Monday, August 22, 2016

Fort Meyers, FL (August 22, 2016)

We got our first hand written letter from Sadie today.  Seriously, I might sleep with it under my pillow!!

Hola everyone! 

I hope everything is going well. It has been a great week here in Florida! It is still very hot and humid. Between that and the bug spray I am getting used to feeling pretty sticky all the time. Especially on bike days. We have a car, but we have limited miles on it so we usually end up biking a couple days a week. 

Anyways, this week we met lots of people who LOVE to talk. It is hard to be punctual anywhere because the Latins are super friendly, and once you get them talking they don't like to stop. We have also met lots of Southern Baptists who like to praise Jesus really loudly when we are sharing prayers with them, and it is pretty funny. There are so many people here who are very humble, and very kind. We did meet a couple of bible bashers, so that was interesting. However, for the most part there are lots of really humble Latin families down here, and they are the best! 

Something that happened this week that was pretty crazy was when we went to visit a lady who is less-active in the church. She had called us to see if she could get a blessing for health. We sent a couple of Elders over to her house, and then we visited her the next day. We arrived at her house, and she invited us in. She didn't have electricity in her living room, so it was pretty dark and musty. She is suffering from lots of health challenges right now, and she has to take medicine to help her. However, her medicine also makes her SUPER drowsy and she gets shaking spasms. We were talking, and trying to teach The Restoration, but she kept falling asleep. We just waited, then she would wake up, and we would remind her why we were there and we kept going. Halfway through the lesson her boyfriend brought her half of a watermelon and a huge kitchen knife. She cut us a piece, and then settled the rest of it on her lap and used the knife to cut smaller pieces for her to eat, but she kept having shaking spasms. We were relieved when she was finished, we were worried she was going to accidentally cut herself! Luckily, when we went to visit her a couple days later she had gotten some new medicine, so she was feeling much better. It was a pretty crazy lesson, but she is super awesome. 

We also found a new investigator named Modesto! Modesto lives with a Haitian man that doesn't speak Spanish or English, so they can't really communicate. Modesto can't read, so we are going to see if we can get the Book of Mormon on CD so he can listen to it. We are super excited to be teaching him, he has lots of sincere questions, and he is great!

This week we did a lot of knocking. We just knock on people's doors and offer to share a prayer with them. Some people accept, and some don't. However, when they do accept it is always an awesome experience. They usually say something like "your timing could not have been more perfect" or "I'm just so glad you came." We found lots of potential investigators this week, we were sad that none of them came to church, but we are hoping to visit them all again and be able to teach them more about the gospel. 

I know that the gospel has the power to change and to bless lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that if we will read it and pray with real intent we can know of it's truthfulness for ourselves. I know God answer's prayers, I have seen that many times while I have been here. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love, Hermana Monson

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