Hello family and friends! This week has been a pretty interesting
one lol. Last Monday we all actually spent the day in mandeville at
their zone pday. I got permission from president to go and pick up some
things there. It was so fun seeing elder hatch and elder porter again. I
have missed seeing them around Spanishtown lol. This week we were able
to pick up a few new investigators. One named romain and the other named
kimmey. That last one is actually a guy but sometimes people have weird
names lol. I have actually known romain for the entire time I have been
in this area. I have asked him numerous times when he would let us
teach him. Last week he actually gave us a day and a time and the
lessons we had with him were incredible. He is really interested and has
committed to be baptized on the 22nd. It kinda sucks putting people on
date and knowing that I won't be here haha. I know that if he continues
to read the Book of Mormon like he has been, the spirit will testify to
him that it is true. While we were having our first lesson with kimmey, I
felt strongly prompted to teach him the plan of salvation instead of
the restoration. I followed it and it was exactly what he needed. He
asked tons of good questions and was really thinking deeply. I know that
he felt the spirit of the lord. We also had a funny moment in that
lesson lol. We were teach him at his cousins house, who's a recently
returned missionary, and during the lesson I was eaten by the couch. Now
I have been over to their house before and had a similar thing happen.
First off that couch isn't very good cause most of the support for where
you sit is missing. Before I sat down I made sure that I was in a
stable location lol. So as we are teaching all of a sudden the board
slides out from under me and we both just fall into the couch. Some of
the little girls there were dying with laughter, but we all continued to
focus on the lesson. This week elder call got three ingrown toenails,
so he has been walking around in slides and soaking his feet in salt
water the past few days lol. Also I have pondered on my mission a lot
this week. All the things that I have learned, seen and experienced.
Giving this time in my life to God has been well worth it. I just would
like to beat you my testimony as elder Lewis one last time. I want you
all to know that I know that God lives. I know that his son, Jesus
Christ, lives and is our savior. I have felt their divine help in my
life numerous times. If you have problems, issues , or you're just plain
not happy with your life. The gospel of Jesus Christ will change it. If
you want to see a change follow the principles. I did and look at what
he's done for me. I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints is the lords church. And that the Book of Mormon is also holy
writings. You all can find out for yourselves as well, but only if you
truly want to know and you ask God. I'm thankful for my experience and
all that Heavenly Father has taught me. I still have a lot to learn, but
I know he will guide me. I love you all and I'll see you in a few days!
Take care and be safe!
Hello my family and friends. This week has been pretty good for the most part. Being in a trio is pretty weird lol, but I'm thankful that its with my grandson. This week I would just like to tell you guys about an experience I had on Friday. As you all know I had my bike that I really loved stolen a few months ago. About 20 days ago I found it and was asking the people around who was riding that bike. A lot of people pretended not to know, but there was one particular guy who kept trying to talk to me and give me the run around. He told me that he swore it wasn't him. In my heart I felt like he was the culprit, but I could not accuse him because I had no proof. Last week my feeling was confirmed as I saw him riding it through the town. I had told countless people that I was gonna become a problem for this guy and get my bike back. After weekly planning on Friday we went on splits. I was with a potential missionary named D'Jon. We stopped and had a lesson with an investigator named Sasha. Afterwards I turned to him and asked him what the magic number was. He laughed and eventually said 20. As we were headed out I felt impressed to head towards brother Henry's house. We walked out of the shop and about 20 yards down the road I spot my bicycle. As we continued walking up I saw the guy I had seen riding it the last time. I walked up beside him, took off my sunglasses, and asked him why he lied to me. He tried to come up with words to say but I just told him to be quiet and listen. I told him that he needed to get his life together. I told him that he has to be a better example for his son. I told him that I forgave him. I wasn't mad anymore but that I wanted him to change. What he said to me really spoke to me. He told me that I was a true follower of Christ. He said most people would have done horrible things to him for what he did. But I came, talked to him, and forgave him. After that he told me that he wanted to listen to our message. Over the last year of my mission it has been really tough at times. I have felt that I haven't made the progress that I should have at times. This experience helped me to see that I have truly become a more Christlike person. A few years ago I would have beat this guy up, but I didn't. After we walked away I felt the spirit testify to me strongly that I did what God wanted me too. General conference was awesome as well. I'd like to include one of my favorite quotes from conference to go along with this experience. I can't remember who said it but it goes like this. "Come as you are but don't plan to stay as you are." This work has changed me. I pray and thank Heavenly Father everyday for who he has helped me to become. I know that Jesus and God can do the same thing for everyone else as well! I love you all and talk to you next week!
Hello everyone! Another week is in the books and I'm ready for this
upcoming one as well. We finally had another baptism which was awesome!
On Monday I didn't really get to have a pday lol. I spent practically
all day in the going home meeting. It was really good but was really
weird at the same time. After the meeting was over we went to Burger
King and go some shakes and went to yallahs to drop off elder Galbraith.
I was able to see elder Boyer, who I trained, as well as his trainee
elder call. As you guys know from this past week elder call is my new
companion, so it was really great to see him. On Tuesday I had to take
care of a few pday things since I was gone all day on Monday. This past
week we have been able to go out and do a bunch of teaching with a young
member named D'jon. He is way cool and I'm really excited for him as he
prepares to go and serve a mission. He practically came out with us for
five straight days from about midday till 6. It's been a great blessing
in helping us cover all of our appointments. On Thursday we went into
town to help the brand new missionary in our district. his name is elder
Peterson and he's from Provo. He's a pretty big kid too. I think he
said he was 6"5. We helped him find a nice bicycle and then we all ate
Sakura together. On Friday we had our combined ward activity as usual
and it was lit lol. We have been having a ton of non members show up
which has created opportunities for us to share the gospel. We spent a
good bit of Saturday getting things ready for the baptism. From tracking
down baptismal suits to making programs. You name it we practically did
it. We had brandys baptism on Sunday morning and the spirit was so
strong in the service. I always just feel a rush when I see baptisms
happen. The spirit always confirms to me that this is a choice that God
is always well pleased with. The rest of Sunday was pretty much a blur
lol. I was in pain for most of the day. I woke up that morning and was
having stomach issues. Needless to say I spent a lot of time running to
and from the restroom. Overall this week has been really good. I can't
complain about anything at all. Just really enjoy these last few I have
left as a full time missionary. I do know that Christ lives, and that he
is our savior. I only know this because I have received this witness
from the Holy Ghost. Because of that witness I have progressed to where I
am today. I know I have a lot more to get better at as this journey
continues. I pray that Heavenly Father will guide and protect you all.
Love you guys and see you really soon!
Hello my family and friends! This week was really great here in Spanishtown! This week we got transfer calls and guess what?! I'm staying another transfer here lol. So yeah this will be my 6th and by the time I go home I will have been here for about 9 months lol. I'm perfectly fine with it though. We have some good people we are working with. Since I won't be here for all of next transfer we are getting another companion. We are getting a missionary named elder call! He is from rigby Idaho! I actually trained his trainer, elder Boyer, and so technically that makes me his grandpa lol. I'm really excited to have him here with us. This past week we had another powerful district meeting. At the conclusion we started a fast together as a district. If you have been keeping up with my letters you will remember that we set a baptismal goal as a district. One of our investigators, Brandi, has been wanting to be baptized the last transfer but couldn't because her mom wouldn't give her permission. We talked to her mom about it one time and she seemed like her mind was pretty made up about the situation. We have been asking the other family members who are members of the church to put in a good word about her baptism. During Wednesday night we decided to go over to talk to her mom again. When we got there we learned that her mom wasn't there. The last two weeks we had been encouraging brandi to speak to her mother herself. We asked if she had talked to her and she said no. We stood there for a second and asked if she really wanted to be baptized. She said yes of course and then I told her that the only way it was going to happen was that she asked her mom herself. I then had the idea to do a role play. So I pretend to be her mom lol. We gave her some tips and helped build her confidence. We came back the next night and we saw that her mom was home. We stopped and talked for a second about what we would say. I was really nervous lol but I was gonna show my faith that it would work out. I then knocked on the door and Brandi came out. I asked if she had talked to her mom and she said yes! I then asked what was her answer and she just nodded her head yes! I then asked her are you sure and she was like yeah! We the. Went in and talked to her mom and it was great. Her mom was actually really excited about the baptism and asked if we could have it next Sunday so she could come. On Saturday we played basketball with the other elders in our ward. It's been like 8 months since I last shot a basketball and boy was I rusty. We had a lot of fun though. We played with some youth from the ward and we demolished them lol. What made it so funny was that they had been talking trash for weeks lol. I'm thankful that so many things have been going our way these last few months. I know that all of this is because of Heavenly Father. Without home things like this would never be possible. To conclude my letter I want to leave you all with a quote from a scripture.
It comes from Romans 8:31.
If God be for us, who can be against us?
Like I said earlier all things are possible through our father in heaven and our savior Jesus Christ. I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Hello everyone! Another week has passed! Time doesn't seem to be slowing
down at all. This week was pretty normal for the most part lol. We had
another powerful district meeting. I talked about last week how we set
some baptismal goals as a district. We had two more as a district this
past week and within this week we are hoping to have another two
ourselves. On Thursday we had a training on family history from sister
medley. I'll admit I have never really been too interested in family
history, but I had the chance to look for some of my ancestors and it
was pretty fun. I think its something that I want to get more involved
with when I get back. Friday was a pretty wild day though lol. We woke
up at 5:30 because I thought registration was at 6am our time but it was
actually (MDT). So yeah we just kinda chilled at the church for a
couple of hours until it opened up. When the time came it's was crazy
lol. Some of the classes I wanted I couldn't get into because the filled
up so fast. I had been researching different professors that I wanted
to take and had to change the whole game plan lol. I ended up finishing
with 15 credits but I feel really good about the schedule I got. I'll be
done with school everyday by 11:15 am so that's nice. Afterwards we
went and did service for the stake presidents mom. I call her mama lue!
She's hilarious lol. She had us do a little painting, but boy it was hot
as heck lol. After that we planned, went teaching and then had Friday
night activity. It was really fun too. We played a pretty heated
volleyball game. I just really love activities that bring people
together. Togetherness is one of the things the savior spoke of often.
So I don't know if you guys remember, but I got my bike stolen like a
month ago. I told people that because it was so unique if I ever saw it I
could never mistake it. Well I actually found it this week! I walked up
to a group of people and asked whose bike is this. Immediately a few
people were suspicious and acting all nervous. One guy was trying to
give me the run around but I just tuned him out. I had said that if I
found it that I was gonna get it back. I was about to take it and walk
off with it but then I really felt that I should leave it. After we left
I thought about it and honestly that was probably the smartest thing
that I could have done. If I had tried to take it and someone would have
tried to come and take it from me it probably would have resulted in a
fight. As many of you know I am not one to back down from a challenge
lol. And also people like that are really cowardly and like to stab
people, which happens a lot here. So yeah I don't need to cause any
issues or get stabbed before i go home lol. I'm thankful that I have had
the opportunity to grow so much out here. I've learned a lot of things.
The biggest thing I have probably learned is that it doesn't matter
what your circumstances are or where you came from. Just take it and
make the best of it. I've learned that if you really want to be
something or successful in your life you'll do whatever it takes to make
it happen. Feeling sorry for yourself and complaining gets you no
where. I know first hand that all things are possible if we involve God.
I love our father in heaven and I also love the savior. Because of them
i am much more that I could have ever anticipated, and I'm not done
yet. I love you all and I'll see you in about a month! Take care
family and friends! I hope your week has been good everyone. Just the
same old same old here in Spanish town lol. We had another really fun
pday playing uno lol. We had the whole district playing last week and it
was awesome. This week we had a really powerful district meeting. We
talked about how it is gods will for us to baptized as many people we
can. We set a goal for a minimum of 6 baptisms for the rest of the
transfer but our goal is 14. I know we can do it. We already have the
most baptisms as a district this transfer and we have a lot of people
who are really close! This week we met with an investigator named
shaquana. She is the sister of a member. She comes to church regularly
and loves the teachings. We talked to her about baptism and asked what
her concerns were. She told us about some of her fears and we were able
to ease them through using the scriptures. I felt prompted to extend her
a date and she accepted without hesitation.
Thursday we had interviews with president. Mine was good lol. He just
asked how I was doing and a little bit about my plans for home. I told
him I was a little stressed cause I have a ton to do before and after I
get back. On Friday we had our weekly activity for both wards. As you
could imagine we played a ton of fun games including uno lol. This past
Sunday was pretty awesome! Bishop taught an awesome lesson and there
were about 25 people in there! We had 6 investigators come to church
which was awesome as well. Other than that not too much went on this
week. I hope that things are well for you all back home! Love you guys
and talk to you next week!
Hello everyone! I hope that the week has been good to you all. We had some interesting experiences here this week haha. This week we were able to do another trade off. This time I left my area and went into another area with a young missionary named elder harrah. Elder harrah is a really cool guy. He's just full of energy and is always smiling. He just makes me happy being around him. He is a huge football fan an he actually signed to play quarterback for SUU when he gets back. He has a cannon lol. We played catch in the morning for exercise and he was throwing so hard that I didn't like catching his passes haha. We had some really powerful lessons. There was one in particular where we were teaching a young man named Delano. We talked about the scripture Helaman 5:12 and how we need to build our foundation on Christ. He had some things going on in his life that I could really relate to and it was cool to see how feeling the spirit made him happy. We invited him to pray about a baptismal date at the end of the lesson. As he prayed I felt the spirit and he did too. He got an answer right there in front of us! It was awesome! Later in the week we also had zone conference. It was really great to see some missionaries that I haven't seen in a long while! We talked about a number of topics but the one that stood out to me was that our teaching should be so natural that it feels like a conversation. I totally agree with it. It just really needs to be since and according to their needs. At the end of zone meeting elder senior, who I served with in Nassau, stood up and invited the people who were going home soon to bear their testimony. I totally forgot that we did that and when they called my name I was caught off guard. I had a few minutes to kinda put my thoughts together before I went up. I shared how much I had learned and grown since I made the decision to serve. I've gained a stronger testimony and found precious truths. I've seen gods hands work many miracles for those who obey him. I've witnessed people literally change who they are through the gospel. I'm very thankful for these experiences and I'll never for get them. Luckily I still have another 6 weeks to do some more damage lol. To end on a crazy note I want to tell you all about a potentially hazardous experience we almost had on Saturday. We went to go see an investigator names Ricky who is doing really well. He owns a Fruit stand on the main road in Spanish town. He also sells fried fish, breadfruit, akee and things like that. We were in the middle of a discussion while he was frying and all of a sudden we hear this woosh noise and feel a heat wave. There were flames all over the burner stove. I looked and saw that the tube from the cylinder slipped off and I was like I gotta get outta here haha. My companion was just oblivious to the situation and I'm like elder Elliott move! I ran out so fast lol. If Rick hadn't of shut it off in time there would have been a really big explosion. We all made it out safe and sound so that's good lol. Well I hope that you all have a great week! Remember, "when Jesus say yes, nobody can say no!"
If you are wondering what I mean by that go to YouTube and look it up haha it's awesome!
well, well.... Another week has passed everyone, and it's been bonkers
lol. This week was full of stress, surprises and small victories. Last
week Monday was good as usual. We just all hung out together as a
district again. Tuesday we had district meeting and it was our new
district leaders first time teaching. His name is elder hatch and he is
one of the most awesome people I have ever met. He's from Orange County
California, but I just call him the OG from the OC. I brought to his
attention on Monday that we needed a baptismal interview for one of our
investigators. He then asked me to find out what time and call him back.
I called our investigator, Gordon, who is a really busy person and he
told us for that week it would have to be done early in the morning.
When he initially said it I was maybe thinking like 8 o'clock or something. You guys have no idea what my face looked like when he told us the time we needed to come. He told us to come at 5am... I don't know if you guys know but that's wicked early! Nevertheless we set it up and at 4:15
in the morning elder hatch and I woke up to go do the interview lol.
After the interview was over we began to ride home. Now if you remember
Tuesday was Valentine's Day and this is early Wednesday morning.
We got to one road that we needed to go down and as we turn we see like
80 people just in the streets with their cameras out! Apparently there
was some huge party going on and to add to it one of the buildings was
on fire! Me and elder hatch were like what the heck is going on?! At
this point it's like 5:10
and we then heard someone call out to us. It was one of the members of
the ward and she asked us why we were out so early lol. I said to her I
could ask you the same thing haha. We then proceeded to bike off and all
of a sudden I look down at my leg and see that somebody had thrown cake
on me lol. So yeah this week was pretty excitinghaha.
I was really excited to finally be having a baptism in this area. Not
just one but two! On Saturday we had one for Kayla, but the person who
was supposed to baptize her wasn't able to make it so I ended up doing
it at the last minute lol. As we were entering the font I somehow got
distracted and almost slipped! Lucky nobody was paying attention so only
the two witnesses saw lol. on Sunday we had Gordon's baptism and it was
lit! We had about 40 people come to it and as it went on the spirit was
so strong! I was so happy for him! He will receive the priesthood next
week and will be able to baptize his girlfriend in the coming weeks! If I
am completely honest with you all I'll tell you that missionary work is
super challenging. I've had some really difficult times and lots of
disappointments. I've learned not to let those things effect me. I know
that as we keep on keeping on the lord will bless us. It's weeks like
this that makes it all worth it. I bare witness that Jesus Christ is
truly the son of God. I know that through him we can be victorious over
all things! I love you all dearly and I can't wait to talk to you all
next week! Take care!
Hello everybody! This week was
really hot lol. We sweated to death everyday this week with the
exception of Sunday, and that was just because it rained lol. There were
a lot of great things that took place this week. We spent most of
Monday and Tuesday proselytizing with elder porter and elder eulette. We
were with them because we took over their area. As you guys know our
area was already huge and now it's double the size lol. What really made
things difficult this week was that I didn't have a bicycle for most of
it cause mine got stolen last week. So basically we did a whole lot of
walking lol. It gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk to a lot of
people though. This coming week we have 3 baptisms scheduled. Two on
Saturday and one on Sunday. I'm really excited for these people. I have
seen them change as we have been working with them. On a funny note I
had an interesting experience lol. Wednesday night I was taking a shower
and as I was drying off something like falls from the ceiling and hits
me. It then dell into the tub. I looked down and saw the biggest
cockroach I've ever seen in my life! I then just blurted out, "are you
kidding me!?" My companion was like what's going on? I come out in a
towel and he looks in and just starts dying lol. I'm not scared of bugs
at all but it was just that I was naked and wet lol. Idk how to explain
it but I just felt vulnerable haha. Another funny thing that happened
this week actually took place yesterday at church. I was talking to
another missionary when this little girl comes up to me and asks if i am
the missionary who is afraid of tickles. I then replied, "who told you
that?!" For those of you who don't know I'm am insanely ticklish. My
body just shuts down when somebody tickles me. A couple of elders found
that out a few weeks ago and have been trying to tickle me randomly
haha. After the little girl asked the question I then walked down to the
very end of the hall to talk to someone. Next thing I know there are
four kids that roll up on me saying "let's tickle him!" They then
proceeded to lay hands upon me and I could do nothing about it cause I
was stuck In a corner. Luckily soon after another missionary came to my
rescue and allowed me to escape with minor injuries haha. I love kids,
they're just so crazy and funny haha. I hope that all is well for
everyone back home and abroad. I pray for you all continually that you
will be safe and protected from the dangers of the world. Always
remember the savior, he will be with you through ANYTHING. I love you
all and have a great week!
my family and friends! I hope this week has been a good one for you
all. This week has certainly been a trying one for us, but nevertheless
we are still trucking along. This past week I had the opportunity to go
on a trade off with the zone leaders. I went with a missionary named
elder gibbons. He is such a great young missionary. We just went out
taught a lot of people and had a lot of fun. I have really enjoyed
getting to know and being around him these past 6 months. I also went on
a trade off with another missionary in the district named elder porter.
He is way cool too. We had a really good day together even though it
was really rainy lol. Things were perry great until the end of the night
lol. As many of you know I have loved my bicycle dearly since I have
been on my mission. We have seen a lot of adventures together lol. Well
we went and taught our last lesson for the night. We parked our bikes in
the back of this yard and locked the gate. When we came back out 20
minutes later my baby was gone. So yeah I'm without a bike now and I'm
not gonna buy another one cause I'm coming home in two months haha. I
was really angry and upset at first, but hey I'd rather have them take
my bike than my life. It just goes to show as well that earthly
possessions mean nothing. You cannot take them with you when you die, so
even though I miss it badly I'm still alright. We got transfer calls
this week and I found out that i will be staying in Spanish town for a
5th transfer. This upcoming transfer is my last full one so I will
probably finish my mission here lol. As many of you know my companion
has really been struggling with a lot of things and has been thinking of
going home. This week he met with president and decided that he wanted
to stay. You guys have no clue how happy I was! After the meeting we had
the opportunity to go out teaching with president and it went really
well even though I was mad nervous lol. This week was challenging for me
in a lot of ways, so I asked elder Elliott for a blessing. It was one
of the most powerful blessings I have ever received. I know that the
words which were spoken came from our Heavenly Father and I am so
thankful for his advice. Other than that not too much is going on. We
just got our are doubled in size so it will be fun to walk that lol.
I'll probably look like a tooth pick by the time I go home. We have a
few baptisms scheduled in the coming weeks so we are excited about that
too! I hope that things are going well for you all back home. I love and
miss you all dearly. Before I conclude I would like to share a
scripture that I came across this week. It's in St. John 15: 13-15. It states.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what
his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I
have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
love these verses here. I think it just plainly and simply describes
how our relationship with the savior should be. I love him and I know he
lives. I know he loves me and I have felt it many times. He is my
friend and I will always strive to be a friend to him as well, and I
invite you all to do the same. I hope you all have a wonderful week!