We have had a great week here in Santo Domingo. There were two big announcements that came in. The first is that Elder Bednar will be coming to visit our mission on February 18!!! I can't wait to be able to hear what his guidance is for our mission. I hope that I can be ready to receive all of the things that he has to share with us.
The second big announcement was that the church has dropped most of the key indicators that we have been reporting. Before we had a big long list of stuff to track and report, but now it is just 4. We now track Baptisms and confirmations, Investigators with a baptismal date, investigator sacrament attendance, and new investigators. I feel like it is the missionary department putting a lot more trust in missionaries to do what they need to do to get people out to church. I feel we are moving closer every day to doing the missionary work the way it was done in the time of Ammon, or in the time of Paul. Hopefully we can get the same results that they did as well. Pray for us!
Other than that, we had a pretty normal week. We had interviews with President Andrada, and it is always a joy to get to speak with our mission president and his wife. I have no doubt that they are called of God. He is always such a big help to our missionary effort. We did have one good new find this week. Her name is sister Josephine, and she is widowed, with three children. Her oldest has moved out of the house, but the second is still there, and her youngest suffers from cerebral palsy. She is super nice though. She always reads the Bible, and really loves it. We were able to share with her about the Book of Mormon and the power that is has in our lives, all the help and the peace that it brings. The spirit was very strong in the lesson, and she recognized it there. I believe that she will read in the Book of Mormon and feel its power for herself.
This week, I just have felt that I really love the Book of Mormon. It really is such a power in our lives. We have one recent convert who just loves the Book of Mormon so so much. If she ever comes with us to fellowship she bears powerful testimony of how much the Book of Mormon has changed her life, and it makes everyone want to listen. In my personal life I have seen the power that the Book of Mormon gives. God gave us scriptures to bless our lives, and they will, if we just take the time to open them and read. God has promised us it is true, but we don't need to just believe blindly. Anyone who wants can put that promise to the test for themselves. If you're not sure, take a problem to the Lord, and then read the Book of Mormon. The help will come.
I love you all, and hope you have a wonderful week!
Here are some pictures from the last week. It's us at the beach, us with some string beans from a member's farm, and a little bamboo bridge that came pretty close to breaking with us on it. Or at least it felt like it (: