Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More from Puerto Rico

Hey Family,

Sorry the email is a day late because yesterday was a holiday all the places to do email were closed so we got to do it today. Sounds like things are pretty good back at home and you are all so busy with all your different things. I'm sure Erin, that you are completely swamped back in Vermont but Mom said that you get to room with Hannah again so that will be really fun. Good luck starting this new semester hopefully it won't be so stressful for you. I want to hear about how it went back in Vermont when you have some time. Rach! You are in London how awesome is that? I'm sure it will be hard at first but I know that you are going to love it just try to go into the city as much as you can and make a list of all the things you want to see while you are there so you make sure you make time to see them. It was hard in Spain, because we had so much to do with classes but just remember that you are there to enjoy it and you'll find ways to multitask, I got pretty good about reading and doing homework on the bus and the train on the way to and from Madrid. You'll find a way to see everything that you want to see. Abby, I'm guessing you are going back to school right now hope everything goes well you'll have to keep me updated on how the last few months of Senior Year are. Thanks for the emails Mom and Dad sounds like things are good back home. Unfortunately we haven't been back to teach Victor and Enid one time we went and he wasn't there and we can't get a hold of them and they live about 45 minutes away so we'll try and stop by again.

We did have a pretty cool experience with a woman named Naitza, who lives on their same street, that we are teaching. We taught her the first lesson last week and we came back this week and she was ready waiting for us Book of Mormon in hand. She had to be somewhere so we didn't have a ton of time but we talked about 3 Nephi 11 with her. She told us a really neat experience how she had prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and she ended up having this amazing experience where she prayed for the longest time, to the point where she was in tears, asking him what she needed to do with her life and just praying and thanking him for everything. She said that she asked God to know that he was there with her and then she went to turn of the light and she couldn't turn it off for the longest time she tried and she ended up having to unplug it from the wall. She said that she knew that God was listening to her prayer. She knows that what she read was true. She not only read 3 Nephi 11 but also from the beginning up until 1 Nephi 13. She didn't tell us what it was exactly but she also told us that she had an even more spiritual experience that morning that she knew that she needed to change her life and that what we are teaching her is good. She is an amazing person and we are really excited to go back and teach her today. She told us that she is going to take her son to daycare or have someone watch him for her so that she can be completely focused on what we are going to teach her. We are going to watch the restoration dvd with her today so I know it will be great.

We were able to go yesterday on our P-Day to a place called Isla de Cabras which is in CataƱo which is on the Northern Coast. There is a peninsula that sticks out and there is a national park on it and we went out there and hung out for a few hours. It is right across the water from Old San Juan and you can see El Moro just across the water. Old San Juan is in the other mission so we can't go but it was fun to go out there with other missionaries and take pictures and have a little time to relax. I'll send you some pictures next time I email. Other than that this week has been pretty regular we're still teaching the same people we have some great investigators but we are having a hard time getting them to come to church. Some of them also have some really hard things going on in their lives right now that are making it hard for them. But we are praying that Feni will be able to be married, that we will know how to help our other investigators get through their tough times and that we will somehow be able to help them all come to church this week. Each week is the hardest thing, waiting outside the church just praying that they'll show after they told you they would and then going inside at the last minute before it starts without anyone coming. Well, thanks for your emails, I love you all I'll send you all pictures when I get a chance.

Hermana Barker

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