Season-ings Greetings! (funny kid)
I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that you didn't slave too hard over those delicious Thanksgiving meals. So, what happened with me this week you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked because we had a grand time here in Ft. Meezy!
To start off, on Tuesday we went on exchange with the Spanish Elders and I got to cruise around town with Elder Perez, the cute little Guatemalan. (BTW his mom speaks Kekchi and lives in Sandy! Small world) Anywho, we had a fun day cruisin around town teaching Haitians so I'm sure he had a great time.
On Wednesday an investigator in the Spanish ward took us all to McDonalds for lunch so that was pretty fun! Then we tried to talk to all the Less Active Haitians in the ward. After that we went to a meal appt. in a trailer and that about sums that up.
On Thursday we contacted a referral in the morning named France Pierre and she was super nice! Then we went and ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Cole's and it was super delicioso. Then we went to the Richardson's and had Thanksgiving dinner with them too..... so needless to say I was full haha, no post- thanksgiving nap though, haha.
On Friday we did something but I can't remember at the present time.... I'll have to get back with you on that one.
On Saturday though, and this is the real good stuff, we had the most southern meal you've ever seen (pictures below). After that we went and taught Figarro Baptiste and she was all like "oh, I have to work tomorrow, why can't I get baptized today" And we were like "Dude, we moved it to Sunday because you didn't have to work that day" and she was like, "but I didn't go to work today so I could get baptized today" and we were like,"bro.... it's not that easy, coordinating a baptism in a LDS ward is nigh unto Rocket Science in level of difficulty" and then she was like, "okay, I won't go to work" and then we breathed a sigh of relief and said "Merci Beaucoup" (This conversation was in Creole of course and this is but a rough translation due to lack of time) Anyway, she was down to get 'tized on Sunday. Then after that we had some "Confidential Zone Leader Business" that you don't even want to know about, Big headache... Then we ate Thanksgiving Part 2 with the St. Louis Family and they are hilarious!
Sunday Morning FIGARRO GOT BAPTIZED!!!! WOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOO!!!! And funny story, she only showed up 10 minutes late (which is early for Haitians) and then we found out that her name is Matene Baptiste Figarro, while we were in the font, so that was funny, haha!
Anyway, that was my week, I'm sure I missed something funny/important but I'll remember once I pass through the veil again, so we will regroup at that point.
Okay My last thought, "And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances... Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth; Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards; Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man... And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments. (D&C 59:15-21)
God wants to bless us at every opportunity that He has, but He cannot bless us with everything He has unless we are obedient. He blesses us as much as he can without our obedience, "for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." But the fulness of his blessings are waiting for those who do these 2 things in the scripture above, to "confess his hand in all things" through Gratitude and to keep his Commandments. How quick we are to forget to do these 2 things.
I love you all and hope you have had time to bust out the Christmas Music!
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
The turkey hat we sent to him.
He said he wore it to their District Training meeting!
His favorite, chocolate cream pie!
I sent them some money and the directions to this restaurant
to get some great Southern cooking and delicious pie!
His comp, Elder Ariotti getting in on the fun with the turkey hat!
Matthew's thankful turkey for 2016