Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 9, 2015

In honor of my favorite holiday my companion and I have been trying to be more patriotic by wearing more of the good old red, white, and blue, and singing none other than that good ol´ country music...Well at least the songs we can remember haha. We also made a goal as a zone and since we made it we will also be celebrating Saturday on the beach getting our grill on too. So I´ll be celebrating with ya´ll! Just make sure to send video´s of the fireworks! 
Well today is the official day that our President has been released and we now have a new mission President, President Castillo. I don´t really know too much about him other than he is from the DR in Santo Domingo. I´m a little nervous about this whole new thing, but I know he´s inspired to be our President, I just hope the adjustment is smooth and easy. 
Good news!! We will be having a baptism July 11, next week! I´m sooo excited. We will for sure be having at least one person baptized this date, but we are hoping that there will be 3 others as well that will be ready by next week. The one that will for sure be getting baptized is Elias. He is SUPER AMAZING! He´s been coming to church every day, joined the choir with us for ward conference, and answers questions in class. He´s so amazing that one time we went with him to the young single adult class and when they were asking questions no one wanted to answer and if they did it was just really non nonchalant and quiet responses (you know those single adults full of excitement....not!!). Elias then blurts out, whats wrong with you guys? Have confidence in what your saying because its true! haha I just was jumping up and down saying that's my investigator, no big deal he just has a HUGE testimony. Another thing I love about him is that after lessons he tells us Ïll see YOU ALL at church on Sunday. We don´t have to poke and prod him haha and he makes that statement that ÿeah I´ll be there. LOVE IT LOVE IT. 
In, closing I know you´ve all been worried (more like getting kicks and giggles out of my dog stories), but to put your mind at ease my companion and I pray every day before we leave the house that we will be safe from the crazies, cars, motos, and dogs. And since then I haven´t had any rabid crazy dogs try biting me yet. Although we still have dogs chasing us....we´ve been blessed to out run them haha.
Love ya´ll happy 4th, 
Hermana Van Woerkom 

There are things that I´ve learned in the mission. This week it´s been pictures really are worth a thousand words. Now let the story begin: HABIA UNA VEZ (Once upon a time...)
Hermana Bradford and I came home from a long good day of proselyting. After planning, my comp decided to go to the back room and just like that got the biggest, warmest, fuzziest welcome by this tarantula hanging over the bathroom door. She was screaming ¨Hermana come look at it, I can´t, I just can´t, it´s a tarantula¨ That´s all she had to say and I got the keys, unlocked the door, took the phone and left the apartment, with my companion still in the house. She eventually came out after taking a picture with my camera, and showed me the evidence. And yes, just like they say in the commercials this animal is actual size, not blown up or anything. Its the Malfolio you see in the movie She´s the Man. Well by this time it´s 10 at night, I´m exhausted, so I get the courage to ask the Dominican girls downstairs to do the job for us knowing that Dominicans really aren´t scared of anything and could get the job done like any man could. So they agreed to help the helpless Americans, got their big can of fresh repellent and flip flop and made their way up the stairs, and when they saw the thing they turned and looked at us and said that they couldn´t help us and went back downstairs. So here we are yet again, with an elephant of a problem, LITERALLY! So swallowing my pride, I called, yes in the depths of humility haha and asked the elders to come and help us because we had an emergency. Not knowing if it was a joke or not because I always tease them they asked what the emergency was. So I told them ïn all seriousness we have a tarantula in the house and it has to go. Being the amazing men they are, they came running to our house, to do the deed. They came (with matches, you´ll find out why in minute), got my camera to video it, and headed up to the battle zone. In short it took 2 elders and 2 brooms to kill this beastie. Then they invited us to come back in (of course I couldn´t because it was still half alive), they stuck it under a paper, used our nail polish remover, and here comes the matches they brought, and yes they set the thing on took it´s last steps and the beast finally died. To answer your questions, no I could not sleep that night. Thinking that it had another buddy in the house I made us sleep with the light on all night, until 3am....and then my companion turned the light off....then I was really on edge haha. But its all good I´m alive and well.You know we are American when we bring out the guns (brooms) and shoot first and ask questions later. I don´t tolerate the trespassing type. But, the next day we had a nice American 4th celebration haha We had a good AMERICAN fourth here. As good as we could get it. All of us have really been missing America in my zone lately.But for the 4rth we had a grill off at the church and someone burned a cd of country music and beach boys. that was the good dose I needed, but to top it off my comp and I couldn´t find fireworks since its illegal here. so we got a cake sparkler and went to my member mom in the mission and set them off.....and we sang the star spangle banner just to get my good dose in of patriotism haha.Sounds like you guys had a blast though! The zoo looked fun, I didn´t need to go with ya´ll we had the zoo here at our apartment haha. But our baptism is this Saturday! We are so excited and can´t wait! Please pray that everything goes well, because baptisms are always a hectic day!
Hermana Van Woerkom #spiderwoman

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