Monday, November 28, 2011

Well I had half my email typed and i just lost it so I'm going to do my best to remember what I typed. This last week was awesome, we got four new investigators. Two are young single mom's named Celine and Lorenza. Then there is this 18 year old french kid named Geoffrey and he reminds me a bit of myself. The last is Madame Maillot who is a mother of 7 kids. Jackpot. The two moms and Madame Maillot have come to church and we haven't invited Geoffrey yet but we will this Tuesday. Right after we found Geoffrey I got attacked by a dog ha ha. So what happened was this french guy opened his gate and this dog came running up behind us from the street and as the french guy was saying ,"Non merci, je vous souhaite une bonne journée," as sarcastically as possible the dog wrapped his mouth around my calf. I yanked my leg away before he did any damage and then the french guy grabbed the dog and took it inside because it was his. If I wasn't striving to be Christlike I would have kicked the dog and then punched the guy in the face but let's face it, kicking a dog isn't very Christlike. So we had quite an interesting experience yesterdy. We were leaving the apartment after lunch and as we walked outside and were surrounded by Tamouls. I thought we were in straight up India. They were burning stuff in the street and running around in their turbins with no shoes or shirts on and it was just nuts! I took some sweet pictures. The weirdest part was that i had already talked to a ton of the people at their houses and they seemed normal their but not today. They all were trying to get me to take my shoes off and come with them ha. So we were going the same direction as their parade and we couldn't really pass them so we walked right along with them and their giant elephant idol on wheels. Yikes. So we finally got to madame Maillot's house and talked to her and fixed an appointment and then made our way over to some other followups and we found ourselves engulfed once again by the tamoul's but this time it was at their temple and they drug is in to watch them do the walk of fire. Yes i recorded it. We kept trying to leave but one of the guys was like, "Attendez, on va couper un cabri." Cabri is goat in creole. I thought hmmm... This might be worth seeing so we stuck around for a bit longer but we had to get out of there, they were taking way too long. It was definitely something I never would have experienced if I had come here. I was really nervous the entire time. I was praying for Harrison ford to come swinging in to the temple with his whip and save us but he never did so we snuck out on our own. It rained pretty hard this week too. I go from being drenched in water to drenched in sweat because after it rains the humidity makes you feel like your in a sauna. I think I'm going to shrivel like a dry reed when I get back to Utah's dryness. Ok well I told you that I am terrible at typing sooooooo I'll start uploading some pics now and let them speak their thousand words before i get carpal tunnel. I love and miss you all! take care!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Désolé pour le retard everybody ha ha we don't have a solid place to do emails here in St. Paul so we do it when we can. Well this last week has been pretty good, I baptized someone. Marie Claude Villi is her name and she's the demon lady that I taught and everything and then left right before she had her interviews and stuff. She asked if i could baptize her so that was cool. That was the first baptism in 4 and a half months! Well for last week, nothing exciting really happened, We tracted a lot and sweated even more ha. on Wednesday night we got invited to this Evangelist christian church and it was pretty weird. It was a perfect example of, "they draw near unto me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me... and they deny the power thereof." I felt the spirit way strong because they were praisin' the lord and singing but I could see all the things that were missing and it just really fortified my testimony of our church. The people were way nice though, I was actually getting creeped out because they were so nice. They all were in regular street clothes and the priest or whatever was going around casting the demons outta people after the service ha ha yikes during one of the blessings he said, " I've been drinking green tea all gosh dang Day!" Then he took the guys hat that he gave the blessing to and said, "This is my hat now! This is totally my hat." I couldn't believe what was going on. Anyways for the rest of the week we had no rendezvous or anything. We don't really have any investigators. We're trying to fix a lot of problems in the branch and get people to accept callings and come to church and it's kind of tough. I feel really bad for President Poncharville because he has no counselors or anything and he is doing everything on his own. On Friday night we had a branch activity and about 15 people of the 20 who usually come to church showed up, including the four missionaries. We taught a spiritual thought and then played a game and afterwards we all ate. It was pretty fun and I think it helped the members, I hope. The baptism was on Sunday in St. Marie which is about 40 Minutes away in a car and  we were going to take the bus which takes about an hour and a half. When we were leaving church President Poncharville asked us how we were getting there and when we said, "the bus," he said, "Yeah, No you're not. I'll meet you here at 2 45 to give you a ride." He's the man! So the baptism went swell and I have some pictures for ya. She looks kinda scary in the pics because she wouldn't smile but she's not mean, just different. Monday we had a Zone Activity at the beach in St. Pierre (the south of the island) and boy oh boy it was just oodles of fun! The AP's organized all these little relay races and scavenger hunts for us to do. Yep. Scavenger hunts. Ha ha We're on a tropical volcanic island and that's what activity we come up with? Well we did all that for a while and then we got to just chill and take pics and stuff. So that's going to count as our Thanksgiving celebration. I'd rather not try to celebrate and just keep focused. Well other than that nothing too new is happening, I love you all and hope you're doing well! Congrats on the new baby Matt & Crystal :) Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm 20 years old isn't that weird? I can't believe it. This last week was super crazy. On Wednesday we went up into the mountains to see some people that the old elders had left us and one of the guy's was named Yve Palama. He lived in a little metal shack and it was an oven. He is your typical kréole guy without teeth or a shirt just chillin 24-7. He cooked a ton of food and made us sit down and eat with him and it was pretty fun. After we were done eating he grabbed my hand and walked me over to the corner of his room and pointed up towards a wasp's nest on the ceiling. I asked if he wanted me to get it down and he said, "No! I'm gonna let it grow and next time you guys come up I'll cook it and we'll eat it with some rugaye." Yum ha ha not going back there. We went to Daniel's house next and he is practically a 40 year old playboy livin' the bachelor life with his nice house and pool. He let us in and he was just drilling us with questions and after about 30 minutes he stopped and we became friends. We wrote in a Book of Mormon and committed him to read. He called us the next day and told us that he was really touched by what we wrote and he had read a bunch of the Book of Mormon. Sick! Friday and Saturday we had zone conference with elder Renlund of the 70 and it was super cool. He was really motivating and he talk a ton about becoming a professional missionary. Zone conferences really boost your energy and help you get re motivated. Saturday night we sang at the adult meeting for stake conference and it was terrible. Our AP's came up with some arrangement for called to serve and it was awful ha ha. Sunday we had stake conference and Elder Renlund spoke again but in french and a wanted to die. It was thee longest hottest most boring 2 hours of my life. He just mumbled through a talk that had been translated from english to french. I got so bored I actually started whistling and Elder Cusick hit me and said c'mon man. Elder Renlund's wife spoke as well and she makes the same hand gestures as Chris Farley and I didn't notice until Elder Twitchell pointed it out and It was just a struggle to not laugh for the rest of her talk. So today our thermometer on the deck read 49 degrees Celsius which is 117 Fahrenheit. Last week I was sweating so bad that I soaked my backpack and my gospel art book inside got ruined. It's pretty nuts and it is going to get hotter in December and January. Marie-Claude from St. Marie is getting baptized this Saturday so I have been part of another person's conversion. Happy Day! It's so cool to see that we found someone, taught them, and now they are getting baptized. She will stay active too so I'm pumped for her. Well time to go, thanks for the letters and emails! Love Jeff

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hi. This week was great. Monday I got to eat at "Le Restaurant" with President and Sister Donnelly and all the missionaries from the north district for having clean apartments. Holy delicious. It was an all you can eat buffet and it was super ritzy. I snagged myself 3 ostrich steaks and went to town on the chicken and seafood. For dessert they had a crepe line. I couldn't stop eating. Happy day ha ha! So then Tuesday and Wednesday I continued to tag along with Elders Temarohirani and Millar until about 3 o clock ish Wednesday afternoon when I got to pick up my new trainee. His name is Elder Twitchell from Centerville Utah and so far we are best buds. I think it will stay that way too because our second day he said to me, "Do you ever feel like if you aren't working your guts out, you're going to hell?" hahaha YES!!! that's what I like to hear! He's super motivated and green as can be and I am going to stretch that as far as it can go. Don't kill the greeny spirit! So we have been contacting like crazy and this next week we will be running around with our heads cut off because we have so many suivi's to do. The day he got here I took him home to take a shower and he popped his shoe off and he had the nastiest, most infected ingrown toenail I had ever seen. So we set up an appointment to go to the doctors the next day. After that was taken care of we got to work. Nothing too crazy happened :( sorry. We played soccer with a bunch of kids on Saturday night in the hood and it was a blast. The field was sand and full of rocks and stuff and we played barefoot. I have some sick pics from it. They loved us so now all the kids on the streets don't make fun of us anymore which will be nice. The branch is still tiny but awesome. We ate at Frère Lebihan's house on Tuesday for lunch. It was his birthday and we ate the most delicious eggplant thing. Holy goodness I thought I was going to die it was so good. We starve all week but then eat with members and get fed like there's no tomorrow. So hopefully this week we will turn a bunch of these follow-ups into investigators. I am kinda figuring out the kréole and I speak as much as I can and people LOVE it. It's like phonetic french with an African accent. So like "do you speak kreole" is "ou cause kréole?" or like "what are you doing?" is "Kossa ou fé la" which is not really french ha ha. So I practice hard and it's coming. Elder Twitchell gets sooo upset ha ha he just shakes his head after contacts and says, "I literally didn't catch one word of that." and then I say, "Yea me neither :)" I just say stuff and people respond but who knows what they are saying, I seem to hold conversations pretty well though and they are letting us come back to teach them ha. Miraculous right? Well I don't think I will have to be in the branch presidency. Hallelujah. On Sunday I taught the Aaronic priesthood class and it was fun. The kids are sweet. Joshua came to church but Toky and Anthony weren't there :( We can't go to their house apparently so that bites because their parents are nuts but if they keep coming to church we'll just teach them there and hopefully they get baptized. Well I hope y'all are doin shwell. I'm going to try and send some pics. Love Ya!