Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Bonjour Maman!

Well I feel like this week went by really quickly and not a lot happened, I'll do my best to explain!  So the first couple days ALL the members wanted us at their house to eat, because half of the missionaries were leaving and they all loved them so much (Elder Sackely and Smith were both here for most of their baptisms, they were here a long while) So Monday and Tuesday we just went to members houses most of the day. Oddly enough, when we went to a different members house, all the rest of the members were there . They said goodbye to the same people at least three times each.  It was pretty tough.  But now they're gone and things move on.  Elder Savard and Elder Bodily got in Wednesday.  It was great having somebody from each island come down so I get some updates!  Martinique seems to be doing really well!  They just changed up the Branch Presidency and my old area is now run by Sister missionaries (bof...) but it sounds like they are doing awesome!  Some of the less active I worked so hard on seem to be coming back, it just blew my mind!

Right before Elder Smith left he gave me the run down of everything I needed to do...  It's a long to do list, but Elder Bodily and I are going to be taking it a little at a time.  This week we need to apply for French long stay visas for Sister Winter and Elder Chidester, as well as Suriname visas for zone conference the 15th for everybody else (except for me of course, I've got a free 5 years ;)  Then we need to pay a bunch of bills for apartments, buy the truck and get it insured, talk with Trinidad to get finances for all of that, replace the Tahitians bikes, get Elder Savard's visa renewed, and the list goes on and on.  But I am excited to be with Elder Bodily.  Its a big change coming from Elder Smith, who was very open and talkative, to Elder Bodily who is a little more quiet.  He's hilarious when you get him talking haha.  During church he was telling a bunch of jokes to one of the members to try and lighten her up a bit, and she just ignored him the whole time.  He told me about it and said it bothered him that she just shut him down hard.  He thought he said something wrong and ruined his first impression with the member.  I just laughed and told him that she's deaf!   haha!

I saw a lot of cool miracles this week trying to find people to teach.  Everyday the first person we talked to ended up turning into a lesson of at least 15 minutes.  Possibly the most effective contacting of my entire mission.

Well, I love you all like crazy and can't wait to see you again real soon! #nottruncky

avec amour,
Elder Call

Living the good life in the Caribbean!

Last night with Elder Smith

At the airport

Elder Bodily

The turtle

Monday, May 18, 2015

The last transfer

Bonjour ma famille, et ceux qui lisent le blog s'il y en a...

Well, things are pretty excited down here but I don't have time to talk about it so I'll  just see you next week! Love ya bye!

Just kidding, It was an AWESOME week though!  Valdir got baptized!  His wife was so excited for him! haha! President D'abreu baptized him and we got the whole branch involved for everything else, couldn't have gone better!  Now his daughter is being taught by the sister missionaries and she seems pretty willing to be baptized.

Other Big news.  Transfer Calls.  The Last One..... (gulp)  Elder Smith is headin' out!  He's going up to Morne-à-l'eau on Grande-Terre Guadeloupe to Replace Elder Bodily who is coming down here to be my last companion.  For Guyane Elder Sackley is leaving too, to go to Martinique to be zone leader.  He's really young for a zone leader but I can't say I didn't see it coming.  Sis. Vance has finished her mission and Sis. Teney will be training.  Elder Savard is replacing Elder Sackley as District leader.  Lots of change down south.  There are also 4 new Tahitian missionaries that come in on French side. Tahitian Take-over!

I have really enjoyed that book with daily reflection on the atonement you sent me.  I've been reading a page almost everyday, and sometimes I skip to later days in the year to read because I won't get to them on my mission haha.  But I have learned a lot about the Atonement recently, especially as I have been focusing on making the sacrament a spiritual experience for me personally every week.  Its something Pres. Mehr told us to do.  To block out the stress and problems that don't affect us directly and to really turn our thought to the Savior and to think about his Atonement.  He told us to ask ourselves the question "Am I right with thee, Lord?" and to seek inspiration about what we can do more and commit and engage ourselves to work on it during the week as we take the sacrament.  I have found it very helpful and a lot more meaningful as I have gone to church recently.

Its sad to see Elder Smith go so soon.  We had some good times.  But I think it should be pretty good with Elder Bodily, I was with him the whole time in Martinique so it should be good.

I love all of you!  Have a great week and I'll see you in 5 more!

avec amour,
Elder Call

Here's a lot of pictures for you this week!

Helping Valdir move

Directions for eating corn flakes! haha

Our new car

We found a guy walking down the street holding this big old fish.  Fr. Léno bought it from him and we ate it yesterday 

We had a celebration with all the branch Priesthood.   We had a HUGE BBQ and had a ping pong tournament

Valdir's baptism

The Guyane gang

Pres. D'abreu's butcherie at La marché‏

Sr. D'Abreu

We went out working with Fr. José‏.   He took us across this sweet bridge across a swamp to a little village that had some of his friends in it

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day


Well what can I possibly say now?  I'm out of words!  It was absolutely great to talk to all of you yesterday, you haven't changed a bit, and it's kinda weird... Sorry I'm not able to get you any pictures. I forgot to grab my adapter... Next week!

So if you can pull the "we just talked yesterday so it's a short letter today" card, I can too right?  Because I spent a little to much time writing stuff for returning home things and what not, things I don't want to think about yet... anyways its going to be short for me too.

Think week was great, like I said we did a ton of service and are helping Valdir get ready for baptism this Saturday . He's doing well and I am really excited to see him get baptized, they are going to be a great family in the church!

This week Elder Smith and I are really going to be focusing on finding some new people to teach, so I'll tell you how it goes next week.

We get transfer calls this week, I bet Elder Smith is outta here! haha, just kidding I have no idea, but he has been here for forever!  So anything could happen.  We do have (should have) a lot of new missionaries coming in, because with these next couple transfers we'll be losing quite a few missionaries, around 20 these next three transfers, and that's about half of the missionaries on French side...

Well I am out of time, désolé, not the best email, but it could be worse right?

I love you all so much and I can't wait to see you soon!

avec amour,
Elder Call

Monday, May 4, 2015

Zone Leadership Conference in Trinidad


What a week!  Talk about missionary vacation! haha  We were gone for way too long this week... We left Monday and got back Friday late afternoon.  I am going to speed through this rapidly because, I know you want to hear all about it but I am a little behind with all those pictures I sent, your welcome ;) haha Anyways, we drove all the way over to the border of Suriname and crossed the river again without problem.  The boat driver charged us way too much and the river was a little choppy so one of the ladies crossing with us was screaming at every rock and bump, but other than that I didn't have a problem.  Sadly I didn't end up getting them to accept the mustachio-ed visa at the consulate, so I had to get a picture that was mustache free, it would have been legendary if it had worked...  But now I have a visa that lasts 5 years to Suriname, not sure what I would possibly use that for...  In Suriname we stayed with Elders Hood and Helm.  They're good guys.  We called them the day before and we brought them some Guyane souvenirs and they got us some things from Suriname and we had an exchange, including root beer and Reese's and other American goodies :)

We left pretty early the next morning to get to the airport 2 hours early (which is mission rule for all international flights) The airport didn't even open for another hour... so we all hung out for a good while eating some goods that we picked up with the Euros we brought (We're rich in Suriname)

The first day of the conference we were all DEAD from traveling but we leaned a lot of cool things about the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and watched a training for the Quorum of the Seventy by the Twelve Apostles that Pres. Mehr got special permission to watch.  They talked all about the Sabbath Day, not going to lie, I felt guilty about a couple things . The Sabbath Day is really important and there are many blessings that we could miss out on if we don't use it to its most.

That night however, we stayed in the nicest Bed and Breakfast I had ever seen!  When we walked in, we just died at how nice the room was.  Man, I slept so good...  They even made us breakfast in the morning, pancakes and eggs mmmm...

The next day we focused on branch council and getting them set up and running smoothly in our respective branches . It was really cool hearing all the insights from all the corners of the mission who come from branches with different cultures and different problems and also different solutions.  I think Elder Smith and I represented French Guiana really well.  I feel like the branch here is a lot farther progressed then some others.

It was also great to see everybody again.  Most of them for the last time before we head out.  Elder Fraley, Elder Lever, Elder Johnson, Elder Glover, and all my other good buds from the mission.  The worst part of all of it was that it felt like a practice for the returning missionary fireside.... (gulp)  They had a testimony meeting and everyone was talking about how great the mission was...  I had to keep telling myself, "Whoa, whoa! hold up, I'm not done yet whats going on here?!  I've still got some time left!"  I'm not ready to die yet...

Well the rest of the time was about the same as getting to Trinidad.

At home we taught Valdir.  We had fasted for him and we saw an incredible miracle.  He had a complete change of heart and is now super excited for his baptism  on the 16th.  We were even thinking of moving it up a week, but I think we'll just leave it.  He is a great guy!

Things are all fine and dandy, I'm happy to hear that I'll be home for the wedding, you had me scared there for a little while.  I thought you didn't want to tell me because I wasn't going to be happy with what I heard... haha!

Love you all!

avec amour,
Elder Call

Yeah, so I had all of these pictures I use to get visas, and I didn't think I'd need them any more since I'm in my last area, so I had a little fun with them.  Well, it turns out I needed to get a visa to pass through Suriname on my way to Trinidad for Zone Leadership Conference.  The following picture is the visa application I submitted...

Needless to say, it was rejected.  Too bad because I look very French...

And in other breaking news...the tooth finally fell out.

This is something the Brazilians eat, it tastes like de-flavored raspberries.

On our way to the Guyane/Suriname border

The canoes to Suriname

Morning in Suriname

Night in Suriname

The Dutch Elders got us root beer!  

Gift exchange with the Dutch Elders

We stayed in the nicest Bed and Breakfast ever!


Zone Leadership Conference April 2015
Port-of Spain, Trinidad

 We made it back in time for the branch talent show on Friday night.  We played the recorder with one of the youth