Date

February 6, 2017

Area

Puerto Plata

Companion

Hermana Shaw

The small and simple things, calm fears.

Hey everyone! Hope your past week was great!

Here in the DR the days are going faster and faster. I am so amazed by how fast they are going. The hours of the day, the days of the week, and then the months. I can´t believe I will be hitting my half way mark in March. I cannot describe all that I have learned and how much I have changed. I am very grateful for this chance that I have to be on a mission and see people´s lives changed. I am finally figuring out who I am and who my Father in Heaven wants me to be. For that, I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life.

Great news!!! Omar got baptized and it was so beautiful. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my entire life. He wanted it so bad, but Satan was attacking him so hard. He told us 2 days before his baptism that he was actually going to do it. He was really nervous for his interview and didn´t feel ready, but he trusted in his Heavenly Father. Then the day of his baptism we stopped at his house before and he was really nervous, but once we entered the church building he felt an immediate peace. Although he didn´t want very many people at his baptism, but it was so special. All of my fears and doubts shredded away. We have come to be such great close friends with him and have seen him grow so much. (Remind me to tell you all his story when I get home).

It is so true that this gospel changes people´s lives. Sometimes we don´t even realize it because we´ve been members for most of our lives, but the gospel is SO important and we should want to share it with others. That shows our true conversion to the gospel. Before my mission, I didn´t understand that, but now I do. Each day as I try to develop Christ-like attributes, I see everyone else and me more clearer than ever and want to share with EVERYONE what I feel. I am not shy and I will just walk up to people on the street and tell them about this message. It doesn´t matter if they don´t want to listen to me, I share it and they have their free agency.

Also this week I learned something from Hermana Elsa and Omar. Hermana Elsa has a really strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and she shared it with Omar and I know he felt it. She helped him to know the importance of it. Then I learned with Omar that the small and simple things calm our fears. Once he took the decision to read the Book of Mormon and come to church, his doubts and fear about the gospel changed and were calmed. Then I learned that as we serve others and forgot ourselves, we will be happier and closer to our Father in Heaven. I was missing my family a lot this week, but when I sat down with one of the less-active members I felt at peace. I listened to her problems and her concerns and totally forgot about myself. I LOVE THAT! That´s exactly what our brother Jesus Christ would do. Then that less-active showed up to church this week! All the people need is to feel loved and then they will come back. They need to feel the Savior´s love through us. We can bring all the messages that we want, but our actions show just how much we really care.

Also this was the last week that I went to help with the Stake choir. They all gave their powerful testimonies of how MUCH the hymns help them in their daily lives. When they are struggling, when they are happy, and when they need peace, they all sing. They shared their stories of how they came to love singing and my heart just leaped with joy. These were the happiest people I have seen in my entire life. It made me think about just how much of an influence music can have in our lives and how we need to be careful about what kind of music we listen to. If we really wanna feel the love of our Father in Heaven and really want to feel peace we should try to bring more spiritual music into our lives.

Sorry this is so long but it was a great week. I love you all and have a wonderful week,
Hermana Maikoski

I attached pictures of Omar on his baptism day (please don´t post that one, he doesn´t want it posted anywhere), us at a member´s house who invited all the missionaries to eat at her house because her son is leaving for his mission to Chile very soon, and our ¨family¨picture - Elder Bennet, Hermana Shaw, and I.




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