Monday, September 22, 2014

Guyana, Another Awesome Hot Sweaty Week


I'm glad I get to email you today. Originally the plan was to be on the way to Suriname for zone conference right now, but because of the AirFrance strike President Mehr couldn't fly out so it was moved to Friday. I am really excited for zone conference! We drive to the border of Guyana and then get in a canoe and go across the river to Suriname! We will get to work with the sisters in Suriname and have zone conference with President and Sister Mehr!!! There is also a store over there that sells American food that everyone is excited about.

On Wednesday we got to skype in to the zone conference on Guadeloupe for the other French side islands and some of the English side because Elder Zivic of the Seventy spoke to us. All eight of us were packed into the clerks office in our little church building for four hours skyping into the meeting. Keep in mind there is no air conditioning only 2 fans. It was a good meeting, learned a lot. We are going to spend a lot of time in that clerks office because that is also where we watch General Conference and skype home on Christmas.

I spoke in church yesterday. Every week in the branch they have a missionary get up and give a short talk. You don't find out if it is your turn until right before church or right before you have to get up, so it was a good thing I already had something prepared. It went pretty well. My French is still pretty rough, but I have made a goal to speak in every lesson and contact we make.

Most people here speak multiple languages. We have taught some English lessons because there are a lot of people from English-speaking Guyana here. There are also a lot of people who speak Portuguese. We placed a Portuguese Book of Mormon with a really sweet Brazilian family yesterday. It is nice once in a while to teach in English, but it is not helping my French.

I tried really hard to get pictures in this email, but it won't work, sorry maybe next week.

We taught some really cool people this week. Christian is awesome, he knows the Bible really well and he has completely changed his life, he stopped drinking and smoking and hanging around his old friends and he knows a lot about religion. We are hoping that he wants to change his life more and accept the gospel. He has a rough exterior, but he is really nice. We met a really nice lady with two daughters while contacting who invited us right in, which was surprising and awesome. We have another lesson with her and her daughters next week.

A few cool things about French Guyana, they have these things called Floups that are like a gogurt but they are ice cream. They are so good. I have only had the chocolate one and it reminds me of frozen hot chocolate. They are great when we are all sweaty and hot after contacting. We were at the beach this morning and we saw a lot of jelly fish washed up on the shore, Sister Riley saved a fish. There are so many stray dogs here. Lots of people drive scooters and they drive like maniacs. There are a lot of Jehovahs Witness missionaries and members here or as they are known in french, Temoins. A lot of people think we are Temoins, but we are definitely not.

I am loving it here, working hard. I know Heavenly Father loves every single person here even if they don't realize his love. I love the people we are teaching and am so excited for them. I know this is the Lord's work and he is helping us every step of the way. I Love you all. Until next week.

Sœur Banks

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