Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 20 two months and 5 days. But who's counting.

Hello! As I am writing this it is dumping tons of rain outside, it appears
we are still not out of the rainy season yet. I bought a huge umbrella
though and have started to just bike around with it so that actually keeps
me very dry most of the time now. We moved 'G's' baptism just one more
week back and so you will all probably get the pictures from that next
week. We needed some time to finish reviewing the lessons since there were
a couple of things we asked him about he didn't actually understand. He has
a mother who talks for a REALLYYY long time and so we have decided to just
meet with him individually and he gets so much more out of it. His dutch is
also not the best and so we just have to take it really slow and help him
to understand what a lot of words mean and why these things are important.
In other news, 'W,' our recent convert, is having a very strange
problem at the moment, in that he has been claiming to be attacked by
demons who keep telling him to burn his book of Mormon... we are going to
go dedicate his house this week with the branch president and are trying to
help W understand that spirits can't force him to do things and that
he has power over them. It has been very stressful. hahah but we are making
do. I hope that you all have a great start to your summer and you'll
hear from me again soon!
Elder Carpenter

Creepy nasty beetle!!
Two of the boys of the 'D' family. They get pretty wild and crazy when they're trying to teach lessons. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13 the long road home

Hello Everyone!! This week was pretty weird for the most part. We had
one night in particular that really took it out of me, we were riding
to an appointment pretty far away when my back tire went flat! I
called the missionaries with the van but the van was getting repaired
so we were left alone to figure it out:p Hahah But it actually turned
out to be a good experience because as we were walking to the nearest
member's house to drop our bikes off for the night to catch a bus
home, we had a really cool opportunity to help a family in need who
were on the side of the road sitting on a couple of benches. They
didn't have anywhere to stay that night and were asking us for help,
we were able to help them out substantially and they were very
grateful, I felt like we were probably supposed to help them that
night, and I was happy to be able to help someone in need. This week a
young girl named 'S' was baptized, she turned 8 and her family are
recent converts to the church, since we teach the family they invited
us to the baptism and it went really well. Next week, one of our
investigators 'G' will be getting baptized! He is really excited
and we are looking forward to that a lot as well. I hope you are all
doing well and that you have a great week!

Elder Carpenter
South zone before the transfer

Saturday, June 4, 2016

May 30

Hello! I hope that you all are doing well, I received a transfer call
the other day that told me that I will be staying here with Elder
Geigenmiller for one more transfer! And so it looks like he will be my
4th companion that I have for 3 transfers or more :o I am excited
about the area Wanica South right now because we have lots of people
to teach which is really good. We have two people on baptismal dates
for later in june or early july and I am hoping that they both make
it. One of them is an extended family member of the 'A' family, he is 15 and a great kid who has come to church the past two
months in a row without missing a day! He comes with the bus together
with the 'A' family to church ever sunday. The other is 'P' who I
mentioned last week, he is trying to overcome an addiction right now
and with a little help will hopefully be able to get baptized in the
following months if it goes well. He has a strong desire so I know
that the Lord will help him. This week rained a decent amount, but
that's not out of the usual, I do hope that the rain stops sometime
this transfer though. We did a service project for a member and
returned missionary also named 'W' and helped him cut a bunch of
grass and trees with machetes. He was complaining the whole time how
he's 27 and trying to find a wife. He said one of his few candidates
at the moment is 'A.'  A member in paramaribo who i baptized!
Hahah when I told him that he said that I am going to be the master of
ceremonies so I hope it works out between them. Anyways, I hope you
all have a great week and you'll hear from me again soon!
All the missionaries in Suriname 
Elder Geigenmiller hugging a cactus
Their bikes in front of a house