Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December already?!

December 2, 2013

Good morning/day/evening to you! :)

I hope all is well in your part of the big, beautiful world. If it's snowing, go enjoy the snow. If it's hot, go out and get sweaty. If it's perfect, then pray for snow or heat, because life's too short to live in comfort all the time.

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe it's really December? Christmas is right around the corner... Time has really been flying by! The weeks are starting to feel like days. Every time a new week comes around I have to wring out my brain to be able to recall all of the things I did recently, so I can update you all on my life here in Guadeloupe. It's been a great week for us! I think I set a record on number of lessons we taught this past week, and more importantly, number of lessons with a member!

EXCHANGE IN GOSIER

This last Wednesday I went to a new area and the district leader came to my area for a 24 hour exchange. I was with Elder Peterson from Tremonton, Utah, who is about 8 weeks into his training, and we were in his area. He's in Gosier/Pointe-a-Pitre, which is basically the nicest and most highly caucasianly-populated beach town, and the most ghetto big city on the island in one area. And boy did we have an adventure!

They have a car, and his companion usually drives, but for the exchange, Elder Peterson was the designated driver. It was about 6:00 PM, and we were just leaving Gosier to go to another appointment. We were pulling out of a little alley-way, onto the one-way main road, which was a right turn. As we were pulling out, a car was passing, and Elder Peterson was slowly inching out to see if there were any more cars coming. And as he crept out, he went just a titch too far, and BAM! we hit the back-right wheel and fender of the other car... BUMMER! It was totally an accident. Elder Peterson's a really good driver, but he just made one simple mistake. I felt so bad for him! Especially since he's still so new on the mission, and he technically wasn't supposed to be the driver of the car!

The other guy was pretty mad, but we just followed all the standard procedures and filled out paperwork with the police. It was really intense at first because Elder Peterson doesn't speak French very well, so I had to calm the other driver down and handle all of the legal stuff with the police all by myself. But I'm proud to say that I was able to do it! :) And now everything is taken care of, and Elder Peterson is in the clear!

That whole experience just makes me never want to have to drive on my mission. It's too stressful.

OTHER UPDATES ON THE WORK HERE

Stephanie and Laura: These are our Columbian friends that Elder Wade and I contacted. While I was on the exchange, Elder Wade and Elder Pratt set a baptismal date with Stephanie for the 28th of December! So now we're working toward that with her. It was only our second lesson with her, but it sounds like she was really excited about the idea of getting baptized! We're going to try and set the date with the rest of the family too next time. They couldn't come to church yesterday, but they're coming next week.

Adrian: He's our friend that's our wheelchair basketball champion. He came to church for the second time yesterday! He liked it. But he's still having a hard time setting a firm baptismal date. He thinks too hard about things. We're trying to get him to find the faith that he needs to continue.

Annie and Rudgy: We had two lessons with them last week, and they told us they were going to come to church! But then on Saturday morning, she texted us and said she was no longer interested... We were devastated! We don't really know what to do now. We're going to stop by again this week and see how they're doing. Hopefully she was just having an off day or something.

Dorothy: She's a new investigator we have! She's really cool! Plus, her name is Dorothy! :) She's super smart and she's from France (the big part on Europe.) She's sort of Buddhist, but very open-minded. She's very busy though because she's a nurse, but we've already set up a day for her to come to church and have our next appointments... in a few weeks. She's great though! :)





CLEANING UP THE FIELD

The last two Saturdays we've been doing service up at a field by the Gamiette family's home. There's a big soccer field that has been overgrown with weeds. But we've been weed-whacking all of it and raking all of it up. It's been quite the project! We're trying to get it ready though so we can have branch activities there, have somewhere for the young men to play soccer, and a place for activities to invite our investigators to. Then afterwards we ate fresh coconuts, courtesy of area seventy, Elder Gamiette.

Yours truly,
Elder Taylor Dayton

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