Monday, January 9, 2017

Week #79

Hello Everyone!
This week was a stretching one. Most of our appointments fell through. Everything fell through this week so we worked very diligently in our contact area. We put in a lot of time there, we are busy finishing up a contact area that elders had left before completion and this week we finished it. We mostly finished it. IT has gotten to the point where we are just walking in circles and we can't find the houses that are marked down. But we have found so many people who otherwise were not home. I felt very good about it. A lot of seeds get planted and I know that we are doing the Lords work. This week was drenched with celestial experiences. Most of which were in our contact area. One of them and perhaps the most influential was a couple days ago where everything fell through and we were contacting all day trying our best to get every single person. It was about 7:30 and we went to the last house on one of the last streets that we just hadn't felt like it was a good time to contact it but it was the last one so we squared up and did it. Honestly I think we felt that way because the people looked extremely uninterested in anything, especially religion. But we went and we talked with that family, Christ-loving man for 30 minutes and he had so many questions and wanted us to come back. HE was a dutch man who moved away from the Netherlands because of the ridicule they get for believing in God. We got his info and are going back. That whole day was so hard and we were tired and done because no one was home or wanted to listen. But the Lord wanted to see if we would be diligent and we found Amulek in Ammonihah, the very last house. It was an amazing experience. 

This week I get to go to Aruba to do companion exchanges so I am really excited about that! 
-Elder Lewis
This is Clyde.  He follows us around all day.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Week #78

Hello One and All,
This week was great! World War three here in the islands for new years but nothing compared to Suriname! This week was so so so great! The Lords hand has been obvious in our work as we have strove to talk to every one and push the Book of Mormon. We have these things called contact areas and we pray to know where we need to go and once we know we do not leave that area until every single house has been contacted and a person at that house has been talked to. There is nothing more rewarding than leaving an area knowing you've done all you possibly could to preach the gospel. We had a cool experience with that this week as I felt inspired to go to our contact area even though we could only stay for 10 minutes. I saw the street in my head that I knew we needed to go too and we go and find this man from Colorado. He said the coolest thing "Yeah I saw the missionaries all the time but they never stopped at my door" It's amazing that of all places, he meets us on the  tiny island of Bonaire. It was a huge testament that God answers prayers and if we follow the spirit he will lead us to his children. He is going back to Colorado but he gave us his information so that the missionaries there can teach him and his family! I  am so grateful for this work. I remember riding to our next appointment being so so so pumped just loving the work. We are looking forward to January to see a lot of people who told us "next year" 
I hope everyone had a great holiday!
-Elder Lewis

Monday, January 2, 2017

Week #77

I promise next week I will send  a letter, I am having a hard time finding things to write about.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week #76

Well everyone,
Merry Christmas, what a wonderful time of year. I'm so grateful for the Savior and the birth of him! I hope all of you remember Christ during this special week. 
My companion was sick this week but it didn't stop us from still working. We are just chugging along. This week my testimony of the restored Gospel. We live in the fullness of times!! Isn't that amazing? The truthfulness of the message we say is so true and I hope we all realize that this week. I had a really cool experience this week while contacting. Our mission has this program where we focus on one area is our proselyting area and we do not leave it until every house has been contacted. So we had been to every house in this area twice but we still had not contacted every single person. So we left and went to start another area. I felt impressed to go back and to try and contact every single person. The people who were not home we were going to try again, until someone answers. So we went back and almost every house we called came out and even though nobody was interested (except one told us to come back) We were able to put them in a position to use their agency and to accept the gospel. I am so thankful that the Lord directed us to do that because those people needed a chance to hear it. I love this work and I hope everyone has a very very Merry Christmas!! :)
-Elder Lewis

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week #74

Hello One and All
Another week has past with it's ups and downs but it is still amazing to be here. I love this small, chill island. This week we were able to talk to a lot of people but the thing is, a lot of people just don't want to hear it. I'm constantly brought closer to the Savior  as I think of His life. I  am so grateful for the privilege of bearing his name. This week we taught two new investigators names ytje (ee-ch-a) and Jani. They are sisters and were so interested in the Book of Mormon. Today we have our lesson with the Prudon couple so we have been praying and fasting that they are the people we have been looking for. We're so pumped. 
This week has been filled with amazing lessons and teaching moments. Missions are just so great. I'm grateful for this gospel. I've really been learning why I am proud to call myself a member of the church, why I follow the commandments and why I do the things I do. In my studies this week I have constantly been brought back to the first great commandment. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind" All commandments hang on this and our motivation to live and follow the commandments need to be because we love God! That's the over arching point in everything the gospel is about. I have learned that it's impossible to be disobedient and love God at the same time. I'm thankful for the purifying power that obedience has and how we are strengthen and purified by the atonement as we try out best to live the Gospel. Of course we will fall short but luckily it is not about the length of stride but the continual baby steps forward on our individual paths of discipleship! Love you all!
-Elder Lewis