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

Friday, February 6, 2009

Couples Conference

The West Indies is a unique mission.

We knew that when we received our call to serve. That is why my husband started, even before we arrived in Trinidad, to recruit missionary couples.

Missionaries and members are spread across the Caribbean in eight different countries and speak three different languages. We knew that we would need HELP. When we got here there were five couples, now there are twenty-three!

What does that mean to this mission?


The work here has accelerated at an amazing pace, the young elders are fantastic, and the branches are growing stronger.

We held a couples conference this week so that the specialist couples could train all the rest of us on CES, humanitarian, family history, record keeping, finance, etc. It was fabulous!

Sister Myers was a professional conference planner in her 'former' life. She made it perfect for us.

The couples had an optional free day before the conference started and had the perfect tour of Trinidad.

It started with a drive through the rain forest...

...to gorgeous Maracas beach

With a few refreshment stops, of course

This is a favorite - Richard's Bake and Shark

with, of course, fresh coconut water

After the beach they toured some gorgeous old mansions in downtown Port of Spain

And then went on a boat tour of the Caroni Swamp where they got to see hundreds of the national bird of Trinidad - the Scarlett Ibis

plus some other, not so pretty, creatures

OK - enough play - time to get to work

The conference started Wednesday morning and we finished Thursday night.

What did we do?






Eat more


Sing again

Learn more


Sing again and again


Listen to music

Steel Pan - Trinidad's national instrument

Sister Oliver (serving in St Martin) who has a PhD in piano performance

Have fun being taught how to proselyte by the 'gray power' elders

And so on and so on...

At the end of the conference....

there were bonds of friendship that will never end

Here they are - the energetic and powerful West Indies Mission Couples

Hurrah, Hurrah, for Israel!

1 comment:

Westover's said...

What a great post! I love the couple missionarries and am so very thankful for all they do for the mission! I know that you have helped my son so very much and he has a great love for each of you that he has meet.