Hey guys! October 3, 2012
Just to you all know, I am so grateful to have all of you in my life! ha
This week has been so rewarding and really helpful as well! Being a missionary is a really fun thing ha-ha.
This week we had a baptism!!! wooooo ha, Maxi James got baptized on Saturday. A member named Samuel Moises, who has only been a member of the church for about a year, baptized him for us because they are friends.
But again it has been so cool to see someone change their live so much just because two kids knocked on their door! James is Haitian and is studying medicine here in Santiago. He travels a lot and has family in all parts of the world. He has had about 4 sets of missionaries pass by his house and we were lucky enough to see him progress! He is hilarious. He speaks a little Spanish to us and English to me and he reads in French, but his native language is Creole. He decided to change for the better. He stopped drinking and smoking and isn’t afraid to tell his friends and family wherever he travels that he’s not like that anymore. He is getting signed into institute at the college to take classes to help him better understand and learn more. He’s doing awesome so far! It really makes me happy to know that I got a chance to be a part of this experience in his life!
On Monday we had another exchange with some other missionaries and we got the chance to do a family home evening. One of the sisters from the ward asked us to come to her house and do one because her family is going through a hard time. So, I had the chance to think and pray about what we could share with them to help their family out. And I came across President Uchtdorf’s talk as well Dad ha. I read it over and I picked out the exact same part to share with them as you put in your last email to me!
The key to a happy family is based on the gospel and forgiveness. Turns out they needed that message. The husband had done some things and it was hard for wife and family to forgive him. After the Mom of the family shed a couple of tears she expressed her feelings to her family and they all agreed to forgive him.
I realized then, that in the past our family really hasn’t really expressed our feelings like we could have! I know that if we put our trust in the Lord and know that He has sent people to help us in this world. Those people are our family! So I am also grateful to be able to be a part of this family and have the chance to help others with this message!
Besides everything spiritual that happened this week, I have officially worn out all of my pants and shoes that I started with! But no worries I sent to get pants made and had some others made in Dajabon when I was there. I also bought some shoes at the Haitian market for cheap while in Dajabon. But, it’s funny to think that things like that only last for a year if you use it every day! ha
I have lost twelve pounds and it makes me cry every time I think about it. For p-day today we got up this morning and went to the golf course! It’s the only one in Santiago and we hit a couple buckets of balls! Wow it gave me good memories, and helped me remember that I was very privileged before the mission! ha
Take care of my nieces please and have fun! Love ya
mision santiago RD
Elder Feliz, Maxi james, Samuel Moises, me
me, Elder Feliz
Golf, driving range style
Las Aromas Golf Club - Santiago, Dominican Republic