be there at that moment to meet Willie wonka! we even got to try some of his chocolate!! haha jk jk, but he had to leave after a while, so we shared a little with the sister and that was the perfect moment. She was worried because her sister is going on a mission to the U.S., just dropping everything and going, so she (as a nonmember) didn't understand. So we explained our purpose and let her know that everything would be okay. It was revelation that we received to be there at that moment to help her. 

Also, I had the blessing of doing an exchange with a sister that I live with, Hermana Ferman. She was super sweet and she really truly taught me a lot. She is a new sister in the mission (she's only been out for 4 weeks), but she's been learning fast. It truly has been a blessing to live with her and to see her love for the missionary work be demonstrated through the way that she teaches the people here. 

Well, other updates: Sahony got baptized!! Yay! She's been waiting for a long time and she was super nervous but she was baptized! Also, we combined baptisms with our district leader (who’s working in my old area, in Via Francisca) and Shyna (don't know if you remember her), another young woman, got baptized with Sahony! It was cute because the two were both super nervous, but their baptisms were great and I think the program went really well. Sahony's older brother, Samiel, was also super nervous to baptize her. She had to be baptized a couple times because he didn't say the prayer right, but both of them came out smiling and shining. It was amazing and a beautiful experience, especially because the families were there! I'll send pics next week, that's a promise, because I forgot my hookup. 

Mireya is also doing good. I haven't seen her in a while because of the exchange we did this week, but she's getting there, little by little. We asked  a member if she would be willing to take care of the aunt of Mireya one Sunday so that Mireya could go to church. So we'll see how it goes. As for the two families, the Jimenez and Guzman families, we've tried visiting them a couple times but they haven't been home ... it's been weird. but we're working on it. We're trying to look for more investigators, and it's been kinda hard. But what we did this past week was have a "semana santa" or a "holy week." in other words, all of us sisters in the house have tried our best to be more spiritual in the house, more obedient, more on time, etc. Just better missionaries, with hopes that the Lord will bless our efforts in finding people. It's not easy to find people in this area, but we have high hopes. And we were rewarded with a very spiritual fast and testimony meeting yesterday. the spirit was so strong and there were a few people crying. Cifrida, during sacrament meeting, turned to me at one point, and said "hey, you and me, let's go!" I was already thinking of sharing my testimony, so when she said that I said "sure!" and she shared her testimony for the first time. She said she has never felt so much peace for a long time and was so grateful for the gospel. It was beautiful! And yes, I might've been a little teary eyed. hahaha

But, it's been a good week! And it's been hard, but good to look for the opportunities in the opposition. I invite all you to look for these opportunities too. When something goes wrong or doesn't work out, look for the opportunity that God has given you to do something different or new, to learn or to serve. And I testify that if you do this for at least a week, you'll see just how blessed you are everyday. I love you all and thank you for everything you all do! Have a great week!

Love, aloha, y amor,
Hermana Ho

Just a few pics of me and the sisters I live with :)  Enjoy!

 Me and my comp, Hermana Anderson!

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