Sunday, May 18, 2014

Letter 41...and the Mothers Day Skype! Wooohoooo.

I begin by telling you that the "Mothers Day Skype" was the best.  To physically see my Son and to listen to his voice was priceless.  He looks amazing.  He is so filled with light and love.  To the other Mother's in his District, he introduced us to your children and they are all amazing and kind.  This District and Zone seems to really love one another and are trying to get along.  Not every one of these kids are the same, so melding their lives on a regular basis is probably a little hard at times.  This scenario  set them up well for the rest of their lives, with roommates at college and later in marriage.

Jake loves his mission.  He loves the constant study of the gospel and the people.  Of course he loves "The West Indies"....who wouldn't. Living in Guadeloupe is like living in paradise.

As you all know it was Mothers Day yesterday and I got to skype with my fam bam and I am very happy at this moment in time. I think the coolest thing to see on your mission is how your family is blessed by your service.  Now that is a great blessing.  I feel like every prayer that I have said for my family has be realized over these last ten months.  Also saturady was my ten month mark.  It was super crazy to think about, it seems like yesterday and forever ago that I started. It is kind of just my life right now.  This is where I am,  this is what is happening. My life is one round of extreme happiness here in the mission field.  Wth all extremes there is always opposites also.  But they all work together for the greater good. 

I love meeting new people and hearing their different answers to their prayers as they pray to find a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know he lives. I know he is my savior. 

Avec Amour

Elder Lewis

 ...........Always Looking So Happy
Mothers Day Skype 2014

 The District
 Jake and His Great Friend Elder C

TheTroisieme Chute de Carbet 

Letter Number 40

A great letter from Jake on the progressing of the Church space they are preparing for the Saints in that area, and the work they are having with the investigators in that area.  

The opening of this meeting place will be so nice for the members there, the drive to the other side of the island is far and the road is not great, so this will save them time. I think the physical service work the missionaries do is probably quite therapeutic.

Shout out to my brother in law Shane for his birthday today, CINCO DE SHANE.

So in other news..... this week was totally just another wonderful week here in beautiful Basseterre Gwada, it is a pretty amazing place. We got our transfer calls, looks like I'll be staying here as district leader with Elder Sims. He is from Texas if I forgot to tell you that six weeks ago.

We did all sorts of great stuff this week, one of our investigators A.. he is going well on the dimmunation of ciggirettes. I think I just created a word. haha but also we had a great experience with this this lady and her daughter.  We taught them about genealogy and then we came back and taught them the restoration; came back again and they had prayed of course and when I asked them what their answer meant for them the one girl said " that means all the other churches are in error" and I was like "perfect answer"  they  were not able to come to church but they will be progressing towards baptism here soon. 

We spĂȘnt half a day working on the chruch. That was about establishing a church by your hand D&C 31:7. The church should open this week or the next.  It is set up so it can become a full branch one day. and then we build... there is a land already bought in Basseeterre for them to build a church, pretty sweet!

Hiked another beautiful waterfall this week. 

I really am happy here

Have a great week my friends and family, 

Elder Lewis

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Letter Number 39

I was just thinking about what feelings I had for the blog today.  The blog has become a bit of a journal for me and a journal of Jake's mission.  I have been missing his presence a lot lately, and I am extremely excited to speak to him on Mother's Day.  I feel so at peace with what his mission is about...bringing people unto Christ, helping them find happiness in the fullness of the gospel. I also feel as if Jake's life and all who dedicate their time for a mission will be forever changed for the better.  The sacrifice of time, talents, and the following of the rules hones these dedicated Young forever.  I truly wish that I had served a mission and hope to serve with Lance when we retire.  I love these amazing places Jake is able to adventure to on P-day, I'm sure it gives him the peace he needs to work hard during the week.  

Just kidding, it is never just another Monday here on Gwada, we went and hiked the third waterfall of carbet and that was super sweet!  It was nice to hike up and just get into the rainforest and have the peace and silence around you. Except for when you meet people from France everywhere.....  ahhaha but that isnt that weird!

In other news we had a wonderful Zone Conference and it was so super awesome, we talked about planning and all the great things about inspired planning and why we do it and some member work. It was super great, kind of a weird transfer having Zone Conference and General Conference in the same month, they were like events that just messed up our schedual a lot, the place where we meet for those is and hour to two away.  It can take sooo long sometimes. crazy! also we had a great week to go with that. 

One of our investigators ( A   ) has dimminished smoking by a whole ton, and he should be doing himself baptism this next month sometime ( se faire baptiser for those of you who speak french) , as are a couple others, but I am out of time for today! 

Love you all dearly, 

Thanks for the support,

Elder Lewis

Questions from Mom:
What did you discuss at your Zone Conference?

We talked alot about prayers and how one time a guy wittnessed the prayer of Joseph Smith his personal ones, and he said it was like a man speaking to another man. He said that it was as if Heavenly Father was right in front of him.

We need to think of specific questions for our Heavenly Father, the brother of Jared thought about the stones, got them, molded them and then asked him to touch them with his finger and the veil was taken from his eyes.
What are is your Mission President and his wife like?

President Mehr is just full of light and truth, you feel like you are speaking with the Most high servant of the Lord, it is edifying

Sister Mehr is super relaxed and super funny, but she is also like Pres Mehr.

What was the best thing you ate this week?
this last week....... i am not even sure. one time i ate swordfish... that was way delishious