Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Mothers Day!

Hello!  Sorry I haven't written for a couple weeks. It's been crazy and I have had no time. 

First of all, this transfer has been the hardest of my mission yet, but I have learned so much from it.  Mostly, I have learned to have more faith in the promises that we are given. 

Last Saturday we were supposed to have a baptism for Joven.   We woke up and had one tiny lesson and then cleaned the chapel. Then we went to eat really fast and came back to the chapel and Joven wasn't there.  We looked for him for a long time and he never showed up.

Pres Corbitt had given us a promise that everyone would have a baptism and we didn't. We were out until 10;30 that night with the ASSISTANTS (who came all the way from Santo Domingo) to help us find a person to baptize. We found one, but she didn't want to get baptized. I have never cried more in my life, but I'm over it now because if we wouldn't have gone through that then she wouldn't be getting baptized this next Saturday.

We had a long phone call with our mission President  that night until like 11:30.  He said that we did everything we could and the promise was completed.  It's just that people have their agency. I believe him and it makes sense. It was just hard.  Then I was reading in 3rd Nephi  where God introduces Jesus Christ to the people saying,  (this is my son, in whom I am well pleased.) I felt like that was about me. If god were to introduce me in that moment he would say the same thing, because I did everything that I could. I could feel that it was true. He is proud of me and the work that I am doing here. 
I am now being transferred to VillaVerde. Which is in La Romana. It is southeast of where I have been serving. 
 I will be with Hermana Jackson. I have met her and she is super sweet, but I am a little worried because she is from the states so I hope I can continue learning Spanish really fast. I am super excited for this next transfer.

Something super cool that happened yesterday is that I talked to my family through skype. It was very nice to see them and that they are doing well.  I had been a little homesick and seeing them really helped with that. I got to skype with my family in Washington and also family in Utah.  I loved it!

I am super tired still. I think I will be for the rest of my mission. YAY. But hey, I am almost at six months in the mission. It has gone by so fast. I will try to put some more pictures on from Monte Plata which is where I was in this last transfer.

Hey! also, we had a tarantula in the house. It was as big as my hand. I died. We had a lot of random bugs lately that are big .  I took some pictures of what it looks like in the CAMPO, or country.

Other than that, not too much new. I have learned a ton. I am still loving it here!

Oh, one other thing, I dont remember if I have told you this before but so far on my mission I have had Zika virus, and Ameabas. WOOOOO! hahaa. 

Have a good week guys love you!

Hermana Shepherd

The beautiful countryside

Lots of spiders.  This one is poisonous so we sprayed it with bleach and then hit it with a broom!

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