Monday, May 30, 2016






Hello and good day to you all! This is Elder Lewis reporting live from beautiful Nassau, Bahamas! This week was a really good week for us! We taught over 30 discussions and found a ton of new people to teach! We started off the week by having a really awesome fhe at the Saint gills house with the simeon family. We watched the restoration dvd and I could tell they really felt the spirit. Jacsen, the father, has really found an interest in the Book of Mormon and he is always so happy to talk about it. We have been working with him to get his family all reading the Book of Mormon together as well. We also had a really powerful first lesson with a family on Saturday. The dad, Delton, is a really cool dude. We met him while having a lesson with the ettiene family and he just happened to walk in with his son when I was about to say a prayer, so they decided to join. He then asked us what we did and we explained to him and he was so impressed! He works a lot so we only get to teach him on Saturdays, but we have one of his best friends, brother ettiene, to help us to teach the family! Oh and we have been having a streak going on in our area lol. We have been fed by people for 12 consecutive days haha. It's so crazy cause in Jamaica we never got fed as much as we do here! The ettiene family has fed us the most. I love their family so much! Not because of the food but because of the love I feel each time I walk into their home. In about a week or two their family will be reactivated!  This week has also been a little sad as well. We got transfer calls on Saturday and elder Dawson and I will be together for at least another transfer, but elder havili is finishing up his mission and goes home on Tuesday. He has been such a great influence on this mission. He is one of the most respectful, effective and diligent missionaries I have seen. I know that he will do great things when he returns home. Something that I also came across this week was a talk given by elder holland in the Mtc in 2001. It's called The Miracle of a Mission. It was such a wonderful talk to study and I was able to feel the spirit very strongly from it. I encourage everyone who is on a mission, about to go and thinking about going to read it! There are so many great things happening here in our area. I'm just really excited that I'll be able to stick around for at least one more transfer! Anyways I would love to hear how things are going for all of you back home. Send me an email sometime or give me an update lol! Just remember my email is jon.lewis@myldsmail.net  thank you all so much for your love and support! Take care until next week!

Hello and good day to you all! This is Elder Lewis reporting live from beautiful Nassau, Bahamas! This week was a really good week for us! We taught over 30 discussions and found a ton of new people to teach! We started off the week by having a really awesome fhe at the Saint gills house with the simeon family. We watched the restoration dvd and I could tell they really felt the spirit. Jacsen, the father, has really found an interest in the Book of Mormon and he is always so happy to talk about it. We have been working with him to get his family all reading the Book of Mormon together as well. We also had a really powerful first lesson with a family on Saturday. The dad, Delton, is a really cool dude. We met him while having a lesson with the ettiene family and he just happened to walk in with his son when I was about to say a prayer, so they decided to join. He then asked us what we did and we explained to him and he was so impressed! He works a lot so we only get to teach him on Saturdays, but we have one of his best friends, brother ettiene, to help us to teach the family! Oh and we have been having a streak going on in our area lol. We have been fed by people for 12 consecutive days haha. It's so crazy cause in Jamaica we never got fed as much as we do here! The ettiene family has fed us the most. I love their family so much! Not because of the food but because of the love I feel each time I walk into their home. In about a week or two their family will be reactivated!  This week has also been a little sad as well. We got transfer calls on Saturday and elder Dawson and I will be together for at least another transfer, but elder havili is finishing up his mission and goes home on Tuesday. He has been such a great influence on this mission. He is one of the most respectful, effective and diligent missionaries I have seen. I know that he will do great things when he returns home. Something that I also came across this week was a talk given by elder holland in the Mtc in 2001. It's called The Miracle of a Mission. It was such a wonderful talk to study and I was able to feel the spirit very strongly from it. I encourage everyone who is on a mission, about to go and thinking about going to read it! There are so many great things happening here in our area. I'm just really excited that I'll be able to stick around for at least one more transfer! Anyways I would love to hear how things are going for all of you back home. Send me an email sometime or give me an update lol! Just remember my email is jon.lewis@myldsmail.net  thank you all so much for your love and support! Take care until next week!

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23rd, 2016

Hey hey hey what's up everybody?! I hope you all are doing very well! This week was a little bit shorter than last week cause we emailed on Tuesday, but it was still very interesting that's for sure! So to start off we should be having a baptism this coming Sunday! His name is berry Jean and he is from Haiti. He's one of the most chillest people ever and such a joy to be around. This week we have really been focusing on getting to know some of the members of the branch better. One of the families that we met with was the dabbs family. Their conversion story is almost as interesting as who they are as people. Sister dabbs is from the Marshall Islands. she didn't grow up a member,but she attended Moroni high school which was run by the church. She eventually joined shortly after going to the school. Brother dabbs  is from Alabama but does not have the Alabama accent at all lol. He works for the US embassy here in Nassau working with the computer and communications department. I asked brother dabs about his education and where he went to school and he said Lagrange college lol. If you know anything about that place you know it's in Georgia so I thought that was really interesting. Their family cooked a really nice meal for us and they were so kind to us. This area is just filled with some truly amazing people. On the flip side this week was also kinda a little ruff. We have been struggling to get people to keep their appointments, an contacting hasn't been the most efficient way to find people either. We were sitting in the car and u asked elder Dawson how he met his four converts when he was in port Antonio, which was my first area. He said ,"really I just felt like the lord gave them to us. We tried everything and they kinda just found their way to us." And I kid you not about 15 minutes later this guy flags us down as we are passing by and runs to our car and is yelling "Mormons!" Usually I would just think oh great another crazy person lol, but we stopped and talked to him and he told us about how he was being taught in florida by missionaries. He said he was a few weeks away from his baptism and had to leave to come back to the Bahamas to take care of his mom. I asked if baptism was still something he wanted to do and he was like yes! The Book of Mormon is true as well lol. So needles to say we are excited to meet with Leon lol. On another note elder Dawson and I have had a challenging week as companions. We don't exactly see eye to eye on how we think things should be going and what we should be doing in our area. Needless to say it has effected our effectiveness as companions a little bit but we are working very hard to be better. We met some really cool new investigators this week and we are looking forward to meeting with all of them! I hope everyone back home is doing wonderful. I love you all and take care!

Elder Jon Lewis 


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th 2016

Hello my family and friends! This week sure has been a wild one for us here in Nassau! I'd like to start off with the most interesting thing that happened this week. So on Thursday elder Dawson and I and camillot, one of the members, went to go and teach some ladies from Haiti. We get over there and they are so happy to see us and ready to learn. As we sit down and start talking a lady comes to the door on her phone and starts freaking out. She was speaking in creole but I could tell something was wrong. She said something about immigration and everybody flipped out and started running and we were all sitting like what the heck just happened? So we are all calm and relaxed and then I remember that I still don't have my paperwork to show that I can legally be here, so if they asked me to show them and I don't have it I could possibly be deported lol. So we decided to take off as well. When we walked outside we saw probably about 80 cars just lined up on the street with people trying to leave the neighborhood. We eventually got out of there lol. This week was also full of more exciting moments and some sad ones as well. We had zone conference and president and sister brown flew out! I was so happy to see them! It had been so long haha. The meeting was so wonderful and I felt the spirit so strongly. I also realized that this will be his last zone conference as our mission president. President brown has taught me so many things that I will NEVER forget. I am forever thankful for his diligent and faithful service as mission president. It's also a time of excitement as we await the arrival of president Pearson, who was in the mission presidency when I came in! Yesterday we did not have pday as you all know lol. It was some sort of Bahamian holiday so everything was closed. We were however invited to a ward gathering at the ballards. Brother Ballard use to be a general authority in the seventy a long time ago. He is one of the coolest members I have ever met on my mission. We had the chance to sit down and hear some of his life stories and it was crazy! He also had one of the loveliest homes that I have ever had the opportunity to step foot in! I have to admit that I really do love Jamaica but the Bahamas is by far my favorite area. I am falling more and more in love with the people and this place everyday! I took lots of pictures this week so you guys enjoy! Love you all and take care until next week!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9th 2016 Pictures




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May 9th 2016

Yo! What up fam! How has the week been for everyone back home? I hope it has been really great for all of you. This week has certainly been an interesting one with all of its ups and downs haha. It's now official that elder Dawson and I are companions! Monday we went and got haircuts. Mine was okay haha but elder Dawson was really paranoid about his. There aren't too many white guys that come to the shop that we went to but it turned out really well. This past week we got to teach a lot of amazing people. One of our investigators name is theo. Elder senior and I met him my first day in Nassau. We gave him a pamphlet and when we came back the next day, before we could even say anything he told us that it was so powerful and inspiring! He also got into the Book of Mormon and has fallen in love with it.  We also taught a lady named miss colebrook. She was actually a refferel from Mormon.org. She has by far been one of the most prepared people that I have ever seen. Elder Dawson and I taught her the restoration and it just clicked for her. At the end of the lesson I bore my testimony and she almost started crying. When she gave the closing prayer she actually did cry because she was feeling the spirit so much! It's just one of the many reasons why I love being a missionary so much. This week we also made it a mission to find a gym for a reasonable price. Most of them here cost 70 dollars a month! That's insane considering what I paid at 180. We were told about one that's only 35 a month so we are gonna check that one out this week. This week I also was able to have the chance to really connect with some of the members. As you all know this past week was Mother's Day! Shout out to my mom, love you! The Nassau branch put on a Mother's Day party and the missionaries were invited to help and in addition we were promised food haha. I have been fed more times in this area than my first and third area combined! The members here are so awesome. I also got to see president brown this week and that was a really wonderful experience! He gave me the biggest hug lol. He spent less than 24 hours in Nassau so I didn't get to see him for very long. He will be back this upcoming week for zone conference though! My basketball skills kinda fell off a little this week lol. I didn't win any games but I was close in most of them haha. I have really loved the missionaries that I am living with. They have been so awesome and helpful as I have come back. I can feel myself learning and growing each and everyday. I love this gospel so much and I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve here in Nassau! Love you all and talk to you next week!

Also I am trying something new called funny picture requests. Think of a funny picture idea and I will try my best to take one like it during the week!

Let me know if you guys have any questions

Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2nd 2016 pictures









May 2nd 2016

Sak pase family in friends! How are you all doing today? Great I hope! This week has been very interesting and challenging at the same time. Tuesday I got to the airport and almost got interrogated by immigration. All of the necessary information was not provided for me which was an address and phone number, so the would not let me go. Eventually the other elders showed up and we hit the road. My companion is elder senior. He's 24 but a really cool dude. Only thing I don't like about him is that he graduated from Utah lol. The first day we spent together was crazy. We have half of the island, so in this area we have a car. The sisters use to have it and you can tell. It's pretty beat up lol. But the first few days we spent majority of our time trying to find our way. We were lost a lot lol. After Wednesday night we talked with the ap's and decided that we would do a trade off for a couple of days so we can continue to teach prior investigators and learn our area. The missionary I am with now is elder Dawson . He's is cool as well but likes to talk a lot haha. We have had some really powerful and spiritual lessons this week. I have missed being a missionary so much and it has been so awesome since I have been back. The culture here is pretty different from Jamaica but also the same in a lot of ways. There are a ton of Hatians here so I am in the process of learning creole. I know enough to kinda start up a basic conversation but that's it lol. The driving here is just as crazy as Jamaica but the only difference is that there are a lot more crashes here. I have really gotten the chance to get to know a few of the members. Watson and camillot. They are super solid members with strong testimonies. They go out teaching with us almost everyday! The branch is awesome as well. Everyone gets along and supports one another and it is just a terrific atmosphere. The other elders and I wake up every morning at 5:30 so we can play basketball on the court in our neighborhood. We play a game of 21 every morning and it's pretty competitive. All four of us are very athletic, and yes I have won 3 of those games haha. I can't shoot free throws super well but I got range like steph curry lol. Over all I have enjoyed my time in Nassau so far! I've only been here like 6 days and the work is so awesome and the people are so receptive to the gospel. So now it time for random events of the week. So on Wednesday we went to the church to drop off a member and as I'm sitting in the car I turn to my right and see a faded Georgia southern university sticker on the back of one of the cars and I flipped out!!! And also at church we get a lot of tourists in nassau and the very first tourists I see is a family that I know. It was the Taylor family from Atlanta. I had attended Efy with two of their daughters aubree and chloee, so yeah I was pretty shocked to see them and they were pretty shocked to see me lol. This week has been amazing so far and I know that things will only continue to get better for us here in Nassau! If any of you come to the Bahamas hit me up! Until then I'll talk to all y'all next week! Take care!

-Elder Jon Lewis