Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Time!




Hello Family!


So, the person who was using this computer before me left themselves logged in on Facebook! Old habits die hard, and I was tempted to make them engaged. BUT, I was nice and just logged them out.


I have SO much to tell you and only 25 minutes to do it in. HERE GOESSSSS!


This past week at zone meeting, our Zone Leader, Elder Bastien, asked Sister Danielsen and I to do a 10-minute presentation on the area book. The area book is essentially a binder where you keep all the information about your investigators, potential investigators, recent converts, etc. Sister Danielsen and I gave much thought to what we should do, and how we could help the Elders in our zone know how to use their area book more fully. So, we did a rap. Here it is:


A new area's just been born
Take a look at potential investigator forms
New area's history is quite a mystery so
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK


This area's going quite peachy
Look at all the people we teachy
Things are meshing and people are progressing so
Don't leave your bishop in the blue,
There's a form for that, too
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK


Don't do it when you're tanning
Do it nightly planning
Handwriting's gotta be neat
Can't look like no chicken scratching feet
Don't be faily, update daily!
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK


Our area's been leeched,
Gotta find new people to teach
Former investigators at the back,
Later on, you can pick up their slack
Look where people have potential,
become converted, and be retential
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK
TAKE A LOOK IN YOUR AREA BOOK


And a sad bit of news...THE GIBSONS ARE GOING TO GRENADA. They just found out on Saturday and they are leaving TODAY! We are driving up with them and are taking one of the mission vehicles back down. Yes, this means I will be driving on the left side for the first time ever, for an hour. Ah, wish me luck! I will miss the Gibsons so much - they were so supportive and willing to help us out with whatever they could. I loved hearing all the family history stories from Elder Gibson. I wish them the best of luck as they head off to another branch!


Oh, I teach the Youth Sunday School Class every other Sunday. The irony kills me.


This past Wednesday, we had a Branch Family Home Evening at the Church. We wanted to make it about Christmas, so we watched Mr. Kruger's Christmas. Oh man, it made me be just a little homesick, not going to lie! And it also reminded me about Clarissa, ahaha. After that, we had a wonderful discussion about what we should all do this Christmas season: reach out to others! Elder Gibson read Luke 2, and we watched the 5 minute Nativity. The Spirit there was so sweet and strong. At the end of the activity, there were 25 people there, 10 of which were investigators! We also sang the Christmas songs from the hymn book.


PS - when I call on Christmas, I totally expect you, Mom, to read Wallace Pearling and The Shiniest Star. Dad, I want you to read me Luke 2! And let's sing Christmas in...I'm totally going to butcher the spelling. Kalarney?


A wonderful quote this week, from Elder Gibson: "A plantain is just a sticky little potato in a banana peel."


On Tuesday, we had a SERVICE PROJECT! YES! Sister Danielsen and I have been praying ALL THE TIME for service opportunities. We got to go take care of a member's lawn by cutting grass. This means we got to use MACHETES. It was the most hardcore thing of all time.


Parents, I know I need a favorite scripture...but to be honest, I still don't have one! I'm working on it, I promise.


So, I've attached some pictures! And I can't remember what they are...One of them is from the Gibson's final Seminary class this past Saturday, where we went to the beach. The two Seminary goers in the picture are Jamal and Joeguy. The other one is Elder Meredith and I being thug life twins next to our "Sandman Snowman." I think the last one is just a picture of our Sandman Snowman.


I believe that's all for this week. Family! I love you! I'm so excited to talk to you on Christmas. I hope all of you have the safest of safe travels as you make your annual yuletide migrations.


I know this gospel is true. I know that the Lord has given us the blessed opportunity to help His children return to Him. I love this gospel, and I love this work.


Love,


Sister Brisson


PS - I had a dream this past week where I was a missionary, but I was at home. I was in the laundry room, and Gwenyth Paltrow was there, asking me how she could keep in touch with me while I was serving.


CURRENT ADDRESS INFO:

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

So, you asked for my new address. Here it is, but be aware that letters can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to get here. Please write me emails - I can print them out, so it doesn't eat into my internet time at all. If you want to use it, here it is:

PO Box 923
Gablewoods Mall South
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia 00124

You can also send packages to this address, but it's the same deal. DHL and FedEx are the fastest, but you have to have a number. Since this goes up on the blog, I'll send the number to Marcia, and you can ask her for it.

I wish I had an advent calendar

Bonjour ma famille!



First order of business...Mom, I received your package in the mail! I've attached some pictures of it :) Cosmic brownies, HOORAY!


This week was just...AMAZING. Sister Danielsen and I have had a hard time with working with members, since the majority of them are either at work or school. But, one of members has suddenly become more available during the day, which is a huge support for us! This week, we were able to teach 29 lessons, 10 of which had a member present! I think that's the highest number of member lessons we've had since I've been here!


So, this past week, Sister Danielsen and I saw Brother Raymond again! Honestly, the Spirit just keeps prompting me to work with this man, so that's what we've done. I can't remember what I've told you about him before, but he is Biblically well-versed, so he is quick to point out anything that we say that he doesn't think lines up with the Bible. He's read half of the Book of Mormon (though he won't pray about it), and reads everything we leave him. This week, he paid us one of the biggest compliments I've received. He said that we remind him of Paul. Completely zealous, dedicated, and...completely misguided! Eh, I'll still take the compliment. Later on, we were talking about something Paul had written, and he said "Well, you have to be careful when reading Paul, since he makes his arguments in a round way...he was educated by the very best." I totally jumped on that and said "You said that we reminded you of Paul, didn't you?!" Then, he was like "Uhhh....well, I meant in terms of your dedication..."


ALSO, this week we got to do SERVICE! Sister Danielsen and I are ALWAYS seeking out service opportunities, and the most we've been able to do is carry grocery bags. So, we went to visit one of our investigators, and she was painting her house. We were like, "LET US HELP YOU!" and she said, "Are you sure?" We grabbed the brushes and started painting! It was fabulous.


On Friday, Sister Danielsen and I decided to go tract Banse, an area I'd never been to. We started walking down the road and...it was like I was walking a back country road! Very picturesque, with a bubbling brook and spread out houses. Honestly, it was like we weren't even in St. Lucia - like we'd apparated or something.


OH YEAH, I almost forgot. So, this past week, I was on a split with a member named Sharlyne. We went to visit her cousin, Cyprian. I met Cyprian during my first transfer, and we'd seen him off and on since then. We had invited him to church several times, but he said that he would visit sometime. So, as soon as we saw him, he said "I'm going to pay you all a visit this week." And...he did! He and his friend Bert (pronounced Birch) came to Church!


Lastly, Sharlyne and I were on a separate split in Vieux Fort. On our way to a member's house, a man called out, "How are you doing, Blondie?" The first thing out of my mouth was..."I'm not blonde!"


LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLL! We are having a Choose Your Own Adventure Family Home Evening tonight! It makes me wish I had "Choose Your Way to Happiness." Also, they don't really have Santa Claus here, bummer!


Sister Brisson


Diana! Good luck with your finals!


Haha Diane, how I love you. Okay, continue to forward my emails to both Liz and Lucy, and only forward me Liz's - Lucy's mom is already sending me hers. THANK YOU! Good luck with your finals!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.​..just kidding!



Bonjour ma famille!

Usually, I make little notes of the things I want to write you about so that I'm not a complete space cadet when I write you - unfortunately, I didn't do that this week, so here goes!

First, here is a picture of my Zone from this past transfer.
Second - Hipster Missionaries

Let me tell you about Bob. We were contacting a few weeks back and we tracted into him and his wife. He is just such a nice man and has met with many different missionaries from several religions. When I first met him, he reminded me of someone, but I couldn't put my finger on it. This last week, we were meeting with him. We were talking about prophets, and how we can distinguish a true prophet. I said, "A prophet that tries to profit from being a prophet isn't a prophet." :) Anyways, we continue talking to him and then I REALIZED who he reminds me of:

JAMES EARL JONES! Bob is TOTALLY James Earl Jones. He sounds JUST LIKE HIM. I am so tempted to ask him to quote something from the Lion King or to say "Luke, I am your father."

Also - so, a few weeks ago, Sister Danielsen and I were sitting down, eating our lunch, in Laborie. This very drunk man came and sat down next to me and started talking to me about the election. I continued eating my mini loaf of bread (yes, sometimes we just eat loaves of bread for lunch, DON'T JUDGE ME), and just kept nodding along. Eventually, he says "Well, I know you're just a little girl, so I'll talk to her about these things" (her meaning Sister Danielsen). So, he starts talking to Sister Danielsen and then I REALIZED that he thought she was my mom, hence why he said I'm just a little girl.

ALSO, I just mailed letters to the following people: Grandma Carey, Renae Deighton, Elder Larson, Elder Harless, JeanMarie Stewart, and Sister Dicou. Laura Murray, should I send my letter to the return address on the letter you sent me, or should I send it to your house? Email me whatever address you would like me to use. Diana, I am working on adding on to the letter I wrote you, since you asked me for some advice. Diane, also working on yours. They should be out by next week, I hope!

Diane, I'm glad that Lauren still loves me!

Well, Sister Danielsen and I went to visit Brother Raymond this week. From the 1 1/2 weeks since we last saw him, he has read all the way up to MOSIAH. When we arrived, he seemed so happy to see us, haha. We start our lesson, find out he's read a good chunk, and then he pulls out a list of scriptures from the Book of Mormon that he thinks do not agree with the Bible. He wanted us to argue with him SO BAD, haha. But we wouldn't. We just testified, and gave him Alma 5 and 3 Nephi 11 to read for next time, which is tomorrow.

AHHH I JUST REMEMBERED AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE WE HAD THIS WEEK. So, on Wednesday, we received a phone call from someone we had contacted. We had left her a message, and she was returning our call and wanted to set up an appointment with us. That never happens, so Sister Danielsen and I were way excited. We met with her on Friday, and she told us that she had had a dream and we were in it. She took it as a sign that she should meet with us. Sister Danielsen and I think she is great! She was so open and we are seeing her later this week!

Anyways, that's about all for now/ that I have time to type. Family, I love you so much. Thank you so much for your support, your prayers, and your emails. They mean a lot to me. The other day, I heard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" while on the bus the other day and I just started laughing.

Love you!

Sister Brisson

PS- I read 3 Nephi 18:32 this week and it totally made me think about Church in a different way!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Transfer Transfer Transfer


Happy SHANKSgiving, Family!

Well, I suppose you are all dying to know where I've been transferred to...and...here it is:

I've been transferred to the French Side. I am in Guadeloupe!

Honestly, when President Gamiette called and told me...my mouth dropped. I could not believe it! My French is TERRIBLE. But, the Lord qualifies whom He calls. I got my French Preach My Gospel today. Working on it!

...Just Kidding. Sister Danielsen and I are staying in Vieux Fort for another transfer! YAYYYYYY! I feel so excited to stay here. As I speak, a less active is sitting outside at her work. We're totally going to pounce when we're done. Mwahahaha!

The last week and a half have been a blur, so I am struggling a little to think about what to tell you. So, in lieu of writing for the moment, I'm going to attach PICTURESSSSS!

First - me at a waterfall!
Second - Thug Life at the waterfall!
Third - name tag at the waterfall!
Fourth - companions at the waterfall!
Fifth - flowers!

Well, as I said in my last email - Sister Danielsen and I were on quarantine from Sunday night until today because of election. Because we weren't allowed to go anywhere (besides the Gibsons' apartment), it seemed like a good idea to...CELEBRATE SHANKSGIVING! It was so wonderful. Sister Gibson miraculously found a turkey, the Elders brought macaroni pie (I LOVE MACARONI PIE), and Sister Danielsen made mashed potatoes and green beans. What did I bring? Well....so the other night, we were in the grocery store, and we go to buy some cheddar cheese...and then, in front my face, was...

BOURSIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I totally flipped out! I thought I wouldn't be able to have it for 18 months! Ah, I bought it and brought it to the dinner :)

Seriously, Thanksgiving was so nice. And, it was nice to be able to spend it with my family! :)

Let me tell you about one of the investigators we're currently working with. His name is Brother Raymond. He is a Seventh Day Adventist, and we met him during my first transfer while visiting one of our other investigators. The first time we met him, it was a little rocky. He is well-versed in the Bible, so he was quite quick to point out anything that he thought didn't jibe with it. This past transfer, I decided that Sister Danielsen and I should go visit him. Essentially, all Sister Danielsen and I do is just bear testimony all the time about what we're talking about. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would read it. I called him last week to set up an appointment. He wasn't available at the time, but I asked him if he'd been reading the Book of Mormon. Then, he said "Yes, I have! And let me just say...It is very interesting!" Ahhhh I am so excited to go see him tomorrow and talk about it. Even if he wants to try to disprove it, I am so excited! I know that he would love this gospel if he seeks it out!

So, we are currently working with an investigator named Keltrina. We had an FHE with her last week where we talked about family unity by reading about Ruth and then playing Pictionary (because...it's in teams...). When we asked her how she liked it, she said she LOVED IT! Ahhhh Keltrina! She has also been coming to Church AND Seminary! We will hopefully see her today!

Family, I am dying to be cold. DYING. I never thought I would desire to surrounded by bitingly frigid air and slippery streets but...I do! Please breathe in some extra cold air for me!

ALSO, during our quarantine, I wrote (but have not sent) letters to the following people: Laura Murray, Grandma Carey, JeanMarie Stewart, Elder Harless, Elder Larson, Renae Deighton, and Sister Dicou - in addition to the ones I've already written to Diane and Diana.

I am out of time!

Love you all!

Bye!

Sister Brisson








CURRENT ADDRESS INFO:

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

So, you asked for my new address. Here it is, but be aware that letters can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to get here. Please write me emails - I can print them out, so it doesn't eat into my internet time at all. If you want to use it, here it is:

PO Box 923
Gablewoods Mall South
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia 00124

You can also send packages to this address, but it's the same deal. DHL and FedEx are the fastest, but you have to have a number. Since this goes up on the blog, I'll send the number to Marcia, and you can ask her for it.