Okay, I have nothing in time today, but a lot happened so here I go. Firstly, Marta was not baptized this weekend. She got invited to go to the beach, so her baptism will be this weekend! Don’t worry, everything is still peachy with her!! The sad thing that happened this week was with Cristobal, our now recent convert. He was raised by his aunt, who has been in the hospital because she had a heart attack. Things weren’t looking good Monday, so we went and visited him on Tuesday morning and she was still with us. Tuesday afternoon she passed away. We were with him all evening and with his family. The good thing is that like half of his family is Mormon!! We got special permission from President to leave the zone and attend the funeral. When we told this to Cristobal, he told us the funeral was the following day, and asked if I would be willing to sing Ave Maria. The other half of his family are VERY catholic. So of course I said I’d do what I could!! The next day we scrambled, found the music, I learned it, and Wednesday afternoon there we were in a GIGANT catholic cathedral, with me at the front, singing Ave Maria as the carried in the caskette (I forgot how to spell that...) I was soo nervous, but acoustics were so gorgeous, I’ve never sounded so good, ha-ha! It was a very catholic service, but it actually helped me a lot! We work with so many Catholics, that is good to understand what they are used to! I really enjoyed it. Someone was giving a talk when Cristobal’s dad, who was directing the service, announced that he would like to invite las misioneras to offer prayer. So we misunderstood and we thought it was just a prayer. So Dinamarca gets up and offers a prayer, like normal. But he says, "and now Hermana Stanley will offer a scripture" so I had about 5 seconds to think of something because I’m in a catholic cathedral, and I only carry my trio so I only have my libro de mormon. By some miracle, my mind was clear, and I shared the scripture in Mosiah that quotes Isiah about the Savior, and how "with his stripes, we are healed" You guys, the lord FILLS YOUR MOUTH as a missionary!! I testify!! Well, we had a crazy guy walk up to us and start bagging on the US and started yelling at me, so hna Dinamarca said I was from Germany. He didn’t believe me and the situation was a little intense, so I just start saying straight German words from pieces I’ve performed before. Another time when the Lord filled my mouth ha-ha! Another crazy guy walked up to us and started asking about our religion too. He said, "oh Mormons, you guys know more than the FBI, right??" Maybe about the Plan of Salvation, ha-ha! The biggest news of the week is that, I made my goal! Ladies and Gents, having started el Libro de Mormon at the beginning of my training, this week... I FINISHED!! IN SPANISH!! Woohoo!! A week early ha-ha. I may have gotten a little stressed during Alma and may have read a little bit much! But its good!! This week hna Dinamarca (who for the record, I love dearly and I’m so grateful she’s doing this) has decided that in order to help me with the transition of when she leaves next week, this whole week, I will have the cell phone, I will not be allowed to use the speakerphone. I will be planning, and directing during the day, and basically making all of the decisions. Its good, because she says that I’ll have to do it when she leaves. So this week I can have a practice week, a week to do it but with a little bit of her help!! So get ready for a very interesting week ha-ha!! Oh, we are also participating in the stake choir! When I arrived and said "I’m a soprano but I read music so I can sing whatever you need" the director almost cried. And when I started singing with the altos, she did cry ha-ha! I’m happy to serve with something I love!! Well you guys, being a missionary is the best!! I love it! I love serving, helping people, bettering myself, and just being so close to my Heavenly Father! I hope I can maintain this closeness forever! Chao, Hna Stanley
Monday, February 12, 2018
We had such a busy week, it was totally awesome! On Monday I got my new comp, who is totally awesome (and who i totally forgot to take a pic...
Soooo, I had a really interesting week this week, which included seven different companions, one baptism, one flooded church bu...