Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is today!

Bonjour Ma famille!

Well today is Thanksgiving for us.  We are going to be having a meal right after I finish our emails.  All the missionaries are going to the church aux Abymes and we'll probably play some frisbee too.  Should be fun.

This week we had Branch conference, we all met at the Capesterre branch. Fr. Abenzoar got released as the Branch Mission Leader to be the 1st counselor in the branch and Fr. Duflo is now going to be our Dirigeant Missionnaire de Branche.  Afterwards we had a branch meal together.  My goal was to try all the homemade juices that people brought.  They were so good... Cherry was actually the best, I also hear that the Carribean Cherry is one of the healthiest fruits in the world :)

Then after that we had a missionary fireside. We watch the movie Finding Faith in Christ, then had a big activity thing.  We set the chairs up as a maze, blindfolded a member and sent them through as another member directed them through (acting as the Holy Ghost)  It was fun and it was different.  It was also pretty funny watching them trying to figure it out!

Yes, we should be Skyping on Christmas Eve.  The end of the transfer is on my Birthday, then people move areas the next Wednesday.  So when I find out who my companion is I'll be able to better plan it.

I really doubt that I would be moving, who knows?   From what I understand I should be staying here while Elder Drennan leaves.  There is talk of two new Tahitian missionaries coming and a new area being opened in petit Bourg on Basse-Terre (this half of the island, not my area)

The Pommier family is doing alright.  We were late getting to their house because of the English class we have on Wednesdays, they were about to leave when we got there (by Bouillante) they did let us give them a mini lesson at the door for about 10 minutes though.  They didn't make it to church because it was in Capesterre for Branch Conference.

I love all of you so very much as I always say but as always I always mean it! Haha  Thank you for the Birthday wishes and prayers!  Can't wait to talk to you next transfer!  I know that this church is true and I know that sometimes the Lord asks us to climb mountains, but from my small knowledge of the scriptures, I can't think of anytime that someone has climbed a mountain for the Lord and didn't receive some sort of miraculously spiritual experience.  I love the Lord and I am so very happy to be here to thank Him for all that He has done for me and for you guys!  Don't forget I love you too!

avec amour,
Elder Call

Monday, November 17, 2014

Miracles on Sunday

Bonjour ma famille!

I'll get the questions done, that I can.

I am sure that I will be able to Skype on Christmas Eve, I haven't actually gotten permission yet but I there have been people that needed to do it on other days in the past.  Also because French Mother's Day is another day then American, they call on different days.

I have absolutely no idea what to get. Elder Drennan says he wants some cool-aid haha!  I really want those temple photos.  Some more socks would be good, church and regular kind, my socks have started disappearing recently.  And also, believe it or not, it has been getting a little chilly at nights... I was thinking that it would be nice to have a thin blanket of some kind.  Yes, yes, I know, its going to be pretty tough trying to get used to Utah weather again

This week went by pretty quickly, but we saw some pretty great miracles on Sunday!  This week as usual we saw the Pommier family and they said that they would come to church again, but this time they did!  It was so great!  I was so happy seeing them come into the church!!  Then the best part was how everyone in the group went up and hugged them and welcomed them back.  Fr. Potan is going to get the Melchizedek Priesthood in December as well, and we had enough priesthood holders at church that I didn't have to bless the sacrament, all I had to do in the meeting was give a talk, which went alright.  Not the best one, but I wasn't at all nervous, so I am getting better!  Funny story, I forgot about it until my morning prayer Sunday morning.  So I didn't write a whole bunch, I just found scriptures and got up and talked about my subject for 20 min.  It went by pretty quickly, I was talking about missionary work so it wasn't too hard.

I have been really enjoying me some origami recently, thanks mom! haha  I got the temple done, doesn't look to great and I don't have a photo of it sadly, but maybe I'll get it next week.

I also got two letters from Bro.and Sis. Olsen in the ward this week.  If you could thank them from me that would be great!

I am sorry about the length of the letter but I had a lot of other people that I needed to write this week, which was unusual.  Hopefully I will be able to have more time next week.  I feel great and am very hopeful, and I feel like we are going to see a lot more miracles coming to  Basse-Terre soon!

je vous aime tous!
avec amour,
Elder Call

I made some snacks while everyone was in the shower today. I felt very French!  Sr. Telcide taught me how to make them on Martinique, they're really good...

And yes, as you can see in the picture I got very sun burnt today.  We played soccer.  It was SOOO fun though.  Very muddy, very hot, but we had a good time!

Monday, November 10, 2014

One day vacation to Martinique

Bonjour ma famille!

So this week was indeed, pretty crazy.  Of course, the best part was my
one day vacation to Martinique.  While I was still serving in Martinique I
filled out my application for my carte de séjour (residence license)
and was waiting for them to get it made and prepared or whatever, when
I left.  And they don't like sending it by mail up to Guadeloupe.  So I
went down to go get it. Shucks.... ;)  It was great!  Elder Glover
picked me up from the airport, because they are working in Lamentin
now (they are closing the Ste. Luce area, which is pretty sad, but
makes sense) But I got to call everyone and say hello!  I called Dana,
who came to church again, I even called Tania!  Yes!  I did see her
before I left!  I actually found her a little while before I left, I
believe I mentioned her.... But she was incredibly prepared for the
gospel!  I had some of the greatest lessons with her!  And she
remembered me! Man, I was so happy when I heard she was baptized! I was there to teach her at least
the first 3 lessons and set a baptismal date with her, she had a
problem getting to church so she couldn't get baptized the week after I
left like she was going to, but she now goes to church every week and
he daughter is going to get baptized the 29 of November as well!!!  I
called Fr. Coiné, I saw Fr. Occulier at a coordination meeting (he
didn't even know that I had left haha) but I didn't get a hold of the
Martial family because their phone wasn't working.

This week we also did the District service project.  We went to the
Food Bank and cleaned it up and repainted it.  We were supposed to
clean out a river somewhere but didn't get permission or something and
last minute we did this, it worked out just great.  It was up in
Lamentin (the Guadeloupe one) and sadly we couldn't get very many
people up from Basse-Terre, but it was a lot of fun to talk to all the
other members on the island.  I was in charge of cleaning the windows.

Well I had some time to think about it, and there are a couple other
things that I wouldn't mind getting for my birthday:  I would like some
photos of temples, as many as you care to give me.  I want to be able
to hang them up places, give them to people, whatever.  I could also
use some more CD's, classical music or hymns (I don't think I can have
to much music), and its a little weird but I want an apron, just for
protecting my white shirt and tie while eat.  Other than that I have no

I love you all so very much, have a great week!!
avec amour,
Elder Call

Exchange with Elder Santos
(Did he know he was taking a picture??)

Halloween candy eye

The sandcastle I built last week

Working of Fr.Nirelep's kitchen

Feeding chickens with Fr. Duflo and Elder Drennen

Friday, November 7, 2014

No Monday letter?


Well, sorry I was unable to get a letter out to you yesterday, and I
realize that I told you that I would be emailing on Wednesday,
(Nope, he failed to mention that) 
and that today is Tuesday... But this was the only time that we could find
to email.  Pday was rough.  We went up to Deshaies to do a zone
devotional.  So we drove a good hour and a half up to a beach and
everybody else got stuck in traffic.  By the time they got there we had
to leave, but as we were waiting I did build a pretty awesome
sandcastle that I took pictures of that I hopefully will send next
week.  Then we got stuck in traffic going back down and we had to go
shopping, and the car battery died so we had to fix that in order to
work the rest of the week. It was stressful, Pdays always are, and in
all of that the email time got left out.

This week we had a hard time getting lessons, but we did a ton of
service.  We helped Fr. Nirelep (inactive) remodel his kitchen, which
meant that we got to take a sledge hammer and go at it.  Elder Drennan
had a lot of fun with that.  I used the crowbar to chisel the edges,
sculpting finally came in handy!  Fr. Nirelep is also a pianist, so
Elder Drennan and him would play the piano afterwards.  We went three
time this week to go help him. It was really fun, Fr. Nrelep is a
really funny guy but hasn't been to church in a really long time and
doesn't desire to.  But it was great spending time with him.

I went on an exchange with Elder Santos this week.  He works at Baie
Mahault.  It was great.  We talked a lot about the good old days in
Guyane.  He is going home at the end of this transfer, crazy.  4 weeks
to go!  We also took Elder Drennan's camera with us for the day (Elder
Drennan doesn't really take very many photos)  Elder Santos and I, we
took quite a bit.  He'll sure remember this day very well hahaha!

I am trying really hard to think of what to write, but I am at a loss.
Sorry. I'm glad you finally got my letter!

The Cyber base is going to close in 5 minutes so I gotta go.  As for
Elder Miyasaki, he is on St. Vincent now, English side.  As for my
birthday, I could use a replacement of socks, a purple pen or marking
crayon and there was something else but I can not remember to save my
life, the lady is getting mad at me that I am not getting off and its
not helping.... well I should go.

love ya!
Elder Call