I only have 9 weeks left. This is weird. It's crunch time now. That's all I really have to say about that... back to the email.
This week was good. We're teaching more lessons and finding more and more awesome people! We're just sort of at the beginning stages of a great work here in our area. We have a ton of people that we've had awesome lessons with that tell us that they will be baptized if they receive an answer, we just need to follow up, so we should be nourishing the seeds we planted this week, and then harvesting fruit in the weeks to come.
Speaking of the harvest... we did some service this last week. It was a lot of fun! We helped the Dutch Elders serve someone they contacted doing door-to-door. When they initially met her she was completely closed and didn't want to hear anything they had to say. But then they mentioned that they would serve her and she realized that she had a lot of work to do around her yard, cleaning up from Hurricane Gonzalo in October, so she accepted a service appointment. We went on Friday and gathered tree limbs, cut down a tree, some other stuff, and raked up leaves. By the end of the service project she was very open with us, and the other elders ended up actually teaching her a lesson! It was a really cool and fun experience.
THE JAMES FAMILY
They're super awesome, but again, we were disappointed on Monday when they didn't come to the FHE we planned for them. Then on Sunday, they promised us that they were coming to church, but they didn't. It was honestly one of the most sad and disappointing days in my mission. I don't know exactly the real reason why they didn't come. But apparently, Josue (formerly known as Sarial) and Robert fell sick and so Monica had to take care of them... But we're still working with them to help them understand the importance of this restored gospel.
Other than the fact that they didn't come to church on Sunday. We had some awesome lessons with them last week! We taught Robert and Monica the Plan of Salvation and they were just amazed at how perfect the plan is! Robert marvelled at the fact that God has a plan for even the mentally handicapped and those who do not hear the Gospel during their lives. It was so cool to see how the Spirit taught them during the lesson. We also taught the entire family the Word of Wisdom, and they committed to live by it, but they know that it will take time to quit old habits. We're going to be following up frequently on that and praying for them constantly.
We had some other cool lessons with other awesome people last week!
Abdul - a 32 year-old guy from Haiti. He's a chef in a restaurant, and loves making music in a studio in his house. He's an old investigator of the missionaries before, but we finally met him last week. He's super busy with work every Sunday, but he said that starting in April he will no longer have a morning shift on Sundays.
Ralph - a 60 year-old man from Curacao that works at the airport. He got divorced a few years ago and is trying to bounce back spiritually and emotionally while trying to quit old smoking and drinking habits. He thinks Joseph Smith's story is really cool. He's extremely humble.
My barber shop's back in business for Elder Glover and Elder Fraley. That's about it from my side of paradise! Have a great week! :)
Elder Dayton cutting Elder Glover's hair
Elder Fraley's new haircut