On Monday we went to Noche de Hogar with the familia Morales... We went to take the bus and found a nice Canadian couple (members!) that were lost. We just happened to be taking the same bus so we helped them get to their hotel! But the bus driver passed our stop so he left us out by the airport................ in the middle of no where in the dark. Haha. But he gave us a refund! So we finally found our way to the family´s house and had a lovely lesson.
Tuesday... We taught our prostitute investigator... She says she wants to change but we can´t really tell... Then Rosa.. (did I tell you about her? She was a reference from a recent convert named Denis that talks like a Hindu but in Spanish who painted me a cool typical Costa Rican dolphin thing... well Rosa is great and sells ´´Herbalife´´ look into it.) She accepted a baptismal date for the 8th of August! Then we contacted her neighbors and they also accepted baptismal dates for the 22nd of August. Then I had to go play the piano for the STAKE choir... thats right!! on Sunday will be the first STAKE conference in the history of Liberia!
Visited with Ester... she decided to get married on 19 of Sept!! YAY! Gloriana wants to be baptized but Ester´s mom says she has to do her first communion before she can be baptized :( ah man. Leda is doing great... she quit drinking coffee and is so close to separating from her boyfriend. Then Noche De Rama and... well when we left we got a notice that an Elder had passed away that day. He fell asleep and never woke up. We were quite impacted... I didn't know him but we all starting thinking about how each one of us could die at any minute.... for us I felt fine.. I would LOVE to be closer to my Heavenly Father... what just killed me was thinking about his family... anyway the point is that we were a bit shooken up. We hadn´t found any nuevos yet and we only had one hour more to work... So Hermana Santos and I prayed in the street for the elder and his family, for comfort, and the ability to focus on the work for one hour more and find SOMEBODY that needed the gospel. No one received us for that hour so we started home. Then we both stopped in front of a house... I knew we had to knock it. So we upped and buenased and a young mother came out... I said, ´´We are missionaries representatives of Jesus Christ and He has sent us here to your house. I don´t know why but we just felt we needed to knock your door.´´ She started to cry and cry and cry and said that all day long she had been praying for help and now she knows that God hears prayers. It was so impacting... God heard HER prayer and he heard OUR prayer. I am so grateful for that experience. We taught her a small message (because it was late!) and scheduled an appt. for Tuesday.
Rosa made us a yummy lunch and we taught her about the Word of Wisdom. She sells all things naturally and luckily doesn´t drink coffee. She also says she doesn´t drink the teas that are against the Word of Wisdom but she sells these herbalife teas that are a little fishy.... she serves them to us and I just don't know if they are okay or not. I sure hope so because I drank it! Then we visited Mauricio. Do you remember him? Oh wait. I didnt tell you. Well, I told you in a letter I sent home. We brought Hermano Carlos to the lesson and afterwards Carlos invited him to accompany him to the church for some things.. then we brought him to a baptism of the other sisters that night!! It was awesome!! That´s what we need from all the members!
This week we have been pretty low with nuevos. We were working SO hard to visit everyone to prepare them for their baptisms in August and present members to them so they come to church and everything, and well we were always out of time to find nuevos. So today we decided to put all our faith out there... we had a few citas fijas but for the other time we just wrote where we would be and prayed and prayed that the Lord would put people in our path. So we started out.. and ALL our citas fijas fell. :) So we contacted people in the street and houses ALL DAY LONG (very ineffective.. with 14 months I should know better but we didn't know what else to do and had lots of faith... our goal for nuevos was 10. I knew we were going to find them!!) So we walked... and talked... and walked... and contacted... and.. well... everyone rejected us:) At 8 o'clock FINALLY a woman invited us in to sit down... we hadn't sat all day!!!!! By the end of the day we found 4 nuevos... but the other three were like.. half news because they just allowed us to share a BRIEF message standing in front of their gate... We didn't reach the goal but hey. The Lord did bless us with some new investigators. But man did our feet hurt when we got home!! Next week we will be working better with the members so that we don´t have to repeat this day.. my poor hija... :)
Today was another Choir day.. my the choir sure sounds lovely. Latin voices are beautiful. ....... Ah man it is so bad! The poor things never even learned the hymns right. Oh well, the spirit is what counts :) Then the other sisters had a baptism and then we visited Norma and Mauricio. They are set to come tomorrow to church! Norma, Mauricio, Leda, Rosa, Ester and Gloriana, and Shameli are ALL fijo to come to church! We have worked SO hard to introduce them all to members and help them feel confident and have spiritual expereinces in the week so that they will come tomorrow! It is the first stake conference so it would be AWESOME if they came!!
No one came. :( bueno.. Leda came and Gloriana came. Rosa didn´t answer us or open the door.. Mauricio tampoco... Norma tampoco... Shameli tampoco... Ester said she was busy. AAaaaa when will these people get it????? So sad.. But it is okay. The Lord blessed us with two. That´s more than last week. We set out once again to reach a high goal of nuevos... and we were practically walking in circles. We found two nuevos instantly that were... locas... seriously. But hey they wanted to learn more (I think they may live in the street). They need the gospel too. At night we shared a message with Hermano Carlos and he had bought us subway :) SO NICE!
Well, that was the week. Now we are here... another Monday! It is flyin by. I am SO GRATEFUL that I am training. Mi hija (pronounced ee huh... not hee haw) :) is Hermana Santos (de los ultimos dias) and she is an angel. We get along GREAT and she works hard... it's like she already has six months.. she knows all the lessons has great ideas... seriously she is a gift from Heavenly Father for my last few months. She is keeping me focused because I am missing you all more and more... I will be home November 12 it looks like! But I am grateful I still have four more months to work work work and serve the Lord! This church IS true. Never ever doubt it. Love you all!
|At the temple welcoming the new missionaries|
|I love Hermana Santos|
|I finally saw monkeys!|
|My last leadership counsel|