Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap year day!

As of yesterday, I have been in the DR for two whole months! Wow, time flies!

This week was good. We had a cita with one of our investagators and the Mission President was able to come and give a little tema.  It was very good.

We are going to the temple on Wednesday so I had to write really early this morning.
I am really excited for this chill day.  On Friday ALL of our citas or appointments fell through so we walked all day long.  I got home and did planning and then fell asleep by 9.45.

We have been working a lot with the members this last week and I have really seen the difference in them.  We have a family home evening planned for every night this next week.

We have a family that we are teaching and they are the cutest family I have ever met.  I hope they are prepared to receive the gospel, I want so badly for them to be sealed together.

I can really feel myself getting lost in the work. I love this so much and I recommend that everyone who can to serve a mission. I am so full of joy from this work.

I had to give a talk on Sunday in church and then we sang "Come Thou Fount" in Spanish. it was very pretty. Hermana Stoker also talked and she talked for 25 minutes!! Holy cow. Earlier this week I was going to say holy cow but I ended up saying holy pancakes on accident. haha!

Love and miss you guys!

Hermana Shepherd

Monday, February 22, 2016



Lo siento (I'm sorry) for last week, I didn't have time to send a mass email. I am now three months into my mission!

I have a new companion Hermana Stoker. She is awesome and so fun!  She is from Idaho and has been out for five months. 

This last week we had three meetings in Gazcue that took up most of our mornings and afternoons, so we couldn't teach much this week. Also, I have been a bit sick so we had to stay in one day

We have a lot of people getting ready for baptism and we are super excited.

Sorry I don't have much this week. It was kind of a boring week. Alot of traveling and meetings and sleeping. 

Last week it rained so much that we were walking through water that was to our calves. so great! We were soaking wet. 

I ate at sweet frog (ice cream) today so that was way yummy.

I hope you are all doing well!

Hermana Shepherd

Monday, February 8, 2016

First transfer!

Wow, my first transfer went by so fast.

Hermana Meldrum, my first companion just finished her mission and will be heading back to the states muy pronto. Her family came to pick her up and they got to come see us works It was a ton of fun to have them here and I wish them all the best. 

I have a new companion tomorrow!  Her name is Hermana Stocker. I think I spelled that right but I'm not sure. We'll see tomorrow!   I have heard great things about her. I am still in my same area too so i will get to show her around and hopefully I will remember where everything is.

FRAN WAS BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY. It was a great service and he was so ready. Fran was a nonmember married to a less active. Now, they both attend and we are preparing their eleven year old daughter to be baptized as well!  I am so greatfull for the oputunity to show these people the blessings of the gospel. On Sunday Fran bore his testimony,  We were told he has never gotten up and spoken infront of people before. His testimony was so amazing. I know that they will continue on the path. They have a goal to be sealed in the temple next year! 

Okay, so I work out every morning as part of my daily routine. Along with that and all of the walking, my calves are so toned. It's so great. I'm getting into such good shape compared to before lol.

Anyway, this has been a great transfer and I am so excited to start the next one!

love you all!!

Hermana Shepherd

 Baptism for Fran

Monday, February 1, 2016


​This is the last week before transfers!   Wow, it's gone by sooo fast. 

This last week we didn't have power from Tuesday morning at 4 am until Friday night around 5pm.  We had to use candles and flashlights. All of our food in the fridge went bad, and we had to throw out almost all of our food. We didn't have apollo (the money they give us for food on the 15th and the 30th) because we spent the rest of it on Monday because we got more on Saturday.  So I ate peanut butter bagels for every meal. It was basically glorified camping, with no food. The members kept us going though so thats good.  It was kind of fun anyway.

  On Tuesday morning our water was off for half the day, so that was also way fun. Totally worth it though considering where I am and what I am doing. The work is far more important than me. :)

We had a noche blanca last night which is where all of the baptisms for Enero in the stake were baptized on the same night!  It was great. We didn't have anyone so we got to sit back and watch. We are however having a baptism on Saturday (MY FIRST ONE). I am really excited and I will take pictures.

We went to the temple and walked around and talked about it with some investagators. I have some pictures that I will try to put in this email. If not, they are in dropbox.

Hermana Meldrum, my companion, is finishing her mission this week. I am going to miss her so much, but I am so thankful for her and her example to me. We have had some fun times and I really have learned a ton from her. Her parents are coming to pick her up so they are going to go on some visits with us on Sunday. It will be fun to have some English speakers around!!  I am super excited for them to get here. 

I am so blessed. It is so gorgeous here, and the people are amazing. I live where people come to vacation.
WOW, just WOW.

Hermana Shepherd

At the Santo Domingo Temple grounds.

 My tan lines