I'm still in French Guiana. But I'm going to Zone Conference in Suriname this next week. I'll take pictures of the weird Dutch Hindu stuff all over the place and the cool canoe we get to ride in.
It was a great Christmas!! I ate Christmas Eve Dinner at a member's house and three other meals with members on Christmas Day. We ate everything from Créole red and white blood sausages, to Guyanese-style Indian food, to Brazilian pineapple and pepper-baked ham. I was stuffed! And so happy! And I bet you can't guess what my New Years' Resolution is.
Thanks for the package!!! I always forget how much I miss you guys until I get pictures and candy from all of you. I could probably stay here forever if you all were to stop sending me things from back home. You must want me to come back, and that's why you sent me those Starbursts.
The blood sausages...they weren't too bad. (Elder Dayton's father would disagree!)
Watching Frozen, which was awesome! Anna is the best!
Elder Dayton's "selfie" with the family on the computer, during our Skype session.
This last week was great in that we had 8 new investigators. We had two new Peruvians that we're really excited about. Their names are Mario and Milagnos. They had their 14 year-old son pass away in February, so we testified that they would see him again, but the way to learn how was through learning about the Book of Mormon and where it came from. They listened so intently as we explained to them that there really was such thing as "eternal life" and they are looking forward to our next appointment to learn more about how to reach it.
The rest of our new investigators last week were mostly Brazilians. We teach toward commitments the best that we can with the sometimes-overbearing language barrier. We "sift through" investigators pretty fast here. Elder Belnap and I don't want to lose any time, and we get really serious with making sure that our friends keep the commitments we give them.
PREACHING WITH BOLDNESS
"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors" (Alma 34:32). It's really important to make sure that the people we meet our keeping the commitments like reading the Book of Mormon, coming to church, and being baptized. But being bold is really hard at times. We don't like making situations uncomfortable or, but we know that it's really important for them to act. "Do not endeavor to excuse yourself... by denying the justice of God; but... let it bring you down to the dust in humility." We can't let our pride get in the way of helping others along the path.
"And now, O my son, ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people. And now, my son, go thy way, declare the word with truth and soberness, that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance, that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them" (Alma 42:31).
Speaking of boldness... We got Chikenson to church again! We had to wake him up ourselves and convince him that his stomach didn't hurt and that he didn't need to go to the hospital. After he got up onto his feet he was fine. José Vasquez also came to church again. We're still working on the Law of Chastity with him, and he's praying for a way to follow it.
Sadly, Compton and Quincy didn't come to church on Sunday, even though we stopped by their house in the morning and they said that they were coming...
I love you!