Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22nd 2014

Hello everyone back home! how are all of yall doing?
 
This week was a pretty nice and eventful week. Just like last week the rain continues to pour here. We still get soaked pretty much every time we step outside the door haha. The last couple of days however have been pretty dry ones. One thing that has been going on in our area that has kinda been getting annoying is a lot of the people that we have been going to teach keep dropping the appointments. Elder Rammell and I are still going out trying to find more and more people to teach though. We went on a trade off with the zone leaders also this week. I was super nervous about that. Mainly because im still pretty new to the area and I would have to pretty much take the lead the whole day. It was a really good experience though cause the one thing that I really learned was that I can stand on my own and teach if there were ever a time where i would have too. Its kinda crazy how fast time is flying by here in Jamaica. Since Ive gotten here and had the chance to settle in a little things have been more and more easier for me. One thing that I find really funny about this place is how people just like to blast music at all hours of the day and night haha. sometimes it is so loud that we can barely sleep. One other good thing that happened this week was that me and elder rammell were able to get a gym membership. We got it at a pretty great price too. Since we plan to work our everyday we will have to get up a little earlier because it takes about 15 minutes to get there by bike. I just wanted to let all of you back home know that I love and miss you all! thanks for all the support that all of you have given me. It means a lot!
Elder Lewis

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15th 2014

Hey everyone!
Sorry it took so long for me to get this thing set up! this week was a pretty eventful one for me as well! we started off the week by going to zone conference in Montego bay, which is about a 4 hour drive from where our house is now. It was so insane. we got on this coaster bus to go there and there are maybe like 12 seats in the back that they are supposed to fill. the drivers ended up packing 21 people into that bus. It was so cramped and there was like no room at all haha. We didn't end up getting to the zone leaders house till about 11 so we pretty much went to bed immediately. the next morning we arose early as usual. we had breakfast and made our way to the church. this place was an actual ward and was way bigger than the little branch that we have in port Antonio. We started off by having meetings and we had elder Martinez from the 70 come to speak to us. It was a really awesome experience to hear from him. We then moved on to our Christmas celebration. they did this special song where they were like we want all the Jamaican elders to come up and do this. I was the first person they asked lol, and i responded by saying im from America. Everyone started laughing buy I still went up anyways lol. It was a pretty fun song and our mission president was really into it. I really admire president brown. I hope that i can be as cool as him when i get older haha. We then spent the next morning traveling home. That kinda sucked cause most of us ended up getting motion sickness and was about to puke. The next day we continued normal missionary work. We have an investigator on date to be baptized on January 3rd. She attended church with us and is becoming really solid. I'm so excited for her and for me as well, because It will be the first baptism Ive ever done in my life! Ive already had so many new and wonderful experiences here in port Antonio. I even gave a priesthood blessing for the first time! The work around here has been fun even though it has rained almost everyday  that Ive been on the island. Just about everyday we come in we are completely soaked like we just jumped in a pool basically. I said to my companion elder rammell yesterday that i could've sworn my mission call said Jamaica and not the amazon rain forest. Like I also said last week that this mission is so physically demanding. Ive already dropped 2 belt sizes since arriving here. The mission is thinking about getting the port Antonio elders a car. I really hope that comes to pass lol cause there are a ton of huge hills around here! Im really glad that ive made the decision to serve a mission, even though it has been way harder than i expected but I doing good lol, and will only continue to get better!

EXTRA:
This week was a pretty eventful one for me as well! we started off the week by going to zone conference in Montego bay, which is about a 4 hour drive from where our house is now. It was so insane. we got on this coaster bus to go there and there are maybe like 12 seats in the back that they are supposed to fill. the drivers ended up packing 21 people into that bus. It was so cramped and there was like no room at all haha. We didn't end up getting to the zone leaders house till about 11 so we pretty much went to bed immediately. the next morning we arose early as usual. we had breakfast and made our way to the church. this place was an actual ward and was way bigger than the little branch that we have in port Antonio. We started off by having meetings and we had elder Martinez from the 70 come to speak to us. It was a really awesome experience to hear from him. We then moved on to our Christmas celebration. they did this special song where they were like we want all the Jamaican elders to come up and do this. I was the first person they asked lol, and i responded by saying im from America. Everyone started laughing buy I still went up anyways lol. It was a pretty fun song and our mission president was really into it. I really admire president brown. I hope that i can be as cool as him when i get older haha. We then spent the next morning traveling home. That kinda sucked cause most of us ended up getting motion sickness and was about to puke. The next day we continued normal missionary work. We have an investigator on date to be baptized on January 3rd. She attended church with us and is becoming really solid. I'm so excited for her and for me as well, because It will be the first baptism Ive ever done in my life! Ive already had so many new and wonderful experiences here in port Antonio. I even gave a priesthood blessing for the first time! The work around here has been fun even though it has rained almost everyday  that Ive been on the island. Just about everyday we come in we are completely soaked like we just jumped in a pool basically. I said to my companion elder rammell yesterday that i could've sworn my mission call said Jamaica and not the amazon rain forest. Like I also said last week that this mission is so physically demanding. Ive already dropped 2 belt sizes since arriving here. The mission is thinking about getting the port Antonio elders a car. I really hope that comes to pass lol cause there are a ton of huge hills around here! Im really glad that ive made the decision to serve a mission, even though it has been way harder than i expected but I doing good lol, and will only continue to get better!