Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hey guys, so its just gonna be a quick letter this week with some pics,, But this week was a suuuper busy week,, as all ends of the month are! We were running around like crazy taking care of interviews and going to the capital for meetings.. We went to the Temple this week, which was always awesome,, everytime I go its like a spiritual Recharge! it keeps me going! And we were able to see the results of the blessings throughout this week, and we were able to recognize many miracles in our area.. 2 of them were the Baptizm of M and R,, It was great to see them make this huge step in their lifvs this week,, and to say that they´re very prepared for the step their taking!  I had my interview with president this week,, It was awesome, and I kind of realized I´m living in one of the happiest moments of my mission right now! The mission and life is great! I suggest it to anyone!
Love you guys! Happy thanksgiving!

Dear Family and Friends,
This has been another great week out here in the D.R. and specifically in Gonzalo!
So we ended up doing the service at hermana Jeidy´s house,, Its pretty fun doing these little services,, My companion and I have been hunting for new houses to paint! This week as you can see, i made a natural Tea,, from a bunch of random leafs i found in the backyard, with a sour orange, and chinola.. Turned out pretty decent! I´ve been fightin with a cold lately,, I´m not sure whose winning,, i sure don´t feel good, but its not stopping me from workin still,, i think its a tie haha! The weather has been really interesting lately.. It´s actually been cold! Believe it or not Cold in the DR.. and Its rained every day this week again, and i´ve actually had to use a jacket this week.. Weeird haha, So this week we´ve been having some pretty decent progress here in the Branch, We had our weekly noche de amistad (pictures included of my comp. drinkin some coca cola, and me witht he Branch President Arismendis). And this time 25 people showed up! A lot better than last weeks 15.. We also had a family home evening in the house of Francisca,, where 8 people ended up coming.. We´ve noticed that these little things make a big difference, strengthening the members.. This week we had an attendance of 40 in the Branch,, and after wards we all got together and made plans to head out in the afternoon to visit the members who didn't make it to church this week,, We rallied the troops and headed out,, everyone was super excited to go out too,, in the afternoon i went on splits with the branch president and headed over to the construction where we visited the whole little town! And on our way riding the bikes we found 4 other pairs of members out teaching,, There was even an investigator out there strengthening the less-active members!! I love the faith of the members out here,, its not easy to stay so strong in a tiny branch,, but there is nothing shaking the faith of the strong members of this Branch.. 
So heres one of the many miracles the Lord has blessed us with this week.. So its pretty late and we´d just gotten home a little early,, my companion was hungry so he wanted to go out and buy a tostada,, I didn´t really want to casue i was exhausted, but we decided to go.. In the tostada place a nice lady hooked us up with tostadas and a free piece of pizza,, The lady all of a sudden told us her name is K and she is member of the church.. She told us her story (partially in English) because she used to live in England. Her husband never supported the church and she always had to sneak out when he was asleep if she wanted to go.. So she moved back to the DR and some reason fell away from the church,, She said shes a little bit shameful for falling away and has seen us out walking a lot and always wanted to talk to us, but never got the nerve to.. That same night she had written in her calender of Goals that she was going to talk to the missionaries, but she got too nervous and backed out,, She started crying and said that she couldn't get the courage to come to us so the Lord sent us to her.. She´s been through the temple, has 6 years in the church, and obviously the Lord has something planned for her,, I told her Hermana Kari(cause thats her name) I think there are 3 reasons we met,, 1st to get a tosdada😋, 2nd Because you need the church, and 3rd the church needs you.. When K reactivates I know she´s going to be a great help here in this Branch.. The Lord is preparing something amazing!
Thank you guys for eveyrhting, and have a great week!

Today was an awesome week here in the Campo, as always.. I´ve felt especially tired this week, But when we come home exhausted i feel great inside, cause i know the Lord is blessing us for our efforts! And we´ve seen many blessings this week! And one thing I´ve noticed this week is how much the Little things matter to people. Lately we´ve been focusing a lot our consuler duties and strengthening the Branch and Members,, We were riding on our bikes to lunch when all of a sudden we saw a sister from the church, I, hand washing some clothes,, We decided to hop off and help finish off the clothes. She was so happy that she wouldn´t let us go until she got us some fresh fruit from her tree, She got up on her roof with a huge PVC pipe and knocked down a bunch of Manzanas de Oro, for us (not really an easy task cause shes like 70! She was super happy, for something that wasn´t really much, just a Little service, but the Little things matter! Little by Little, service by service, we are trying to revive the Branch. Tomorrow We´re going to paint hermana Jeidi´s house and soon plan on going over to the Construction with some members to paint houses out there! When youre in the service of others youre in the service of God!
  As well, this week, we went to the Caves out here in Gonzalo,, they were pretty cool, and you could definitely tell that we were in the country cause Trash Mountain was not to be found in these caves! As well, remember the horse I took pictures with last week? Well he´s my buddy now, every time I go to the construction he Whinnies at me and I go over to pet him (and yes mom, after wards wash my hands, especially because he´s got some nasty disease) Anyways We named him Mr. Horse. He´s a good guy!
That´s about it for this week everyone, as always thanks for all your support, letters, and love, I hope you have a great week! and GO BEAVER!

Another great week out here in the Campo! Very busy too, we were out of our area a loooot this week, which was pretty hard cause we´ve got a lot of work to do out here! We´re the counselor out here, so we´ve got a lot of members to visit, and a Branch to get excited! We had the chance to leave with all of the worty Melquesdic Priesthood holders  (5 including us) and visit the different members, it was pretty good cause a few members have been losing excitement about the church, so we were able to encourage and cheer a few on this week, which helped out a lot, cause we ended up having 45 attend the sacrament meeting this week, while last week we had 15. The little things like that really make a difference in their lives, and the Lord really does bless us for our efforts! We have to continue working hard this week to help this branch out!

So we had the Baptism of MacGyver this week (d) and it was pretty intense.. So heres the back story, there has been some major opposition in getting macgyver baptized,, just random things. He was supposed to be baptized last week, but he left out of town the previous day and his motorbike broke down and he couldn´t make it back! This week during his baptism it started to rain like CRAZY and we had to go to a river cause theirs no font here in Gonzalo.. so we were like oh no.. we cant postpone it again! We talked to him and asked what he wanted to do, and he thought about it for a little and went into his house, got down on his knees and started praying.. Right after he prayed he came up to me and said, I´m gettin wet either way, and today is the day of my baptism, Lets GO! So we hopped in the back of the truck and drove out to the Salto Sacoa (an awesome river like 15 minutes down the road).. We got out there absolutely soaked, but it was totally worth it.. Afer Macgyver got dunked he said I´m Pure! Later I decided to give him my CTR ring, luckily it fit perfectly.. It sure wasn´t easy, but it was definitely worth it.. Honestly with all the opposition we faced getting him to his baptism, I think he has a great work to do in the Church.. He´s 19, so he could be leaving on a mission here in a year! And as always, The Lord blesses us greatly for our efforts!

 So this week, i got coconuts from my other Haitian buddy MiguelSon,, he´s super crazy and loves running around screaming in the rain haha! He´s one of the stronger members in the constuction, by the way, i finally brought my camera to the construction (the Haitian village) and got out a couple cool pics, but it´s pretty normal cause

theres always crazy stuff going on in the Construction, it´s awesome there!!
Thats about it for this week, as always love ya guys and hope ya have a great week!