Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saint Luciaaaaa!

Family & Friends!

Ah! So many things to tell you! Happy Birthday to Dad, Spencer, and Luke!

First off, I have been assigned to serve in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia. It's the southern-most part of the island. The area has been split between us and the Elders. We have the eastern half, containing Contonement, Laborie, and Saltibus, while the Elders have Vieux Fort proper. This area has never had sisters before!

As I believe I said in my last email, my companion is Sister Fraser. She is from Georgetown, Guyana, and this is her last transfer. We laugh ALL the time. She has been very patient with me, and she's fabulous. The elders in our branch are Elder Austin and Elder Jensen, both from Utah. They are quite kind and have been so helpful with showing us the area. The senior couple here is Elder Gibson and Sister Gibson from Alamosa, Colorado, who have also been so willing to help us.

Because this area has never had sisters before, we are working on getting our footing here. We've been working with the branch to see where we could be of most use. They only have a few young women here, just like all my teen years. This week, we're going to go visit the less active sisters. So far, we have taught a few lessons, and we've done tons of tracting. It seems to me that people have heard of the Church, but haven't heard any real details about it. I cannot wait to start teaching this week!

I wish I could write to you in more detail about my final week at the MTC. It was so wonderful, and I miss it. There is one thing I will tell you about - ELDER HOLLAND GAVE THE TUESDAY DEVOTIONAL. At the beginning of his talk, he said he had a few introductory things he wanted to tell us about - which took up about 30 minutes! He said that essentially all the missionary work of all time is being done NOW. Every ancient prophet saw our day, and they had a lack of success so WE could have success; we are what they dreamed of. He said that missionaries are the closest image of this dispensation, so we have absolutely no right to damage that image. Missionaries who go inactive make him mad. People have the right to think missionaries are perfect. He was so choked up - he kept pounding on the pulpit. Then, he moved on to Q&A, where he said that missionaries are the most similar to what he does as an Apostle.

I'm almost out of time! I love you all so much! As Elder Holland said, we are among the most prayed for people on the planet, and I'm definitely feeling that here. I've attached pictures and wish I had time to caption them all!

LOVE,

Sister Rachel Brisson

Time for some post scripts!

Diane! Thank you for forwarding me Liz's emails! And thank you for your emails! I'm working on writing you back!

Diana! You didn't send me YOUR address. How can I write you back, hm?? Email it to me soon!

Elder Larson and Elder Harless! Thank you for emailing me! It turns out I can only email my family - but I'm writing you back, don't worry!

Jessica Read,JeanMarie and Anna Peterson! I also thank you for your DearElders! Also writing you back!

I think that's all for now!

CURRENT ADDRESS INFO:

I have officially left the MTC, so you can email me at rachel.brisson@myldsmail.net (because I can receive but cannot respond to your emails, please include your mailing address so I can write you back!). You can also continuing using www.DearElder.com for the cost of a stamp, or you can write me at the mission office address:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson

West Indies Mission

PO Bag 543

Valsayn

Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago

Packages are difficult and expensive to receive but if you need it, here is the address for packages:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson

West Indies Mission

PO Bag 543

Valsayn

Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago

MTC Pictures!












Monday, September 12, 2011

Trinidaddy and Tobagel

FAMILY & FRIENDS

I only have a few moments with which to write you!

So, as all of you know, we were stuck in Miami for a day because of the flight delay and our missed connection. So, we flew out yesterday around 7:30 PM. We got in to Trinidad and everything went smoothly at Immigration and Customs. The mission president, the APs, and one of the Senior Elders were there to pick us up. The sisters and I stayed at an apartment last night that a senior couple had stayed in before leaving - we'll stay there again tonight before we fly out to our areas!

Today, we went over to the mission home and met again with President Gamiette and Sister Gamiette, in addition to some . We went over several items of mission specific information and the administrative side of things. Sister Gamiette gave a brief talk about declaring the word. Then, President Gamiette spoke with us about how we could be more effective missionaries and how goal setting is an instrumental part to our success as missionaries. Afterwards, we had a delicious lunch prepared by Sister Gamiette, met the rest of their family, and then left for the mission office, where I am now!

So, a small item I found out today - don't send me packages. Even if you pay to ship them, it gets very expensive to pick them up. Just put money into my account and I can buy the things here. Sister Gamiette said packages for Christmas were fine, though. Letters are usually reliable, so those are fine to send.

Also, I found out my first area! I will be serving in Vieux (sp) Fort, Saint Lucia. It's the southern side of the island. My companion will be Sister Fraser, and I will get to meet her tomorrow when I fly out.

Anyways, the purpose of this email is just to let you know that I made it safely. I wish I had time to read the emails in my inbox! I love you all dearly. My P-days are Monday, so next time you'll hear from me, I'll be in St. Lucia!

LOVE YOU!

Sister Rachel Brisson

CURRENT ADDRESS INFO:

I have officially left the MTC, so you can email me at rachel.brisson@myldsmail.net (because I can receive but cannot respond to your emails, please include your mailing address so I can write you back!). You can also continuing using www.DearElder.com for the cost of a stamp, or you can write me at the mission office address:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson

West Indies Mission

PO Bag 543

Valsayn

Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago

Packages are difficult and expensive to receive but if you need it, here is the address for packages:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson

West Indies Mission

PO Bag 543

Valsayn

Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago