Hello my brothers and sisters!
It's been a great week here with the "street-dogs" in "B. Mah" (my gangster friends taught me that one.) But really though! It's been awesome! :) It's almost like Christmas is already here! Why's that, you ask... We'll start out with the biggest of the big news first...
THREE BAPTISMAL DATES SET!!! WHAT??!
Dina: We got a referral from the Gamiette family for another one of their neighbors. This time we taught with Sister Gamiette. It was in English too because she's from St. Martin! It was so much easier, but so much different! She had come to the baptism of the youngest Gamiette girl a few nights before, and she really enjoyed it. So at the end of the lesson we asked her if that would be something she wants, and she said yes! She really loves the Gospel! She does her research too. She's always on mormon.org looking for answers to her questions. She's perfect! She is going to St. Martin for a few weeks though, and then moving into a new house, so we had to set it pretty far out. But it's on February 14th! She helped choose the date too! She has a husband and a little baby boy. The husband is in no way opposed to her getting baptized, but we want to try to work with him to get baptized with her. Our next lesson with her is tomorrow, and then she's going on vacation. So we won't get another one for a while!
Dorothy: Our new investigator, Dorothy, has a baptismal date!!! :) We taught her the Plan of Salvation and talked about the Kingdoms of Glory. We asked her which kingdom she wanted to go to, she said "Celeste," and we read in John 3:5 how you can get into the kingdom of God... Then we invited her to be baptized! :) She accepted!! Then, with her, we selected January 25th for her date to be baptized. The only problems I can see with her is that she works at the hospital a lot (nurse), and she might live with a man... But we'll talk about that soon!
Jocelyn: Yes! Jocelyn has a baptismal date again! He's arranging things to get a studio apartment right now, so we're going to try to get him baptized on March 1st, if not sooner! :) I'm excited for that one. He's basically already a member, he just has never been baptized!
DISTRICT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
On Saturday night the members of Guadeloupe put on a Nativity Scene. It was awesome! :) The culture here is so great! They've all got music and love running through their veins. They changed the lyrics to a bunch of hymns and Christmas songs to tell the story of Jesus' birth. And of course it was all complete with a little Baby Jesus... which was a doll... which was black. :)
|Elder Dayton with Shepherds Desir and Constant|
|Mami Odette, Elder Dayton and Marie, an investigator|
|The only musical instruments in the Christmas celebration were big drums.|
|Eclar boy singing "Called To Serve" in French|
|Diemjy Desir being sneaky and stealing Elder Dayton's nametag.|
On Sunday night we got to watch the "Christmas Devotional" put on by the First Presidency. It was great! :) I got to see mom in the choir a bunch! Lot's of close-ups! :) Adrian, our investigator, came with the Kasongo Family, so I was helping him try to find my mom too.
THE ECLAR FAMILY IS GOING TO UTAH
Some of my favorite members are coming to Utah for the holidays! Frere and Soeur Eclar are coming with their little girl and little boy! :) Mom and dad, I gave them your phone numbers and I think they're going to call you to see if you want to join them for a sealing session in the Bountiful Temple toward the end of the month... maybe December 28th. Get ready! They're awesome/crazy/so funny! :) Frere Eclar speaks English very well, so don't worry... he does like to joke a lot though!
Elder Taylor Dayton