This weeks has been tough, but rewarding! We invited out family with a baptismal date and.....they said no. The mother said she didn't feel ready and half her children said that they have already been baptized and one of them said she's going to be baptized in December. AGH! We were crushed. We explained that it's a goal to be prepared for the date we gave them and if they didn't feel ready at that point we could change it. We also told them that we will discuss this week about the authority or the priesthood again. So we are hoping that they'll understand more of the importance. Prayers would be welcomed! haha
But we ended with a wonderful Sunday. 4 of our investigators assisted church and enjoyed it! Now we are working with them as well with dates for baptisms. But this week has also been full of services. The members here are just amazing! We went to the bishop's house and his wife gave us facials haha probably because we look like a crusty mess. We also went to learn how to make flan at an investigators house, where the MISSION PRESIDENT called us and asked us where we were because he had something for us. At first I was panicking haha because well he's president, lives an hour and a half away from us and this has never happened to me. And then he pulled over on the side of the rode and gave us chocolate haha! But my favorite was we got to go to this members house whose about 78 years old and has Alzheimer and got to sing to her!
Love you all!
Hermana Van Woerkom
Well this week has been really good! We've been blessed in a lot of ways, as well as our investigators. We had 7 investigators at church! And we set a baptismal date with our investigator Winnifer! She's the daughter of a less active family. We are super excited for her decision and we are hoping to put more baptismal dates this week.
Well it sounds like dad is surviving watching Kellie's children for the week! haha I thought it was super cute that when mom got "booed" that Leyton thought it was the Holy Ghost! Haha I'll wait for the Holy Ghost to leave a treat basket by my door too!
Other than that, we have been working hard here! The pine trees aren't changing colors and the heat is still here, so I can't tell if it's fall or not, but from all of your letters it sounds like fall has made it for you guys! I do have to say that we have gotten rain these past two days which has made it "chilly" here. We can't really tell sometimes if its the rain that's drenching us or if its our own sweat. Haha sorry too much information huh? But it's been great here.
And the land mark day is today! Today last year, I was on a plane to the Dominican Republic. Crazy huh? Wow has time flown! I never thought I would ever hit my year mark! I have definitely changed a lot. I'm definitely a lot darker and as Casey would say it, I'm sure I look like a "crusty mess" haha. But, I have definitely changed a lot, more than physically. I've learned so much here on the mission. My faith has grown as well as my testimony. I'm so grateful for this gospel and my Heavenly Father. I've come to know who I am and what God expects me to be, as well as what he expects us to do.
I'm grateful for my wonderful, crazy, amazing family. Ya'll are amazing!
Love you and catch you next week!
Hermana Van Woerkom