"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." 3 Nephi 5:13

Friday, November 22, 2013

Zone Conf.- Transfers - Thanksgiving!

So Friday we woke up at 4:30 am so that we could make it to the airport by 6:00 am and board at 6:30. We made it to the mission home around 8:30. Zone Conference lasted until 3:00 pm. We had interviews after and a big tie trade; I got a couple of sick ones. I loved my interview with President Mehr. He really just knows how to help out. He told me that the Lord is blessing me for my diligence and courage to stand up for what's right. He gave me my official transfer call and then had me recite my memorized scriptures (1 Nephi 16: 17-32). He told me that he wants me to memorize a full chapter for the next interview I have with him! Haha ok President! We were taken to the airport at around 7 that night and got home around 9:30 pm. We got to our apartment at 10:00 - it was a very long day but was really inspirational and I loved it a lot.

I'm pretty nervous about being a District Leader and all of the responsibilities that come with it! It will stretch me into more of what Heavenly Father wants me to be and I'm really excited and can't wait to baptize more here on the wonderful island of Tobago! My district now consists of Sister Reddy, Sister Joseph (from St. Lucia) and my new companion Elder Christensen. The Zone Leader...(just one) comes up once a transfer and does a 3 day trade off with the missionaries here on Tobago! So there is a lot of flying involved with the island missionaries. 

Trinidad South, Central, and Tobago Zones

We went to the Lintons to have a Thanksgiving feast! Rolls, turkey, potato's, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and jello. All made by Sister Linton! She spoils us!

Sooo Much To Be Thankful For!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gotta Love Ocean Baptisms!

 It is amazing to see the change come over people when they are baptized.  Half way through the baptismal interview for N-----  his father came and told us that he had been doing a lot of thinking and knew that he needed to be baptised with his son on Saturday. My jaw just about hit the floor! So we had 2 awesome baptisms. I was able to confirm F-----.  He is a completely changed person and actually participates in the lessons in Sunday School and Priesthood. Amazing!

Tobago Baptismal Font

fish in the warm clear water

Beautiful Baptism Day 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sweet Is The Peace The Gospel Brings

Well everyone! It sure seems like the time just flies by when you are giving all of your time to the Lord! 

A fun and cool story that happened this week when I was with Elder Reyes Tuesday on trade-offs. We were told that a certain area called Bacolet in lower Scarborough was a dead zone and it was difficult to get people to listen. E. Reyes and I went knowing this and had our heads held high, and we walked in being really positive. I really felt I needed to find someone in this certain area. We contacted some really awesome people in there. I asked a man named Alvin If he had ever seen a missionary in the area before and he immediately said no. I was drawn back from the comment, I asked another person and they said the same thing. These people have also lived in Bacolet for 15 plus years and the church has only been on Tobago for 5. We were walking towards a dead end on a road called Bacolet Cres. and the beach was in front of us. A real big storm was coming in and it started to pour. We snapped a few quick pics( E. Reyes hadn't seen the beach for almost a year so he was island trunky... :) ) and then it really started to rain! 

Then a man that is 6'6'' weighing prob...285, big massive rugby player look...starts running at us, and E. Reyes, says.. "we need to leave". I felt peace and love and told him I wanted to talk. I was very scared at this giant man running at me full speed. I held my ground. He comes up to me and says "Hello my name is Anthony, what is yours?" I was so taken back at how soft hearted this man was. I loved him instantly. He was super cool and told us he has always wanted to talk to a missionary but has never seen one. I just started to speak and I taught him about the Restoration and how Jesus Christs church has once again been established on the earth. He told me well if it was gone it would have to be brought back...ent.( saying for correct in Windies) I really felt the spirit as I was talking to him and I know he was feeling it too because he wouldn't leave us. He walked us to the street and helped us catch a car to head back down the road. We set up an appointment to come back this week so we can teach him more about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. I learned from this whole experience that we can't be too quick to judge, because that person might just be the next member of the church. I really love this man now and I hope we can get him to accept this wonderful message of the restoration. It was a very awesome yet humbling experience for me. I really had a good time with E. Reyes and E. Christensen. (<-- he is from Oak City Utah...by Delta somewhere) He loves to hunt and fish so you can imagine that we got along really well. 

We are preparing a boy name N--- for Baptism this Saturday..he is 16 and is a sweet little kid... He has a learning speed like an 8 year old but he is very nice and lights up when you talk about Christ and Baptism. We are also helping his dad prepare for baptism as well.

We have been teaching a man named W---. His best friend's mother was killed in Trinidad just a few days ago and the only people he could think about calling was the missionaries. I hung up the phone with him and he said... Elder Hill,... I love you so much... I then just about cried, because I could feel this mans pain... We saw him the next day and had a great lesson... His countenance was completely changed and It was a great experience for me!!! 

Well Thats all I have time for this week!!! I love you All!
Elder Hill

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day Of Service

Thank you to the senior missionary couple's blog for the following information about the International Day of Service for the West Indies Mission in Tobago....

On November 2, 2013 the branch members of Tobago assembled at Lambeau Beach in Helping Hands Vests to clean up the debris that washes ashore from the millions of square miles of open water. Members of all ages worked for 2 hours and gathered 80 bags of trash along a stretch of beach about 1/3 of a mile long. Working together helped form strong bonds of friendship. The Helping Hands volunteers were treated to a breakfast of sandwiches, fry bake, coconut bake, cheese paste, sausage and treats which were brought by members of the Tobago Branch.

Elder Hill