After serving in the Polynesian Cultural Center, Elder Larsen Romo said goodbye and transferred to his last area for the last 5 months of his mission. His mother, Patricia Romo, from the Prince William Ward explained his unique situation.
We’ve had another great week in Brooks! It’s snowed a couple of times and yesterday we really bundled up because it was snowing and windy. Drove pretty slowly because of the road conditions too.
We have a new investigator this week! We were actually trying to contact one of our investigators who we weren’t able to get into contact with for a while. So, we went to his house and knocked on his door, but a lady we didn’t know answered and said that he had moved. We asked her if she was interested in learning more about the church and she invited us in. \(^0^)/ She is from South Sudan and had just moved into that house with her husband and two little boys four days ago. She has actually heard about the church before and a little about what we believe.
Right now we have two investigators who are Spanish speaking, both from El Salvador and we will probably start teaching two other families that are from Honduras. I wish that we had some Spanish speaking missionaries in town because three of those investigators really do need Spanish speaking missionaries, since their English is not really advanced enough to hold a long conversation. Brooks used to have Mandarin and Spanish speaking missionaries but then there are so many languages here that it is easier to just have English speaking since that is the common language.
The interesting thing about Brooks is that there are a lot of people, especially among the immigrants here, who, the moment we mention Jesus Christ, say, “Yeah!, I love Jesus, come on in!”. It’s really interesting and also really fun to meet all these new people.
Hope everyone is doing well!
Love, Sister Romo
We have been in Jordan almost two months now and are starting to feel more at home (or at least more settled.) We aren’t much like traditional missionaries. We have a very nice apartment in the building that houses the LDS Charities’ office. We don’t wear name tags, Jay seldom wears a white shirt and tie, and I usually wear pants. The idea is to not stand out or look like missionaries. In fact, we are referred to as “volunteers.” It’s a strange mission, but someone has got to do it and, for now, that someone is us and seven other couples in the Middle East/Africa North area, better known as MEAN. There are three couples in Jordan, two in Lebanon, and three in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. We also don’t have a formal mission and/or a mission president. We all report to the Middle East desk which is headed by Elder Larry R. Lawrence and Elder Wilford W. Andersen. It really isn’t as mysterious as it sounds. While we don’t get to formally teach people the gospel, we do teach English to some members of the two Jordanian branches here and to various other Christian non-members who show up for class. In April, we will start the Pathway program in Amman, the capital city. Most of our time so far has been spent in helping strengthen the Jordanian branches. It is not easy to be a Christian in the Middle East, and being a Mormon is even more challenging. We have a great love and respect for our fellow Saints here and feel blessed in our association with them.
We are so grateful for the missionaries from the Woodbridge Stake who are serving throughout the world. We love our missionaries.
We also love the missionaries serving in the Woodbridge Stake as part of the Washington, D.C. South Mission. They work so hard to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people living within our stake boundaries.
And we love all the Woodbridge Stake members, who are also missionaries to their friends, neighbors and colleagues. You are amazing examples of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. We would love to share your missionary stories in our Missionary Mondays section of the blog. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your story of how you have done missionary work.
Remember that it doesn’t take a lot to do missionary work. Here are seven simple suggestions for sharing the gospel.
Jared graduated from TJHSST summa cum laude in 2015. He took Mandarin for 3 years at TJ so learning Hmong was hard, but not impossible. Jared is a talented pianist and cellist. He has been playing the piano on his mission often, even accompanying choirs and doing musical numbers. Because he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is used to the cold weather in the midwest. But he was shocked at how cold it can be doing missionary work.