Elder Fisher - Trinidad Port of Spain Mission

Monday, February 12, 2018

Berbice Zone Activity

This week has been good with lots of sun and rain and mosquitoes. To answer you questions on money over here, we always have to use cash because the only places here that use cards are the banks. Every store or market or really anything, you have to use cash. There are only cash purchases here there is no other option. 

We are having a hard time meeting with Mandy and Anike again. They seem to never be around. Anike got a new job and works every day from 8 am to 10 pm except Sundays which is her day to shop and go out so its hard to meet with her then. Mandy just kinda disappeared again. We don't really know what happened to her but we are still trying to work things out with them. 

We have been praying a lot for Sister Allison so her work will allow her to be baptized. The problem is she works from Saturday night from 11 to 7am Sunday morning but can't leave until the next worker releases her from her security post at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital. The person who releases her however hasn't been coming into work until 10 or 11 every morning causing her to miss church. She said that she heard a rumor that the person who takes over for her might be getting replaced soon so hopefully she will be able to come to church. She is great and really wants to share her newly gained knowledge with others. 

We are getting close to finishing the lessons with Prakesh and he comes to church each week so we decided to try to talk to his parents and let them know that he could be baptized this week if they allowed him to and supported him. At first his mom came straight out saying no baptism, but as we explained we are finishing his preparation his Mom and Dad started talking and said they would support him being baptized after his exams in March but that they want him focusing on his school and not baptism. They are really kind to us and are happy he is going to church just the baptism part has been tough but that was the best answer we have gotten so far and also a definite answer to our prayers.

On Friday we called Ackleema who has a baptismal date for the 21 to see if we could visit her that afternoon. She told us no because she got a job in Skeldon yesterday and is moving later that afternoon. It came to us as quite a surprise especially since she wanted to be baptized so badly, and as soon as possible. We told her this would post pone her baptism and that the Corriverton Elder's would have to start teaching her and finish the lessons. She understood. 

I don't know if you remember when i talked about when we contacted Derek Mohammed one night a couple of transfers ago with Elder Buxton but he is progressing really well right now. As the Transfers go by we have been learning to teach slower and slower and so we teach the Restoration lesson here in about 7 lessons. Derek has also been really tough to meet with and sometimes likes to go off topic. We were planning on dropping him but when we got to the lesson on the Great Apostasy we just didn't feel like dropping him that lesson. After that lesson everything started to click with him. We have been able to meet with him more frequently and he understands why all of the other church's are wrong and that we need prophets. He loved the lesson on The Restoration through Joseph Smith. This Week we were able to teach him on Wednesday about The Book of Mormon and on Saturday about Prayer and the Holy Ghost (How you can know the Book is true) He told us on Wednesday that "This book is important because it was written and inspired through revelation" On Saturday we invited him to be baptized and he accepted. We asked him why will this be different from your baptism at the Lutheran Church and he said "I must be Baptized the way the revelator wants me to" We also explained that this is the way Christ was baptized  and wants him to be baptized. By the end of the lesson he told us these exact words " You guys reopened my heart back". He was also at church this Sunday for the first time. He told us he plans on coming back! We are really excited for him. 

Today we had our Berbice zone activity. we played ultimate Frisbee and soccer. it was really fun. Its been a good week!

Elder Fisher  

Monday, February 5, 2018

A decent update


This weeks been good. 
We were asked to prepare a 8 year old child of record named Varsha. She is the a really crazy and fun little girl. We had been preparing her for SaturdaySaturday morning came around and we called the Branch President to make sure he had interviewed her and arranged for someone to fill up the font. To our surprise he was expecting us to call him to let him know when to interview her and expected us to set up the entire baptism with the branch mission leader who we haven't been able to meet with in the last 5 weeks. We realized no one had done anything to prepare for the baptism that day. We quickly called a returning member, Brother Morris, who we planned on seeing that morning and asked if we could meet at the church and if he could fill the fount so we don't have to cancel all of our appointments for that day. He agreed. We did our studies and went to the church where we met with Brother Morris, cleaned the fount, made sure there were clean baptismal suits and assigned talks. By the time the baptism came around, everyone was on time and everything went perfectly. I learned how important having good communication with the Branch is and why we need Branch mission leaders. 

We have been trying to help Ravendra's family come to church with him. They are very good at supporting him and helping him come but they never stay. They keep promising us they will be there each Sunday but never come. 

Prakesh is doing great and never misses church. He even comes on time each week but we are having no luck with his parents. They still think he is too young to be baptized and needs too wait until he gets older. 

We fasted with Sister Allison this Sunday so that she could get Saturday nights/Sunday mornings off so she can come to church and we are working with Sister Ackleema to help her become more self reliant in coming to church by giving her numbers of members who can pick her up rather then setting up rides for her. Anyways I think that's a decent update. 

Love Elder Fisher

Monday, January 29, 2018

The end of the long road

This week is good and I am having fun. Guyana is beautiful as always. Wow Claresholm is good at making national news. Sounds crazy. I am happy Baxter is feeling better and barking at the deer again. 
Lots of people do evangelism here. Especially the Jehovah Witnesses and the 7th Day Adventists. Sometimes they like to argue with us but I don't like it so I just don't talk. Some missionaries are really good at bible bashing and our mission president had to tell us to stop because its not Christ like. We are here to invite others to Christ not argue over doctrine. 
Its good to hear from everyone. To answer your question on the main reason we loose contact with people is because a lot of people don't own a phone and live with family so sometimes they just randomly move with other family and we have no way of contacting them. Or they just disappear and we can't find them. Or they tell us they went into the interior. Its really difficult to get contact with anyone in the interior and when people go to the interior it is for anywhere from 2 months to 8 months. Most people stay for 6 months. Sister Allison is getting really close to baptism but her work won't give her Saturday nights off so she can come to church Sundays. She works from 11 at night to 9 in the morning and doesn't get home until after 10. We started teaching Brother Dreadman. He says people call him dreadman because when he was younger he had dreadlocks and the name stuck. He had to cut them for his job and hasn't grown them back since. He told us his whole life story how he changed from Hindu to Christian when he was in the army. After the army was when he grew his dreads. He told us "If I hadn't made a change I wouldn't be where I am today. God has helped me be where I am" He's pretty cool. We are also getting close to Sister Ackleema's baptism. We were struggling getting her to church but we were finally able to arrange for a member to pick her up Sunday. She said if she walks she gets really bad nose bleeds and gets really tired. She really wants to be baptized though. That's how my week went. 

Today we decided to bike to the end of our area because we had never done that before. We biked all the way to the end of New Forest. We had to bike through some jungle to get there and some cane fields. I wish I took more pictures on the way up 

This was what was at the end of the long ride. The road ended here and the river went on.

We met a man fishing who took our picture. His name was Bi-ee I don't really know how to spell it but thats how it sounded. Bi - ee said that this is the Canje creek and that if we would have come earlier we would have seen some monkeys but once it gets hot they leave. 

Elder Fisher

Monday, January 22, 2018

Jumbie Dog called Plop


This week has been good. This week has been lots of fun. We have been biking here there and everywhere. We keep running into former investigators from when I first got here and we are having more success re-teaching them now the second time then the first time. 
We are re-teaching a lady named Anike and a lady named Mandy. Mandy just got married the day before we re-found her and Anike is a single mother of two. They were both taught by missionaries a long time before we ever taught them and they don't remember too much. We did't get too far with them the last time because we lost contact with them. We will see how this goes. 
We had zone conference on Friday and after conference President Egbert came teaching with us. He said he was very impressed with our teaching. Elder Gibson, my MTC companion, his companion in Bath got his Visa to the USA and so he is with us in a trio until his new companion gets into the country. Probably Wednesday. His new companion is from Holland or something like that. 
We got news on Trinidad and president Egbert's visa runs out in March and also by December there will be no missionaries in Trinidad because they haven't given out any OMP's (overseas missionary permit) They will be moving the mission home to Curacoa but the mission name will stay the same. Looks like I'll be staying in Guyana unless things change in the Trinidad government but I'm not complaining! Guyana is the best!

This is what we call a jumbie dog. We call him Plop. He's our friend. 

Also a picture with the district before it all changed with transfers. 

Elder Fisher and President Egbert at the Berbice Zone conference

Oh and something I forgot with the last email, I got Grandma and Grandpa Baker's and Brandon's letters and also i got  the youths care package and Brother and sister Cooks Christmas letter! Tell them I say thank you very much and I enjoyed them a lot!

Elder Fisher

Monday, January 15, 2018

District Leader

Hey this week was really good again. I am enjoying my time here. I don't have too much time here since all of the computers are down and we have to now share computer time. Hopefully they will have it fixed by next week. I forgot to tell you last week but we had transfer calls and I'm staying in Canje for a 5th transfer with Elder Hanni. I am also the district leader. On Thursday I conducted an exchange with the New Amsterdam Elders and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Sister Ann for baptism. Unfortunately we were not able to attend the baptism  on Saturday but I hear it went very well. We are trying to clean up our teaching pool and see who is really progressing towards baptism. We want to also find more new people. We are working still with Prakesh and Its really cool watching his testimony grow. He is a really good kid. 

Elder Fisher

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I know I am looking forward to 2018 a lot. Its going to be a good year I can just feel it!

Hey this week been good

Lots of fall through lessons and finding a whole lot of kind but not interested people. At least for Guyana. I'm sure the missionaries in Claresholm would be in paradise if they could meet as many people as we do. Its kinda nice when people tell you they are not interested at the start, that way you don't get 4 or 5 lessons in and they decided they just want to be friends and not progress. We are still working with the same people. Its been hard meeting with people lately due to the holidays but I hope that will change now its over and not raining so much. Lots of Funerals and weddings and celebrations but it should be better now. 
Our branch is doing really well the last two weeks with attendance of 55 and 52. Hopefully we will keep it above 50 all year! Its hard to meet with people but they are coming to church. We are teaching an 11 year old boy named Prakesh. He has been coming to church a lot and is so interested and  is understanding the doctrine. He is making steady progression towards baptism. The only problem is his mom thinks he doesn't understand what baptism is. She keeps telling us he is too young and wants to play to much. We were helping her see how much he learned but she wouldn't budge. His sister is a less active member and so she is confident he will go less active too. We asked Prakesh how he liked church and he said he liked it a lot. That he felt clean at church. We will keep working with him. His mom has no problem with anything else but the baptism. 

That's what I got for you this week!

A nice picture of the street with a pig in the trench.

Elder fisher

Friday, January 5, 2018

Plans for sacrament


Wow that sounds like it has been pretty cold back home. 

Just more rain here but we have been good lately. Only a few light sprinkles the last two days. 

The work is going really well. On Saturday we went to sister Allison's home. We went into the lesson with the plans on making a plan on how she can come to church on Sundays. We started to mention church when she interrupted us and said, "I have talked to the person who takes the security shift after me and have arranged for her to come a little early so I can go home earlier and prepare to be at church on time. I am defiantly going to be there tomorrow." We waited for her at church and sacrament meeting went by and still no Sister Allison. We were a little sad when just before Gospel Principles class starts she walks in. She was wearing her nicest clothes and apologized for being so late. She told us how here neighbor who was a close friend died that night so she took that time in the morning to mourn with her neighbors and then came to church. She probably one of my most favorite investigators! 

Elder Fisher