Thursday, May 12, 2016

Pics from Poa 5/9/16

  • The Ward Mission Leader and his daughter. 
  • The Chapel in Poa. 
  • Couch Photo..what can I say more? 
  • We went to an English/Spanish school for a Mother´s Day party and talked to everyone and sang Come Thou Fount in English. Way cool experience. We´re going to start going there every Friday to help the students. 
  • Ward Mother´s Day breakfast, run by the men. I was seriously impressed by this activity. Men are great! :)

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam :) 5/2/16

Hello everyone!!
Hope you´re all doing fantastically! This is gonna be another short e-mail, sorry! But I have good news!!

AND both of his parents came! Cassio even bore his testimony in sacrament meeting and his mom commented in Sunday School about how her feelings are changing. She talked about how when we first got there, she was cold to us and didn´t like the church, but that she has realized how good it is and that Cassio really is ready to take this step in his life. It´s not very often you get to hear people´s feelings about your work like that, and I was really touched. This weekend was one big miracle :)
This week, we had interviews with President and I loved it so much. He is truly called of God and I have already learned so much from him. I´m so blessed to have President Silcox as my Mission President :)

We also had vaccines for the bad cold that´s been going around. The whole mission went to the mission office on the same day to get it done. While the vaccine itself wasn´t so much fun, it was great to see all my old companions and the people I love from this mission :)

In other news, the weather has taken a complete turn. It´s sooooo cold!! Okay, so it´s only been in the 60´s, but for my body that´s accustomed to 90´s? That´s pretty cold! Without the sun here in Poá, I know that it´s our responsibility to bring the warmth and sunshine of the Gospel to people´s homes and hearts (wow, can´t get much cheesier than that!) But anyways, I´m just so happy to be here and be able to be a sunbeam of the Lord :)

Hope you find all the happiness God has prepared for you this week! I love you all and you´re in my prayers!!

All my love,
Sister Doyle

Everyday pics from the mission! 4/25/16

  • Our District
  • Our renovated apartment
  • A P-day adventure to a museum
  • Our new Tri-panionship
  • The view from our street
  • One of the families we are teaching
  • Opening my Easter package...My favorites!
  • Making traditional food with some members in Poa

God is so good. 4/18/16

Hello everyone :)
I hope you are all doing fantastically and absolutely loving this beautiful life we´ve been given.

This week was full of miracles here in Poa! I would love to tell you guys every detail of everything that happened, but I don´t think I´ll have time for that, so I´m just going to tell you about one night :)

Thursday night, we were on our way to teach Cassio (13-year-old boy who is super strong in the church but whose parents won´t let him get baptized yet), and we passed a man standing in his doorway. I had the slight feeling to talk to him, but I knew we didn´t want to be late to our appointment with Cassio, so we walked by. Within a few minutes, I felt awful. I knew that I had brushed aside a prompting from the Spirit. It was too late to walk all the way back to the man, so I just prayed, asking foregiveness and for another chance to talk to that man. We arrived at Cassio´s house and before his mom came in, he explained to us that he´s feeling really frustrated about the whole situation with his parents. We assured him that we´d talk to his mom about baptism during the lesson. His mom came in and we started with a prayer, as always, but when we said "Amen." Cassio immediately began explaining everything to his mom. He explained, "Mom, I am doing everything I can to prepare for this step in my life. I know that this is right and that I need to be baptized. There is no point in the Sisters coming here every week to teach me if I can´t follow what they are teaching. This is something serious, mom." The whole room was silent. And then his mom replied, "Fine. I understand. It´s your decision, Cassio." And just like that, this amazing young man, after being taught by the missionaries for an entire year, is going to be baptized, the first day of May. He was overjoyed. We are overjoyed. It was the miracle that we´ve all been praying and fasting for. 

So we taught him and then basically flew home, but on the way, guess who we saw on the other side of the street?! The same man! More than two hours later! So we crossed the street, super excited to talk to him. I asked if we could leave a pamphlet with him and he declined super rudely. I was suprised, because I thought for sure this would be a golden contact. But we stayed and tried to talk to him. He was super hardened and had a lot of tough questions, but in spite of the difficulty, the Spirit was super strong! We were able to answer all of his questions calmly and in a way that he understood and agreed! It really was a beautiful experience for me. After talking for about 45 minutes with this man, we needed to leave, so we said goodbye and left the pamphlet with him (hehe) and before we left he said, "There´s something different about you girls. I´ve talked with so many pastors and missionaries over the years, but you were able to answer questions that no one else ever could. I´m not saying I want anything to do with your church...but if you´re ever passing by here again, knock on my door. I´d love to talk to you again." It was such a tender mercy from the Lord. I know that He knows all His children and what they need right when they need it. God is amazing.

So that is just an example of one night this week. The whole week was full of miracles like those :)

Also, we received tranfer calls! Sister Felartigas and I are going to stay here in Poá and finish the training of Sister Martinez, an adorable girl from Idaho :) I´m excited!

God is so good. His Hand is in everything. I know He is aware of my needs and the needs of those I teach :) And your needs as well. Until next week!

All my love,
Sister Doyle