Hey Family, 10 April 2013
This week: I spent a lot of money Mom but we did a lot of service and had to buy a lot of paint.
Frankelis that got baptized about a month ago lives in a house with his mom, grandma, and two sisters. It’s actually a really nice house here in the Dominican. It’s just wood slats and it hadn’t ever been painted. Elder Henriquez who is serving in our zone on the other side of the city, had the idea to do more service projects and so he asked me if I had anything in mind. I immediately thought of Frankelis and his family. So we planned a service project painting their house. We got members and 8 missionaries together to do it and within 4 hours we painted the whole house and it turned out so so good!!!
CONFERENCE WAS AWESOME I learned a lot and we had two investigators attend, the guy who claims to be an atheist and his friend ha. He liked it so much that he posted it on facebook for more of his friends to see!
Yesterday we had a really special day. Two youth from the ward came with us to our teaching appointments. We had the coolest lessons! The best part of the day was when we were on our way home, I saw that a truck was stopped on the side of the road, the tire had flattened and they had a load of like 400 pounds of chiles that they were taking to Santiago. I knew that we needed to help them so we did, and even though we didn’t have to lift or anything we were able to find a Jack for them and they got the truck up and went on their way. After we were done there, we walked past a little store on the main street of the city and I had the impression to ask the woman who was working there a question. I really didn’t know why or what to ask so, I asked where she was from (Haha be careful what you ask I guess). She went on to tell us her life story; that her dog died and her dad has cancer and work sucks and she doesn’t know what to do, and then she finally finished with oh... I’m from Ecuador. It was awesome because we got the chance to teach her the plan of salvation and she was able to express herself (pour out her emotions and dump) to somebody.
I know the lord always guides us!! It’s awesome.
I honestly love the mission. I know that as I put God first in my life I’ll be happier and everything will be okay.
To your question about people I’ve worked with going to the temple:
My very first baptism Eudy Cruz just finished his papers and will be leaving this next winter hopefully. Maxi James and Victor Meran from Arroyo Hondo have been to the temple to do baptisms, the Antillas family that we reactivated got sealed a month ago and that’s it, I think ha. It makes me really happy.
It’s hard to keep in touch with everyone we’ve worked with , but in the missionary network, we keep each other informed pretty well of what’s happening in our olds areas.
I hope you have a good week.
ELDER MATT GRINER
misión santiago RD
July 2011- July 2013