You know what´s a super weird sound to hear again? An airplane flying overhead. And guess what I forgot about until this week? A&W root beer and drinking fountains. I found the root beer, but not a drinking fountain:) Sometimes I really am grateful to live in the capital, even though everything´s more expensive (water is half the price in the South). I was once told to enjoy the sea-breezy air, but it´s actually super dusty and stinky because of all the cars and plethora of trash in the streets...it´s actually a really dirty country, but hey, at least I don´t have to worry about snow or daylight savings! We have water 24/7 and electricity most of the time, so yippee!
So because of my comp´s illness, we didn't leave the house to work until Friday, but we got stuff done during those two days of obra misional. I had a ton of stuff to catch up during the days indoors, and I got to study lots and was productive, so that was good:) Hermana de Leon is feeling much better now, and we´re back out in the sun and trying to find people who want the Gospel!
After district meeting on Friday, our Hermana Leader came to my area for splits, and we found a less-active! On Sunday, we were about to drop one of our only investigators who just wasn't progressing, Jasmine, but she said that she prayed specifically the night before about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church, and she received personal revelation that she needs to go to church! She knows that that´s the thing to really help her testimony right now, we´re so happy for her:)
That same day, we visited a less-active family in the only poor part of our area; they are Haitians named Rony (the dad), Cristina (10), and Jennifer (4). The mom left them and moved to Brazil, so Rony´s doing everything on his own, and just as they were about to be reactivated, his work said he has to work every Sunday for the next 5 months and for at least 13 hours a day, so he can´t come to church. When we went over, we saw that they don´t have any food in their teeny tiny house, and only sometimes is there a neighbor that can help the girls out and pay for some food. It was a very humbling experience; I feel so bad for this loving family who is trying so hard to study the scriptures and keep the commandments. They don´t even have pillows. But they put their faith in God and know that they have trials for a reason.
Right now is La Semana Santa, the Holy Week. No one has school, a lot of places are closed, and people go visit their families in different parts of the country. It´s a big deal here and an extra special time to focus on Christ. I got to do just that by attending the temple today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness we haven´t gotten to go in 6 months!!! I don´t think I've ever appreciated the temple more in my life than I have today, it was absolutely wonderful. The First Presidency gave permission for us to have a special devotional in the Solemn Assembly Room before the session, and I got to conduct the music, and the temple president spoke. It was an incredible, uplifting, inspired, much-needed experience. I´m so grateful for the temple!!! ¨I love to see the temple, I´m going there someday to feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty. I´ll prepare myself while I am young, this is my sacred duty.¨