So things here in St. Maarten have been going pretty well. It's really hot, and I'm convinced that there won't be a day where I don't sweat while I'm down here.
Last month our mission president asked us to teach the families here the law of the fast, and specifically ask them to fast for opportunities to find and teach the gospel. Since then we've been seeing success in the member referrals we already had as well as having a lot of great beginnings with new investigators.
We were shadowed by the Elders again this week so that we can actually have some sort of training as a companionship ... and we were able to learn a lot. We had a lesson with a friend of a member and it went really well. He even came to church on Sunday.
The member that helped us teach his friend is young (around 17 or 18) and served a mini-mission -- so he is a missionary machine. He was using his scripture mastery cards and things he's learning in Sunday school. So ... for all you youth reading this ... PAY ATTENTION IN SEMINARY AND DON'T FALL ASLEEP! You will end up using what you learn!
We've had to get pretty creative with all the different language barriers here. Yesterday we had a medical student come with us who served in Argentina and also a local member who speaks French. The French member would speak to my companion, Sister Joseph. She would then translate in English, then the medical student would translate into Spanish so that our investigator would understand. It turned out to be a really good lesson.
This morning we went to Maho Beach where the planes fly in close to the beach. There weren't any huge planes, but I tried to get a few pictures.
Other than that things have been going well. Before I sign off, there was a scripture that really impressed me this week. It is in 2 Nephi 10:23 :) remember that happiness is a choice!
(Editor's Note: 2 Nephi 10:23 reads "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves -- to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.")
(Editor's Note: Is this REALLY ice cream and Pringles chips?)
Sister Joseph making breakfast
Planes landing at Maho Beach