I LOVE MARABELLA. This area is amazing. The people are amazing. I am by the ocean. The apartment is amazing. ( I can control the tempurature on the shower and don’t have to light the stove and oven with a match… luxaries.) My companion is amazing. The ward is amazing. THE GOSPEL IS AMAZING.
I am actually in a trio right now. Sister Montenegro who is a cute sister from Peru is staying with us for a few more days…. she has to come into the country every so often for awhile for immigration stuff, but she usually is in Aruba. She is the cutest… she is 5 feet tall haha 🙂 Sister Paul and I are basically the same person. Before her mission she had dreads, loved hammocking, and played volleyball…. Crazy! She actually took gold in the Jr olympics and had a scholarship to BYU.. super good. We play volleyball for our work outs in the morning 🙂 I love it. She didn’t end up playing at BYU and so she went to USU… we have some mutual friends even! I am so sad this is her last transfer…I wish I could serve with her for the rest of my mission. .She is a super hard worker. .She told president that she just wanted a comp that would “hit the ground running” with her for her last transfer … and boy have we been running. I have never been so tired in my life and I love it. We are working hard and having tons of fun while doing it. (Chase she is going back to USU… jus’ sayin’)
We have an investigator named Benjamin from Guyana… he is so prepared. Every lesson with him the spirit is so strong. He will be baptized next month 🙂 Oh and he has dreads down to his butt. I love my mission.
Kevin got baptized this week! We were able to go to the baptism 🙂 It was sunday morning so we woke up at 5 and drove back to EL DO and then made it back in time for a confirmation of someone Sister Paul taught. It was a great day!
I don’t have much time so that’s all I have for the week. Love you all! I can’t believe Chase is home… I am going to be home just a year from now and it gives me anxiety haha.
I didn’t write a group email last week. (no excuse.. just pure laziness and tiredness haha sorry!) I’ll just get into the highlights of the last couple weeks.
A few weeks ago we got a head quarter refferal (which are pretty rare), but we couldn’t get ahold of her for a long time. All we knew was her name was Linda and she wanted a BoM. Well, one day we were doing some phone contacting and we decided to try her again. We finally got ahold of her! We set up a time and got some nice Trini directions which consisted of “go up so & so on John’s road. Turn left to the 55th lamp post and then ask someone for directions to my house” haha typical. We figured we would go as far as we could and then call her. Well she lives way in the bush and when we got as far as we could…. we had no service. Well we had no clue how to get there so we said a prayer and got out and just started searching. We talked to 5 people and eventually one of them knew where Linda lived. We found her and taught her the Restoration in her tiny board house that had holes everywhere in the ceiling and floor… and the SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG. She is amazing. Talk about a miracle!
This Tuesday I had one of the most terrifying and hilarious moments in my mission. The day started out like any other.. got up and worked out and jumped in the shower. Well while I was showering… THE SHOWERHEAD EXPLODED AND WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES. What the!… hahah. I screamed and jumped out… grabbed my towel and ran out to Sister Masciantoni screaming, “The shower is on fire!!!!” She thought I meant the water was hot so she gave me a super wierd look hahah so i dragged her to the bathroom (in this moment I was just wrapped in a towel with a head full of conditionar and a face covered in facewash) We got to the bathroom and there was a giant black cloud and ash going everywhere. We dumped some water on the shower head and by some miracle it went out.. it was an electrical fire and I guess you aren’t suppose to put water on those.. whoops. Missionary protection is real. We got the fire out and I finished my shower in the sink…. absolute craziness. It hasn’t happened since then so it’s fixed… I think. 😂
We had exchanges this week. I went to an area called Valsayn with a sister named Sister Petersen. Her and I have the exact personality. It’s kind of creepy actually how similiar we are. It was such a fun exchange! We held dead iguanas and had a Trini ask to take a picture with us because “white gals” hahahah. I’ll send pics of the exchange next week. (my camera was dead so Sister Pertersen has to send them to me.)
We had transfers this week and guess who is leaving good ol’ El Dorado!! Yep, I am going to the other side of the island. I’m gonna be a South Sister! I am going down to Marabella. I am super sad to leave ElDo. I love the people here, but I am also excited to experience more of Trinidad. I hear South is like a different country…the people are a lot more poor down there. My companion will be a sister named Sister Paul. I will actually be killing her! (Meaning this is her last transfer before she goes home) And this is a short transfer because of Christmas so I have 5 weeks to learn the area before I lead out again… Pray for me. I am super excited to be with Sister Paul! She is an amazing missionary and I will learn a lot from her. She went to USU and played volleyball so yeah, we’ll get along 🙂
I am so grateful for the time I had up North and the time I had with Sister Masciantoni. I have learned so much these last 2 transfers. They have been the most trying time of my mission thus far and I am so grateful. Sister Masciantoni and I could not be more opposite. I won’t lie…we did not get along at first, but because of that we have both learned a lot of patience and charity. When you put yourself to the side and look at others as God sees them… you can come to love anyone. And that’s just what has happened with us. We are really good friends now. I have learned so much about the Atonement and how it works in every aspect of our lives, every single day. I am so grateful for my Savior and setting the example of what we should aspire to be.
First off, CONGRATS JACKI AND KADE ON THE NEW BABY BOY. He is beautiful. My heart seriously melted when I saw the pictures. I can’t wait to meet the little guy :’)
Baby Kimball and big sister, Andi
This week was a huge Indian holiday here in Trinidad called Divali. I’ve eaten so much Indian food this last week that I don’t think I will ever eat anymore. And Sister Masciantoni and I are going on a spinach only diet to counter act all the food. Lol. Divali is a holiday to celerate Mother Lecthme… a Hunidu God. She is the God of Light so all of Trinidad was lit up with candles along the road and in the yards. They also hang up Christmas lights and set off fireworks. Words can’t describe how beautiful is was (and loud. They do this thing called bamboo busting which sounds like a gun shot. We live in Hindu village so I didn’t get much sleep that night hahah). A less active whose family is all Hindu invited us over so we got plenty Indian food and everyone was all dressed up in fancy Indian clothes. IT WAS SO COOL.
This week I had one of those *click* moments where something in life just all the sudden makes sense. As you all know, my original plan was to go to a full year of school, but about this time last year I felt really prompted to just hand in my papers and go asap. Honestly, I didn’t want to. I was loving Dixie, ambassadors, and frankly, I didn’t feel ready for a mission. But I decided that God knew best so I went ahead and handed in my papers. Well now it makes sense that I was suppose to go early. Sister Tui and I were the last missionaries to get work permits granted so that we could come into the country. The government right now is NOT letting missionaries in. There are 38 work permits collecting dust on a desk somewhere that they won’t even look at. All the missionaries that now are getting their call here have to wait at least 5 to 6 months before leaving and we don’t even know if they will ever make it to Trinidad. If I wouldn’t have turned in my papers when I did.. who knows if I would have made it to this country that I have grown to love so much. (For further explanation of how we feel as a mission see Alma 58:34-37)
We saw many many miracles this week! One of which is with Kevin… he still hasn’t smoked and finally got to church this week! And absolutely loved it.
I wish I could write more, but I have no time.
Have a great week everyone!
I ate a chicken foot. It tasted like sucking fat off of little fingers.