WEST INDIES MISSION
VERY ENTHUSED MISSIONARIES
MARACAS BAY, TRINIDAD
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT MEHR:
Dear Elders and Sisters, I am already hearing wonderful and faith-building reports from our missionwide fast this weekend. Many members and investigators have joined us to fast for friends and family to accept the gospel. Some have fasted for the first time in their lives. Some branches organized a meal to break their fast together. Many areas had a record number of people attend church. Thank you for setting the example of fasting and teaching the Law of the Fast! The members in your areas will be more converted as they live this law. They will discover for themselves that the Lord richly blesses those who are obedient. I urge you to teach at least one family how to fast every month during your mission. I know that the Lord will help us achieve the mission goal we have set. As we work diligently, exercise faith, and are exactly obedient, I promise that you will experience many miracles. We will see miracles in reactivation, retention, youth attendance, Celebration 2015, stronger branches, greater love in our branches and wards, member participation in missionary work, and many other ways. Look for the Lord’s hand in your missionary work! Write down what He has done for you. This will help you to recognize His hand and many miracles in your lives. You are powerful and faithful missionaries!It is a privilege to serve with each one of you.
Elder Grimm, Elder Scott
Asking Referrals for Referrals!
We found Cassidia on an interesting journey of referrals. We approached one man and asked him who was working on his home in the area so that we could offer service. We followed the lead to meet a man who happened to be home on a lunch break from work. He referred us to a nice older woman who liked to talk a lot. Somehow the conversation changed from accepting all neighbors regardless of their religion to single mothers and crime in the area. We asked for another referral for single mothers, which led us to Cassidia's home and later her baptism. Without the help of the Lord, we would never have found her
Rose Hall, Guyana
Elder Chapman, Elder Pollard
Finding through Recent Converts
Angalie was a young girl we baptized in March. After she was baptized, we went to teach her and her mom was there in a hammock. When we asked Angalie if she could get her Book of Mormon, her mom pulled it out of the hammock!She had been reading it on her own. We worked with her mom from there. Sister
Raghoo was married on June 12 and then baptized June 15!
San Fernando, Trinidad
Elder Christensen, Elder Rowley
Book of Mormon and the Spirit
Dale finally took the invitation to read the Book of Mormon at the beginning of this year. When he started digging into the book he couldn't stop reading! Just from reading the Book of Mormon and feeling the spirit as he read, he was able to change his life. When we started teaching him he already had a powerful testimony and knowledge of the Restoration and was excited to take the step of faith and be baptized. Dale is a great addition to the San Fernando ward and is excited about sharing the gospel with his friends and family.
San Juan, Trinidad
Elder Shariatmadari and Elder Evans
While contacting through a neighborhood in San Juan, Trinidad, we came across an old lady with a few of her friends who allowed us to share a brief message of the Gospel. One of her friends who was inside came out to hear what we had to say. Next thing you know, she is jumping from topic to topic asking all the classic Bible doctrine questions to keep us on our feet. After an exhausting Q & A, we controlled the situation and shared the First Vision and invited her and the others to come to Church. To our surprise, the one with all the questions is the only one that came to Church! Sister Susan Warner made it very clear, however, that she had already been baptized 5 times and was positive she would never be baptized again. But as she continued to come to Church, she realized the truth of the Gospel, and decided to be baptized. She has not missed Church or activities since!
Elder Laufatte and Elder Johnston
Théo has known church members since 1995. He had an experience last year that touched him deeply. He saw his brother, who had died several months before, in a dream telling him he was in the wrong place and to leave because there was something he needed to do. Théo told the Jomie brothers about this experience and they taught him the plan of salvation and a little bit about temple work. They worked with him over a couple months and then introduced him to us when he was ready to be baptized. Because of the preparation he received from the Jomies, all we had to do was review the lessons with him and make sure he understood and followed the commandments.
Morne A L’Eau, Guadeloupe
Elder Santos, Elder Harrison
Faith Despite Trials
A recent convert referred Slorane’s mom. About a month ago, Slorane’s boyfriend unexpectedly died, and about that same time, her mother called us and asked us to return to teach them. Since then, Slorane had a lot of questions and has been reading like crazy in her Book of Mormon. We set a baptismal date with her, she worked at it consistently, and she followed her baptismal plan all the way to the end.
Georgetown, St. Vincent
Elders Anderson,Malyon,Patetefa,Leany,Tillotson, and??
The Georgetown Group hosted a service project in the middle of town, cleaning up an open field. The following Saturday we had a sports day in the same field, with football, cricket, lime & spoon races and sack races. It was a great turnout--about 50, with a lot of youth!
Sister Hawkes, Sister Riley
How to Begin Teaching (Preach My Gospel 176,177)
Olivier happened to be home for one of our lessons with his mom. The next time we went over, his mom was too busy, but he wanted to talk. We asked him what he expected out of the lessons and he said that he wanted to be baptized. After a lot of hard work and diligence, Olivier was finally prepared. He can be found at every single church activity. His mom, after experiencing Olivier's baptism, is now investigating the church more fervently and is preparing to be baptized as well.
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Elder Babb, Elder Dearing
Member Work and Senior Missionaries!
Adisa’s sister and nephew are members of the Church, and he was there for his nephew’s baptism. He has been an investigator on and off, but was dropped a couple times when he stopped progressing. Then in May, he called the missionaries to say that he missed talking with them and wanted to play basketball. The elders invited Elder and Sister Francom to their next lesson, and they were a huge help. In that lesson, Adisa decided he wanted to be baptized that Sunday.
Sangre Grande, Trinidad
Sister Tia, Sister Hendricks
Establishing the Church
The Andrew family was baptized in October 2013, with the exception of young Dave Andrews who was just a little too young. However, that did not put a stop to the excitement he had when the rest of his family was baptized and at long last it was his turn. Dave turned 8 about two weeks ago on June 19th and has waited for the weekend with growing excitement. It was a very sweet moment for his father, who now is a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood, to be able to baptize his son. It is not often that members are able to baptize their own children and Dave had the privilege of having his father be a worthy priesthood holder and baptize him. He was confirmed a member of the church on June 29th and is very excited to join his family in the church.