Monday (2 weeks ago):
Shemorlly's birthday was on Sunday so Sister Layton and I went over Monday night for her Birthday treat. Sister Layton got Hostess cupcakes and Birthday candles in her package. You know we popped those out for the occasion!
Tuesday (2 weeks ago):
A few weeks ago we received a referral from some of the medical students that were moving off the island. A Brazilian family moved into their old place and they gave them Liahonas/Ensigns and other church materials. The wife (Paulene) likes to read to improve her English. The medical students told them that the missionaries could come by and they said that was fine.
We met with them on Tuesday and they are such a great family! Very generous and kind. Paulene and her husband Jucian both served missions for the catholic church as a couple. #nuffsaid
Here in Grenada there are a lot of corn stands. Think Nacho Libre. So of course being missionaries and quoting Nacho on the daily we couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy corn.
It was nothing magical but we were able to meet the corn lady miss Alisson. Everybody has that one friend that just knows everyone. That is miss Alisson. She is hilarious. 10 minutes with her and I guarantee you'll be on the floor laughing. # ROTFL
Wednesday (2 weeks ago):
Shemorlly and Tyra came out teaching with us! That was so fun! We had to go in town because Shemorlly needed to get something. So Sister Layton and I were waiting outside by the water. I was trying to get a cool picture of my name tag (yes, mom, that was for you) and of course it slipped out of my hand when I was trying to put it back on. So my name tag ended up at the bottom of the Careenage....yup. While taking pictures of my name tag we also spotted an R.O.U.S. #princessbride
Pictures will be included herewith.
We also found one of the former investigators Christopher. He used to come to church every Sunday and come to all the activities. However, he 100% believes he is Jesus. We pronounce his name CHRISTopher. He came to church on Sunday again though.
Tuesday (Last week):
So there is this member named Rickie. He rocks. He also has weights at his house. A lot of us missionaries just hit our year mark. Hopefully you see the direction this is going. :) So on Tuesday, with the help of the zone leaders, we hiked weights and ting down a huge hill into our car and brought it to the church. There is a back room downstairs that has been turned into a weights room for the missionaries. #thanksrickie #6monthstosexy
Friday (Last week):
Friday was quite the adventure. Part of our area is Lance Aux Epines. Mostly rich people and white med students live there and they don't listen to us much. We decided it is about time that we brought them the gospel too so we scoped out the area and found which streets go where and which houses were not gated. We found an awesome cliff while doing that and of course stopped to take pictures. (I’m convinced we saw whales too)
The other Sisters on the island had a baptism! That was amazing! Her name was Maria and I love her, she is such a great person.
Church was packed!!! It was insane!! All of the Medical Students are back. We didn't have enough seats for everyone. Such a great problem to have :)
Monday was a holiday (and it is carnival right now) so we hung out at the church for most of the day after playing basketball at the med school with some members. It was awesome!
Sister Layton and I flew to Barbados (and are still here right now). President wanted to meet with us but his passport is full so he couldn't come to us. So we got lucky and were able to come here to Barbados. It is awesome being back here. We fly back to Grenada tomorrow. I am staying with the Sisters that are in my old area. Such a tender mercy to be able to be back in my old area! :) I love it!
So sorry I didn't send an email last week. I had it all typed up but then ran out of time before I could hit send:/ Forgiven?:)
I love you lots and hope ya have a fantastic week!
Sister Breana Stewart
What a week!!! I loved it.
As you might have heard, Shemorlly was baptized this week! I am so proud of her and the decision she made. As Sister Layton and I were preparing her for baptism it felt like a lot of obstacles were being thrown in our way. It was a big learning experience. A while back, one of my good friends told me, "God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers". That has stuck with me ever since I heard it. I have also learned while on my mission that as we chose to follow God, it is not always an easy path. Sometimes it is the more difficult path, but for anyone that is living the gospel you know that it is always worth it. More blessings come into your life and you are happier. It isn't a worldly happiness but a spiritual happiness knowing that you are doing exactly what you Heavenly Father wants you to do. A couple weeks ago at church the lesson in Relief Society really stuck out to me. It was based on the principle of Agency. After hearing the lesson I committed myself to always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong. That is how we show our Faith; through our trials.
Shemorlly's baptism was beautiful! Her step-father, Brother Chris Vincent, had the opportunity to baptize her. Tyra, a member (and one of Shemorlly's friends) gave a talk as well as Shemorlly's brother Shemon. They both did awesome! Then, Sister Layton and Elder Kujanpaa sang Come thou Fount and I accompanied them on the piano. Sunday was Shemorlly's 21st birthday and she was confirmed a member of the church by Roger (one of the coolest people eva). Talk about getting the best birthday present ever! One that never gets old, needs replacing, or an upgrade.
Shemorlly is so sweet and got me a birthday present :) She is such a great person and I have learned a lot from being around her here in Grenada.
We were able to see our investigator Donalee a few times this week. Yesterday we were able to take the new senior couple (the Mills) with us as well. That was a huge blessing! I felt the spirit so strongly during the lesson and they were a huge help in having Donalee open up more and in finding more of her concerns. She is on the track to baptism but doesn't want to move to fast towards it.
Friday was Sister Layton's birthday!! :) Now we are both 20! #unity.
I made her a birthday ting for dessert and we ate it at Institute on Thursday with everyone that showed up.
We visited Joycelyn a lot this week which is always awesome. She calls Sister Layton and I her "dudes". It is hilarious. She is so sassy! Her granddaughter, Zania, decided she wanted to be a missionary for a bit and went to one of our lessons for Donalee's with us. She is so cute.
So at sports night and P-days we normally play basketball for part of it. Somehow I got the nick-name beef stew along the way.... We were shopping today after sports and we found a can of Beef stew at the store. Needless to say, we were dying in the isle.
Saturday we spent a lot of the day preparing for the baptism and stopping by people.
I have been studying the atonement a lot recently. Last week, in the email President Herrington sent out to all of us missionaries he included a quote from Elder Kim B. Clark:
"There is no sin, no guilt, no shame, no fear, no loneliness, no heartache, no loss, no depression, no sadness, no terror, no pain, no challenge, no weakness that Jesus Christ has not experienced and overcome.
If you turn to Christ and repent of your sins, He will forgive you and cleanse you and change your heart. This is the redeeming power of the Atonement. If you turn to Christ when you face challenges and need capacity beyond your own, He can strengthen you and magnify your capacity. This is the strengthening power of the Atonement."
I love this quote. We are not perfect. I am not perfect. Everyone makes mistakes every day. This is why we have the Atonement. It is there for a reason. As missionaries we teach others how to access the power of the Atonement and let it work in their lives. We don't preach principles that we aren't willing to follow as well.
The Atonement has changed me throughout the duration of my mission. Every day, as I allow it to work in my life, I draw closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Atonement is amazing!
One of my favorite examples of the power of the Atonement in the Book of Mormon is found in Alma 36:17-19. I love reading about Alma's own experience with the atonement.
Anyways, I love you so much! I hope you have a fantastic week.
Sister Breana Stewart
Hey Mom. Sorry I didn't tell you I was sick. I didn't want to worry you and I was told by the medical missionary not to tell my parents. They don't want to stress you out or worry you either. I don't know exactly what I had but it was some kind of mosquito borne illness. I had two small meals in the span of 5 or so days. My appetite completely left and I had very little energy. My body was very week and I had a pounding headache. So I slept a lot the past week and a half and am just now getting back to my normal self. I still don't have 100% of my energy but I am getting there slowly but surely. I am sorry I didn't tell you (and I'm not quite sure how you found out in the first place...) but I was just doing what I was told. :) I really wanted to tell you and it was hard not to but I did as I was asked.
Yes, I got a lot, if not all, of the birthday cards :) What was cool was that I got them on my Birthday.
Tuesday afternoon we flew out to St. Vincent for trade-offs with our Sister Training Leaders. That was awesome! We got back to Grenada late Friday night, just in time to be back home for my Birthday. The trade-offs were so much fun :) Carnival was going on when we got there so we were inside all day Tuesday, they had P-day Wednesday so we played Basketball and that was fun. Thursday was their Zone meeting. All in all a very awesome trip. Since Sister Robinson is my Sister Training Leader we were able to catch up and go teaching with each other again. Loved it!
Saturday we help the Relief Society clean the church building and they were so nice. The Relief Society (who somehow knew it was my birthday) brought cookies for my birthday. That was so nice of her. :)
We didn’t have a baptism on Saturday. The investigator decided they weren't ready to be baptized yet, hopefully at another date :) He is awesome.
I am hoping I get my package this week as well!! I am so excited for it :) Honestly, it doesn't matter what the skirts look like, I will wear them. Anything new is appreciated when you've been wearing the same things for almost a year. I will let you know when I get the package as soon as I can.
The fourth of July was fun. We were invited by the Branch President and his wife to a barbecue ting with some of the med students on the 4th since it was our p-day. It was fun. We hiked to a secluded area for it, by a river and it was nice to be in nature and lime with everyone for a bit. Very relaxing. We had a jam session there.
We got transfer calls on Sunday! Sister Layton and I are staying together but a lot of other missionaries on the island are being switched up. It is sad to see some of them go but I am sure this next transfer and our zone will be great and we will work hard and see miracles. #vision #elevate
Love you bunches and miss you tons!!!!
Love you long time, Sister Breana Stewart
This week we did so much and worked hard while having fun.
To sum it up
1) Made a birthday cake for Sister Lydia Vincent and delivered it.
2) Got caught in the pouring rain a few times this week and ended up soaking wet. #everyday
3) When presented with the chance to contact a guy from Spain he asked me in Spanish, What do you like to do? My mind went blank and I literally could only remember, "Yo quiero la piscina." I am ashamed. #notmyproudestmoment
4) Set 2 Baptismal dates! Rupert (July 9th) and Donnalee (July 23rd). #dunked #justnow
5) Went to a baptism!! :)
All in all, a fantastic week!
For P-day today we hiked to the top of Mount Qua Qua. It was amazing, beautiful, and so fun! Sadly I forgot all of my email stuff at home so you will have to wait for pictures until next week :)
Love you long time,
Sister Breana Stewart
Well....This morning we received some news. The mission is no longer allowing us on or near any beaches. We received this straight from the Caribbean Area Presidency.
On another note: I gave a talk in church yesterday that went pretty well all things considered. It was on Visiting and Friendship.
Happy Father's day to all the father's out there as well :)
Saturday I had one of the most amazing lessons with a Less-Active named Lee. We brought a member named Listra with us and the Lord definitely had a hand in how everything went. We share a chapter in The Book of Mormon with him and it ended up being EXACTLY what he needed to hear. We had not planned on sharing that chapter with him but as prompted by the Holy Ghost we quickly changed what we had already decided on. The spirit was so strong and it was a great learning experience for me as well. I truly felt more of what Heavenly Father feels for each of us during that experience.
Also, there is a huge hill we walk up many times every day. So much that I lost count. We have named it the HOT HUSBAND HILL :) Every time we climb it, well...you get the picture :)
I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well.
The internet wasn't working for a while here so I don't have much time to email this week. Next week, hopefully things will go smoother and I will be able to email longer. Sorry! I love and miss you.
Love you long time,
Sister Breana Stewart
Well, this week was quite the unexpected sort.
Transfer Calls were last week and I was going to be staying in Barbados for a few more weeks since my visa had not been cleared. However, my mission President decided to go with a new plan. I would be sent to Grenada anyways with the hope of me being allowed in. I was told, "Be prepared for a not so welcome greeting. Good luck!" So you could imagine my surprise when I got that phone call.
So Tuesday night they told me and Wednesday morning they flew me out to the beautiful Grenada. On the flight here I sat next to the man that approves everyone's workers permit. #truehomie. We talked the whole flight and he even gave me tips as I was drawing a planner cover that I am going to send to Skyler. #Halo #armorofgod Hopefully he like it because a Grenadian gave me tips on how to improve It :) He approved me workers permit really quick and even remembered my name when the zone leaders went in for it #firstimpressionswag.
I was grateful for the easy entrance I had into the island. Now I live in a house with four other sisters. Five sisters, one house....interesting. Sister Benn is 39 turning 40 this year (Yup...that happened), Sister Kaitaua, and Sister Lameto are in a trio. Then you've got Sister Layton and I. #compreunion
Talk about a chaotic house.
Thursday I met some really cool people. I met a lady named Joycelyn who just got baptized last Saturday. She calls us her "dudes":) Love she so much. She has one leg and is the coolest/funniest person ever. Then we went to see and old investigator but she wasn't home so we ended up contacting her cousin Michael. He was super cool. We gave him a Book of Mormon and invited him to read Alma 34. After that we contacted a lady names Allisha who was doing wash outside her house. She lives right below Joycelyn. She told us we could come back the next day for a lesson with her. #score
Then we contacted a bunch of limers on the corner.
Then we had institute that night. The teacher was a little bit late but it was an amazing lesson. Sister Cummings knows her stuff. She served a mission and has a strong testimony. #RM
Friday is a day I will always remember. I have been on my mission in the Caribbean for 10 months and Friday is the first day I ate a mango. Now I'm hooked. #can'tgetenough
We followed up with Allisha today and had a great lesson with her. We did a bunch of service for her before. We washed her dishes and washed her laundry outside. #handwashing #everyting
Then we went contacting a bunch. We almost got bumped by a huge tractor while trying to spread the word of God. #slowdown
Den we had fun night!!! I met my brother I never knew about!! Brother Stewart is so cool. He has the coolest last name ever! Him and Nia (a member who goes teaching with us) are the coolest.
Saturday we had our Follow-up lesson with Michael. We did service for Joycelyn while he read Alma 34. #proud
It was a pretty good lesson and he has a big desire to stop smoking.
After that we had Coordination. I made some new friends. You know me and kids, love 'em! They sat in on our coordination meeting :)
Then a member named Rimble (super hilarious) cooked us all a meal. YUM! Rice and peas and curry chicken of course. I wouldn't expect anything less in the Caribbean.
Sunday was Fast Sunday!!! :)
I love hearing everyone bear their testimonies.
The Chaney family fed us dinner Sunday night. That was so kind of them. We had Nia with us because she was going to appointments with us that day. That was so awesome to be able to see people from back home.
Brother Stewart (we call him stewy) had his cousin with him at church as well. So we went and had a lesson with him that evening before dinner. He is way cool.
Today we all did sports on the beach for P-day. It was fun. It started pouring down rain. I loved it!!! We were playing games in it :) Brother Stewart and his cousin Rupert came and hung out with us for it. They rock.
Basically, I love Grenada and am so stoked to be here. #grenadian #justnow
I love you and hope you have a fantastic week :)
Love you long time,
Sister Breana Stewart
Well hello there! :) Another week has passed. Can you believe it?
Since it is the end of the transfer and Zone conference you better believe it was a crazy one.
I feel like transfers just happened...now I am here telling you my transfer call again. You ready for it? If you aren't...sorry!
Transfer Call: I am going to Grenada and my new companion will be the one and only Sister Layton! I don't know about you but I miss that girl so much. She is such an amazing person. I miss she and am excited to serve with she again :) You ready for the bad news now? My visa hasn't cleared yet so they expect a few weeks until I actually get to leave Barbados to go there. So For the time being I will be companions with Sister Maico, my STL. Woop! She is very nice. I will be moving back to my old area also. So yeah, it should be good. It's going to be a driving area so hopefully when I go to Grenada I will lose the weight I gain :) One can dream.
This week we went over to the Waldron's home (Members here) and did a whole lot of service! They sell plants and such. They had a HUGE pile of dirt that all of us had to shovel into bags. Halfway through it started to sprinkle and it made the bags heavier. When we were done we were beat! They fed us breakfast afterwards. LOVE THEM!
Last Sunday We had to say goodbye to Sister Brathweight :( She has a lot of her family in England and she went on Vacation for 6 weeks there. A whole transfer. I miss her.
Zone Conference was as interesting as ever. We studied a lot about accountability. That was the theme this time. I had to give a talk on D&C 72:3-4. Then later I had to give a presentation on working effectively with the branch mission leader.
There were a lot of good topics brought up and I was able to learn a whole lot.
So as many of you may have heard, Sisters are now allowed to wear pants. Not to mention the huge hats. One thing I was glad to hear is that we are now allowed to wear sunglasses! Yay! But for true, if you are ever bored and have a spare moment look on the LDS website under dress and grooming for missionaries. Check out the attire they are allowing us to wear. I can see how it would fit for a lot of missions but here....not so much. I understand the pants, may even get a couple pairs for myself, but the hats...probably not. Cool fact: For all sisters serving in the mission already the mission will pay for 3-4 pairs of pants for each Sister. Cool huh? Hard part is going to be finding appropriate ones, and stores that sell them.
So we have this investigator named Gerda. She is so sweet. We contacted her a week or two ago and she was very willing to let us come back and talk with her. We had such an amazing lesson with her. We taught her about the Restoration of the gospel and from us teaching by the Holy Ghost she said she didn't have any question. She said we taught so clear and simple. What a great thing to hear as a missionary. I felt like I earned a gold star. Hopefully we will be able to go and do some service for her this week.
Our investigator Monroe dropped us this week. :( That was kind of a bummer. It was like one of those awkward break ups where after it happens you see them all the time everywhere. I know you all know what I mean ;) But luckily we ended on a good note so it isn't too weird anymore. We are still friends and chat with him when we bump into each other.
You know what they say about pictures. It's worth a thousand words. So I will attach many :)
Love you long time. And always remember: You rock!
Sister Breana Stewart
Yeah, Kim is the BEST!!!! She goes teaching with us all the time! I was actually at her house when she sent you a friend request. You must have been on because you accepted it pretty quick:) The Sister you saw me with is my new companion Sister Maughan. Tuesday me and my companion and Sister Call all received new transfer calls. The president felt impressed to switch some things up so Sister Maughan came down from black rock and Sister Call went up to take her place. Sister Fisher and I got split up and she is now with Sister Takuia who goes home in a few weeks! So that all changed on Friday. It was unexpected but hey, that's the way the cookie crumbled. So I am blanking an area. That means my companion and I do not know our area and we basically have zero investigators. So we are starting from scratch. It is going to take a lot of hard work and long days but eventually we will build up our area and have a teaching pool.
Oh, and I mustn't forget....I am on a bike now. Yup, dear old me is riding a bike in a skirt. If you can just imagine that you will picture just how hard it is. It is sketchy!! Basically I can only wear like 2 of my skirts because the other ones don't work for biking and like 4 of my shirts. So sorry if I am wearing the same outfit in all of my pictures from now on! :)
Yesterday was amazing! We were having a hard time getting pumped about our new area and having no teaching pool for the most part. We met a young adult from India that is attending the American Medical College near us and went to teach her yesterday afternoon. No joke, as soon as we walked out the door it starts pouring rain. We were definitely being tested. We road all the way there in the pouring rain and were soaking wet. It was all worth it in the end.
The Lady's name is Divya. As we were getting to know he a little more before we started the lesson she said she was going to call the three most important people in her life right now that were on the island to hear our message with her. Her three best friends (also from India). So she calls them and tells them to come down to the lobby. Obviously they were surprised to see us but after talking with them for a while they wanted to know about where we go after this life. So we taught them the plan of salvation. Or rather the Spirit taught them and we were simply to vessels through which that was possible. It was such and amazing lesson.
They are going to come to Fun night (sports) on Friday with us and we are going to bus with them there. They are so excited to come back and they said that we made their week. :) SO thank you Heavenly Father. We needed that comment.
Thursday was a bank holiday (hero's day) as was yesterday (Labor Day). Thursday we had sports and games and such for about 6 hours at the rendezvous meeting house. I played basketball for almost 4 hours!!! It was so fun! I am getting better.
I am so excited to be able to talk with you on Skype on Mother’s day! What a treat.
Friday was my halfway point!!!! Can you believe that I only have 9 months left!! It is a weird feeling. Missions are hard but they are worth it. I love the people here so much! :)
I am sad/happy about the ward split (at home in Salem). That means there is major growth going on there!! But I will miss all of my close friends that will be in the other wards :( I love them all!!!
Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic week.
I love you long time!
Sister Breana Stewart
Wow. This week felt so long! It feels like ages since the last P-day.
This week was transfer week so, as usual, it was pretty hectic.
Last P-day was shorter for Sister Fisher and I because a new missionary named Sister Heno had just arrived, fresh from the MTC. Who else but me and my companion would she get to spend a few days with ;). So we picked she (I am talking bajan...it is normal, trust me) up from the Mission home Monday late afternoon. She was with us until Wednesday Morning. I love she so much! Literally, we had a blast with she :) Don't worry, I won't write too much Bajan...It might be too weird for you to read.
Tuesday was a day filled with goodbyes! Sad. I had to say goodbye to a lot of great missionaries that I was blessed to serve around. They are doing work on their new islands I am sure. Transfers are hard here. Instead of like in the states or other places, if they leave your area you may never see them again on your mission. But, that is how it goes.
Wednesday we picked up Sister Norris from the Airport and her and Sister Fisher went around to see some of her old Members and investigators from when she served here. So while they were out doing that fun stuff Sister Maughn and I were on bikes....It was hot. We always look like sweaty orphans...everyday. By the end of the afternoon I had to change clothes I had sweated so bad. If President Herrington saw me he probably would have thought I jumped into the ocean.
But it was a fun experience as well :) I loved being on bikes. My body didn't though. I was so sore!!!
Then we dropped Sister Norris off at the mission home before she departed on Thursday. Now she is back home...living the normal life. Exciting! 9 months from now that will be me!
Then Wednesday night we also picked up Sister Call!!! How awesome!! Reunited at last! We are in a trio! Her companion is stuck on St. Vincent because she doesn't have the correct paperwork to get into Barbados right now. . It is so fun to be in a companionship with Sister Call again. I love it!
So #trioswag #wecool So we shall be a trio for the time being. It is the funnest thing on the planet. Love she. She is bae.
We contacted some pretty promising people this week! Loved it.
In my personal studies I have been focusing on learning the Book of Mormon stories better. If you think about it, the prophets that were writing put these specific stories in there for a reason. A reason that we might not yet understand by through the Holy Ghost can come to comprehend. So that has been what I've been doing this week. Focusing on really learning the stories and understanding the messages it teaches in each chapter. It is crazy how much the scriptures truly go hand in hand. You can't have one book without the other. I got through 1 Nephi 1-8, about a chapter a day. I'm taking my time :)
Something cool that I learned that I want to share with you I learned in 1 Nephi 4. In Verse 6 it clearly states that Nephi "was lead by the spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which [he] should do". Wow. What great faith! As I was pondering the power of that simply verse the spirit helped me feel how important that lesson can be. Nephi had no clue what was going to happen or what he needed to do as he was led by the spirit. In verse 7 the first word is Nevertheless. I have taken that word to heart as I go about my missionary work. The day was hard...Nevertheless I worked hard and did all I could. The work Nevertheless carries so much power! And determination! And optimism!! Elder John H. Groberg says, "Be willing to take reasonable risks."
I had an experience similar to Nephi's. (no I did not chop off anyone's head...:))
We were driving to an appointment and I looked out my window. A house far back off the road caught my attention. I had the distinct impression to go contact that house, but we were already running late for our next appointment. We didn't have time! So for the next 75 seconds I was having a wrestle in my head. I kept thinking, "we don't have time...what if they don't want to talk to us and we are even later. We already drove too far past it." while my entire being was pushing me to go back! I felt sick the further we drove away. Eventually I came to my senses and I told Sister Fisher we needed to go back and there was a house we needed to go to. So we drove a ways back, parked out car, and figured out how to get to the house I saw. Along the way we ran into an investigator of ours named Natalie. That was amazing! Finally when we got to the house a nice older lady named Joan came to the door. She was so friendly! And guess what?! Missionaries used to stop by them a couple years back!!! They already had a book of Mormon, she knew right where it was, went and got it, and showed it to us. It was a really good experience and I am looking forward to going back.
It might not go anywhere and she may not be interested, but I did my part and I feel excellent knowing I followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I didn't know what I was going to say but I was truly helped and as I opened my mouth it was filled.
Sister Fisher's mom is the sweetest!!! I love she too! She sent me a package and I got it last P-day. I am so grateful for her. She sent me a camera! I can send you pictures now! How amazing is that! I am seriously so grateful.
Had some fun adventures this week. Love and miss you.
Sister Breana Stewart
You want to hear something cool about this last transfer?
As usual at the end of a transfer you add up your numbers on how many lessons you had, Book of Mormons given out, contacts/gospel discussions, and such. So of course we did that last night. I bet you couldn't guess what our numbers were?
To some missionaries they might not seem too crazy high but here in the Caribbean we did a dang good job. In the last six weeks we had 239 contacts, gave out 74 Book of Mormons, and had about 162 lessons. Feels good. Sometimes you get home after a long day, all of your appointments fell through, you faced rejection most of the day, and you wonder: What good did we do today? Some days are harder than others but the principle of Enduring to the End is one you learn well and often. When we can look back and see all that we did, we feel a lot better.
Angela came to church this Sunday!! She could only stay for the first hour but she made the effort to come for Sacrament meeting.
Wednesday the elders forgot to show up to scripture study and they have the keys so that didn't end up happening. I guess it was ok that people didn't show up this time.
Fun night was awesome! I am slowly getting better at my shots in basketball and my futbol skills are slowly improving as well. Just know I'll be as good as Neymar or Messi one day.
Transfer calls were on Saturday. You excited to hear what is happening?! So was I. So, I will be staying in Barbados and Sister Fisher and I will be staying together as well! Also, Sister Call (I trained her haha) and Sister T are coming here and will be living with us! Our area will be split and they will be taking over the area nearest to our house. So we are losing some of our amazing investigators. I will miss them :( But like the song says, "I will follow God's plan for me". It will all be for the better and I know the new sisters will take good care of them.
Sad news: Sister Robinson is leaving Barbados :( I am so sad! I am going to miss her tons!!! It won't be the same. It is like saying good bye all over again. She will be serving on St. Vincent with my old companion Sister Nelson. They will only be together for 1 transfer because this is Sister Nelson's last one. Then she goes home! Sister Robinson will be greatly missed.
Elder Lindsey is my District Leader right now and Elder Smith is his companion. Elder Smith is going to St. Maarten! My home!!! Lucky. And Elder Page, my old District Leader when I was on St. Maarten, is going to be companions with Elder Lindsey. So starting Wednesday Elder Page will be my District Leader.
I reach my halfway point in about a week and a half! INSANE! There is no way it is coming that fast. So much to do, so little time!
This transfer is going to be great.
We get money on Wednesday!! We have hardly had any food this week and it has been a struggle. If I am not tiny when I get home they are putting something in the water. I am so stoked for Wednesday. Food! #missionarystruggles #starving
I love and miss you so much!!! I hope you have a good week!
Sister Breana Stewart
This week was busy busy busy! Most of our appointments have continued to fall through. I think all missionaries know how that feels. Amazingly we were still able to have 32 lessons this week, 38 contacts, and give out 19 books of Mormon. So I'd say it was a good week work wise. We got rejected A LOT this week. However, we were blessed with a few contacts that looked pretty interested. So, we shall see how that goes :)
We are basically out of food so we were very grateful when brother Collucci loaded us up both with a piece of apple pie, a piece of cheesecake, and a piece of red velvet cake to take home after a lesson with him. He rocks! One of my favorite people in the Caribbean. He is such a generous person. Last night he sent us home with some rice and turkey. At least we won't run out of food for the next 24 hours!
Transfer calls are on Friday or Saturday!! So excited for that! Saturday there is a Baptism. His name is Kemar and the missionaries that are teaching him are Elder Mills, Elder Page, and Elder M (his last name is hard to spell and sounds like Mike Wazowski sort of). I will be playing a piano piece at it and have almost no time to practice it. I have been keeping it a secret that I play, but now they will all know haha. I will let you know how it goes :)
Sorry the email is so short.
Love you long time!
Sister Breana Stewart