Tuesday, March 10, 2015

FBI? Nope. Missionaries!!

Hey everybody! This week was super busy but also eventful!! I'll start it off by wishing all of you a happy Paghwa! You guys probably don't really know what that is but it's a national holiday here. It's the Hindu holiday where they throw all of the colors, from what I heard from the people here it has something to do with good overcoming evil. But everything shut down in the city for it and we went to a member's house for lunch to celebrate it with her and her family! It was super fun and the white shirt I was wearing is going to make a great souvenir (it's not good for much else now to be honest) but I had a ton of fun and I thought it was a really cool opportunity to see the difference in culture and how they celebrate their holidays. My favorite part of the day was when a truck with forty or so Hindu people came down the street and we all threw colors at each other it was sweet, and afterwards we were totally on tv! When a news guy came by and saw a bunch of white guys celebrating paghwa here in suriname he stopped and interviewed us, we told him we were missionaries for the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and we were from America and i think it was a really good opportunity to let people see who we are and that we're not just boring all the time. There's also the wierdest rumour that goes around that we're FBI hahah so hopefully our TV appearance puts that theory to rest as well. In other news we had a baptism just yesterday! One of the less actives in our area who we recently re-activated just asked us if her son could be baptized! So we were really excited about that and everything went great! We picked up a lot of new investigators this week and worked really hard to meet new people and I have no doubt our efforts are being blessed with success! I'm so grateful to be here and to be serving these awesome people, and I've found that the burdens of missionary work are always outweighed by the satisfaction I receive from helping so many of these people change their lives for the better and grow closer to their savior. I hope all of you know how much of a difference this experience has already made and will continue to make as I do my best to help the people here. When you truly start to love the people and make them your focus everything else falls into place and works out. I'm grateful for all of you guys and love and miss you all I hope you have an awesome week!
Elder Carpenter

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