Hey everyone again! The weeks sure do fly by! I can still remember being in the missionary training center and that was a year ago... Snap! We had the craziest week ever (again) this past week! So here we go!
Our week was pretty insane and also good at the same time and also a struggle for sure! Bonaire is a lot different than Suriname! So Elder Galke was super sick at the start of the week and Elder Lewis and I are the parents here on the island so we had a bunch of craziness figuring it all out. Multiple trips to the doctor and pharmacy and it was crazy! Like Wednesday for example. We left in the morning to take Elder Galke and Elder Sheppard to a doctor's appointment at 8, after that went to a lab that they told us to go to, then went to a pharmacy (that was closed), went to another pharmacy (thankfully it was open), did apartment inventories for both of the apartments, took the elders home, got a call from a senior couple who told us that the car didn't have any insurance, went like crazy to figure all of that out, got another call saying never mind, you do have insurance, went to the church to print off some registration stuff for the car and vehicle report stuff, went to another pharmacy to get more medicine, dropped the other elders off, gave elder Galke a blessing (very cool experience), picked up a bike that got fixed, went back to the church to print off some more papers, emailed a senior couple to get something figured out, THEN finally went home, started studies and then finally went to the DePalms for dinner and a lesson. Yeah that was one day... The next day as well was pretty crazy but a lot less crazy. We actually got to do normal studies in the morning, then went and did apartment inventories again, the went to the old senior couple apartment that we had to close (which involved taking everything that was ours, out of the apartment), brought a bunch of it to our house that was getting way too packed, went to a giant store to restock the apartments with the appliances that we were missing and then finally got to go out. Being a senior couple is hard! So we had some pretty crazy days this past week but luckily Elder Galke is feeling much better now. I had the opportunity to give him the blessing and I have no clue what I said, but I can remember the Spirit that I felt. And the next day, he was able to go outside and could eat stuff again. Priesthood power is true! The hard part about this week was just that everything in the world fell through and we just were talking to everyone that we possibly could, but it seemed like no one wanted to hear it or the ones that did were all Spanish speaking. But that's ok. Elder Lewis and I have never been so diligent in our missions and we know that we are going to find a Dutch family soon that we are so pumped about. The Lord will bless us for sure. I learned how important it is to stay positive though and to continue working hard because this isn't just about us. It's about the people here in Bonaire that need the gospel and it's also for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They are our motivation and as we continue to turn to them and work our hardest, the blessings will come. We had a super cool lesson with Omar this week on the Book of Mormon and the importance of reading it each and every day. The Spirit was super strong and at the end, he started asking us about missions and expressed the desire that he has to serve one someday. Omar is a stud! Church was also pretty great on Sunday. We were all combined and translation was crazy since the people were mostly speaking Spanish and Papiamento and Genesis translated into English for Elder Lewis and Elder Lewis translated into Dutch for the Dutch members. Pretty crazy but it all went well and the Spirit was still there. That was our week though and we're pumped to have a good week this upcoming week!
I gained a strong testimony of the priesthood power which is just another testimony builder. I know that the church is true and that the work of spreading the gospel is the most important work on the Earth. Keep on sharing those testimonies with everyone around you and having those spiritual experiences! You all are wonderful and I love you all! Lobi!