Dear Family and friends,
It is hard to believe that we have been able to be in Trinidad for twelve days in a row! We have been enjoying catching up a little...although it will never be possible unless we can make time and emails stand still. We have been able to teach with our missionaries and attend some wonderful baptisms.
One in particular, is that of the Modeste family. Nick Modeste is the father of 8 children from the ages of 1-13. His family had first been contacted ten years ago by missionaries. Last year two of our sisters were teaching the family for about a month, but committing to return visits, just didn't happen, so they dropped them.
About two months ago, newly assigned sisters were looking in the area book of previous investigators and found their family. When they visited, he welcomed them and updated them on his family. His wife was expecting their 8th child when she was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors explained it was possible to save her, but she would need to terminate her pregnancy. She refused to have cancer treatment. She delivered a beautiful baby girl, began cancer treatment, but died within 3 months. He has been a single father for the last ten months praying for help. Two weeks ago, Nick was baptized and received the priesthood. This week he baptized four of his children. It was a beautiful day for all of them and such a gift for those who were there. What a testimony of the plan of salvation and the eternal blessing of families being together forever. The next day Dad and I went to the ward for their confirmation. They looked radiant and were so happy to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Days like that make this mission worth every difficult day we have.
We are getting ready to greet 1 new elder to the mission tonight and then 6 leave for home on Thursday morning. I have been busy cooking and trying to keep track of all the mangoes that are falling from the trees begging to become JAM. So, I have made 6 batches of mango jam and have giving away bags of fresh mangoes to the neighborhood. I wish you were here to share with. YUM!
It's hard to believe that summer is here...or there...since it is always summer here!
We hope you enjoyed Memorial Day and remember what a blessing it is to be an American and live in the United States.
Hugs and kisses,
Trini and Dad