"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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Baptisms and Transfer Week

  Well everyone, I made it another week! I love it here! I am so freaking tired that my eyes just want to shut right now from exhaustion. We set some pretty freaking hard goals last week and were dead set to reach them all. Well after a week of disappointment after disappointment... the lord carried us through and lifted us... we met all of our goals on Sunday night. It was a tender mercy from the Lord letting us set inspired goals and then helping us all the way through to accomplish them! 

  The baptisms of A---- and Bro C---- was a really cool experience! Because of District Conference on Sunday, we got to confirm them right after the baptism which made it so much less stressful! It was such a tender mercy.

  Well everyone... I am going to be in a new area on Wednesday... With a new companion! At Zone Conference President Mehr called me by name and said, "Elder Hill, you are going to be a Zone Leader with Elder Colby Smith... You have a lot of work to do but I love and trust you!" That was the most peace I have ever felt in my life. It was so Crazy... So I'm going to start my duties as a Zone Leader, with my friend from Grenada, which I'm really excited about! I can't wait! Its going to be a really cool adventure that is for sure.

So Long Elder Hardy...Keep Up The Good Work!

  I encourage everyone to read 3rd Nephi and feel the spirit that is found in those inspired words. I just finished reading that book and had a very powerful experience with the spirit and I know that you can too if you commit yourself and just do it! I love the Book of Mormon so much and don't know what I would ever do if I didn't have it. I don't know how people live life without scripture.

Well I love you all and I'm excited to hear about some of your stories back home. Remember to study the scriptures everyday and Preach My Gospel along with it! I love you all!

Love Elder Hill

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blessings and Baptisms

Hey everyone! 

    I had a pretty good week! I loved it. For the 4th of July, the Poulsons (senior couple) invited us over to their house and we ate Hawaiian haystacks. YUM! and then they had an American flag cake.. haha Ah Merica! It was really fun.     

Diamond Branch
Missionary work here is a lot more laid back than the islands and Trinidad... which is not good... You can tell in the missionaries that they feel like they don't have to be as obedient to mission rules.. but man not me... We're baptizing, so rules are blessings. I wish the other missionaries could catch the fire of the work and start working like a busy little bee, because I'm working my bum off!   

Which reminds me.. I haven't really told you but we have been working with a young 15 year old boy named W----. He is great and has a strong desire to get baptized. He has a very sweet spirit about him...I can feel he will do great things in the future of the church. He lives in a little shack right by the rum distillery, but ya dude! I love him a lot! He is going to have Bro. Boyce (branch mission leader) baptize him on Saturday. 

   We had 8 investigators at church on Sunday!!! with 82 at sacrament! That's a lot! I thought that was really sweet! These people are just so prepared.  Hopefully we will have 2 more baptisms on the 26th. I think it is so cool being down here! 

   I never thought that I would love being on a mission so much.. but I really do! I thank Heavenly Father every night for letting me have all of these wonderful opportunities! I'm so grateful for all the blessings I'm receiving in my life and all of the blessings I can see happening in your lives back home! I know for a fact that if we listen to the prophet's voice and keep our covenants we will be blessed beyond reason! I love this gospel so much and I love these wonderful countries in the West Indies!

I love you all,
Elder Hill

Monday, July 7, 2014

Great Diamond Area

    Well everyone! This week went by blazing fast! E. Hardy had to leave me with a French missionary for a day and a half so that he could go renew his visa in Suriname so that he can stay legal in Guyana for a little longer. It was interesting being with a dude that can barely speak English for that long.. I had to speak by doing charades.. haha. But it was good. La Grange which is across the Demerara River is super bush... I saw a few gators in the trenches. :) I got packed away by mosquitos that night because my fan broke in the middle of the night and I had nothing to keep them off!

    Looks like you found Diamond! (thanks to Google Earth) The streets are layed out in a grid pattern and there are fields and fields of rice farms. It's actually pretty cool! I've only seen people harvesting once. They lay it on the side of the road to dry... so cars and trucks drive over it... then they put it in bags... so it just gives a really good excuse to wash your rice before you eat it... haha But yes you found it!   There is a lot of Sugar Cane too but mostly rice.

   My area is actually pretty sweet! I love the people hear already! The people are definitely more prepared to hear the Gospel! Very humble, humble homes and lots of people seeking for the true church. Reactivation is actually a huge deal here there are lots of members that don't come, so we focus a lot on finding them and reactivating them! It is sweet though... Lots of part member families to work with which in my opinion is like the best way to go! But The work is just going Mad here! the People are just so amazing! They are going to make me fat with their generosity... haha. They always offer you something to eat! I'm learning how to make curry and roti so you can try some when I return haha... it's soo good!

    This week is we started teaching a Family of 5!!! They are simply amazing! They are referrals from our Branch President Sobers. The entire family is of Baptism age from 10, 15, 19 and the mom and dad. Yesterday night we taught them the Restoration. It was so, so amazing that it was the most intense spirit I've felt in my mission so far teaching about Joseph Smith. It was so strong that I got the world renown Hill-bottom lip quiver and I started to cry.. haha First time for everything! I just love when the people you are teaching let you speak to them with out cutting you and just listen to what is being taught... not only by you but more importantly by what the Spirit is teaching them! It was simply amazing! I invited them to be baptized last night, and they replied "but we were already baptized.. So I told them we will discuss why I would ask that when we meet next! We left them to pray and ponder about what was shared. It was so so rich! I have always found it quite interesting that you can just tell if someone will enter the waters that first time you meet them! Well This family had that feeling! I love teaching Families... I wish I would have had the chance my entire mission... but sadly Families are hard to come by... that was the 2nd family I've taught.. 1st that were legally married!

    Well that was my week! haha That is all I have time for today... But just know That I'm doing well and that I'm loving it here serving on basically the equator.. haha in the country of Guyana in South America!!!

I love you all!

Elder Hill