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!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 21, 2017


 Hello everyone, I am still here in Grenada and I had a good week.
Though it was stressful to start off with, because we had to do a lot of paper work for the police and insurance in regards to the incident last week. We should have our car tomorrow and I will be driving in here this week. XD

The three of us helped out the branch president more this week. We got to use a hiltte again and and dig out cement in there front living room. It was so much fun. I just miss using power tools. We worked up a good sweat from that.

This week I interviewed my first investigator, from the sisters area, for baptism. I got to meet Diava . She is from Lithuania and her husband is from Grenada. She fed us dinner and after that, we did the interview. I was so privileged to do that. There was an indescribable spirit there during that, and after wards, When I told her she was ready, she insisted on giving me a hug. Everyone there was just so happy! I will never forget that.

When she, and her husband came to church yesterday, Ashton, got up during priesthood and basically bore his testimony about this church being true. He is a very quiet guy, but when he did that, every local, med. student and missionary could feel a  very powerful spirit there.  
That sunday, we borrowed the sister car, and traveled to Gouyave. The mission recently closed This area, and if you look at a map, you will notice it is very far away from everything. We visited with some of the members there as well as a brother in Victoria. We met Br. Dave, He can not leave his bed, and being with him and giving the sacrament, we noticed he was very touched to have us be there. It was a privilege to be there.

It is wonderful to be serving in this part of the Lord's vineyard.
I learn so much everyday even though I have been out for almost a year. 
Also, I will have been to and from Barbados before I email again. We will be meeting Elder Alanzo of the seventy. So wish me a safe travel.
I love and miss you all, Enjoy the solar eclipse :)

Crazy Crazy Carnival Week!

   Well, before the crazy, I have been out for 11 months!
Also, would like to mention some better things too.
We helped a very old lady living in a VERY large home. We helped here as a district, clean part of her house. "Mrs. Merril" Was so thankful, and invited us to stay as a guest for when we come to Grenada for vacation :) She is a nice lady.
   AND, We got word that all the missionaries on the island are flying to Barbados on Aug. 28th!!! We are having Zone conference in Barbados! That will be so Awesome!
We also have been getting to know the branch president alot more this week. We have been removing tile in his new house he is remodeling. It felt good to grab a hammer and a crow bar.
Sadly, non of our investigators came to church due to a member who fell through on us at the last minute for their transportation. It is times like that, that make missionary work stressful.
We had a fun Branch activity this week with locals and the med students. It was so much fun. 

While driving to an appointment, We were being tail gated REALLY hard by a Silver Subaru Forester License Plate number #PU 313. This guy seemed vexed at us for no reason. When traffic became congested, he got out of his car and approached our car. He told us to drive better and we told him to go away. He tried taking a "swing" at E. Monroe, but he missed. We quickly drove away when traffic cleared. he go t back in his car and followed us and over took us. We glady let him pass. But he got out of his car to approach us AGAIN! We rolled up our windows and locked the doors. He Tried opening E. Ashcraft's door! (The driver).
We yelled at him "GO AWAY!" He got back in his car, drove ahead and pulled over.
E. Monroe called the police, and I took a picture of his car with out him noticing. Yes, I got his plate number! We drove past him to get to our appointment.... but he began to follow us. After a long 30 sec. chase we maintained our speed and and stuck behind a parked car on a main road. THIS DRUNK, rammed us from behind going 25 MPH! We hit a Honda CRV infront of us. The drunk pulled away and drove into the hills. Haven't seen him since. Lucky, no one was hurt in there car nor ours. While waiting for the police and a tow truck, We were mocked by many people. The police concluded we were not at fault for anything. I had a major headache right after the wreck, but I am ok now. 
I believe with all my heart that the spirit kept us safe during this wreck. Details I wish not to share yet.
Somehow, we walked back to town and made it home alive. The worst part was, that we never made it to our appointment :P
This all happened during Carnival BTW. There were many immodest things We have seen people do here while proselyting. It is sad to see a holiday like this, turn some people into wild animals.
Do not ever got to a carnival here.
Always remember, we are children of god. Though the world may have a different view, I strongly encourage everyone reading this to remember that we have a purpose in this life. And if you dont know what that purpose is, meet with the missionaries.
Well, this church is TRUE! Sometimes, I walk down a crowded street and look at everyone who is not a member. I feel sad for them. But I believe they will have every chance to accept it. Just wish it were now.
I love and miss you all. take care, and have great week!

-Love-
Elder Jacobson

A Taste of Shark- Aug. 8



 We have been teaching the recent convert Johnny Martin. He is literally one of the most humble guys I have every met. So nice and loving. It is a true blessing to teach him. 
This week for one of our lunches, We made fried Shark! It was so good! We will be having it more. Super  cheap too.
We had a service project as a district helping out at the Maturine's bakery. we scrubbed like a hundred pans for them and wiped down everything. Love the Maturines.
Also, fasting this sunday was super hard. Going with out water was really hard for me this time, but I have found that the greater the sacrifice, the great the blessings.
Church was amazing, not to mention. We had members from all over the island do a combined 
sacrament meeting here in St. George's.
Many powerful testimonies were given. I will remember that day always.

I was able to fill my entire missionary journal and start on a new one. Probably one of my most prized possessions now.
Yesterday for P-day we hiked mt. Qua Qua. The hike was very steep and extremely muddy. That was the muddiest trail I have ever done. I could get any picture of how muddy it was because My arms and hands were to muddy to touch my camera. HA
It was an awesome hike. We could see from Grenville to my area in Belmont.
Well, Another great week. 
I am almost at my year mark.
I love and miss you all have a great week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Goodbyes and Basketball




 Well, E. McIntyre left for Barbados and We welcomed the arriving sisters, and a new greeny. It was a sad day for sure. I am sure I will see him again in the mission though.
We found this super delicious restaurant called "Umbrellas" and it has a killer veiw over the ocean. It is our favorite spot to eat as a district. 
This week we helped One of our investigators named Aston. We heped plant seeds for him and in return, we got fresh mangos, and bananas. 
My two companions, who are Zl's, had a 4 hour MLC meeting over skype and I joined in on that. You always learn something new from those skype meetings.
As always here, We have a friday "Sports night". We call it; "SPORTz @ Mt. MORTZ" It is so fun to play Basketball and futbol with the local teens. Believe it or not, but our trio destroys at basketball. We are a solid team.
Also Grenada has their carnival starting up and it is called: JAB JAB. It is super weird, but the people love. I dont advise doing any research on the event....
Well we hiked to the "Seven sisters" waterfall and it was pretty. Grenada has a lot of water falls though.
AS always, I love and miss you all back home. Missionary work here is progressing. So many nice people we meet. Possibly, people ready for this gospel.
love you all,
Take care
-E. Jacobson

July 24th update-

This week was fun yet slow. 
First off. Both elder Mcintyre and I got a cold and we have been coughing a lot. We also both got really high fevers, and joint pains.
Now that I have said all my complaining, this week was fun because I got to eat "oil down" it is a local dish and is AMAZING. So delicious. Sounds fattening, but It is not really. haha!
We also did service up in the mountain for a member named brother Cummings. he is such a nice guy. His wife served a mission. They are such a wonderful family.
We had to hack our way through thick bush to get to his land. It was long and treacherous journey. REALLY it was just one of those moment where you feel like a boss because you cut your way through a jungle.... HAHA!
This week we had a mission wide fast for our investigators. It truly was effective for the mission. Just something I will throw in there.
Transfer calls!
So My comp. Elder McIntyre is moving to Barbados and I am moving just down the street to live with the ZL's (Eler Monroe, and Ashcraft) They both go home next transfer. Our "Trio" is covering both the area I currently work in and as well as the Zl's area. I love both of these areas very much.
Well, that is about it. Cant believe I will hit my year mark in 7 weeks.
I love you all, Have a great week.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Zone Conference- Grenada



 We had President Herrington and his wife fly into Grenada for Zone Conference. The ^ hour meeting went well. Learned a lot of things for contacting. We can always improve.
We have been assisting an old widow that cant walk or move reall. She has a care taker that forgets her  a lot. She lives in a very big, rundown, mansion. We assist her in anyway we can. Sometimes, we stop by randomly and she is happy because she needed someone to shut the front door. Hope the situation for her improves.
We have been getting up really early alot this week to cut bush for Ricky. He is a member. We feed all of the grass to his sheep. It is always fun. even with the blisters :)

We also had many events this week playing sports with local youth. That includes mostly futbol, and basketball.
The Zl's had a baptism Saturday. Super cool. 
I also gave a talk in church yesterday about amalikiah, and how we shouldn't let Satan bring us down, even just a tad. We should never come down from our mount. I just love where I am at in the BoM. The War chapters are so awesome!
Alright,
I love and miss you all! Always!
Take care!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Strengthening the Less Active






Well, another week.
We had 3 lessons with Martin this week! Two of them were with a super cool member (Ricky)
It helps so much to have a member who can easily relate with other locals. Unfortunately, He couldn't make it to church for unknown reasons...
We were stopped by a drunk this week who took our hands and insisted praying to Joseph Smith and President Thomas S. Monson...... We gave him a WoW track and left him to read that.
Elder McIntyre and I visited a less active Family (The Maturines) They own a small bakery and needed some help. Yes, they hooked us up with some bake goods after that ;)
Although we ended up giving them to a super poor Less-active, single, mother of 6 kids! They are going through a tough time right now and we have been visiting them. 
BUT, They unexpectedly came to church! All of them! It made our day!
ALSO, I bought my first cutlass! and We helped "Ricky" in his garden on Saturday. I love it so much!
We ended up cutting grass for his sheep. Still a lot of fun.
Well, I love and miss you all!
Have a good week!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy July 4th!/ A Hole in my Foot!


This week was good,
We are seeing a larger increase of Americans at church due to people returning to med school here. It is fun to meet new people all of the time!
This whole week, I have had a long, black needle like thorn in my ankle. Got approved to go to the doctor and get it checked out. They decided, to numb me, and cut me open! HAHA! It was crazy, and I spent most of this week resting so this giant hole in my foot will heal.
BUT I am all good!
I love this place!!!!
We also had a member lesson this week for a little girl, and the spirit was strong there, as well as another lesson we had with: Martin.
We have Martin set for the end of this month. It seems as if he has been preparing for 26 years for this!!! We believe he is ready for baptism!
We just love him so much. Everyone here!
Just love this place!!!
Well, I love and miss you all,
take care,
-Grant







Monday, June 26, 2017

The Land of Spice Where Everything is Nice!


Hey everyone!
Grenada produces a lot of nutmeg. weird huh? Their slogan they have is is so true though. everything is nice.
We had a great week with teaching our progressing investigators such as "KIM" they are married and are excited to learn even more!
We also visited Martin this week. He has read 30 chapters out of the BoM and is LOVING it! He was so Crazy to see us and tell us all he has learned. he loves the church environment and the members in it. We are excited to see him baptized on July 15th as well.
So many fun and crazy things to talk about. This place is paradise. The sunsets are indescribable and the people here are so much fun to work with.
Another great week for me. Love and miss you all have a great week!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Loving GRENADA!!



My goodness, so much to say.
I have so many pictures this week that are so worth sharing, but I'll just show some of grenada.
I am loving my new comp. (Elder McIntyre) He is from Canada. He is a hard working chill guy. Love that Elder.
Our fist lesson we taught together, we already set a Baptismal date for "Kim" (Super Loving guy)
I just have a good feeling about this area. :)

I taught my first District meeting this week! I was nervous, but everyone said I did a good job.... So thats good!
We have four sisters and 4 elder in my district including me. 
I love this district so much, it has been my favorite thus far.
Super crazy week, So much to say, but Just wanted to let everyone know I am here safe, and Loving every second of it!

Panorama for the blog, Me and Elder McIntrye, and the church w/ its view!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Leaving for Grenada!!



Hi everyone, It was a good week. 
I have been saying my good-byes to the people here in Georgetown because I am leaving this Wednesday for Grenada!!! 
I will be a District Leader in St. George's, Belmont, Grenada!
My new Comp. is Elder McIntyre! he has been out for about 4 months now.
I am very nervous to be a district leader, but I will try my best.

This week I went on a trade-off with Elder Tye and we worked in his area. I got to meet a lot of super cool people there too. That's why I love trade- offs.
We also had some really good lessons with our investigators despite the rush of "Carnival" here in Georgetown.
It is crazy the parties people throw here.
When I think of my mission, I always have D&C 1:1 come to mind.
It goes to show that no matter where we are, we are all god's children. 
I love you all,
Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Service in the Mountains


Elder Cox & Elder Tye both had a birthday this week. We celebrated with them eating cake and hamburgers.

This week we had to push back Earland's baptismal date. His mom wanted us to wait... which is hard because I may leave the island next week. 
We also spent one evening this week playing soccer with many locals at Black Point. It was a lot of fun and yes, I was the only white guy on the field... ahaha.
We did some service for an investigator named: "Keiven" He is supper cool. The four elders in Georgetown went into the mountains to his land where we cut bush and helped clean up part of his land. He had a lot of my favorite exotic fruit nearby and we got to snack on what ever was there. We all worked up a real good sweat.

The pics. are Arzu & I  at the service, Earland and his friend we contacted, and Me getting coconuts for the week.

Carnival- mission update May 29, 2017



Yes, Carnival began here in Georgetown this week. We were happy to see the rain come down during the party ;) No we do not proselyte near carnival. HAHA.
This week was good.
We got Mateo's brother on date for baptism (Earland). He is turning into a good friend of mine. He is always fun to teach. His mom (Anneta) and Mateo all showed up to church. It was awesome!
We also had a Recent convert bless the sacrament for the first time yesterday (Kieth)
He did such a great job. He is my good friend here in St. Vincent. 
Elder Cox had a b-day on Saturday and we celebrated with burgers and German chocolate cake (Super good).
Anneta also got me some cool, super rare coins for my collection. She is awesome.
We are getting bars on our bedroom windows soon, but not soon enough.
Also, E. arzu and I favor eating sardines for a treat... haha. Is that weird? HAHA.
Here is a pic. of another iguana I found by our house. Really pretty.
Well, another week in the mission.
Hope you all have great week!
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May 21st- Zone Conference

This week, had a trade-off with my old comp. (Elder Cox) That was fun.
We also had Zone conference over a large skype call. They are not too exciting, but it is nice to missionaries in the mission.
elder Arzu and I found some time to pick fresh Mangos in the jungle. We use them for smoothies... YUM!
We also found an iguana behind our house. It was big and we tried to catch it to eat, but it got away... But soon.... we will catch it.
We have been working alot with our recent convert (Earland). He came to church and is progressing this week. Hope to see him be baptized this week.
On Saturday, we passed by a Annette. She lives right on the beach. She was trying to build a bench from scrap wood. Oh yeah, We stepped in and built a bench that will last a lifetime. It was cool. We all had a lot of fun sitting on it. HAHA!
Anyway, Hope you all have great week. Thanks for the love and support1
Love you all,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Mother's Day - May 15, 2017


It was a short week. 
Really nothing happened.
We did get our new bikes. I got a picture of them too. They are pretty sweet.
We visited some members very far away in our area and they have a pretty cool view over the new airport. 
Yes, I got to Skype home yesterday. It was good to see my family again. 
I sure do love and miss them.
Happy See them.
sorry this is short, but that is about it for my week. Hope you all have a great week!

Then There Were Two - May 8th, 2017


This week Elder Tye moved North but is still serving in Georgetown. So E. Arzu and I are together in the same apartment. This will be my 4th transfer in Georgetown.
E. Nixon left for Barbados this week to return to black rock. It is sad to know that I will not see him for another 16 months at least, but we are sure to see each other then.
This week we visited Super star and drank slushies with him after wards.
Also, Happy Star wars day! and Cinco de Mayo! 
We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with burritos... YEAH! 
We also got brand new bikes! Sadly they need to be assembled. Too bad I dont have my tools! But, Cant wait to use them! They are soooo nice!
Also, we had more large spiders we caught in our house again... I just need a flame thrower now.
Here is a pic. of a toad that lives on our lawn and a plum rose.
Plum roses are really good!
Well, I get to skype my family on Sunday! I am so excited!

Hope you all have a great week!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mateo's Baptism/Transfer Calls



Hello friends and Family,
I had a pretty awesome week. This week,  the Georgetown elder traveled to the top of the island to Sandy Bay. It was another van ride to get there, but it involves driving through raging rivers, and across weak bridges. We visited a very strong couple up there in Sandy Bay. We visited the "Youngs". They have served a mission on some of the other Caribbean islands. We ate lunch with them and got to know them better.
Later in the week, we prepared for our baptism. There is no font here and this side of the island has too strong waves for an ocean baptism. So, we ad to find a river spot. after searching fora few days, we found a possible spot that needed some help. We constructed a dam to make the water rise about a foot and we cut the bush on the river side so people could stand and see. Bro. Browne helped us out for that. 
On Saturday, we had the baptism and Mathew (His real name is Mateo Zoland Williams) was baptized by Bro. Browne while E. Arzu and I witnessed. There was a lot of great fellow shipping that went on with the members. During the baptism, many powerful testimonies wore born by members and nonmembers including Mateo's mom whole is an investigator. Later that day, we had a fire at the Brownes with Mateo and his friends. We roasted hotdogs, and marshmallows. No one in St. Vincent has ever roasted them before, but everyone loved it! It was a day to remember.
On Sunday, Mateo was confirmed by President Booth and 6 members received the priesthood including Mateo!!! Also, and Elder Gamiette (Area seventy) was presiding there too! AND I gave a talk on the "Gifts" of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, it was a very busy week indeed. I am so happy for Mateo (Mathew) and for his decision to be baptized. We are now currently working with the rest of his family.
Transfer Calls!
Elder Tye is moving to North Georgetown with my old comp (Elder Cox) Elder Arzu and I are staying together in South Georgetown. Now that It is Just E. Arzu and I, the mission bought brand new bikes for us. I am so excited for that! We got to pick them out. I'll probably have pics next week
Well, that is just a small piece out of my week.
I love and miss you all back home.
Have a great week!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Zone Conference & Progress!


My week was pretty good.
While teaching one of the members this week, Kieth, He sincerely thanked elder Tye and I for everything we Have done for him. I was very grateful especially because he doesn't talk a lot and is really shy. He is now receiving the priesthood this week and is on his way to serve in the group.
We also visited one of the families in our group this week. They live very far away. So, we spent half of our day visiting them. After getting to know them better and sharing a an uplifting thought, we came back to the main road to catch of a van, but there were none! So, after sheltering from the rain that came down, we had a stranger give us a ride halfway back home, then another one shortly after that took us home. It was amazing to see random people offer us rides in the rain. There was a blackout at the time too so, despite the pouring rain, blackout, and the lack of a van, The lord still provided a way home for us. Not to mention, we were still in on time. Just another tender mercy.

We also had zone conference this week. President and His wife came to our island.
Zone conference was awesome. The senior couple gave an amazing talk on "Charity" They are such wonderful people.
We also got fed a lot of good pizza for lunch! 

Mathew has decided to be baptized this week! I am so excited because it will be my first, and I might leave the island next week. We are just praying that everything will work out this week, but if not, He will for sure be baptized next week.
It was his B-day yesterday, so we gave him some banana bread at church. He is a super cool guy. He has a true testimony and is excited to become a member despite the harassment of other at his school.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Easter






Another good week,
We contacted a lady that tailors thing, so Elder Arzu and I got some pants hemmed for a discounted price. The lady is very nice, and we are continuing to see her.

The missionaries in Georgetown organized an Easter program for Sunday. That went well. we even printed off a signs to hang in town.
This week we haven't been able to see Mathew, only his little brother and mother. They are awesome people.
We also had a trade-off with my dad(Elder Nixon) and Elder Arzu. That was a lot of fun.

We also taught the Warren kids again. Joshua gave me a big handful of seashells he gathered in "Canouan" (One of the Grenadines) He also gave me a small chunk of a sea turtle shell, and coral as well. He is pretty cool. he was so excited to share his find with me. We have become really good friends with all of them.
Last night we, We had another short trade off with a newer missionary (Elder De Leeuw) He is super cool. We helped a family move out of their house. So we lifted everything into a big box truck then rode with them in the back of the truck with many other people to their new home. It was very late, so I am really tired today, But I never thought I would have the chance to help someone move on my mission because people hardly ever move here.
It was a good week. There is so much more that goes on, I only wish I could type it all. I love and miss you all back home.
Have a great week!

Pressing Forward...April 10, 2017 letter



Very good week for being a missionary.
We taught our best progressing investigator (Mathew) this week 4 times! Also, He came to church as well! We are seeing an awesome change in Mathew. Although we have pushed back His baptismal date 2 weeks, we feel he will be ready by then.

We also have been teaching the kids of the "Warrren" family. The lessons include Fransiska (17 yrs. old) and here two siblings "Joshua & Hannah" while their dad sits near by, but doesn't bother listening to us. He lets us come over because the kids want us to come. It is pretty awesome to see them pester us for a return date.
Fransiska has been listening to the the BoM audio and is now in Ether! We had no idea she was doing this, but she listens to it everyday traveling to and from school. We have been teaching her the Plan of salvation, and she has been asking some very advanced questions. She has many questions about the bible that her church cant answer.
We also attended her church for a youth activity, because Fransiska invited us, but It turned out to be a planning meeting.
I have pictures of Mathew and Fransiska, but not this week sorry.

Church Yesterday was incredible! We had a less active bare his testimony, and we could tell he was touched by the spirit. Many many many people bore their testimony despite our small group. Words cannot describe the spirit and love that was present in that church meeting yesterday.
I know and love this gospel. It has blessed my life and many others. 
I love and miss you all back home. 
Have an incredible week.

Monday, April 10, 2017

General Conference


The week was pretty good,
We continued to teach Mathew this week. He is doing so well! we also met and had a lesson with his mother "Annette" and his little brother too!
Mathew and His brother came to general conference and loved it! He has continued to feel of the spirit. It is so much fun to see him progress!
We also had alot of fun with a different "Annette' and her family. We made banana bread and peanut butter cookies. We did Book of Mormon charades! That was fun too!

We stayed in Kingstown for 2 days for General conference. I loved it so much! I cant wait to share some of those messages with our investigators! I t has been my favorite by far! The spirit was so strong. We had many members bus from Gerorgetown to come see it. Everyone loved it, even investigators!


While ending our night at a members house and their family, I was chatting with a teen named "pikachou"  outside on street, I heard and saw a small explosion in my preferably vision. I then saw a lady on the street screaming. Then, one of the wooden houses at the end of the street was covered in huge flames! Many people ran towards it and began pulling the woman away. The fire burnt an electric pole which caused bright electric flashes to light up the night sky. So, the closest fire truck is an hour drive away through the jungle and only the police showed up with some buckets and hands to help put it out. The fire was massive and hot. The first house burnt down within minutes, We decided to leave the area because there were electric sparks/flashes going everywhere. It was very sad to see this lady loose her home. We said a prayer and returned our apartment. We later found out, 3 house were burnt down, but no one was killed. The government has stepped in to rebuild these houses for these 3 families, and in the mean time, are rooming with neighbors, and additional family. The scene was horrific at the time, but we were all thankful no one was killed.
That was just a crazy thing that happened this week that was sad, But this week was still a really good week due to conference and the other events.
I love and miss everyone back home! 
Have a fantastic week!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wonderful youth night!


The week started off with a trade-off with the Zone leaders. I went with Elder Mikolyski.
That was a lot of fun. We visited some super cool people in his area in Kingstown. We also visited some members and played some "road tennis" at their house (It is like a larger game of ping-pong)
On Wednesday, Elder Arzu flew in and we met him. He is super cool. he has been a a member of the church for only 3 years and has been on his mission for 20 months. He speaks good English and is a very good teacher. The three of us are killing it here in Vincy.
This week, we held a "fun-night" at the church to get some of the youth out. It was really big! It was a lot of fun too. We played many games as one big group, and we also had some board games, cards, and of course... dominoes.
Many of the youth that came are now coming to church.
One of them being "Mathew". He came to church again, and he loves it! He has been reading the BoM and cant stop! It is so cool. He tells us that when he reads he couldn't put it down even though he would decide to stop on the page he was on. He also described that he feels different when he reads. He feels at peace.
We had a very real lesson with him yesterday. I pray that he will continue to progress like this.
 Also, This morning, we found a very unusual animal dead in our yard... An Armadillo!
It was very big... and stinky. We think that it was this creature that has been raiding our garbage can these past few weeks.
I also included a pic of some of the buses we take. they are vans (the blue ones)
I hope you all have a great week!
Take care-

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Another great week!! March 20, 2017




Hello everyone, My week was awesome. So much going on.

There was a holiday on Tuesday (National Heros Day) George town was very quiet. Usually There are crazy buses fly through, but instead it was a nice calm day with occasional expensive cars driving through. The next day, we did some service for the " Browne's" They are such wonderful people. We helped them build a roof to over hang their yard. We mixed cement, cut beams, and hammered them into place. I was so burnt after that! My skin is doing better with the coco butter lotion I bought. 

The senior couple came here for a fireside in George town. They taught our investigators and members how to use the footnotes. It was a very powerful meeting. Many people understood and enjoyed the meeting including our investigators.
The next day we Went to Chester and sat down at a members house playing board games & cards. eventually, Kids, teens, and adult showed up to play. It was so much fun! Sadly I don't have a picture of it.

The next day, we attended the relief society activity we were invited to, and when we left, We were asked by Bro. browne to mix some more concrete for him. So, two white guys in shirts and ties, mixed, and pour cement in the middle of the road. There were many people staring at us. One of them being a 17 year old. His name is "Mathew". Elder Tye went to go talk to him, and he said he has never seen white people work that hard before... haha. We taught Mathew that night with his friends, then he came to church, Then we taught him last night again, and now we have a solid baptismal date for him and his friend "Cameron". He is really solid, so we are praying for the best.

Transfer calls!
Nothing has changed for missionaries on St. Vincent except..... Elder Arzu (Who is from Honduras) is flying from Grenada to make Elder Tye and I into a TRIO!
So, that should be fun =D

I hope everyone back home is doing great.
I love and miss you all! Have a great week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

6 months in the mission!



I hit my 6 months mark tomorrow! I got to admit... It has gone by fast. 

I had a pretty good week. This week, I found an "Mango Arizona" for sale here in George town. This is the last place on earth where I would expect them to sell such a drink, but they did! It was so good! 

Also, We had some plantain trees in our yard that were bearing, but the "bunch' that was on it, became to heavy and it snapped the poor tree! So sad. So, We have a large bunch of plantains in our apartment. There are a lot better fresh.

This week we have been helping a member read this week. He is like 50 and has 2 kids. He has been to the temple, and has humbly asked us to help him read. We are so excited for him! It has been going great!
We also went by the Warren family this week, but we were able to meet so we said 'Hi" to them and took some fun photos of 2 of their kids. (Hannah & Joshua) They are a wild pair.

I hope you all had a great week! Take care!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Georgetown....A wonderful place!



Hello friends and family!

This week:
So, The senior couple had us make a police report about this break-in last week. So, we went to the local police station and they drove us in their truck to our house to inspect it. The cops who were there were super cool. They asked us about our mission and what we do. It was another great missionary moment.

We did some more service this week, we helped a member slice coconut chunks into smaller pieces. My hands smelled like coconuts the entire day. We also taught the "Warren" family again. I love them so much. It is so wonderful to have their whole family join us in the discussions. Their littlest (Hannah age -6) gave me and Elder Tye a big hug when we left... I know we are not supposed to hug, but I am not gonna stop her. She is so sweet.

We also had a trade-off this week. I spent the day with Elder Stephens. It went pretty well.

Elder Tye made some more banana bread yesterday for P-day. It is the best!

I also played a game of cricket with the locals. It is soo weird! Baseball makes so much more sense! But, I eventually got the hang of it. 
Every kid here comes up to Elder Tye and I because we do magic tricks! It is always fun to contact using magic. We also ran into these 2 boy who wanted to take pictures with us, so we did. 

I had a pretty fun week, I hope you all did too!
Take care everyone!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Zone Conference

Hey Y'all,
We helped a group of guys dig, and lay a foundation for a house... it was soo hot, but fun too. We dug the trenches and mixed cement. The guys were so shocked that some white boys came to help. HAHA

We had zone conference over skype with Elder Gonsalaves from the seventy. That was pretty cool. He talked about building "Common ground" with our contacting. 
He was talking to all the English missionaries on all islands at the same time. It was a 2-way conference. (Lasted 6 hours) We ate some much needed ham sandwiches for lunch... sooo good.

So get this! I did a magic trick for a kid on the street who was getting out of school, then! hundreds of kids showed up and loved it!!!! I was surrounded by like 300 kids ages 4-12 it was soo awesome!!!! It was a simple coin trick and I had everyone fooled!! HAHA! I am trying to learn more. every kid that sees me now, just wants me to do a trick for them. I love it! 
We taught an AWESOME family last night (The Warren family) We taught about temples and the family. It was soo cool!
The other elders in our apartment moved out and got a new one for them selves, so things are pretty quiet back at the house. 

ALSO:
WE GOT ROBBED AGAIN! our back door was pried open and the lock broken. They only stole our cutlass (a big machete used for service, opening coconuts, and attacking intruders;) SO! the land lord is installing burglar bars right now, and a security system. I guess I cant drink anymore coconuts without our cutlass.... so sad Nothing else was stolen. They didn't make it into our locked room. :)

Other than that, It was an awesome week to remember!
I love you all! Have a awesome week