18 January 2016

Livin' in Jamaica

Okay so tons of random pictures today this week!!! :) Not a whole lot went on this week but there are a few highlights.
     We met a FAMILY OF "G's" (A G is a cool person. i.e. "Dude, your dad is a G!") but anyway, Makissa and her two kids are super elect, and are very prepared to accept this gospel. They came to church without invitation and want to be baptized. Her son wants to serve a mission already (only a few likkle years an come)! They love to learn and Makissa is asking questions like "who is God talking to when he says 'Let US make man in OUR image' Who is US and OUR?" She is ready for the temple! lol
     I have started to see the results from gym effort!!! Now sadly my bicep in that picture is fake, I'm pushing it up (HAHA cheating!) but I'm set on getting that big!
     I have perfected my ackee and saltfish. It tastes soooo good and its so sad that I won't have ackee super available in the states... :( Don't worry mom and dad, all dem yaadies make me know how fi cook it right. :)
     There is a picture of my district all wearing green, we coordinate for Sundays now! Super fun and way easy! If you look closely you can see my "Polar Bear" edition of the Book of Mormon! Thank you so much Hails! I love it.
     I also have a picture of stew peas and rice down there somewhere. The Parks are a lovely old couple that, out of gratitude for all missionaries everywhere, feed us every other Sunday after church! They are so nice and it is such a tender mercy to us after church. We thank them profusely each tie and make sure they are okay. I can never forget the Parks, they have made it into my heart (through my stomach!).
     I have learned a lot of gospel stuffs, mostly personal this week. My new focus is to never drop off my studies from this amount of intensity again. If I do, I want to get back to diligent study ASAP. I get so much more out of life and the scriptures when I study that diligently.


11 January 2016

One of the Best Weeks

Okay I feel terrible so I'm going to write a great post this week. This week had a lot that happened and both good and bad and funny and sad too. Here we go:

     MONDAY: A few days ago, my bike pedals stopped rotating. The bearings in them seized up and made for a very uncomfortable ride. We went to a pharmacy and got some pedals, which after walking out of the store and trying to get on, we realized they were the wrong size. Now returns are not as easy out here as they are in the states. Ten or so minutes later we got the right ones and proceeded to attempt getting the old ones off. They must have been welded on they were so tough to get off. After cleaning the house, we decided to move the beds out into the main living area so we could both have our own companion study rooms. I think i forgot to take a pic of that, but we'll see. For our grocery shopping, we went to PriceSmart (Costco knockoff) and now that the sister missionaries don't have a car, we had to tow all our stuff home on our bikes. Doesn't sound bad, but when you know how shopping goes at Costco you then know how much we had to tow home. The other elders had to taxi home! Haha!

     TUESDAY: Today we had an incredible day of missionary work. At the end of the day we had 6 member present lessons with three different members, four new investigators, a few contacts, some referrals, etc. It was so crazy! The Lord blesses you when you just go and do His work. When you just talk to people, and care about them and their soul, you have no fear in sharing the gospel!

     WEDNESDAY: District meeting and stuff, nothing exciting haha. We discussed a lot on how to have better studies and prayers, and some cool revelation flew around.

     THURSDAY: OUR BIKES GOT TIEFED!!! Last night our bikes got stolen as we were in a deep sleep (I promise the Nephites didn't give us any wine) The thief clipped my cable and made away with three bikes and a helmet. But the blessings of this are far greater than the inconvenience of losing two very broken bikes. The same day we went out to a store to get Elder Porter a new bike and fix an old one up for me, and on the way back we had to use our new brakes ten or so times to not get hit by cars. God is good and funny and caring and loving and smart and great and awesome!!!

     FRIDAY: SO BLOSSOM! Violet (yard name is Blossom) is Marcia's friend and wants to know the truth. When we showed up for our last lesson, she was reading the Book of Mormon intently! She is very ready for the gospel, but has a few distractions. I'm glad for her desire and pure heart. After that lesson we were called by the sister missionaries to give a newer member an emergency blessing. We sped across town and administered. It was a cool experience too. I love serving with the priesthood!

     SATURDAY: Coordination meeting happened and Chris fed us breadfruit with ackee and saltfish with econodogs in it. My eyes were bigger than my stomach and Sister Williams finished off my plate. Haha we all made her feel bad cause she wasn't sure if she should be finishing an elder's food. We gave her a bunch of slack, but she just wanted food.

04 January 2016

The Importance of Members

We found a cool new lesson plan to share with our members to help ease them in and invite them into the work to do their part in growing the Kingdom. If you read Alma 8-10 in the light that Alma is the missionaries and Amulek is the members, you'll be able to get the idea of the lesson. It has helped the members here to feel the HG and want/desire to help us do this great work. We doubled our teaching pool in two days of seeing a few member families. Hopefully we see those who we have now progess toward the waters of baptism and the temple. The last week was slow aside from that, so many people in country for the holiday. We will see if it picks up this week.Much love from Jamrock and all yuh likkle pickney nuh mash up di place yannastan mi mah bruddah yaziwahmi-azey?