This week it was Ward Conference and absolutely packed full. We were sitting on the front row with one of our investigators. It was really quiet in the church as someone from the stake was talking; all of a sudden a woman started screaming. I looked back and saw a woman screaming and shaking as if she was having a seizure. People started yelling to grab the baby out of her hands. A handful of people rushed towards her and helped her get outside. My companion looked at me and told me it was our investigator. I was in denial so I just shook my head at her and told her that it wasn't. She insisted and said we needed to go help out. I agreed so we exited the room together. Sure enough it was our investigator.
The mission doctor was outside trying to talk to her. He is an American - so I translated for him. He was asking about medical history but her only response is that she felt the spirit. She explained that she had been away from church for so long so when she entered the room she was shocked by the spirit. I am assuming she has visited other churches that taught her that the spirit manifests in that form. Later that night we visited her and taught her that we believe the spirit usually comes when we are quiet and reverent.
Another transfer has come and gone! My companion and I will be staying here in Gazcue. I am excited because we have some really good investigators right now and I love the ward and area. Transfers are a good time to reflect on the past six weeks. As I looked back, I recognized that in some areas I didn’t push myself as hard as I did in the beginning of my mission. For instance, I feel comfortable with the language so I don’t study as diligently as I once did. The problem is that I still don't speak perfectly and I have a lot to learn; but I can get by. Another area is my scripture study. I have also found that in lessons I sometimes fall into a pattern of using the same examples and saying the same things. It’s nice to feel comfortable and confident but as I reflect, in these next six weeks I want to push myself harder. I also felt a bit homesick at times over the past six weeks. I accept that I am going to miss you all every single day but I want to have more discipline when it comes to thinking about home. I am excited for this transfer because I really do want to push myself.
One of my investigators from La Romana got baptized this past Saturday! I was so excited to hear the news. He is 23 and wants to serve a mission.
We had a secret gift exchange with the whole zone. We pulled a name out of hat and gave the selected person a gift. I asked my companion who she had and she wouldn't tell.
Question: What is going on in Venezuela? I have heard the country referenced various times in the last few days. Is there turmoil there?
Love you all so much. Have a good week!