Monday, August 29, 2016

Week #61

Hello from the desert island of Bonaire. This place is very awesome. Very chill. I have never seen such blue water. So the theme this week was "I am absolutely not interested" Dutch people are awesome and I love them but they really are the type of people where No is no and yes is yes. They're a lot of fun. We found a lot of cool people this week. One person in particular that we got a laugh out of was this dutch guy who goes "I used to be catholic but now I Christian, I found Jesus in the prison." I'm pumped to go back :) I love people with crazy pasts. Something I have learned on my mission that it does not matter where you have been, what you've done. What matter is where you are now and what you can become. It does mot matter when you change but if. The gospel is so great and God is merciful. I hope you all have a wonderful week this week. We are praying real hard to find a dutch family this week!
-Elder Lewis

Friday, August 26, 2016

Week #60

Hello One and All,
Well, I've got some news!! I am currently emailing you from Bonaire. I got my transfer call on Saturday and to say the least, tears were shed. But I am coming back in 6 months. :) But for real though I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve here in the young, young dutch group in Bonaire and to build up the church in this part of the World. I know that the Lord has called me here to be and I know that because of the spiritual confirmations I received through prayer. President Egbert is an inspired man. Our mission is just exploding under his inspiration he's received for this mission. This gospel is true and I know it. I am so excited to be able to serve here with my boy Elder Burr and we're going to do some work. I am so excited. Here's some pictures from my last couple days in Suriname for a while :)
-Elder Lewis

Week #59

This will be short but this week was wonderful! MIETO AND MARCHINIE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!! On the 24th of September! I am so excited! It was such a miracle! They will also be getting baptized on the 1st of October! I'm grateful for the Spirit that has been present in all the lessons with them and the member support! We're looking forward to transfer calls and zone conference this upcoming weekend with our President Assistants and the new Caribbean Area President! Love you all!
Elder Lewis

Monday, August 8, 2016

Week #58

Boy what a week. I know I said I was going to put more thought into these letters but Monday just came way too fast so I am going to do my best. We had two huge miracles this week. We have these investigators named Mieto and Marchine and they experienced a little trial of their faith these last two weeks but they have once again, caught on fire. Mieto has struggled with word of wisdom problems and we actually just talked to him this morning and he said he doesn't have the desire to smoke or drink or anything. It was really cool. The second huge miracle is Ferrello and Rafiella. Ferrello is a less active and his girl friend is not a member. She was always a little wishy washy  but we went over one night and she was PUMPED. They had read the Restoration pamphlet together and could basically recite it word for word. The member we brought with us said that Ferrello told him they are going to get married. We were pumped, I could barely sleep that night I was so excited (no joke). I have really just gained a huge testimony this week that the Lord is preparing his children and answers prayers. I am so grateful for this mission opportunity and the things that I have learned. It really has been the best experience I could ever do. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever had to do but boy, nothing in my life has been more rewarding and growing for me. Thank you to all who fasted for immigration. We are hoping we can get some new elders in real soon. 
So are Cayman was shot out of our trench. I don't know if I said that already but it did. Carl is dead and it was super sad. Our landlord had been raising him for about 5 years.
 I also thought this one guy was going to punch me this week. We're sitting in a lesson and I am on exchange in another area and we sat with this guy who was basically begging to be baptized but he has been investigating for about 8 months and refuses to get married and is not living any of the commandments. He's a great guy and everything but just isn't getting it. I basically told him when his heart is broken and his spirit is contrite he can get baptized and it's his choice if he wants to do that. Boy, I thought I was going to get cussed out of the house. But I for sure said it with love and was not expecting such a response.. I know Christ would have said the same thing if he was there. Anyways that's the funny story for the week. Also SOS Suriname food is making me squishy. I've started exercising a little more. It's alright though just more to love right. lol Okay have a good week every one!
-Elder Lewis

Monday, August 1, 2016

Week #57

Hello One and All,
Boy what a week. My toe feels amazing. I have never walked so freely in such a long time. We found a ton of new investigators this week. One of the most awesome ones we found was hands down this lady named Dianne. She's a single mother with 5 kids! We have had some really cool experiences with her this last week teaching the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. They are so prepared. We have them put on date for August 27th! We will probably have to move it back because they were not able to come to church but they will come next week! My companion is killing it. He's super awesome. Also next week I am going to really try and put a lot of thought into my group email I promise. I love you all!
-Elder Lewis

"My companion died from too much biking!!"
 Water Buffalo
Someone shot our Cayman, Carl.  RIP Carl.