In a stroke of genius, my companion and I paid for 15 minutes of internet so we could print out our emails and email President Gamiette, THEN go eat lunch and return to have 45 minutes of just PURE EMAILING. BRILLIANT!
As I've read your emails already, I will address some of the things you've said!
Mom - I am doing fine on everything. Our MSF covers mostly everything, except clothing, so I don't need much in that regard. For Grandma Carey, the address that she should use is the one for the mission office (the address for Trinidad). I believe it's the one at which I told her to write me. That way I'll be sure to get it at some point during next transfer.
Dad, I'm glad the mini-MTC experience went well for the youth! Ah, I wish I had been able to send you a My Missionary Journal - it's basically a little booklet we use when planning with members. It's quite useful. Maybe I'll send it to you next week.
Linda! I'm so excited to find out the gender of the mystery baby. Yay! Oh yeah - yesterday I was thinking about ONEY JUDGE ahahahaha. And Nick! Congratulations on winning that prize and being the most hardcore law student of all time!
Jacob, you heard PlayRadioPlay! in the bookstore? That's crazy! What song was it? Also, congratulations on going on the hiatus - it will be very beneficial, I can promise that!
Alright, now to tell you about my Life in Lucia (that totally sounds like a Disney Channel show).
First thing - I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF A HAIRCUT. My hair has reached to new hippie lengths! Haha Mom, if you could see me right now, I can just imagine you saying "YOU NEED A HAIRCUT!" There are a lot of hairdressers/stylists around here but they're all specialists so...trying to figure out this one.
Also, TRANSFERS ARE NEXT WEEK AHHHHHHHH! We get our transfer calls this Saturday. I hope they leave me here - I still have to train Sister Dayton, after all!
In other news, I FINISHED MY FIRST JOURNAL, EVER! However, the months of December and January are mostly nonexistent. Dear future children: I apologize for the lack of details about my mission!
We had a spiritual lesson (I guess that's not descriptive...I mean, EVERY lesson is spiritual). Okay, a lesson where we cried might describe it better. We had tracted into this lady named Teresa's house two weeks ago. She is quite old and has some health issues that are restrictive. We went back to visit just to sit down and talk. She told us about her life growing up around where she lives and what she likes to do. Sister Dayton read 3 Nephi 17 to her, and she (Sister Dayton) started tearing up. Teresa started crying as well and said, "you came to visit me. Thank you." We are going back this week to help her out around the house.
We also taught a woman who is in her 20's who is facing SO many sorrows and challenges that someone her age shouldn't face. We sat down and she was telling us about herself and my heart just about broke. We are seeing her again this week and teaching her the Plan of Salvation.
Okay, so a few weeks back, Sister Dayton and I had gone to visit Joanna, when we contacted a young man along the way named Endurance! He's a medical school student. We hadn't been able to teach him because of some scheduling hiccups. So, the other night, Sister Dayton and I were walking down the street when we ran into him again. He saw us and said, "oh! You can stop by tonight - I'm not going out." We had such a great lesson with him. He told us how God has been blessing him immensely while he's been in medical school, and how he wants to show God his dedication and appreciation for those blessings. We were teaching him about the apostasy, which isn't easy to teach - or help people understand. I had read that morning in my personal study Ephesians 5:19-20 so I decided to try it out and - it worked! It was wonderful to see it click for him. The only sad part is that he's going home for 3 months! Meaning we'll have to wait a little.
Our member work has gone from SPIKE to SKYROCKET. We've continued to take out Sister Baptist this week. If anyone's read Redwall, she reminds me of Constance the Badger. Sister Baptist SET UP a teaching appointment for us. We visited her daughter and it went well! She set up another one for us this week.
And on Sunday, we had a beautiful Fast and Testimony meeting. Shazy, one of the older Primary children, bore a sweet testimony about prayer and concluded by saying, "everyone, invite a friend to Church, so they can receive blessings."
Anyways, that's all for now. Family, I love you so much. Friends, thank you so much for your emails this week. I love you all!
CURRENT ADDRESS INFO:
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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.