Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Too Little Time!

April 6, 2016

I have no time to write haha, but I will try and at least get some pics up! Thanks everyone who wrote me this week :)
So this was a BOMB week!! Not only did we have an amazing conference where we listened to the Prophet and the apostles, but we also had some pretty great lessons and progress with the investigators and people we are teaching.
So Manuel de Jesus, that guy I accidentally called and invited to church and ended up coming, is totally GOLDEN!! He loves the church and wants to be baptized ASAP. So we are gonna try and see if we can pull it off next week! He sacrifices every weekend and travels like 2 hours to get here and visit his dad and the church. Super awesome. Crazy miracle and blessing with him. Literally our story with him is so cool and totally directed by the spirit. 
We just found this other 18-year-old (who makes me look like i am 12 if he is really 18 haha) his name is Gabriel and he is great and is progressing so much and asked us to come back the next day after our second lesson and he actually is following through with what we are asking him to do and he's smart and just really seems to get it. So we'll see what happens there. Pray for him!
There is this other family, Tomas and Josephina. They are LEGIT! They have come to church he past two weeks and Josephina came this week with a nice dress and heals and was so excited about it. We were stoked! They could totally get baptized but they are not married dang-git! We could seriously have like 15 baptism dates and baptisms if marriage was just a thing here -_- 
Conference was amazing and I loved every talk! Especially the one about the responsibility of being a father. Everyone and their mothers should listen to that dang talk. Especially the people of the Dominican Republic. I think it could definitely help our culture here. But it was honestly a super great talked and made me so happy and grateful that my father is so great and has made my life so amazing. Props to you papi! Love you! You're legit! One day I'll hopefully be like my dad :)
Ok well happy conference and love you all!!

Elder Greer

 Last time I sent pics of like the only green part of my area which is out in the boonies! haha This is my real area.... The desert! :)

Easter Week!

March 30, 2016

This week was "Semana Santa" which is Easter here. They celebrate it for three days. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Its usually the worst week in the mission work wise because everyone is either out of town or super drunk.... But surprisingly Friday and Saturday were awesome days! I don't know how, but we managed to have some pretty good numbers last week and good lessons. Sunday afternoon was pretty terrible because the whole city was at the main park in Navarrete doing some weird tradition where they all gather at the park and burn a big doll of Judas. And they all just trashed the park and there were tons of beer bottles and alcohol left the next day... But it's okay because we had such a bomb day in church! We had so much success! We had 8 investigators in church and 3 less actives we are working hard with. We have so much potential here! We are so close to putting solid baptism dates. Elder Murray and I are working super hard and trying to be creative and find, find, find. In the district meeting this past week, I talked about how as a district leader, I am always going to push for numbers. I am always going to be competitive. I am always going to set higher goals for us all. Because if we do that, we will get better. I am really trying to make it way fun and make everything a competition. Every night when my district calls me to tell me they are home, I ask how many lessons they got, and how many with members and stuff to see who did better and then I always joke around and say something like "Ha! We totally creamed you guys in lessons with members today!" or "Dang, you guys beat us, but its okay because tomorrow we are gonna make a comeback and totally destroy y'all!" And if that means we have to leave earlier to do it, so be it. Its all about the sacrifice. So that's something I really enjoy is pumping up my district and making it like a game or a competition, not to say we have higher numbers, but because it will help us to be focused and concentrated and determined to work harder, find more people, sacrifice more, and just do all we can and go all out for our area. And we have definitely been seeing the blessings!
So quick cool little experience this week, yesterday we were walking in an area we haven't been to in our area and we walked by this huge wall of a bush. Out of nowhere we heard a voice say "Hey Americanos." So we stopped and tried to talk to the guy, but we couldn't see him well through the bush. He kept talking and told us to go talk to this lady a couple of houses down. He told us her name and that we need to talk with her. It was funny because we have been determined to receive references from people this week and out of nowhere, from some random voice in the bushes, we got one! The guy told us she needs the gospel. I tried to find a way in to see the guy's face and talk with him face to face but I couldn't find a way in. I was like, " Hey Thanks! I want to talk with you too, how do I get in?" and he kept telling me to go talk with her, so i finally did. The lady ended up being so awesome and her mom was there too and we set up a time to come back. When we passed by the guy in the bush again to say thanks, he was not there. Super weird, haha, But I thought it was pretty cool because he said it in a really specific way and we looked and looked to try and see him through the bush but couldn't. So it'll be interesting to see where things go with the lady!
Alright well enjoy general conference this week! I am super stoked!!
Love you.

Elder Greer

 The sisters from my district. Typical pic.

 Easter Egg coloring and activities with the district.