This week was full of changes! To start off, I got my new companion Elder Oldroyd, he is from Provo Utah (go figure) and has been on his mission for 17 months. Anyway, it was great to see my friends at transfer meeting and when we came back we knocked lots of doors. Then on Thursday we taught Oscar who revealed to us the he was a pastor in Haiti before he came here to the US which explains his knowledge of the Bible. It is hard to see any progression with him because he is still waiting for his answer to know if he should be baptized but I don't know if he is looking for the right answer... it's tough. Anyway, the next day I woke up and I was sick so that was less than pleasant. We still went out and worked and we had to bike from South bay, where we live, to Belle Glade where all the Haitians live. It's only a 4 mile bike ride but still not fun when you are sick. When we got to Belle Glade we saw our miracle for the week. Our best missionary member, Hendel, moved to Coconut Creek last week but he came back here on Friday to visit and gave us 2 referrals that moved into his old apartment! Their names are Jeanette and Mackendy. They seemed open to the gospel message as we shared the Restoration with them. Unfortunately they didn't come to church but we will continue to work with them. On Saturday, I was still sick and ended up sleeping through most of our studies, lunch and planning time, but we went out to work. I thought that missionary work was difficult when I was healthy, but it is way more difficult when you are sick! On Sunday, we had Branch Conference and had a potluck afterwards which was delicious. After Church we went out to the Duke's with the Ponce's. The Duke's are an awesome elderly couple but they can't come to church because of health so we took the sacrament out to them.
Last thought for the week,"Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions." 1 Nephi 18:16
Nephi is a great example to us in how we should look to and worship our God. Previous to this scripture Nephi had been tied up by his brothers for 4 days! Nevertheless he didn't murmur, he didn't complain, he didn't blame God or ask "why did you let this happen". He praised God! We should do the same. Life was not meant to be easy or even enjoyable, and we knew that coming here to this earth life. We should not complain when we go through trials and afflictions but rather pray to understand what you are supposed to learn from this trial. We go through afflictions in order to grow and gain experience!
I hope you all have a great week and are enjoying the warmer weather back home!
-- Love you all
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
It's P-day! Emailing home at the church
with Elders Oldroyd, Scutt, and Brown.
His good mission buddies, Elder Murat and Elder Lolani.
With Elder Oldroyd, too.
His desk area looks very organized, but that chair looks way too comfortable!
It's just like our glider chair that I rocked my babies in. Aww...