This past week we had a gas strike in Martinique. So basically all the gas stations stopped serving gas after Wednesday. Something to do with the government that I don't completely understand because I'm kind of disconnected with the world. But all I know is that WE CAN'T GET ANYMORE GAS!! So all of the missionaries have been trying to save as much gas as possible, and we're starting to all come to a central location in case of emergency. So starting tonight, Elder Lever and I will be staying with the Elder's in Lamentin. And the elders from Ste-Luce are staying with the Zone Leaders in Fort-de-France. We have 2 cars for the 8 elders, and the sisters have 1 car. So we're saving our gas for special occasions now. Elder Lever and I might not be able to work in our area very much until the dang strike ends, which is too bad. And the strike won't end until some group of people comes into an agreement with another group of people, so nobody has any way of knowing how long it will last.
Other than the big gas strike, it was a pretty good week! :) I don't remember everything I did, but I do have my journal with me today by chance, so I might just type you guys some of my deepest and weirdest thoughts from the week... mostly Wednesday. (Plus you can see how good I am at writing in my journal.)
"Today was a good day. Elder Lever and I worked hard. We did some contacting and taught some lessons. We didn't have any appointments set up, but we managed to get five lessons in. Not too bad! And I finally met Van-Tse and her family today. They're some old investigators that I never got the chance to meet before today. Her husband Stephan is super cool! They're all so nice. They invited us back next Wednesday afternoon." But I don't know if we'll be able to make it anymore because of the gas strike... :(
"Tonight we taught Moïse. He's an investigator that just likes to mess with us and talk to us. We started talking about the Book of Mormon and where it came from. We talked about Lehi's family, then the Lamanites, then he started talking about the Aztecs... Then we started talking about the Salt Lake Temple and showed him pictures. We told him when it was built and he was just astonished! [He thought there was no way that normal people had the technology to build such an amazing temple in the 1800s.] Then he came to the conclusion that it was the Aztecs... Then he told us about pi, 'a golden number,' and then Easter Island. Haha we are giving him a Book of Mormon next time we see him though. That will really stump him!"
THE "LIGHTHOUSE" (Still Wednesday's journal entry)
"Tonight Elder Lever went and found our 'lighthouse.' P. Mehr encouraged us all a few months ago to find a peaceful place that we can resort to [every so often] with our companion to talk and to converse with the Lord. We walked down to the ocean right by our house [right before coming home] and just sat on the beach and talked. It was super beautiful there and the stars were amazing. We just talked about life, hopes, fears..." It was pretty awesome.
From that experience I really felt at peace and I could feel the love that my Father in Heaven has for me. It was amazing to be there under all the beautiful stars, listening to the crashing waves after a strenuous day of missionary work. It was right then when I had the reassurance that THERE IS A GOD. He lives. He created everything. The universe wasn't just a random thing that happened. Neither are human beings. We are children of God and we are on this earth to learn and progress so that we can return to live with Him. And then, someday, we might have the opportunity to be the creator of something amazing as well. Alma 30:44 has become one of my most recent favorite scriptures... "and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." #true
WE HAVE TO MOVE :(
Our group in Trinité is officially approved by church headquarters, so now technically they own the church/house we've been living in. So we're not allowed to live in it anymore. :( We have to move! We haven't had too much luck yet, but finding an apartment comes second to missionary work right now. So whenever Elder Lever and I have any down time, we go looking for apartments.
Elder Taylor Dayton
P.S. No pics this week... Sorry. :/ #lame
Answers to dad's questions (I'm more likely to see separate emails with just questions, so good work dad):
1. When are Transfers?
We should get our transfer call on Friday or Saturday of this week! Then the transfer day will probably be the next Wednesday.
2. Are you still doing 100 push ups every day?
Yes, and I'm getting HUGE!!! :) haha
3. How is Christina doing? Has she accepted a baptismal date?
With the gas strike this last week, she was stuck at home down in the southern part of the island, so we only got to see her one time. It was a lesson for the whole Anthony family, so we didn't get the chance to extend a baptismal date for her.
4. How about Daniel and Sylvia? Have they progressed any further?
We've stopped seeing Sylvia. She's too hard to see on a regular basis. Daniel is always happy to see us. We're still working with him. We didn't get to see him last week though because he was at work a lot. He also lives very far away from us, so it takes a lot of time and gas to see him.
5. Tell us a little more about your District, how many are in it? How many sisters? Tell us about the weekly meetings and what you do there.
There are 10 of us in the district. There are two sisters. In our district meeting every Tuesday we just talk about missionary work and how we can improve. We read scriptures, answer questions read from Preach My Gospel, do role plays, have object lessons, etc.
6. Send us an address of the house you live in so we can google earth it. I have looked on line and have seen the roundabouts on Cite Beausejour and Route de la Caravelle. How far out in the Peninsula are you? We assume that you are on the peninsula Presquile de la Caravelle.
I'm in the house in the very middle, between the two red-roof houses. Click this link: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=google+maps+martinique&ll=14.745766,-60.943431&spn=0.001855,0.002312&hnear=Martinique&t=h&z=19