Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 9th- update


I got word this week that 2 of the people I taught in Georgetown,  St. Vincent Got baptized! So that was good.
Kedar, and My really good friend, "Earland!" I was so happy to hear about that.
It is good to see my old friends doing well. Wish I could have been there.

We had some more intense service cutting bush for a nice guy in Mt. moritz. "Dexter"
That was fun though.
We have been teaching this awesome guy named Isaiah. He is super spiritual! I mean that. He remembers the premortal realm and has the most intense dreams to share with us. He is trying to find faith in jesus. He is still reading the BoM and loves the teachings in it. He is really funny, but we love him. He is a good friend. Hope to see him continue to progress. 
We have been finding many less actives that I have never met and they are wonderful! 
We had a strong spiritual experience this week while at Martins house again. He wasnt talking like he normally was. I wont tell all, but basically, we could feel a very strong evil and he eventually asked us to help him. So we gave him a blessing for that. It was VERY powerful. It was REAL. I felt drained after it and a real good spirit afterwards. It is something I will never forget.
I love and miss you all. love hearing how my friends are doing.
 Take care!

October 2nd- update

We had another Mission Leadership Counsel over Skype this week. They are always great.

We have a referral we have been teaching named Isaiah. He is our age and is super smart. We invited him to read the BoM..... and he did! In ONE DAY!!! It was inedible. when We visited him, he told us the story line.... he hasnt felt the power in it yet, but my goodness. We are currently teaching him as well as his friend in Trinidad. We have lessns with him over a group skype call. It is weird I know, but It is good.

I got to go on a trade-off with E. Rytting this week and that was fun. we shared a common interests in Rc planes.

General conference was short. Seems like the sessions are short because I am so focused. Russel M. Nelsons testimony shook my soul. 
general Conference was powerful.
the missionaries here were so excited to see that e. Alonso was one of the speakers!!! Not to mention, I got to meet him just a few weeks ago. An excellent talk though.

I like Ronald A. Rasband's talk. He mentioned :" The Lord is in the small details of our life." I know that is so true.
This church is so true. If only people will just softened their heart and hear the message. I pray for this daily. 
I love and miss you all. 
Take care.

September 24th - update

WOW! Seems like it has been raining a lot here. Also, Grenada had 4 baptisms this week!!! Aw man, all of them are solid members! i got to interveiw another young man in Grenville. It is wonderful to take part in responsibilities like that.
I had the chance to perform the baptism for a good friend of mine"Rendel Taitt" We play Basket ball together. He was so excited for his baptism!
Right after he came up out of the water, he put his hands up... And said ; "I DID IT!" He had the biggest smile.

We had an intense service project. elder Kujanpää, a member, and I  moved 400 cement blocks!!!! Are hands were shredded! Our arms were dead, and the people we helped were even more grateful. We are teaching "Franklin & Synthia" they have a wonderful family.

We had another service  project cutting bush with our cutlass in the pouring rain. I found a cool looking snake. I picked up too! XD
 
Well, I got a long, crazy, and random story for you all.
yesterday, after church, We came home to find our  neighbor (A very old man) knocking at our door. he needed some help, so we put on some flip flops cause we were about to eat lunch anyways.... So, We helped this man lift a big barrel into his car. It was full of donations fro the people suffering in Dominica. After that, he asked us to come with him to unload it, well, we did and we got in this car and drove into town. Well he didnt know where to drop it off, so he called a friend and drove to a spot to meet him. We got to the marina (Where all of the big, expensive yachts are) and met a random guy. Well, he got out to follow him and meet another guy down at the dock. We followed cause we didnt want to stay in the car. We get to the dock and began to walk all of the way out onto it. Well, as we walked, we looked at all of the nice ships nearby. They are SUPER nice! The old man got onto one of the yachts and began to talk with some random guy who owned the ship. Well, we stood on the dock and were clueless of what we should do. So, we stood there and admired all of the pretty boats. When all of the sudden, and storm showed up and it began to rain. The captain, shouted at us to get on! "We come on the ship?" Then he said: "Yeah, come aboard the ship". So we did. We sat there on this super super nice yacht and sheltered from the pouring rain. Well, 30 min. later, We shook everyone's hand and left with the old man. We felt strangely out of place. But every one on the boat was nice.
So we drove to the big shipping yard and drove right up to the place where they drop the big shipping containers! There was a cargo ship there at the time, and next to it, was the boat where we dropped off the barrel... FINALLY! Well he drove us back and thanked us. This whole time, we were gone for 2 hours! So that messed up our day.... But hey, Things like this happen all of the time!

So many things to say in so little time.
I love and miss you all! i love hearing how everyone is doing!
Take care!

Monday, September 18, 2017

YEAR MARK!!!!



  

 I am a year old! Holy cow, where has the time gone... Well elder Kujanpää and I climbed to the top of our apartment roof, burned a tie and sang the "Star-spangled banner". Yes, It was awesome and funny.
This week, we have been given so much local fruits and veges. It is one of those pro things of being in the Carib. Cons are the storms that pass through. HA! All is well in Grenada though.
My good friend Ricky came back from utah and I got to hear all of the fun things he did! He is so cool, wish I could have been there for him when going through the temple.
  We also drove to Gouyave again yesterday, that was nice. We brought a member from our branch and one from Gouyave. we brought the sacrament to a faithful member up there and we had a devotional with a family as well. It is days like that, that make you very grateful for how close a church is to you. They live at the top of the island.
We had a branch activity on Saturday. That was AWESOME! It was a "localizer" We got to eat a lot of local food and try things I havent eaten before. Ricky  made a giant pot of "oil-down" and he let my comp and I take home the rest of it :D
The work here is really picking up for some reason. we are experiencing countless miracles everyday. We find the most humble people to teach. We are be-befriending the most prepared. But we will see how this next month goes.
Really, I want to say, at the beginning of my mission, I changed. A lot of my behavior changed, but I feel like my nature has changed now that I have been out a year. I really feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people. Sometimes service is better than any worldly things we can receive by the way it makes us feel. 
I love and miss you all, See you in ONE!

September 11, 2017 - Update



My Birthday went well. We had fun Bowling and eating some nice sushi.
I "killed" of my 2 companions today. they made their way home! I have served around Elder Monroe for almost an entire year! Kinda crazy that I was also the one to be his final comp. It was a sad day. It also rained too.
My new Comp. Elder Kujanpää, He is super cool and nice. he is from Highland Utah and his name comes from Finland. I am happy to be serving with him here!
Speaking of rain, The island of Grenada was not affected thankfully. We are praying for those who have suffered this storm. We got word that one of our islands was basically destroyed. Good thing they took the missionaries out before hand.
But all is well here.
We have been givin fresh avocados, breadfruit, coco balls...etc by many random people here. My comp[ has served here before so he knows the area well.
being a Zone Leader is fun and I am learning a lot.
I love and miss you all!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Transfer Calls / My Birthday


  I am going to spout of everything in chronological order... soo.

This week I have driven to Grenville three times! I have been driving here so much. Glad I am feeling better about switching sides of the road.
Last P-day, We explored some abandoned planes on an old airstrip. I got so many cool pictures from that. We also Got to tour the Grenada Coco factory. they make some NICE chocolate :)
The Branch president asked us to continue to help him. I dont mind, cause I got to improve my caulking skills. 
The sisters in our district had asked us to give a blessing for a lady that had almost committed suicide, but the sisters had contacted her just before she decided that. That was an awesome miracle to be there for that.
I also received a B-day package from my family. I am so Grateful for them. Also anyone that had written a letter to me. I enjoyed reading those SO much!
So as  a hurricane approaches our islands, we have many missionaries flying about. we have many going home including my 2 companions: E. Ashcraft and E. Monroe.
I received my transfer call though, I will be a Zone Leader with Elder Kujanpaa. I met him back in Vincy and he is a super nice guy. He goes home this next transfer so I will be "killing" him. HAHA.
This will make my 4th missionaries I will kill!!!!! It is no easy task.....
We have been teaching many humble people we are teaching in our area this week. I am excited for their progression this next transfer. We did have a success with one of our investigators who is 17 years old. He came to church 2 hours early and traveled far from his house to get here! He loved YM and wants to come back again! His name is Tony. HE plays sports with us on Fridays

I have been celebrating my Birthday today. It has gone very well. we are going to get some sushi and do some bowling latter if we can afford it.
Well, I love and miss you all. Thanks so much for your love and support. Have a great week!


August 30th update


This past week, we did a trade off o\in Grenville. It is on the other side of the island. It is super pretty there. Super cool people.
Also got the car fixed, and I am driving! I feel so weird cause I feel like I am learning how to drive again. It has been almost a year since I have driven! And driving on the left side of the road is not helping me out. The guy that hit us in his car is claiming he didnt, but the police are going to go after him now cause..... I have a picture!!!! Blessings.

We did even more service for Pres. wade this week. Using power tools is the best!

Diava's baptism went soooo well! it was Awesome!!!! Soon her husband will be baptized too. 
It was super rainy that day, but it did not rain during the actual baptism while doing the ordinance. 
Got fed a lot by many memeber here including the Burks who are Med students... they are super chill.

Monday, our entire zone got flown to Barbados! we divides up to serve with missionaries there for the day, and I got to be with Elder McIntyre again! Good times, The next day, we Had zone conference with Elder Alonso & his wife! Zone Conference was great! It brought a good energy to the mission!
I and a few others were fortunate enough to get interviewed by E. Alonso. It was so wonderful to sit down and talk with him. He answered all of my questions about the work and shared his sincere love for me. He is such a great guy. It was a privilege to meet him and his wife. The Herringtons again shared wonderful messages to at zone conference. they work so hard. Bless their hearts. 
We then flew back last night and got back really late. More stamps for the book.
Well, I am really looking forward to apply the skills we learned at Z.C. This mission is awesome.
It is crazy to see 28 missionaries go home next week!!! I will soon be one of the oldest. Soon I will hit my year mark :)
This church is SO true. I pray for you all everyday. be safe, and have a great week!