Rob is serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West Indies. This blog will contain his letters home. He is doing a great work, and would love to hear from you!
Monday, July 25, 2016
The Hills Are Alive
I won't even try to explain the pictures Rob sent this week. Do missionaries sleep in their clothes? Are slingshots allowed? Better not to ask. Here are his emails from today: "Things here are good. We have a set a baptismal date with an 18-year-old kid here who seems really promising! I'm hoping everything goes well, but if there's one thing I've learned about this kind of thing it is that anything can go wrong in the last week. haha ;) But the tripanionship is doing good. We're all doing fairly well! Fun guys to serve with. This area has been quite the struggle though... lots of heckling, everyone and their mother seems like they have something negative to say to us. :/ But the work continues. lol. We hiked Mt. Soufriere today. I think thats how u spell it... It was INTENSE, way too much hiking for me. haha. But I'm pretty out of shape so that makes sense. lol. It's a active voclano on St. Vincent! Pretty cool! The hike was insane though! lol. It was like a constant uphill for like 3 miles it felt like. :P But worth it when we got to the top! It was nice and cold and had such a cool view! So our investigator with a baptism date came to church, FOR THE SECOND TIME! Woot! lol He hadn't been before I got here. I think he likes having someone to talk to about computers and stuff cuz whenever we are there we talk a litt bit about overclocking his phone processor and rooting his phone and stuff. haha But anyways, he plays pokemon go and apparently you can make like poke stands? Something like that. So I was like, "DUDE, you should make a poke stand at the church! And put a comment that says 'best place to catch pokemon is from 9-12 upstairs on Sundays.' That way people will come to church!" haha. I thought it was a pretty genius idea. :P Who says video games are no good? ;) Anyways, this investigator seems really solid. His name is Jevoni and he didn't wanna get baptized without his mom being there, so I told him to call his mom and tell her he would get baptized on the 13th to see if she'd make it. He kept his commitment and called her and she said that she would try to make it but if she couldn't that he should get baptized without her (tender mercies). So he's agreed to get baptized wth or without her there. But ya, we have a few solid people. Other than that the work is slow, no one has been able to baptize in quite a while, so I'm hoping to change that. Did I mention how self sufficient the branch here is!? O my goodness, it's amazing! In Gouyave I had to give a talk and teach like every week, along with plan activities, teach FHE, all that jazz. But here everyone in the presidency is a returned missionary, along with some other people. It's sooooo awesome. Like the gospel principles teacher knows more doctrine that I do! haha. It's so cool! Lots of negativity from the locals in our area but still pretty good for the time being. Guess I shouldn't complain too much. The heat is out of control too. haha. BUT we have A/C in our apartment. :D BLESSING! I'm still not over that, if you can't tell. Thanks for everything you do for me. I am thankful to have supportive parents. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't! So thanks again. Love you guys! Hope all is well! cya soon! haha."