Summer is upon us here in Barbados. We said goodbye to rainy season a while back. It was sad to leave and has still been blessing us here and there with an occasional sprinkle. But summer is cranking up the heat. Back home a few degrees wouldn't seem like that big of a difference, some might not ever notice a few degrees change. Here a few degrees are A LOT!!! We can feel the difference. I remember when I first got off the plane to Barbados back in August. The humidity was overwhelming and my arms felt all sticky from it. Now, it doesn't feel like that. I have adapted to the humidity. Now, it just feels extremely hot and sweaty all the time. Fun huh?
These past couple of weeks have taught me patience more than ever. When you pray for patience, trial are put in your path to help you become more patient. Well, I didn't really understand that a few weeks ago and...I prayed for patience. Barbados, while beautiful and amazing, is a hard island to keep appointments set. Since the first week of the transfer, about 95% of our appointments have fallen through, that includes most of our back-up appointments as well.
Well, If any of you have ever seen the movie the Princess and the Pauper you will know what I am talking about next. Towards the end of the movie the Princess and her friend get trapped in a mine. There are a bunch of what look like rocks everywhere and they can't find a way out. The princess's friend is bothered by the fact that he is "a nobody". The fact that he doesn't have a lot of fortune and fame makes him feel like he is unimportant. The princess picks up one of the "rocks" and tells him that it doesn't matter what is on the outside. What matters is what is on the inside, what kind of person you are, and what your heart wants. She opens the rocks and inside is beautiful. Although you had to get through the hard, unpleasant outside, on the inside you find beauty.
I will compare that to Barbados. Right now we are in the process of getting through the exterior of the rock so that we can open it and find the beautiful things inside. It takes time..and it also takes a lot of patience and hard work. Eventually, it will open.
This week we have been doing a lot of finding, and being rejected a lot. Every once in a while we find someone willing to listen to us. I think this is teaching me a good life lesson. I am going to be able to handle rejection like a pro when I get back home. Not much will be able to offend me :)
I have also learned to appreciate those who truly care for you. That includes our investigators and simply people we meet on the street.
We are hoping to have some more solid appointments this week and find the elect. People have been prepared for us, we just need to find them.
Easter is coming up as well!! Stoked for that!!
This week, Brother Turley(I think that is how it is spelt) who is the assistant history person in Salt lake....forgive me for not remembering his title. I don't have my study journal with me as I email today. WOW. I learned so much from him. He has so much knowledge! And a very strong testimony of the gospel. As missionaries we had a meeting with him Thursday morning where he shared with us some history of the church. I loved it!! I wrote down so many notes of things I want to learn about after my mission. He is going around the islands to learn of our history here. Can you believe that I am among the pioneers of the church here on Barbados. Brother Collucci, is a member that we visit often. He is so awesome and has such a strong testimony. He was one of the first missionaries from Barbados. He is a pioneer of the Barbados church. It is amazing to hear how the church has grown and changed first hand.
This Sunday was District Conference (basically stake conference...but there are no stakes in this mission). We learned about Sabbath Day observance. I would invite everyone to reflect on their own Sabbath Day observance. What are you doing to remember Jesus Christ? How are you showing your love for God on this sacred day?
*****Very important!!!: WE NEED SENIOR COUPLES IN THIS MISSION!!!:):):) If there is anyone that is willing and ready to serve a mission as a couple, please let me know! Senior couples are so important and play a big role as missionaries. So, if you would be so kind as to ask around for anyone that is interested in this that would be much appreciated :) Let me know how it goes :)
Shout out to Megan turning a year older!! 17!!! She is practically an adult. Better watch out for that one. :)
Love you long time,
Sister Breana Stewart