Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Yes as you know this is my last full week. I will see you all soon. I baptized Crystal and it was really good! The spirit was there really strong and her grandparents went and loved it! We are going to work hard with her family and she even went teaching with us. One funny thing happened though. Crystal didn't come to her confirmation on Sunday because the bus she was on took a funny route so she was about to get there at 10 when sacrament meeting ends. We could have confirmed her after church but she wasn't there so we will do it next week at General Conference when a lot of people meet up in Georgetown. You probably are going to guess what I will do for my last week so here it is. I am going to go share the gospel with people are probably get fed a bit. When Saturday hits for conference I am pretty much done. Next Monday all the branches in the Georgetown District are coming together for a BBQ activity to save up for a Temple trip. Elder Glade and Elder Dearing and I will dress up to match each other and we will fly kites and enjoy ourselves a lot. Then we fly to Trinidad on Tuesday and lime the whole day (lime is Caribbean for hangout) and eat doubles and gyros and stuff. Get interviewed on Wednesday and fly out on Thursday. I will then pick up all my nieces and nephews and ask them what they did the last 2 years. It's going to be a fun week! I am loving it! Not much to say other than that.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This week we had a really cool Zone Conference. Elder Cornish of the area 70 presidency came and it was almost strange to see the mission president with him. This is the first time I have seen my mission president not be the big boss. Elder Cornish taught us a lot so it is hard to pin point what he taught but I remember him talking about how Haiti is being really self reliant on missionary work. Haiti has almost no missionaries but they have some stakes. The mission president talked about hopefully soon having sisters in Guyana. I honestly think that sounds so interesting. Guyana is a tough place. We got a baptism this week for Crystal so it's going to be a good finish to my mission. #2weeks I don't ever have much to say anymore. I am excited to get home but I sure do love being a missionary. Well I will see you all soon enough!
Monday, March 16, 2015
This week had been a good amount of fun. I went to Diamond which was my first area with my good friend Elder Dearing who was my MTC companion. It was amazing to see people I have not seen in almost 2 years. I think it is preparing me to go home in a few weeks #NotTrunky I liked seeing how people after a minute would remember me and for some strange reason they think that I still have a bit longer in the mission and they didn't know that it was my first area too. I loved seeing everyone there. We also have a miracle baptism coming up on the 28th. Her name is Crystal and she was taught by missionaries in the UK and she is really prepared to get baptized. She knows a lot and she invites her cousins to sit in with us. Pretty much her whole family will probably get baptized in a matter of weeks. I wish I could be here for all their baptisms and I even thought about asking for an extension for my mission but that probably wouldn't happen and Mom would probably kill me. Working hard here and just enjoying the time while I still can. Hanging out with the dying group that I came out with: Elder Dearing (MTC Companion) and Elder Glade (Thug Nasty) #3Weeks
See you guys soon!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Phagwah is my favorite holiday now! We had such a great time! Basiaclly you throw colored powder at people and they do it back to you. Got offered a lot of alcohol but afterwards they give me a coke. Almost everyone is drunk and it's just so fun! We went to a black neighborhood because right where we live Hinduism is huge. They blasted Hindi music and fed us so much Indian food. I can't complain with that at all. Elder Nelson Started off not wanting to play at all but before Studies even started I went in our front yard and played. We rode our bikes and kids have water guns with colors in them and one kid sprayed us. Elder Nelson tried telling the kid not to get him and I yelled "HIT ME!" The kid got us both and boy Elder Nelson was not smiling at all. About 30 minutes later though he had almost half as much fun as I did. I say half as much because I think I enjoyed it more than the Indians did. I got an idea that day too to have a message with some neighbors about baptism. I talked about how we have to clean ourselves and then they said we have to take showers and then I asked how we get our souls clean from sin. They had no idea so we talked about baptism and they all said they wanted to get baptized (Only one of them was drunk). The next day we saw them again and showed them the new Bible videos so they could get to know who Jesus Christ is. They seemed a little less ready to get baptized this time. They still love us but maybe it was the Phagwah party they were having. Anyways we got a referral from the UK named Crystal who almost got baptized in England and wants to know where the church is so hopefully I can get her baptized before I get home. Well That's about it for this week. See you soon!
|Pursaud daughter 2|
|Happy to see the Elders|
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Holy cow man! I got too much on my plate. I mean that in saying preparing to go home. I got a going home questionnaire due in like 2 weeks and I got a lot to fill out on that. I also have to email you guys and my mission president. Well basically I will keep this somewhat short. Here is a picture of the new companion named Elder Nelson. We got Dairy Queen today and I got a large Butterfinger blizzard. They advertise a ton of flavors and have less than half of the actual flavors. I wanted Brownie Temptation because it fits with my name but they wouldn't let me get that because they don't have it. In America I am getting the Oreo Cheesequake as soon as I get home! I like that one bad! Well we are working with the Nazio family and the mom just does not want to get baptized no matter what. We try to explain the Priesthood to her and she always replies "Yeah well Jesus was baptized once so I was baptized once!" She doesn't mind coming to the church but she insists on getting baptized or letting her daughters get baptized. Her daughter totally knows this is true and she is pretty sad about that. We are working with another girl named Radika and she wants to get baptized on the 23rd which is her birthday and a Monday. We met a really cool guy named Abraham who is from India and asked if he could add me on Facebook so mom you gotta accept that. Abraham is a really cool guy and it makes me want an Indian brother in law so I could always hang out with him. For a while I thought about how it would be cool to have in laws straight from India. Well Abraham works here as an anatomy teacher and says he is probably going to Boston sometime and might want to go to Phoenix for a job so I gotta keep tabs on him. Well like I said so much to do in such little time. I love you all and before you know it I will get to say that to you in the face. I gotta get out all of the missionary-ness in this mission that I can still get.
Love you all.
|My New Comp, Elder Nelson from Jamaica|
Thursday, February 26, 2015
I didn't get to email yesterday because there was a thing called Mash going on in town. It's basically Carnival or run around in your undies day. I gotta say emailing is kinda weird now. Almost everyone is home from their mission now so I don't have too many people left to email. Well Elder Coehlo showed me around the area pretty good this week. We got a flat tire in one of the bikes this week so we have to get that fixed and we got transfer calls too. I got my final transfer call! Such a strange feeling especially when you know you companion is leaving and you know that you need a new one. I am going to be with Elder Nelson who is a Jamaican Elder who has been out for about 6 months. He is a really cool guy and he is pretty sincere when he bears his testimony. I am excited to finish off with him. Well most of the people that Elder Coehlo have kinda dropped off so I am going to be finding some new people this transfer. It isn't too hard for me because being a white guy in my area is basically the equivalent to being Tom Cruise. No Indian girl can deny me in my area. They could be a teenager or even an old lady and if I simply say "Hi" their eyes turn into hearts like on the cartoons and they blush. Yes even with the old ladies. It's really funny. We taught some people and one of the girls in the lesson asked if my eyes were real. I don't even have amazing eyes haha. Then she asked if I was married. I told her no and asked if she was "I want to be..." is what she replies. Elder Coehlo says I am a celebrity. I don't even try though. I felt sick yesterday and went to go get a few groceries at our local store and this Indian girl who looks about 18 followed me around and giggled. I felt sick so I probably looked a little crappy and I wore yellow shoes, blue pants, and a brown shirt and she still liked it all ha ha. Just gotta be careful not to give them the wrong message. We are working with a family called the Nazio family who is American Indian. They came to church yesterday and one of the daughters says she knows what we share is true. We are looking forward to a baptism for her and her mom. She has a sister who is deaf and can't talk so I want to work with her too because she came to church but it might be kinda hard. They are really cool and we are getting a family this week to help fellowship them. Not many members live near the Nazios though. Well last of all for my final transfer I withdrew the last of my money for the final transfer. The banks have changed now and they spit out $5000 bills. They are super crisp too! My money stack isn't as fat as it used to be but oh man I love the crisp $5000! It's $25 US so I am debating whether or not to take one home. That's an expensive souvenir. It's interesting with the book of Revelations. I just finished reading Day of Defense while staying in all day yesterday because of Mash. Revelations talks about John saying for people to not add into his own book of Revelations. Chronologically Revelations is not the last book. I am giving Day of Defense to my companion who is going home in a few days (He lives across the river in Guyana) he wants it because good LDS books aren't in Guyana. Basically people need to understand that we have need for modern revelation and when they come to know that it is indeed needed then they can come to pray about the truth. Lots of good stuff. Being a missionary lets you get to know the church much better. I am thankful for the knowledge I have gained out here. Well all is well and I made my final planner cover about marriage as you can see. My face over some guy and a question mark over the girl's face as the couple walks out of the Mesa, Arizona Temple. The backside is what I love so much! A cartoon drawing of a missionary getting home with the welcome home sign and some girl in a wedding dress waiting there ha ha. I am not really marriage trunky like some Elders are but this is supposed to be a missionary tradition to make this a planner cover for your last transfer. Looking forward to the next 6 weeks! I know you all can't wait back at home but I sure can. I love it here!