Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!  My favorite holiday!!
I hope you all have a great time and amazing costumes! This morning I dressed up as an average Dominican woman.  Pretty good.  I couldn't wear it outside, but that's fine.  This computer does not send pictures so I will send them next week.

We had two baptisms yesterday. Two brothers, Cristoffer and Jose Antonio.  They are so cute and the baptism went well. They were both so nervous. They are 9 and 13.

I woke up yesterday to find a great surprise of more than 200 magots on the kitchen floor (GAG!)  Its fine.
We own a lot of bleach. 

On Saturday we cleaned the font for the baptisms.  The font doesn't drain on its own anymore so when we got there it still had a foot of water in it.  We had to bail the water into the toilet in the girls bathroom using a garbage bin.  I put water in it and carried it up the stairs and my comp dumped it into the toilet. I could barely walk yesterday my body hurt so bad. But it was worth it since everything went perfectly for the baptisms

I don't think I have anymore to report.  Send me pictures of your halloween costumes!   I'll send the pictures that I have next week!

Have a good week!

Hermana Shepherd

Baptism of Cristofer and Jose

The two zones that participated in the Noche Blanca

Noche Blanca ( baptisms at the beach)  41 people were baptized this day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Fall

I would like to start off by saying HAPPY FALL!!!
I can't tell it's Fall because its burning hot summer all the time here, but that's okay. I took out my Christmas music and reindeer leggings sooooo CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!   The time is going by very very fast.  I am going to hit an entire YEAR soon.  I am beginning transfer 9 out of 13. I am going to be staying with the lovely Hermana Castillo in our area.   We are both super pumped because we will be having a few baptisms and we didn't want to miss them!

We did have our Noche Blana. We had 41 baptisms at the beach of Bocachica. It was such a great experience. We sang hymns on the sand while all the people got in the water in complete white and were baptized. I don't have any good pictures because it was at night and you can't see anything with the camera but it was fun and very spiritual!

Everything else is good here. Everyone wants to feed us so that's a struggle for my waistline. :)

I have seen more dead animals on the side of the road than I ever have in my life. We did find some super duper cute adorable puppies that were left in a box on the side of the road. I wanted to take them home so bad. There are thousands of homeless dogs here.   It's really sad.

Also, there is a small child here that we are teaching. His name is Giovanni. I have never wanted to adopt a kid more in my entire life!   We are working on getting him baptized this next week! 

Everything has been pretty normal for the past few weeks! 

Love you all!
Hermana Shepherd

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hurricanes and spiders and more...oh my.

This week has been crazy

1. I found a tarantula the size of my head behind the washer and we spent an hour killing it. I will attach a picture. Literally terrifying. I have a video but it's too big to send. I'll show y'all later. I was washing my clothes and every time I got close to the side of the washer I could feel the spirit saying "be careful", I didn't think anything of it and moved. Then I went to sweep and I looked behind the washer to sweep there and I saw a HUGE thing with 8 legs.  At first I thought it was a toy to scare me, but then I realized it was alive and I screamed and ran as fast as I could. I  grabbed my camera while screaming.  My comp was confused so she followed me back and I showed her. HUGE. Literally the biggest spider I have seen in or out of captivity. My comp finally killed it by hitting it with the broom. So that was an adventure.

2. We had General Conference. Loved it!!!  Most of it was in Spanish, but I did get to watch one session in English so that was good.
Oh, isn't the Prophet  the cutest thing ever.  Did you see him do a thumbs up as he walked out? I cried.
Also, Elder Nelsons talk was my favorite, The end is near guys...

3. So there is a hurricane here. I walked in knee deep water to get here to email. It's been a blast. It's been threatening to come for a few days now but last night we got a text from the government  saying that we might need to be evacuated so to be ready. Then a few hours later we had a conference call with our zone. They gave us instructions to have our 72 hour kits ready and also to have a backpack ready to leave. So we did that and were running around putting our books in plastic bags and up on high shelves. Any way, we woke up this morning and almost didn't get permissionn to go buy food. We didnt have ANY food in the house to eat except for 72 hour kit stuff. Sooooo right now we are fine. It's raining a ton and hard with a lot of wind, but we are fine.

(Side note from mom)  the news says they at supposed to get 15 to 25 inches of rain due to this Hurricane.  I cannot even imagine that much rain falling.

Okay thats all for right now.  Love you all.  I'll talk to yall next week. Wish me luck here. lol

Hermana Shepherd

The Spider that almost ate me!