Monday, February 9, 2015


hey everybody! im glad to hear how well you guys are doing, it's been a great week for me so far! First and foremost I can talk about the baptism of 'I.J.H.A.H!' Hahah he had five names which made things a little complicated for us during the service but we managed. He's an awesome kid with a great testimony and i'm grateful for the chance i've had to teach him so far. He's eleven years old and him and his eighteen year old sister are now both members but their parents aren't yet. When I got here 'I's' sister was actually inactive but after meeting with and re-activating her she decided to serve a mini mission here in suriname and after she did that she was stellar and had a great improvement in her testimony. So much so that she started to bring her brother to church and we began to teach him. They've both been awesome and i'm super grateful for the chance I've had to be here and help them make these awesome decisions in their life. In other news I think we've found my first "golden investigator" her name is 'A.' Despite only meeting with her twice she's come to church two weeks in a row now and has been awesome! She's already accepted a baptismal date for the 21st later this month and although they sometimes don't go through I honestly think she is very solid so hopefully we'll have another baptism coming up soon! She's older, probably 60s, and is a friend with another older lady in the church who we had introduce us to her. Working through the members here in Paramaribo has been awesome and I think we've already seen a difference in our success because of it! I'm still having fun in my trio with elders dom, orton and I. We have a lot of debates about movies and video games and I still show them up in chess from time to time (all the time). Hahah in other news sister 'm,' our favorite member here in suriname had an allergic reaction to something a couple of days ago, which we were really sad to hear, she's been having a few health problems recently so we stopped by her house last night and I was able to give her a blessing which was an experience I was very grateful for. I've never been in a position to help so many people in so many different ways before and it really is an incredible experience. Whether it's helping someone make the right life decision, or just buying someone on the street something to eat that night I'm so grateful to be here and allow the Lord to work through me to help these people I know he loves so much. Before I end I'd like to wish my very young mother a happy birthday as well!!! Thank you so much for everything you do mom you're the best and I couldn't have made it this far without you!!
Love, Elder Carpenter
(And I didn't even TELL/Threaten him to call me 'young!!'  haha What a good boy!!)


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