Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010--Boynton Beach South

Hey everyone!
Happy August! Can you believe that it is August?!?!?! Time is flying by way too fast!!

I had a great week last week. As you can read in the email I sent to President that Satan tried to stop our Miracle Week. Yeah, not going to work with us! We're way stronger than he thinks we are! We didn't get as many lessons taught that we wanted, or as many new investigators as we wanted, but they will come. We will see the fruits of our efforts soon.
We did have one interesting/frustrating/sad experience this week. We were teaching a  guy named Venel in his driveway. We met him at the park a couple of weeks ago and said we could come back. We were finally able to meet up with him. The lesson was going great. He was understanding the Apostasy so well and the authority to baptize and everything. All of a sudden a car pulls in the driveway. Cool, another person to teach! Yeah, no. He was a "minister" that was quite rude. He completely had the spirit of the devil with him. As soon as there was a 2 second pause in our lesson he jumped it. Of course the spirit was gone, so we couldn't teach anymore. He was arrogant, and prideful, and we couldn't get him to stop talking so we could continue teaching Venel. Poor Venel looked so confused! He had no idea who to believe! We ended up leaving with just giving Venel the pamphlet with our number on it and told him to call us. He hasn't called us back, but we are going to stop by on Friday morning at 10:30 again. He said he's always home at that time. Pray that he will see the truth in what we were teaching him!
Okay, let me tell you a little bit about Boynton Beach and serving here. First, Karli is right. This is an amazing ward! We have members that call us and ask us if they can come out with us. The recent converts are truly converted, the Ward Mission Leader is OUTSTANDING, the Haitian are so fun and humble, and the elders that I am serving with right now ROCK!! I truly feel like a missionary again! 

Because there are so many Haitians here, the Elders are teaching English classes on Tuesday nights. It's so fun. We get to help them because there are so many that show up! It's so fun to see them try and then talk to them the next Sunday at Church! The Haitian culture is very similar to the Latin culture, but for some reason I love the Haitian SO much more!!!

I feel so blissfully happy up here. It's so strange. I love contacting and talking to people on the streets. I'm not shy about it, and it's just like a casual conversation about God that I get to end up bearing my testimony to them. Priceless! Sister Cluff is always like you're such a naturalist at this! I'm like "This is hardly me! My family would never picture me like this!" LOL I love not being shy anymore!!!!

I had a wonderful one year mark in the mission. Like I said Sister Cluff got up in the night and made me my cake. We worked hard all day, but at the end of the night I was able to go get a Rita's Italian Ice. It made me so happy! Miami doesn't have a Rita's, so the last one that I had was in Boca. Sister Cluff doesn't eat sugar right now, she got too addicted to it at one point. LOL The Elders always give her crap about it, but she's strong.

On August 22nd we have Stake Conference. Mom, make sure and tell Sister Gwynn that I'll be at the Sunday session and that she needs to come find me. We'll make sure and get pictures for you too.
I'm SO excited that you get to meet Sister Hale this week! I talked to President about it yesterday. He came to our ward unexpectedly :) I went and chatted with him after Sacrament Meeting. He wanted me to make sure you knew to go. Do you need the address or anything? They sent every single missionary our own wedding invitation. It's so cute, but surprisingly simple.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy this work and sharing what I know to be true to everyone I can. My testimony is stronger than ever! I love just testifying and telling people how it is. With love of course! This is truly the work of the Lord and I'm eternally grateful to be a part of it.
Thank you so much for each of your love and support! I love you all so so so so so SO much!!
Love, Sister Denson
PS Here are explanations for the pictures.
1. Me and Sister Cluff on our first day. My camera was to big and heavy for her little hands so it's kinda trashy. I'll get a better one on a Sunday when we're all "glammed up" LOL

2. I made the elders the chocolate cake. They just cut it into 4ths and ate it all. Gross huh!! It goes Elder Hudson (My absolute favorite elder--and he's a redhead!!) and Elder Clark. They're Creole speaking missionaries. Elder Zinn (He's from Fort Wayne, Indiana--where is Elder Swain serving right now?) and Elder Paulos. All 4 of these elders are so stinkin cool! I'm really sad that the two on the right are going home this transfer!!

3.  A better shot of them with the cake.

4. My Happy Birthday banner. It was HUGE!!! To say the least...

5, 6 Happy One year Mark! You can choose which one you like better.

7, 8. The elders enjoying my birthday cake. No worries....I actually had some for myself! That's a first! Seriously.....

9. Really, another flat??

President's Email:

Hey President
It was so fun to have you come to our ward yesterday so unexpected! Fast and Testimony meeting was amazing. I'm so grateful to be serving in this ward! It's so fantastic!
As you know we were going to have a miracle week this week. LOL it was crazy! We haven't seen any miracles from it this week, but we sure know that Satan tried to stop us from doing our work. We had 3 of the 4 of our tires go flat (We're pro's at patching them now), I got a migraine, the heat was ridiculous, etc. But we pushed on! I've got a great companion that doesn't love the bike so much, but we're working on that:) She's such a trooper. She's been completely worn out this week!  I love being here and time is flying by way too fast! I can't believe that it is August! I'm absolutely loving life and LOVING being a missionary again! I feel like a real missionary serving with Sister Cluff! I learn so much from her and am blessed to be serving with her!
Thank you so much for everything! This is an exciting week for your family! You are all in our thoughts and prayer!
I have a card for Heather...Should I just send it to the mission home?
Love Sister Denson!

"We should work at a bike store when we get home!"
She's fixing flats the "old fashioned rubber cement way" that Dad taught her when she was little. She said she's SOOO grateful he  "made us learn how to do things on our own growing up. I'm such a handy woman these days.  :) "

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