Well...Barbados is different from the other islands I have been to so far. Mainly the people are different. The majority of the people on St. Maarten and St. Lucia are humble and willing to talk to us, even if they aren't interested in what we have to say. A lot of the people here on Barbados are the opposite of that. They won't really give us the time of day. It is interesting to see how the poorer countries are more humble and the richer ones are more prideful. It is similar to what Jesus Christ was teaching in Luke. When a man asked him, "what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered that he should keep the commandments. The man then said, "All these I have kept from my youth up." Jesus then told him, "Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." When Jesus then saw that the man was saddened about this he taught," For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
This lesson that he taught is so true. If we get caught up on worldly things and become prideful, we need to make a change in our life to align our will with God's will.
As is every Island in the Caribbean it is very hot. But I guess everybody already knows that. Barbados is also as flat as a pancake.....literally...I'm not exaggerating. I have been blessed to be able to serve in places with hills and mountains that have reminded me of home. Now I have the opportunity to serve here. Although it is flat, it has its own blessings. Less hills to walk up:)
I have TWO companions. Sister Henry and Sister Fisher were companions for 4 weeks before I came here. So now Sister Henry, Sister Fisher, and I are all companions. We are in a trio!
Me and Sister Henry get along really well. She is actually from St. Lucia. She is serving in this mission until her visa goes through and she can transfer to where she was called: New Jersey! It is kinda fun being in a trio. There is a third testimony during lessons and it makes it really cool. Contacting is hilarious because the people just see three girls walking up to them and introducing themselves. I can't imagine how insane we look sometimes.
I am now serving in the Oistins area. I am not sure what our other areas are called but we have a big area. We also have a car...not sure if that is a good or a bad thing yet. I won't be walking around as much with means I won't be getting as much exercise. It also enables us to get to all of our area though, so that is good.
The people here on Barbados talk WAY differently than the people on St. Maarten and St. Lucia. When I was transferred to St. Lucia I had to learn to understand the people there. Now I am going through the same thing AGAIN! The people talk so much differently on the different islands. I learned how to speak a tea-tac (means a little haha) of Patois (creole) on St. Lucia while I was there and learned Spanish on St. Maarten. (I am still doing language study for Spanish so that is awesome.) Here on Barbados they just speak English, but it is the hardest thing to understand!! Literally, sometimes we will be talking to someone and I think in my head, "there is no way this is English", but apparently it is. I can pick up certain things already.
Funny moment this week: We were having a lesson on my first day here. It was with a Less-Active member named Richie. He is an interesting fellow haha. We began the lesson with a prayer, as usual, but something odd happened. During the prayer I kept getting the impression that someone was watching us. It was the weirdest feeling ever and not a good one either. After the prayer ended I opened my eyes and looked up, and standing right behind Richie was an older lady. She kind of reminded me of my grandma...that was until she opened her mouth. My grandma never used those words before...She started going off on Richie and saying a lot of choice words which I will be sure to never use. I was really worried about how Richie was going to handle it and it was amazing to see how calm he stayed. He later explained to us that before he was a member of the church and heard the gospel he would have reacted very differently towards that situation. At the end of the lesson he shared some wise words with me pertaining to the Book of Mormon. "A chapter a day keeps the devil away." I think I am adopting that slogan. :)
I had the opportunity to get to know a lot of great people this week and am looking forward to the many great experiences I know I will have this upcoming week.
Love ya long time!
Sister Breana Stewart