We took missionaries to the temple this week and taught them the relationship between their garments and the shields and breastplates Moroni provided for his army.
Monday, July 16, 2018
I’m super grateful to my talented daughter in law Zoe for taking over the blog. My sister-in-law has her plate full since Grandpa's death, and we’re grateful for her full year of service. Zoe is the mother of three precious angels and married to Spence who is a handful all by himself! But she’s amazing and will keep up no problem. :)
Will wonders never cease? One of our zone leaders was companions in the CCM (Missionary Training Center) with a Dominican who lived in here our misión but was going to serve elsewhere. They became very close, and this CCM companion wrote our zone leader from time to time while our zone leader served here in Santo Domingo Este.
One day this zone leader received a reference from the bishop in his Ward. The bishop had received a letter from a member of his Ward who was serving a misión, and the member of the Ward who was serving a mission wanted someone to teach his own family who were not members. The bishop passed the reference on to the missionaries in his Ward.
Our zone leader was serving in this bishop’s Ward and when he went to visit the family the bishop referred, he discovered it was the family of the companion he had grown to love in the CCM (Missionary Training Center).
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hermana Sabourin was determined to meet her daily goals this week so they contacted and contacted without quitting. The last person they contacted invited them in. This person was a member of the church who had been less active for many years. But the member recognized the name Sabourin. It turned out that the missionary who had baptized this member along with 7 members of her family was Hermana Sabourin's Father!
Hermana Mendez (l) went teaching with the sisters in her home ward three times a week for three months before her mission. One of the sisters she taught with was from the Dominican Republic. This sister told Hermana Mendes she needed to get called to the DR to baptize her father who lived there. Lo and behold Hermana Mendez was called to the DR. The first area we sent her to was right next to the area where the father lived. (We had no idea!) Elders worked in the area where the father lived and they shared a chapel with Hermana Mendez. Hermana Mendez was able to be in the lessons and attend the baptism of the father of the Hermana who had hoped for just that.
Friday, June 29, 2018
The solution when you’re asked to prepare a 5 min talk and when you arrive they want you to take 10 min or when you’re asked to prepare a 10 min talk and they cut your time to 5 min. However when you’re asked to speak and you didn’t know it beforehand (last night) you just have to rely on the spirit.
We were stopped at a light the other day and a beggar tapped on my window and asked for pesos. I gave him some money and he said he was hungry. I looked for a granola bar or something wrapped to give him and he pointed to the pita chips we had brought for dinner (always eating in the car) and said “lá funda”. I couldn’t believe he wanted our opened, crumbled pita chips but when I gave them to him he was so happy. It’s amazing how little we have to give here to receive so much gratitude.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Every time we get new missionaries we teach them about consecration. We use Moses chapter 5 to teach them about offering a sacrifice that is acceptable to God. I always teach that Adam offered sacrifices of the best of his flock because it was in similitude of the sacrifice of the Son of God and was a way to help him appreciate the atonement of the Savior. While preparing this training for the 7th time today I learned something new that had a great impact on me: Imagine you were Adam, and every time your flock of sheep had babies, you had to choose the very best one and sacrifice it. You couldn’t keep it to breed. You couldn’t use the wool. You couldn’t eat it. You couldn’t even let it grow up as a pet. You had to give up the best, most pefect lamb every time the ewes gave birth. What would you learn from this experience if month after month, year after year, you gave your best to the Lord? (We know Adam did it for was a long time because the scriptures say so.) I think you would learn to let go. You would learn not to get too attached to your possessions. You would soon learn that the sheep aren’t really yours anyway. You’re going to be giving them away. You would learn not to be materialistic. You would learn that everything you have place comes from the Lord in the first place. You would learn not to covet your own possessions. You would learn how to give your all to the Lord. You would learn consecration. I think the first time you sacrificed the best of your flock, you might understand a little bit more how it feels to be God and give your Only Begotton Son to be sacrificed. But I think after you gave your best away time and time again, you would learn that everything we have belongs to God. It’s pretty generous we get to keep for ourselves as much as we do.
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