Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kind of a Disappointing Week... But It's All Good!

December 9, 2013

Hello everyone! :)

This last week was kind of a dud. There's not much to talk about...

MY FIRST SICK DAY

On Tuesday, Elder Wade fell sick with a little bit of a... sickness. So we were stuck inside all day. He slept pretty much the whole day, and I just hung out and studied the scriptures and stuff. It was super relaxing and I actually quite enjoyed the peace and quiet! Then we were able to finally get medicine for him, and he was fine by the next morning.

REALLY RAINY WEEKEND

It was also really rainy this last weekend. We tried to do some service for a member at his house on Saturday morning, so we started cutting weeds and clearing out his backyard, then it started pouring! We went inside  and tried waiting it out with some games of dominoes, but it never stopped... So after a while, we just went home. By the time we got home and got everything ready to go out and preach the gospel again, the weather was pretty clear. So, we went over to Mami Odette's little shack-house for a lesson, and right as we finished our lesson with her, it started pouring again! We could barely hear over the noise of the rain pounding on her tin roof. We couldn't go anywhere because we would have gotten completely stuck. So, we got stuck at Mami's for the rest of the night. It wasn't too bad though because she's hilarious! We can barely understand her, because she's from Haiti and speaks Creole, but she is awesome! Then it was really rainy on Sunday again, so we didn't get very many lessons again. That all added up to a pretty lame week in terms of spreading the Gospel.

THE THREE STOOGES AND THE BIG OIL SPILL

One little random afterthought... On Sunday, one time when it started to pour rain, Elder Wade and I took shelter under a little mechanic's shack thing in a random neighborhood. There were three guys there with buckets, trying to scoop up jet black oil from a puddle of water in their front yard. They were all drunk and they smelled terrible! One of the guys was so drunk that he probably told me how he got baptized as a Seventh Day Adventist 5 times, not even joking! The oil was all over the grass and the trees and everything! I think one of the cars' tanks broke and so all the oil is spilling out. They were trying their best to scoop it into the buckets. They would run back and forth in their barefeet, dunking their bucket into the big brown and black puddle. Then they would run and dump it in other places in their yard, and the oil was just running back into the puddle! It was one of the funniest looking scenes I could have imagined. 

POWERFUL MEN GIVE POWERFUL PRAYERS

On Friday morning, Elder Wade and I had a very rare opportunity to work with Elder Gamiette, an Area Seventy and former West Indies Mission President. He's in our branch, but he's hardly ever in town. But he was in town, so he set up an appointment with his neighbor. He's an AMAZING teacher and the lesson went super well, even though Elder Wade and I didn't think it would go smoothly in any way! But that's not one of the most memorable parts of the experience. The coolest thing was when we got to Elder Gamiette's house, he invited us in to have a prayer before we went out to teach. He gave one of the most powerful prayers I've ever heard! I can't even explain it! I could feel that he was truly calling on the powers of heaven. It felt like he scared away every evil spirit within a mile radius by the time it was over! It was so sweet! Now I need how to learn to get better at praying...

That's pretty much it for this past week! It sounds super boring, and it kinda was. But I loved it nonetheless! :)

Always look on the bright side of life,
Elder Taylor Dayton

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