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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Neighborhood

I have been neglectful in writing my blog.  I will try and be more diligent.  The work here in Trinidad continues.  We had some new missionaries come in and some go home.  It is great to see the enthusiasm of the new missionaries and the growth of the older missionaries as they return home.  Their knowledge of the Gospel and the scriptures as well as their testimonies have increased so much while on their missions.  Elder Gubler and I enjoy being around them.

We took two Elders to teach Juliana, an investigator, this last week.  She was real receptive and anxious for them to come back.  They introduced The Book of Mormon and she committed to read and pray about it.  I was very impressed by the way they taught.  That is one thing I miss by being a Senior Missionary is the opportunity to teach investigators.  Both Elder Gubler and I bore our testimonies of The Book of Mormon.  It is the Word of God and a witness of Jesus Christ.  It is also proof that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God.

The rainy season has started.  It rains almost every day.  Sometimes once or twice a day or other times all day.  When I mean rain, it pours down in sheets.  It kind of cools it off as the clouds hide the sun.  In fact yesterday, it got down to about 80 degrees which felt really nice.  We went and looked at an apartment yesterday in Sangre Grande.  It is on the northeast side of Trinidad.  It is a long ride out there as the traffic is so bad.  The apartment was too far out of town and we had to go through a mud hole to get to it as the street was not paved.  It is hard to find apartments for the younger missionaries.

We also went to the Suriname Embassy the other day to check on our Visas.  They are still working on them, but the gal there seemed hopeful they would be here soon.  We are anxious to go to Suriname.  The Vanderbeeks, a senior couple already there, sent us a picture of a home we might like to rent.  They said it had indoor plumbing and a stream out in front that we could use in case the water was turned off.  I hope they were kidding.  Elder Gubler is doing very well with his Dutch.  I am far behind.  It is a daunting task to learn another language.

I have included some pictures of beautiful homes that we pass each day as we take our morning walks.  We are currently living in a very nice area.  I have also included a picture of our apartment and a picture of a home the Vanderbeeks want us to consider in Suriname.  A bit scary.  






 
Our apartment building.

 
Our current apartment until we get our visas to Suriname.
 
 
Middle home is the Vanderbeeks

 
They found us this home with a creek in front to wash up in.

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