Monday, July 21, 2014

Over the Bridge and Back Again - Week 25

Not a whole lot has happened this week, pretty dull but it's crazy to think that this transfer is coming to a close next Wednesday, that's another one that has just absolutely flown by.

On Tuesday we headed over the bridge to be enlightened by Elder Sherren who taught about Faith, Diligence, and Obedience. He split us up into three different groups and had us teach each other, it was a great lesson! After that we headed home and got ready to go out for the day. We had some lessons fall through which was a little disappointing, but our last appointment of the day was with the Dyal family who seem like they are very interested and PROMISED that they would come to church which was awesome! 

On Wednesday we had to go back over the bridge to pick up our phone that we left charging in the Zone Leaders apartment. We headed back and got ready for the day so we could go out and we were able to see the Skeet family finally! They just barely had their baby a week ago so they had been staying at her mothers house, but everyone is doing well! We talked about eternal families and about them getting married and they were all in! It was cool to see them so excited to start this next part of their life together!

On Thursday we were able to go on a trade off with the Zone Leaders so that Elder Sherren could do some baptismal interviews throughout Berbice! So I was able to spend a night in our area with Elder Westra who is an awesome teacher and a great missionary! We actually had every single lesson fall through on the day I was with another missionary so it was a little bit stressful to show someone around an area they don't know where every main lesson and backup lesson fell through, pretty crazy day. But we were able to teach the Skeet's again which was really great! We taught about the Word of Wisdom, he completely understood and was totally agreeing with us how we need to take care of our amazing bodies that are gifts from God. He was basically teaching us the lesson haha... It was great though! We were also blessed to meet a friend of a member who is named Elizabeth. She is an awesome lady and I hope we will be able to meet with her tomorrow!

On Friday we headed back to Canje to trade back and found out that Elder Sherren had more baptismal interviews to do that night and we decided it would be a better use of time to just stay on that side of the bridge than waste the money and time going and coming like twice. So we went on some mini splits where me and Elder Hendry went and taught some lessons and Elder Sherren and Elder Westra went and set up the church for a fireside that they were having. In the evening Elder Sherren went to New Amsterdam and Elder Woodruff and I taught an addiction recovery class that they have set up while Elder Brown and Elder Sherren went and completed the interviews for baptisms that were happening the next day. After a few hours we met back up so that Elder Sherren and I could catch cab back to Canje to spend the night. That was a crazy day, I was exhausted but didn't even teach anyone in our own area... haha

On Saturday we woke up and did our studies in Canje and headed to New Amsterdam to catch another bus back over the bridge but not until we ate some amazing BBQ in New Amsterdam. Roy, the BBQ guy, is only open on Saturdays and I will take any opportunity I can get to eat the food, it's amazing! haha. We headed back to Rosignol and unloaded everything at the apartment and went out for the day! We were able to set up a FHE with some investigators for tonight (Monday) and then headed over the Skeet's again to talk to them about more commandments! (We are seeing them so often because we want to get them baptized as soon as they are married which we hope is this week) We taught about tithing and they were totally okay, they understood that everything is God's and the least we can do is give some money to help build his church. Then we didn't have a lesson for a little bit so we went contacting and taught a few lessons there that will hopefully go somewhere!

On Sunday we woke up ready to head to church and found that not a single one of our investigators came to church. Well except Sister Dyal who got there like 10 minutes early sat around for a bit and then left. I guess because we got there at 8:55 we miss out on investigators coming to church. It was pretty sad but other than that church was interesting as usual. Caribbean people have very strong opinions so when they are asked to give a talk they just let loose on the congregation about how they feel. Which usually isn't doctrine, but still enlightening all the same!:) Then we headed home to eat some lunch and study, then back out! We decided to go and see all of our investigators that didn't come to church but they were either asleep, out, or avoiding us, so that was pretty sad but because Brother Skeet was out we were able to talk to Sister Skeet about prayer and she even said that she would pray at the end of a lesson, which she didn't. But I have found that when people won't pray it is hard to get them to fully convert because if they won't pray with us, they won't pray alone either, so they can't ask if it's true, it's too bad.

But yeah, that was our week, after writing that it doesn't really look like a dull week but it was mostly just kind of a let down for our turn out at church... Hopefully this week will be better!

President Mehr is coming into the country this week for Zone Conference so it will be good to see him and learn from him! 

Things are going well here in Guyana! I hope everyone is doing well! I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Much Love, Elder Dorrance

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