Date

April 17, 2017

Area

Esperanza

Companion

Hermana Letinu

A week full of habichuelas con dulce

Hey everyone!

This is gonna be a kind of short email I think... haha. Nothing really interesting happened this past week. I gave a talk about Jesus Christ and how we can be disciples of Him in church yesterday and I think it went pretty well. The members came up to me and told me that they really liked it. Also I made some really awesome plantain bread and there are FINALLY some ripe mangoes. On Friday when we were walking in the street all we would smell was habichuelas con dulce and we ate like 4 BIG cups of it that day. We were dying of our stomachs hurting hahaha.

Anyway, we found out that one of our investigators is 90 years old! We didn´t believe her but she showed us her residency card and she is. She´s really cool though!! We now have 7 baptism dates! I am so excited!! We got some sad news though. Juan Carlos dips and he isn´t married with his wife. He said he is willing to change though, so I believe he can do it. We don´t just baptize people that are perfect, so I am excited to see his progress.

The area president of the Caribbean has issued the challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 100 days and all of our mission is doing it! I am so excited to be reading it all over again until July 20th. I loved what President Monson said in this conference about the Book of Mormon. He said, ¨This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives. The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated. We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness. What will protect us from the sin and evil so prevalent in the world today? I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true and I solemnly testify that it is then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study. My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.¨ I especially liked that last part that when we prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon daily, we will be able to hear the Spirit more clearly, resist temptation, overcome our doubts and fears, and we will be able to have the help of our Heavenly Father. It is a great testimony and I have seen that in my mission. I love the Book of Mormon and everything that is written in it. I bear testimony that it is the word of God and that it isn´t just another Bible. It was written for these latter-days. It has the answers to all of our questions and doubts. I invite you all to do the same that President Monson invited us to do. Your lives will truly change!!

I attached pictures of all the Hermanas in our Zone, one with my ¨sister¨, Hermana Robinson, a selfie, and a picture of a party that we had with the ward for Elder Stratton. I made brownies and a cake for him.

Have a great week and love you all,
Hermana Maikoski




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