Letter From Rhys - Week # 31 - A New area, A new Personality!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This week, as you all are well aware, I have been moved to a new area! It’s called La Llave! The roads are mainly dirt with 4 main streets of asphalt in our area. Its Tiny!
The members here are fantastic! They work so hard on making sure we have references to teach and they are always focused on sharing the gospel! My companion, Elder Walker, is a hard worker! He really works and focuses on helping people enter the waters of baptism. He’s about 6 feet tall, very scrawny and only loves to cook. Apparently, he doesn’t like anything else other than music. He’s also never specific about anything, so don’t ask him what type of music or food he likes.
All I know is that he hates sweet and salty but loves hot stuff or picante. Though he’s from Jamaica, he says he can’t speak English. However, he can read and teach English without a hitch. He can translate from English to Spanish, and when we accuse him of being able to speak E…

Letter From Rhys - Week #30 - Transfers! Results!

Buenas lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This week’s letter is going to be short and sweet because
1 – not much has happened this week and
2 – I don’t have much time...
Anyway, last week I sent a little photo of something my companion made for me asking who’s my next companion! Well, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, things of all shapes and sizes. The results are in and Elder Wheeler is.........


Where you may ask? Well, it’s a magical and not so far away place called La Llave! Which means the key. The key to what exactly? I have no freaking idea!!!!!!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂But, my new companion is Elder Walker and he’s from Jamaica.
From what I have heard he’s super cool and our area is tiny. It’s like 3 blocks, but we’ll see how big it really is! I’ll send pictures of me and my new companion when I can get them! Anyway, I have spent basically the last few days packing everything in my house to go to my next area.
It’s been really fun to teach the…

Letter From Rhys - Week #29 - Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Good morning from Sunny Californ... oh ... wait ... wrong one sorry!
Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week has been pretty peaceful on the part of teaching. We are doing a lot of contacting because our citas (appointments) fall or we can’t seem to find an Hermano (sister) to accompany us.
However, a peak moment in this week’s adventures happened to come in a box, then the box was put into another box, and then mailed to myself! Well if any are wondering, no I did not smash it with a hammer. I will address this reference later. Anyway, in this box were some nice goodies! A nice Family size bag of Genocide that I shouldn’t love but tastes soo good {Reese´s Pieces}, along with a nice little Kinder egg, a bag of trail mix, and another bag of mini candy bars!
Included with the development of much sugary tastey things, there was a smaller box with in the box! And in this box, were the 24 wonderful spices of life! Some may include but not limited…

Letter From Rhys – Week # 28 - The Gazcue Adventures!

Feliz Lunes de la isla tropica de la Republica Dominicana!
It’s been long enough, you all should know what that says if you’ve been faithfully reading my letters! Also, at my request, have patience with the letters. My mother works very hard on the correcting and sending of my letters, but she also has a lot of sleep that she needs to catch up on! Love you mom!
Anyway, the beginning of this past week wasn’t too exciting. However, we did have something interesting this happen this past week! On Thursday, Elder Aguilar and I went to Gazcue, aka the mission office, because he had to renew his visa at the immigration center. While I waited for him to return, I was on an exchange with another Elder in the office helping the Garner missionary couple sort all of the house keys for the mission! Let’s just say there were a lot of keys and trying to sort them and determine which were old and new took a long time!
After Elder Aguilar returned, we headed home by way of bus, the usual mode of tra…

Letter From Rhys – Week # 27 - So Much Fun!!!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week was so much fun! After the itching and the allergic reactions to what we think was caused by the sulfa in my medication, the week passed by soo fast!
We were blessed to have interviews with President Smith this week and we received a lot of much needed inspiration in regard to the topic of faith in Jesus Christ! We also have been working very hard on teaching some of our investigators in preparation for baptism!
We had 3 baptisms this past weekend! One of them was the child of a member, but we baptized her sister only two months ago as well! I’m rushing through my week because I had a pretty cool experience that I wanted to share with you all!
Today for our P-day we went to Conde which is a strip mall type of place. In the middle of Conde was a Cathedral! This Cathedral is the first Catholic church built on the American Continent! It’s cool about how old it is, but if felt a little weird being a Mormon…

Letter From Rhys - Week # 26 - Many Gains and Stomach Pains!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This past week we have had so much fun! To start, we finished teaching the lessonsto our convert Juana! She was baptized this past Saturday!
On Wednesday, it was just another normal day of Proselyting. However, we had an unforeseen plot twist! We returned home from our apartment and something was just a little bit off. I felt excessively warm. I decided to take my temperature and BAM! A nice cup of 100.4 fever! This was totally unexpected and I was laughing about it up until the point I went to bed 15 min later!
That night consisted of me getting up every hour or so to use the bathroom. At about 2:30 a.m. my fever broke, but with no sleep, I got up the next morning physically weak. But fear not! This Spirit is strong! Throughout the next couple of days, I was always feeling a little under the weather, and my body was producing enough gas that I could destroy the ozone layer faster than a farm of 100 or more cows!

Letter From Rhys - Week # 25 - A New development!

Feliz Lunes from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This Past week has been full of fun and adventure! Elder Portillo and I Spent our weekend working hard on preparing our investigators for baptism in the coming weeks. We have Juana, who is getting baptized this weekend! YAY! We also have Anita, from Haiti, Sandra and her son Michael, who are all getting baptized on the 17th of February!
Anyway, every one of these 4 are already super excited for baptism and if they could they’d all be baptized right now, LOL. However, there are a few things that do need to happen first! They all still need a couple lessons and an interview from our District Leader Elder Garcia, from Honduras. On Thursday, Elder Portillo and I had our usual weekly planning session and then headed for an appointment we had at 6 that afternoon. We arrived at the cita [appointment] and we were about to teach a new investigator named Jarom. As we arrived we got a call from our Mission President.
I had the pho…