Elder Fisher - Trinidad Port of Spain Mission

Monday, November 28, 2016

Splitting the areas

 This week was good. We set 2 baptismal dates, one for the 10th and the other for the 17. 
I'm still having a hard time understanding creolese. We get fed like everyday here. I've eaten a lot of rice. A lady who we are teaching gave us a ghost pepper to try. I only took a small bite but it was really hot. Its a small world we live in. I'll have to challenge Elder Paul to those push ups here soon. Today we have a thanksgiving dinner with all the missionaries in Georgetown and LaGrange and us. After we are going to play some good ol' American Football. 
We have been going to Parika because they plan on combining our branch with LeGrange and splitting our area in half, so we have to find a sacrament building in Parika and also an apartment for missionaries there. Its too expensive for the members to drive to LeGrange which is where we hold our sacrament meeting so we are hoping when we start holding church out there a lot of members will reactivate. Our branch is actually really big but no one is active. Hopefully things will change.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Guyana -- First Area

 Co-operative Republic of Guyana,[9] is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is, however, included in the Caribbean Region due to its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with the Caribbean Community. Guyana is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west. With 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the fourth-smallest country on mainland South America after UruguaySuriname and French GuianaOriginally inhabited by several indigenous groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century.The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country's diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups.Guyana also has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language with slight Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences.

My first impression of Trinidad as I got off the the plane was that it is going to be awesome.We got to Trinidad and spent too nights there where we met our president and had an orientation of the mission. My mission president seems like a hard working and dedicated man. 
My first area is the Vreed - En-Hoop area. Its the largest area in the mission and basically covers the entire west coast of Guyana.  The area is very nice. Well pretty dirty and the ocean water is brown. Its very hot and humid. Lots of rain. Lots of lizards here and i have seen some alligators too. Everyone here says Guyana is the best part of the mission. So far I am enjoying myself.
My companion is Elder Paul and he is from Alabama. I like him he's pretty cool.
Guyana has lots of small little towns and the ocean. Its very hot today but its the rainy season right now so it hasn't been as hot as it can be. There's a lot more poverty here but everyone is very friendly.
Oh and they did not prepare me for the language down here at all. They do not speak English. They read and right English and understand it but they do not speak  it. They speak cree-a-lese (not sure how to spell it) So yeah I am having a very difficult time understanding everyone. Creealese is the most broken English in the world. It sounds nothing even close to English. Occasionally you can pick out an English word and that's it. I have been praying very hard to be able to understand them. Luckily my companion can understand them pretty well
Love Elder Fisher

Here's some pictures of me getting off the plane, a random cow tied to a pole, and my companion and I hanging out with some boys by the ocean wall

Note from the editor:
About 2 hours after getting Elder Fishers email i received a Facebook message from Corrie (Taylor) Dewsnup (my cousins daughter) who sent me a picture.
It happens that Elder Paul who is Justins companion is Nash and Madelines best friend from Alabama. She told us that Elder Paul is very proud of his ability to cook alligator. "Justin is in good if not entertaining hands."
Thank you Corrie for sending this to us.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The phone home

Hey I get to email today because I fly to Trinidad tomorrow. President Pratt also gave us permission to call home for 10 minutes so I should be calling soon. 
We drove to Halifax last night and went to church here and knocked on some doors. This week we did a lot of contacting and looking for someone to teach. There are lots of people who just want to talk to us but that's about it. 
I don't know when I will be emailing next. I'm going to miss my companions but it will be good. I'm pretty excited! Anyways love you guys!

Elder Fisher

The phone call:
Justin did phone and it was fun to talk with him. Thanks Pres. Pratt for allowing this special call. He's at Dartmouth at the mission home right now.
Elder Fisher said he is definitely going to miss Halifax, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all areas where he has been working. He is just starting to get use to the cold again so he is looking forward to someplace warm for the winter.  "You wouldn't believe how many people i have met in these places who are from Trinidad. Even today as i have been here at the mission home I met one other person who have family in Trinidad."
So he leaves tomorrow, fly's to Newark NJ, then to Huston and then to Trinidad. He stays at the mission home for a day and then fly's to Gyanna on the 16th. He is getting to be quite the traveler as he will have visited many airports - Calgary, Seattle, New York, Dominican, Boston, New York, Halifax airports so far and will be hitting Newark, Huston, Trinidad and Gyanna airports all 11 airports within  a couple of months.

Says he's not getting homesick as he is keeping to busy with all the work.

Monday, November 7, 2016


Hey All. 
Things have been slower this week. We have done lots of knocking and finding. I think we have found some pretty solid people to teach but you never really know if they're just being friendly or actually interested. We have lots of follow up to do. 
We have decided we need to do more work in Sackville, New Brunswick. Thats where most of our success has come from this week so we are going to follow up tomorrow on all the people who showed some interest. We got one new investigator this week and her name is Emily. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she took it really well. She works a lot but we plan on teaching her another lesson this week. 
We also had a zone conference. It was pretty good.  We have tried visiting the less active with cancer a couple of times but its really hit or miss with her. She seems to be not home very often. 
To answer your question on prayer, How often we pray really depends on how many lessons or streets we knock. Before every street and lesson we pray and at the end of every day after planning. And Our bedtime and morning prayers of course. 
The weather has been around 5 degrees all week and cloudy.
Also to answer your question about Christmas. You don't have to send me anything fancy for Christmas. I won't complain no matter what you send me. Maybe just some Canadian stuff or something. 
Love you guys lots,

Elder Fisher

Note from the editor:
Christmas packages- the Mission has said this about packages.

If your family ships a package via a private courier, they will need the mission office telephone number.
Small packages of nominal value may be sent through regular mail. Packages sent to other countries within the mission often do not reach their intended destination. When they do arrive, they are subject to customs duties (taxes) that the missionary must pay from his own personal funds. This amount may be equal to or greater than the cost of the items being sent. 
When sending a small Christmas package send it. 

If you wish to send a Christmas package send it to the  mission home address:

Trinidad Port of Spain Mission
1 Morequito Ave
Valpark Shopping Mall Plaza Bldg #10
Trinidad and Tobago