Well first of all i cant tell you how thankful i am to be safe right now and well! there was another quake today and a big one, but you guys already know that. Its so sad to see these Haitians do anything they can to get money for there family's. As a missionary were not suppose to give money and it breaks my heart not to give it and see these poor people who have lost family, houses, and food in the streets. Honestly it has been a very humbling experience. Every Friday and Monday the Haitians cross the border to sell things and i have never seen so many of them before, things are needed now more than ever, please keep them in your prayers, honestly i cant express the love i feel for these people as i have 1 year and 6 months here and now to see everything they have get destroyed breaks my heart. I even worked in a Haitian area in Puerto Plata remember?? and i baptised one too but he left back to Haiti after that, i hope he is ok.
Well Saturday we got to se Elder Bednar talk! ya it was really incredible and he said some of the most powerful things i have ever heard. One was, you will never again in your life be in a room this small with an apostle of the Lord, three 70s, a mission president, and their wife's again! wow ha crazy. He didn't give a talk but we all went with questions to ask him and be taught by him through revelation, it was the best thing ever. he also said that if we think we are the teachers when we teach investigators we need to repent!!! haha wow fuerte. Also he talked about how we should take notes, don't write what the speaker says, but what the spirit says. He said something really funny about that, he said here we are, all us members, we take notes, never use them, then end up losing them! how stupid is that!!! (yes an apostle of the lord said stupid so that means no more getting mad at us kids mom and dad for saying it, its been approved haha that was a joke, no but seriously) and the strongest thing he said was that members say prayers in sacrament or what not and say please bless the people that didn't come.....i quote "that is a weak prayer and has no faith, stop saying things like that now and as the rising generation, you be the example" wow can you believe that?? he said it should be more like this....."father were thankful for the day we have had today and we recognize that there are people not with us today, please bless us that when this meeting is over that we will go find them and bring them back! (goes good with your talk dad) bless us with the strength to go get them now! and bring them back( he was pretty much crying saying this) and then he said something funny....please bless us that we all don't go to the same house hahaha we all laughed! but it was such an amazing experience. He gave us a challenge to more fully comprehend the Atonement, get a new copy of the Book of Mormon, like a paperback cheap one, and underline or mark every time it says in the strength of the lord or promises blessings from following the Lord or through the Atonement. Then pull them all out after we are done then we will be able to feel the power more fully in our lives. So if you want you guys can do it to!
Well this week has been filled with mission work, I'm working like i have never worked before and losing myself in the work. I'm not going to let my comp slow me down, and trust me i let him know that and so did the zone leaders in my house, if it wasn't for them i probably wouldn't make it with him. but we have found so many knew people and last week we had 3 baptismal dates, now were up to 7 and teaching lots of lessons. We should have 3 baptisms this next week and the week after (30th and 7th) wow i dont even want to think about how much time i hit on the 30th, slump day, but i dont want to go there its not an exciting topic for me.....home????? ya right haha
Today was a very long day, it was Santiago pday and yesterday we had interviews, yesterday we traveled for like 4 hours and today 6 hours. Today we went in early to play basketball with tons of Elders on a wood floor, it was so fun. Then we went to Pricesmart (like aka Costco) to eat and stuff. Then we faced the long 3 hour drive back home and i had the worst headache and still do!
Well I'm really tired and its like 8:30 so I'm going home now and going to eat dinner then sleep, major headache! well i love you all so very much and will talk to you next week.
ps. mom i got some shoes and i didn't have my card reader to put up pics today sorry! 100% promise next week ok?? love you!