So this past week was pretty good. We did a lot of teaching and finding. A couple experiences stood out however. The first was teaching a family of 4. We had talked to the mom a few days earlier, and she had expressed to us that she wanted us to teach her kids about the gospel since we knew both English and Creole, and she felt her kids didn't understand anything from going to her Haitian church. We went back and taught her 2 kids and their neighbor friend, aged 15, 11, and 10. We taught them the Plan of Salvation using some awesome 3D-printed cutouts that my family had just sent me for Christmas. They were all involved and interested and asking all sorts of questions. The mom was there too, kind of in the background. Afterwards we gave her a pamphlet to read over and see what we were teaching her kids. It was a great lesson, but it felt weird to be teaching to younger kids like that. Then we went back a few days later and taught them the Restoration, and I realized that if we claim that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ at age 14, then what's to stop these kids from accepting the gospel. It was a cool learning experience for all of us.
Another interesting experience happened that same day. We had been knocking doors and found 2 ladies sitting in a car in the driveway. We go up and talk to them and end up saying a prayer with them. Come to find out that one of the ladies has a mom in the nearby hospital recovering from surgery after a stroke, and she asked us if we could come back to go pray for her mom. We said "of course!" So the next day we go back and follow her and her 2 little boys to the hospital. We heard her speaking creole to the boys before we left, so when we got there we started speaking Creole to her. She was so amazed, and asked us if she could snapchat us during our prayer! We were like "sure...?" And then as we're checking in, the lady's boyfriend shows up out of nowhere, which was kinda weird but we spoke Creole to him and it was all good. So we get up to the room, and there are already 2 Haitian ladies there praying over the mom, so we stand there awkwardly as they finish and then strike up a conversation with the mom. Then I make Elder Bullock say the prayer while the one lady videos it for snapchat! He did great. Definitely one of those "I never thought I would be in this situation" type of moments haha!
We've been keeping up with Laurette, and we were able to take one of our awesome members to a lesson with us! We talked about the Priesthood and the member was able to connect with her and explain it in a way that we just couldn't, it was great. She can't read, so today we'll be getting some CDs to burn some chapters from the Book of Mormon in Creole for her to listen to. We gave her one that we had already, but it wasn't in order but we figured that we should at least give her something to listen to. Overall it's been going great, she's going to ask her husband about being baptized so hope all goes well.
Another great thing that happened was that last night we found Carl again! Turns out he went to Haiti for an unexpected funeral and that's why he's been missing. He's still super on board for meeting with us, and had talked with his member friend back in Haiti about the church and stuff which was great. We've scheduled to teach him tonight, so hopefully we can get everything back on track for him to be baptized.
A pretty long letter this week, I have a couple pictures that are pretty unrelated so I'll just throw those down at the bottom for ya. In other news, it's raining today for the first time in weeks so that's fun. Anyways hope you all had a great holidays!
|We went bowling with a member after Christmas, and I caught the moment where his 4 year old son stuck his head in the ball return waiting for his ball haha!|
|My Christmas present to myself haha, thank you Walmart clearance isle!|