Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Hello my family and friends! I hope that you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! They don't celebrate the holiday here in Jamaica but it was still great! This week a lot of things happened but I just really want to share with you all a very special experience I had this week which has been about two years in the making. My second area in the mission was a place called MayPen. I have to say that besides Nassau it is probably my favorite area. I just loved everything about the place. I was only there for three months, and while I was there we taught this older guy named Winston. He was on track to be baptized, but then suddenly I was emergency transferred to an area called Junction. I wasn't all too sure what happened to him or how it turned out. So to kinda fast forward now. I was laying in my bed during lunch one day and Winston just popped up in my mind. I didn't recognize it as the spirit at first but I know that I was definitely prompted. I called the elders in my old area, one of them I am really good friends with, and told them to go and teach Winston. I told them where he lived and that If they found him he would be baptized most likely. So about three weeks later they found him and this past week I received a call that he was going to be baptized! As you could imaging I was really excited lol. I called and got permission to attend the baptism which was about an hour away. I was told that I would be speaking on baptism at the baptism. When I called the day before some reason they had me down to speak on the Holy Ghost. It turned out to be very fitting for everything that happened lol. It was so cool just to be able to ride the bus around in my old area and seeing familiar places again lol. Long story short I walked upstairs to the chapel and they were sitting on the front row. I then went up and tapped him on the shoulder and said, "Winston do you remember me?" You should have seen the look of disbelief on his face. I told him the story that I am telling you all and he stopped and said, "you are responsible for this?" He was so happy and I just gave him the biggest hug. It was so great to see him be baptized. I haven't cried in a while but I was pretty darn close there lol. This is just a great lesson that following the spirit always brings happiness and joy. I hope that you all have had a wonderful week as well. I love you all and I look forward to talking next week! Take care!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Hello my family and friends! I hope that you all had a really great week. Not a lot really happened here this week, but it was somehow still really interesting. Well this week we were only able to teach 5 lessons which sucked lol. On the bright side we had tons of time to contact people in our area. We usually contact about 40-50 people a week, but this week we had 139. We had the opportunity to meet a lot of cool people who we should pick up as investigators in the coming days. This week we had the chance to have a meeting with Bishop Lawton here to discuss our boundaries. We lost a set of missionaries in our area so the boundaries needed to shift. It honestly felt like a turf war lol. They were unwilling to give us anything. They tried to give us a part that is way up north in their area which would have been fine with me. The only thing wrong with that was there is a huge river in the way and it would take us forever and a day to bike around it lol. Eventually we got it all resolved and we are all happy lol. On a really good note, brother miller, who I mention a lot in my letters is going to the temple for the first time this week! I am so so so excited for him. He is one of the most faithful members that I know here and he is so Christ like. Well not much else really happend lol. Next week should be really jam packed! Oh! And I kinda almost forgot that thanksgiving is next week lol. I wish you all a good one back home. Eat lots of turcky and pie for me lol. I love you all and I cant wait to fill you in on my adventurs for next week lol
Monday, November 14, 2016
Hello family and friends! I hope that things are going well with everyone back home! This week was kinda interesting lol. We had a lot of people filling us in on the election and all the commotion taking place around the country. This week has been filled with a lot of break through moments for me personally. Something that I have personally really been working hard to improve on is making my personal pray more personal with heavenly father. This week we also got transfer calls and to my surprise elder evans and I are staying the same. So we get another 6 weeks together. Hopefully we can have a lot of success. We have been continuing to go out and search for more people each and everyday. I just ask all of you to continue to pray for us that we may have success. Thats pretty much it for this week but yall take care!
Monday, November 7, 2016
Hello everyone! this week was a pretty normal week haha. Not too much went on here. We had a really fun FHE at the millers house this past Monday. He taught a lesson about he importance of having love for others. Afterwards we played presidents or as some people know it as scum. I was able to pull of a few wins but that s about it ahah. I just love how competitive the people of this country are. I fit in really well here because I am the same way lol. On Wednesday we had zone meeting and it was a really good one. We really focused on being unified as a mission. We have a goal set in the mission for baptisms this year that is going to take a lot of work. I know we will be able to pull it off if everyone participates! This week it hasn't been as rainy as past ones so we have been burning up lol. It makes no sense for it to be this hot this late in the year lol. I cant complain though. I didn't want to serve in a cold weather mission and my wish was granted lol. We are still going out and challenging people to baptism everyday trying to find those who are ready to be baptized! We challenged 56 people this week, but we are gonna shoot for about 100 for this coming week. I just continue to pray that all of you can be doing well, and that the lord can watch over and protect you all. I miss you all so much and I cant wait to see you all soon! Take care everyone and remember, We are all children of god.