Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

This week was really good overall! We left Monday afternoon to pick up Elder Dean in Sav, drove back to Mo Bay and picked up Elder G and Johnson, and then headed to Ochi. We stayed the night there.  I woke up in the morning and I had the chickingunya... it was terrible driving through the twist and turns in the early of the morning to get to the training meeting for the district leaders. But we got there and I missed most of the meeting, sleeping and shoving frozen bottles under my arms and legs to bring down the temp. From what I caught though, man I missed a great meeting.  2nd to last, Elder Whitlock and I taught on trade- offs and having a model area, but more of being a model missionary. It was alright, honestly I don’t remember much of it. But then we did the reverse order to take the elders home, staying in Mo Bay and then taking back Elder Dean in the morning to Sav. We stayed for his district meeting then we did a split with the elders in the Sav house. I went with Elder Dean and Keogler and Elder Whitlock biked with Elder packer and Gardner. Our day went really good, plus I was able to show them some members’ homes and also some people to check back, since it got white washed twice they were a little lost. I got to see Shereca and commit hee to coming back to church... sad, but thankfully she was honest and willing to improve. I can’t wait to be done and be able to talk to all my converts! Anyways, Thursday morning we got back in our area and went to work! 
We saw a good amount of less actives, and also had Shanna-lees baptism interview and all things ran really smooth. Friday was more interesting though. We met with the number 1 magician here in Jamaica, he said you could just YouTube Jamaican magician and he would probably come up. He is pretty good and really chill, both him and his wife do magic for career and she is a member, plus his car is super pimped out. I’ll just have to get a pic next time to show you what I mean, its unique needless to say. Anyways, he is confused and we are meeting with him again this week. Our focus this week was for families and part member families.  We also met with Angela and Joan who are both married( which is rare in JA) but we haven’t met their husbands yet. They want to know the Book of Mormon is true before they leave their church and visit ours, which is fair, I'd say the same thing. It truly has to be hard to change something you haven't been doing your whole life and believe it to be true. I have sooo much respect for ALL those that meet with us, really I don't think I would. 
Saturday was great though. We met with the Scarlett’s, they are the same as stated above, but they took the restoration very well, understood and very respectful. The spirit was soo strong there! Only part, and I swear it happens in EVERY lesson, is when we talk about the actual restoration, a dog barks, a baby cries, a gun shot, phone call, neighbor, anything to get rid of the touching spirit to let you know it’s true! Frustrating I say!But they are strong Baptist, committed to read and do more research before coming to church and accepting a date. But we got a return appointment to teach them the plan of salvation. We also were prompted to teach them about temples and priesthood right off the bat which we hardly ever do, but it was so cool.  We also met with Chrishnah who has been listening to the Book of Mormon in his car since he never has time to read. We were about ready to be forced to drop him cuz he is too busy, but that, the book of Mormon listening, has changed everything and he is making time 
to learn. Powerful!

Shanna-lees baptism was great.  The camera isn’t working properly so hopefully you will get to see the pics, great service. Sunday we met with another family, named Patricia, who works at the book store we email at, and has always been impressed with our conduct, and wants to join a church like that. She said, quote: "I want to glow like you elders do when you walk around, people can just see you are Christians, if they look". Gosh, it’s good to get a big up now and then! She has 7 children and is educated, so great way to finish the week. Many other cool experiences with others like Jason Lee, Surburn, Trissia and more. The work is going good, just need more time now. This week we are going to Ochi to do a split, but we do have more time if nothing goes wrong. Love you all and take care this week!
Elder Wilkerson

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