We have frozen this blog as a historical, yet informational view at what life is like in the West Indies Mission for all those called to serve. This blog was designed for the families and friends of those missionaries serving in the West Indies Mission from July 2006 to July 2009. Every six weeks, photos taken at zone conference as well as a new slide show including every person baptized were posted on the blog. All of the slide shows are also available on our You Tube channel. The current West Indies Mission blog can be found here. Posts on our missionary experience can be found here and earlier. And finally, if you are a returned missionary who served in the West Indies, there is a current blog for you. Click here or visit westindiesrm@blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The great men of Canje and Berbice

(women too)

You may wonder about their table manners after looking at this
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But they are actually enjoying a Guyana style zone conference lunch of curry and roti (forks optional).

Sorry moms, I hope you can reform them when they come home. This is how you eat curry in Guyana. However, President Robison is very firm with the elders about gentlemanly manners. They will be fine husbands and fathers some day.

They sure do love Guyanese cooking. You see, they are not allowed to eat in homes at all in Guyana. This rule was put into place before we came on our mission and it decreased missionary sick days by 70%. It's tough on the wonderful Guyanese sisters who want to mother and fatten up your sons, but it is for the best.

Here is the delicious meal - roti, curried chicken and pineapple (Guyana pineapple is the absolute best in the Caribbean)
From Sept 08

Roti is Guyana and Trinidad's version of bread (and fork). It makes a perfect 'scoop' for curry.
From Sept 08

The expert - Elder Kippins is from Guyana and serving in Guyana
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Elder Lang is officially the pickiest eater in the mission. But the missionary miracle is happening (after two weeks in the field) and he actually ate two bites of curry.
From Sept 08

Here are the 'moms' of Guyana who made our delicious lunch
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and this is where they cooked!
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that's right - out back behind the church (we do have a kitchen in the church, but I guess it couldn't handle this big pot)
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Brand new Elder Baantjer thinks dessert is good too
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The zone conference was great.

The assistants had some fun teaching the elders that you can't do anything in missionary work without first finding someone to teach as they challenged a team of elders to beat them in soccer - with no ball!
From Sept 08

They also compared these fun video clips to typical responses missionaries get when

street contacting:

(if it won't play go here)

tracting:

(if it won't play go here)

and member referrals:

(if it won't play go here)

the elders decided they'd much prefer member referrals where people are more likely to 'jump into the water' and be baptized

Check out these great looking 'red tied' elders (singing a musical number)
From Sept 08

Don't they look sharp? I happen to know that Elder Ritchie and Elder Dayton shined the shoes of the elders in their zone before zone conference
From Sept 08


The testimonies were wonderful. Here are a few phrases:

"I learned the secret to missionary work - it is to be happy."

"I stand in the presence of greatness. You are some of the greatest men I know."

"I am so happy, SO HAPPY! I will never ever know the same happiness I know now."


Here they are - great missionaries

Berbice
From Sept 08

Berbice on fire
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Canje
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Canje ready to get it done!
From Sept 08

and the assistants - Elders Hyde and Laurtizen, the new 'traveling assistants' for Guyana, and Elders McDaniel and Williamson
From Sept 08

After zone conference we had a missionary fireside in the New Amsterdam building.

Here come the members and their friends
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The Bahadur family - brand new members
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and cute little Travis
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To finish the day, while President Robison conducted interviews, I went visiting with Elder and Sister Bullock. They took me to Cow Dam - dirt roads, tiny wooden houses and no electricity. It was dark! I could only see Elder Bullock's bright white shirt a few feet in front of me with my little flashlight.
From Sept 08

I can't describe how sweet it was to spend time with new members Travis, Jade, and their little son, Travis jr. Their home was humble, lit only by a small lantern, but the spirit was bright. Travis bore his testimony saying that he loves the Gospel and would serve God for the rest of his life. He said he is working hard to learn his duty as a member of the church and as first counselor in the branch presidency. Jade teaches the Gospel Principles class. We closed our visit by singing "I love to see the temple" - in hopes that soon, this sweet family will be able to go there and be sealed for all eternity.
From Sept 08

From Sept 08

Missionary work is the best!

3 comments:

Dave and Tauna said...

Sister Robison,
Elder Lang eating curry is a mission miracle! Thanks for the great picture, it is nice to know he is eating.
Sister Lang

Spencer and Emily Nelson family said...

I continue to enjoy your blog page and check it almost daily. It is nice to see the places and the people of which my brother is serving. I am glad that after growing up with 6 brothers, someone else besides my mom is continuing to make sure he has good table manners! :) We can't wait for Elder Lauritzen to get home and cook all of this wonderful food for us. But for now, we are greatful for his service to the Lord.
Emily Nelson (Elder Lauritzen's sister)

Cathy said...

Sister Robison,

Thank you so much for taking the extra time out of your day to keep up this blog. I too check it almost daily and love to see the area and the people that my son is serving. Although we prepared for the day when our sons would serve missions (we have 2 out right now) I don't think I was very prepared. Your blog and the pictures has made it easier for me to have Elder Bishop away from home. Thank you! Thank you!

Now if we could just get all mission's to have this wonderful resource. . . .


Cathy Bishop