I guess I will start ranting off about stuff now! We had an investigator at church for the 1st time! Hooray! and she has a baptismal date set for early May. Her family was supposed to show up, but they didn't. Funny story about one of her daughters, Leonette (a 19 year old). We were talking about baptism and how they would have to make some changes in their lives and she asked about music. We explained that you can listen to music, it just has to be good. She asked if Nicki Minaj was good music, and we explained that some of her stuff is ok, but most of it wasn't good. She seemed upset but commited right there "I will never listen to Nicki Minaj again, I will make that sacrifice!". It was really funny, maybe you had to be there. anyways, I hope that they keep progressing.
We got our apartment inspected by the senior couple like they do once a transfer and we were told it was the best they have ever seen that apartment. (shout out to Mom, she would be proud) Sister Brown was literally almost shouting with excitement when she saw how clean and organized it was.
Lets see, what else. Oh yeah, I have been DESTROYED by bugs this week. My arms look like the arms of leper burn victim! well, not that bad, but you get the picture. they have a LOT of bites on them, especially the elbows. stupid sand flies and mosquitoes.
I got my first marriage proposal 2 weeks ago. This 16 year old girl that we pass by alot and talked to has a crush on me and gave me a love note confessing her profound love for me and her want for a cell phone. true love. The people here really are pretty nice, but we do get cussed at and shouted at frequently, but generally its just by people driving by, teenagers, or drunk people. sometimes all 3 of those descriptions are filled by one person! yeah, I love it here, what an adventure!
Last P-Day we went to a beach near by us. feel free to try and get google pictures of this, but i will try to get pictures next time i go, i didnt have my camera with me cause i was dumb. anyhow, we go out to our beach out at telescope and then walk 3 miles north along the beach, finding shells, seaglass, conch shells, clown fish, sea urchins, naked kids, everything! there are some rocks and cave like places to climb through, which is awesome! eventually we get to this place called Conference Bay. The prettiest beach I have EVER been too. it is white sand, gentle shallow waves and solid palm trees on your side, some of them hanging out over the water. we climbed some trees, got some coconuts to drink, and enjoyed the beauty of it. there is a rocky formation on one end of it called Artiste Point and that was uber sweet too. I got badly sunburnt on the top of my feet and my legs, and on a part on my collar, but its ok, it has to happen eventually out here and im not so pasty white now but geez, the farmers tan is crazy. like there is farmers tan, and then there is missionary tan. so yeah, loads of fun!
I didn't write about this last week but we got the opportunity to go to a fish fryday in Gouyave. (google it) There were some tourists there, which is so weird seeing white people. the food was delicous! we got epic fish cakes, bakes, shrimp cabobs, and jacks. Jacks are essentially a 4 inch long fish, that has been gutted. still has the head, bones, and tail. they fry them or cook them with sauce and you eat them whole. they are delicous! I like the fried ones the most because you don't notice the occasional bone cause they are crunchy.
The beach is really close to our proselyting area and we can use it to walk to our different appointments making this even more so the # 1 mission in the world. the beach is nice because there are no tourists there, and there are not a lot of locals there either. Its way nice. last time we were sitting on some rocks on the beach and just happened to find a hermit crab. well, we played with him and found another one later on. this continued until we found 19 of them and had them in a rock pen, which they easily escaped from. Elder Wilson accidentally killed one trying to pull it out of its shell, which I warned him wasn't going to work. he kinda took it as a personal insult that this crap wouldn't walk or do anything or come out and yeah... poor thing.
Anyone getting tired of this rambling email yet? Its pretty A.D.D. as i remember stories. One of those pictures is one of our member families. That is Jasian and her 2 daughters, Jehneyah and Jonelle. (spelling?) the little boy is Devon, another kid from another member who jasian is watching because his mom is in England now. We made pancakes with them to show them how awesome they were. they are kinda hooked now, woops! Sorry Jasian, but now you have 3 kids that desire pancakes. sorry i didnt get one with me in it!
Lets see, i got some more awesome pictures with my name tag, a picture of me on a tree over a river, and me on a tree over the ocean. lots of tree pictures this week.
I got transfer calls, I will be staying in Grenville, and Elder Wilson will be here another week before he leaves. We are supposed to get an Elder Bracken but his immigration got denied so I am still unsure as of now who my next companion will be, but I hope its Elder Bracken, he sounded like we would have done well together. I hope the senior couple gets that sorted out.
I am doing ok out here, still learning alot and trying to be a good missionary. Its hard, cause so much is expected of us. I survived my first transfer, and I learned a lot of things. Im glad I know my purpose and have goals and and education and means to achieve them. lots of people here just sit around every day on the same bus stop or bar and waste their lives. If they only knew what they were capable of! Makes me grateful. I saw some kid who had rotted out teeth at the age of probably 4. I am grateful for healthcare and parents that took care of me. I see kids doing dumb stuff and making bad choices and I am grateful that I had parents that taught me manners, and how to be a good person. I am very grateful for the Gospel and for the opportunity to come out here on a mission and learn and serve. I fear the life I may have lived without this great chance to learn so much, not just about the gospel, but how to deal with differences with a companion, how to budget, and stuff like that.
I love you all! Keep it real!