Tips from the week:
1. While hunting for houses, always contact.
2. While contacting, hunt for houses.
3. When calling into a house, talk loud and clear.
4. Don't get your car towed.
5. Do something brave and out of your comfort zone once a day.
6. Water is your friend.
7. When in doubt, contact it out.
8. 2 Nephi 31:20
9. Find opportunities to do service.
And last but certainly not least
10. Doctrine and Covenants 88:124
With this being a shorter week I assumed less would happen. Everyone knows what happens when you assume.
Wednesday was preparation day and Sister Robinson and I were determined to find shoes! I desperately needed a pair of backless sandals and had been searching high and low for 3 weeks. Finally, after shopping with the elders for a while (they shop like women) we parted ways. After 30 whole minutes we found them! Black Birkenstock knock-offs. Best purchase I have made so far.
After far too long of shopping we were happily strolling back to our lovely car. Stopping, we turned and looked at each other, turned back to our parking spot, and came to the same assumption. Our car was stolen! We didn't know what to do! After thinking about the situation we finally realized, our car wasn't stolen. It was towed. The people at the police station kindly took our information and called a tow truck driver to take us to the car lot. We walked outside when the driver arrived and we couldn't figure out where the tow truck was! No joke, the "tow truck" was a tiny little Chrysler. So that happened.
Thursday was house hunting day. We have three more Elders arriving in the next week or so and need somewhere to live. So as missionaries, the elders and us were tasked with the duty to find a house. As usual Sister missionaries rock. We found the coolest house. It is up on a hill and has a fantastic view of St. Maarten. The ocean breeze cools the house off so you don't have to have air-conditioner. Basically, we found gold. All day searching for houses and luckily we found this one. We contacted while looking at a different house and the owner seems like she was interested.
These past two days have been a challenge.
Every single lesson we had planned yesterday fell through. They had various reasons for this so we rescheduled them for another day. Then we saw almost every single one of those people. Since we didn't have anyone that was available for lessons we decided to go contacting. During this time we ended up walking passed a lot of the people who rescheduled and had the opportunity to chat for a bit which was nice.
Having the opportunity to contact was interesting as usual. I found out that I don't talk loud enough when calling into a home. Here you don't typically knock on the doors unless you have been there before or they don't have a gate. You yell, "Hello, good afternoon!". So it was my turn to call into a house and I probably said that 3 times and got no reply. They had their light on so they were definitely home. So Sister Robinson gave it a go and someone came out. Afterwards she explained to me, you have to shout loud and slow otherwise they won't come out. That was a good lesson to learn.
Somehow during contacting I tripped (weird huh?) and ended up cutting my foot a tiny bit and somehow that caused a blister. Then, I tripped again and tore that open. Not my day for walking. After that we had an amazing lesson with a less-active member about enduring to the end.
After we got home I dropped my planner on my foot and realized that I had a GIANT bruise on the top of my foot and it was swelling up. I guess you could say I am the most accident prone missionary in my area right now.
Don't forget to drink water when it is hot out! I drank 7 glasses of water when we returned home from contacting. I was so thirsty. I started getting sick when we were walking home because I had forgotten to drink plenty.
Saturday we had the opportunity to go back to a pre-school that we had done service at and paint again. That was a great experience. We set up an appointment with the owner and she is very excited for it.
Even with the struggles of keeping appointments, car problems, and injuries this week was very rewarding. We had the opportunity to get to know some members better, do some contacting, and have a handful of amazing lessons. It never ceases to amaze me how, if we follow the commandments, do what we are suppose to, and love everyone, we will continue to receive blessings and have opportunities to bless others as well.
I'm running low on time so I have to go.
I hope everyone has a great week! Love and miss you all!
Love, Sister Breana Stewart