Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coral Reef: Week 3 February 6, 2017

Hello everyone!

I hope it has been a wonderful week!!

My week started off with a fabulous P-Day, we went to a place called Fritanga for lunch. Such delicious food! We ate queso frito (fried cheese, as if cheese isn't already unhealthy enough, you fry it and then put it in a corn tortilla with cream on top). 

Then on Tuesday we had dinner with one of my most beloved ward members, Hermana Stand. She is in a wheelchair because she only has one leg. She is really struggling financially right now, but she is always trying to give us extra food, shampoo, soap, cleaner, and she even wanted to give us her night light! She is so adorable!! She also has a granddaughter that is 2 years old, and she loves us, so that is pretty fun. That night we had a relief society activity, which we were excited for. However, as we were waiting for the activity to start we were told that there was a man outside the church that wanted to know more. We were so excited, we ran outside, and met Brandon. He told us that God had led him to this church, and that he wanted to become a member. We welcomed him inside, and sat down to teach a lesson. About fifteen minutes into the lesson Sister Hernandez and I look at each other just like "we don't think he is entirely there in the head." An hour later we had sent "Brandon" (he told us his real name was Gabriel, the God of Love and Destruction) on his way with a pamphlet, and some food from the Relief Society activity. It was definitely one of our more interesting lessons!

On Wednesday we went to visit our investigator Charo. She is wonderful, and we love her. She is still searching for her answer about the Book of Mormon, and still coming to church. We brought our ward mission leader, a crazy old Cuban man named Hermano Sanchez. Well, Charo is a crazy old Cuban lady-so they hit it right off!! Sister Hernandez and I hardly got two words in, although we did manage to read 3 Nephi 11 together, which Charo loved. Eventually, we had to excuse ourselves to be home in time for curfew, but the two of them just kept talking for another hour and half after we'd left. One thing I am learning is that Cubans, and most Latins really, they LOVE to talk!! They are the best :). On Wednesday we also had a Zone Conference where we discussed the World-Wide Missionary Broadcast from the week earlier. I always love seeing the other missionaries, and especially President and Sister Richardson. They are just amazing!!

On Thursday we went to teach a woman named Jennifer, but when we got to her house she asked us if we could come back because she wanted us to teach her girls as well!! We stopped by about an hour later, and taught Jennifer (a single mom of 4), her two adorable daughters, and Marcus (the cutest little black baby you have ever seen!!) I love that family. Jennifer was pretty impressed with the message of the Restoration, she said "I've never even heard of that before!" She is excited to learn more! That night we went to teach another former investigator named Rafaela, she invited her mom and her sister to join us, so we ended up with 3 new investigators! They are all so sweet, and even though they were out of town this weekend, so they couldn't come to church, we are excited to keep teaching them!

On Friday we stopped by a ward members house to do some service for her. She has 4 little kids, and so she is pretty stressed. Her house was very messy, so we helped her clean. I wish we had taken a before and after picture because it looked so good when we were done!! My back hurt from mopping, and we were both exhausted, but she was so grateful. It was awesome because she told us that she'd been thinking the previous day that she just really wished she could clean, but it is hard for her with all of her little ones. It's almost like we were "an answer to prayer", such a good feeling!! That night we stopped by a less-active members house. She asked Sister Hernandez to show her how to make authentic Baleadas. Next thing we know we are cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and an hour later we sit down to some seriously delicious Baleadas with her and her family! It was great!

Saturday we went to give service at a food pantry called Feeding Southern Florida. It is so awesome to be able to see how many people this place helps, and some of them you can tell are in a really tough spot. We are usually in charge of registering people, and some of them only speak Spanish, so that is fun! I love service!

Yesterday Sister Hernandez was sick, so we only went to sacrament meeting and then came home. She slept all day, and I tried to entertain myself, but there is only so much you can do in a house with no tv on a fast sunday ;)!! Thankfully she is feeling better today, so we will be able to get back at it this week. Even one day inside the house made me realize how much I love missionary work!! I love this gospel, I know it's true, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share it with my brothers and sisters here in Florida! 

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Hermana Monson

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