Monday, November 25, 2013

5 Months on the Island

Dear family, 

This week has been unusually hot and sunny, with not a raincloud in sight. It still feels like the middle of July here - it's like a place stuck in time, without any seasons. All the flowers are still in full bloom and the air is full of clusters of butterflies and the occasional iridescent hummingbird (one actually flew into the house the other day and hung out for a little bit until it eventually found its way back out). Hermana Sanchez and I have been trying a lot of new and interesting fruits that are in season (well, new for me), including guayaba, zapote, lechosa, and uva de playa, which we made into a bright purple batida (smoothie) and topped with a wedge of pineapple. I'm starting to wonder if it will ever get colder here or if my mission is just going to be 18 months of perpetual summer heat.

The biggest news this week with our investigators is definitely Domingo (he's pretty much our only investigator that seems to be actively progressing). He came to church again this week and has vowed to come every week because of an experience that he had after the first time he attended. We met with him on Tuesday and we told us that he was a bit worried about closing his colmado for 3 hours each Sunday, especially because he was trying to save money for some expansions, but he decided to come to church the first hour anyway. Once he got there, however, he liked it so much that he decided to stay for all three hours! After he returned home later that day, he said that he was approached by a friend that happened to have a refrigerator and materials to build some shelves: exactly what he had been looking and saving for! The friend said that he would sell them to Domingo for such a good price that he could buy them right away! 

So the first thing that Domingo said to us when we showed up on Tuesday was: "Hermanas! I have a testimony! The Lord blesses us when we go to church! I will never miss another Sunday!" In that lesson, we gave him his own copy of the Book of Mormon, which he eagerly added to his growing stack of church materials (which includes the pamphlets we've given him, a family history workbook that was passed out last Sunday, and a 'Teachings of Lorenzo Snow' Sunday school manual that he "borrowed" from the church). 

In another lesson a few days later, he told us that he had prayed about the things we had taught him and that he knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We invited him to prepare to be baptized on the 21 of December and he eagerly accepted the date!

Domingo is a golden investigator; I feel like he would fit in wonderfully with our recent converts, and I am so thrilled to see his progress in the coming weeks.

Please send everyone a big hello this week for Thanksgiving! We will be having a get together with a few of the other missionaries from our zone this Thursday to watch a movie and eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal (well, as traditional as possible with the ingredients available here). 

All my love, 

Hermana Kaitlin Olsen
Kaitlin's area

This morning on the way to the service project

Hermana Sanchez and Kaitlin

Today's service project

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