Monday, October 31, 2016

This week went by fast!

This week went by fast for me. We had apartment inspections, and we did alright.... I guess. There's a few things we can work on, but at least our bedroom and bathroom are clean. haha. I cooked chicken cordon-blue Tuesday night, and it was a success! It tasted like home. We also got some "Rotis" made from a local. They are so good! Its like a Barbados burrito that is loaded with tasty curry. 

We had a baptism for a member that had fallen away from the church many many years ago. He is  really old, but has a strong testimony. I was privileged to be invited to his baptism on Friday. For baptisms like this, It is not publicized. Only 2 sets of missionaries could come. I got to give a talk about the holy ghost. Elder Nixon gave one about baptism itself. I was really nervous during the talk, but I survived.  I also was very fortunate to be one of the witnesses as well. It was great!

We had a Halloween party today with all of the missionaries in Barbados. It was really fun. There was a costume contest, but I didn't dress up. 

I got a sweet hat on the way into town today. I miss wearing hats. 

We had a lot of appointments fall through this week. So we made some new contacts for this week. We also invited a lot of people to church, no one showed... 

Let me know how ya'll are doing!
Have a great week everyone! and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another day in Paradise

I got sunburned last week... Actually I have been burning all week. If Its not raining here, Its really hot... either way your clothes are drenched from sweat or rain. Every elder here sweats( Unless you drive a car in your area).
I was feeling kinda sick on Wednesday. I felt feverish, and my legs and joint were aching, but that was probably from biking all day long. I felt better the next day though. I think my teaching skills are improving. I have been taking the lead a lot more in conversations and lessons. Something that helped with that, was a "trade off" The district leader, Elder Taylor, traded off his companion for mine just for one day. I stayed at his apartment for one day, and did the usual routine. I definitely got a different taste in teaching methods. Every missionary is different. That lasted from Thursday to Friday. We have 5 investigators that are willing to be baptized, and I hope to see them fully develop their faith in this gospel. I just want my first baptism now. This week we played "Dominoes" at Brother Doyle's. It was really fun.  probably because I won most every time. hahaha! The Doyle's are really great members. Everyone here in Barbados plays dominoes. When you ride through the streets at night, You can see many groups outside playing dominoes on a table and making bets. 
This week has been pretty smooth for the most part. I love seeing this branch grow here in Black Rock Barbados. I hope to see our progressing investigators become faithful members (Steve, Moore, Winter, Patrick, Charles) Hope you all have a great week!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hello Everyone!

This week, I got to see some wild monkeys. They were really shy, and didn't stay for long. That wasn't the only wild life I experienced this week, We get at least 1 cockroach a day in our apartment, and we always kill "1" a day. They can fly! and they are huge! But somehow we always find one on our ceiling. The only way to kill them is with your flip-flop. Elder Nixon taught me that. HAHA. We also get a ton of ants in our apartment. We clean the best we can, but they insist on staying in our apartment. Oh well. 
I woke up with a "kink" in my neck on tuesday, and it has been a problem this entire week. It restricts my view of the road when i am riding my bike. Thankfully, The senior couple had a hot pack for my neck. It has been doing wonders for me. I also got a flat tire yesterday from a shard of glass
This week was district conference, and we have been bussing a ton because of the adult session, and the main session. The place where we held the main session was not at a church..... but a resort! It was so beautiful there. It was extremely hot that day, and seeing the BEAUTIFUL beach right next to resort just about killed me!!! It was at the Savannah Resort Hotel. I got some great picture there too:)
We have aquired lots of progressing investigators. For example, "Winter" We found winter while contacting, and we got to have a good discussion with him. He was sitting back and relaxing until we pulled up on our bikes . We offered to help him with anything he needed around the house. He told us that he needed his house painted, and then he asked how much we would charge. After telling him that we were more than happy to help serve him for free, he began to listen to our message.We talked with him about the role religion plays in his life, and then he began to share his experiences with religion. Anyway, after explaining the restoration, he decided to show us  his home. He really opened up and began telling everything about his life. I can say that we had really developed a friendship He offered us a drink(soda) and told us to come back again. I really hope that Winter will find the truth. I have really come to love the people here in barbados. We have days where we are making so many contacts.  I hope that I will be able to bring them unto Christ.I love you all! I appreciate the emails I get that are directly from the heart. I pray for all of you back at home, and don't think that I don't miss any of you!

Monday, October 10, 2016

First week in Barbados

Hello everyone! I was introduced to the small island of "Barbados"s week and its is really pretty here! There is so much green and this place is full of exotic looking plants. First things about Barbados where I live (Black Rock)
-Everyone here drives on the left side of the road
-If you ride a bus, It will be the craziest ride of your life
-There are chickens,cats,dogs, and lizards everywhere you look
-The people here are really nice
-Really busy everywhere
-The Curry here taste great
-Mauby syrup is really good!(soda beverage only in Barbados)
-The best food in Barbados is "Mapps"(Chicken and fries)
This week has been quite the adventure! I been introduced to my new companion........ Shout out to Elder (Tanner) Nixon! from my home town of West Jordan Utah! We both went to Copper Hills High, but he is from the class of 2015.
Elder Nixon is awesome! We have been accomplishing a lot here in Black rock. We have met the nicest people you will ever meet, but their english is terrible! Its is broken english, and it is the hardest thing to understand. It honestly feels like I am learning a new language with all of this "slang". Elder Nixon and I ride around on bike, and I am gunna be honest... Riding a bike here is kinda suicidal. Everyone we meet warns us about the dangers of riding a bike, but I talk all of the precautions necessary.
It was really rare for me to be called to this mission, because there are not a lot of people that get in this mission (especially the English side). There are alot of missionaries that have been here for a year, so that means none of then have seen the new "Star wars" haha! A lot of missionaries are just dieing to see it. This place is awesome though. I cant wait to see more of it! I will most likely be going to the other islands next year in January or February. The cool thing about Barbados is that it is the only island that is not volcanic... It is made from a coral reef. That's why the water is turquoise here and the water is pretty much clean for the most part. Anyway... Love you guys!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Missionaries

Grant with President and Sister Herrington

Oct 4th at the mission home.
Dinner with the new missionaries and also the APs. Testimony Meeting afterwards. After a day of training, they are ready and willing to go forth to serve!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

He made it to Barbados!!

I left Santo, Domingo Dominican Republic at 5:30 in the morning at it was raining a lot. The wind got stronger and stronger (Because of the Hurricane), but I had already arrived at the airport. My flight was delayed 1 hour, so I got into Miami Florida at 12:15 p.m. I stayed there for 6 hours! I was only with sister Knapp. I never saw any other missionaries. I left Miami at 6:30 p.m. and we arrived in Barbados at 10:00 P.M.. I met the mission president there and he took me to the assistant's apartment. There is so much more humidity here, but I don't care. I am so excited to be here! I am glad we made it here safely. My next P-DAY is next Monday so I will read everyone's emails next week. Sorry this is short, but I got to go!