Well, this week started off fantastic, because I learned how to make my favorite food so far....ALCAPURIA! It's basically a bunch of vegetables like pumpkin, Yautia, Plateno, bananas etc. fried with meat on the inside :) mmmmmm :P Also, I drank out of my first coconut! I love being on a tropical island.
The next day wasn't so fantastic...You see, there is this sickness that the mosquitos are carrying here in Puerto Rico right now. It's called Chickengoonja (I think that's how you spell it)...anyway, its basically like you get a severe case of arthritis-like pain for about a week....well, my companion, my sweet little companion got Chickengoonja this week. So, for an entire 24 hours she was bedridden. However, after that she was feeling MUCH better. Now her bones just ache, but apparently that will last a while. The work still goes on! I did a lot of personal study Tuesday into Wednesday, though!
Despite my companion's sickness, we were able to visit and strengthen people :) Our magical less active member that we found who came to church last week came again this week, and read 14 chapters of the Book of Mormon!
But, the best experience happened right at the end of the week. We have one investigator who we found awhile ago, and we have been working with him. for a couple weeks now. He doesn't have a desire to go to church, but he wants to know if this church is true. He is reading the Book of Mormon, and he read Alma chapters 4 and 5 this week. We talked to him a little and testified that his answer will come through time. There is a scripture in Alma 5:46-47 that I absolutely love. In this chapter, Alma is teaching us the process of knowing:
"46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
"47 And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus been revealed unto me, that the words which have been spoken by our fathers are true, even so according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is also by the manifestation of the Spirit of God."
My companion and I shared this scripture with our investigator. Brothers and Sisters, our answers will not be direct. They will come through time, through study, and prayer. We must, however, search for our answer through the spirit. Then, when we are ready, we will know. At the end of the lesson our investigator said the prayer. In his prayer he sincerely asked for help to know if these things were true. Me, my companion (and the member that was with us) felt the spirit very strongly. There is a special spirit that comes when an investigator asks sincerely to know if these things are true. I can testify that as we listen, our Heavenly Father will answer when we are ready to receive these things.
Keep being awesome!
Hermana VanKammen :)
Making and Eating Alacapuria
My first drink out of a cocoanut
My companion and I in horse form
...This is what happens when you are out in "el campo" the mountanous area...you run into horses!
...And then you get to take pictures like this...