It is difficult with Soeur Holt being so far away to hear of any health issues that she has. But events of this week help us know that there are many people who love and care for her. Tuesday was interesting to say the least- to start off with we did studies as usual and the Laynes came round to do apartment inspections then off to district meeting. As a background for the past week or so I have been having vivid nightmares and each night I have basically night terrors. Very scary for me and frightening for Soeur Reep who got woken up by my screaming each night.
Tuesday I think the exhaustion hit hard- the room in district meeting went fuzzy, I was dizzy the world was turning and on the drive home (yes, I know, dangerous) I started hearing siren sounds. This continued and we called the mission nurse- she banned me from driving and suggested going and buying iron pills. I received permission to rest but didn’t want to (time is precious) so we called up Soeur Layne and asked her to be our taxi for the afternoon. First stop, the pharmacist who gave me the iron pills that I am taking now daily and a wheat grass powder that I have to drink (eeewww!!) We taught an older lady all about the Book of Mormon. Went to try and do some suivis but I was feeling really faint and so was escorted home. The Elders came and gave me a blessing of peace, and assured me that the Lord loves me and He is proud. A really powerful blessing and since then I haven’t had any dreams whatsoever!
Wednesday was Mission Leadership Council- President said something that stood out to me, we are in the midst of a great battle and we all receive wounds cuts and bruises. Councils are the period of regrouping and healing. We will be fighting until the Saviour’s return; this was really powerful and real for me after the experiences of Tuesday. We also discussed Doctrine and Covenants 88.124:
“Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”
All of the things that it talks about in this verse are spiritual handicaps that restrain us from accomplishing the Lord’s Work.
Following on from last week’s lesson with Madame Beaupere I had decided to make a greater effort to learn Creole. During p-day I bought some creole books then after that went to the creole village in St Anne- tourist central where I bought paintings. It seems as though Soeur Holt is working on being tri-lingual!
On Monday evening we headed out to deliver muffins to Soeur Bethina and then a lesson with a new friend- she is really sweet and actually a postlady- so that is probably why the postcards are arriving so quickly as she volunteered to post them for me. We got to know her a little bit- she seems to have been studying with a lot of religions in the past and we spoke about Christ and the Book of Mormon.
Then off to find the elders so they could follow us to a FHE with the famille Prince Montredon. The elders were in charge of the lesson all on how we can be example missionaries as members.
After MLC on Wednesday we headed over to Abymes to switch for an exchange. My first exchange with Soeur Munlin- she is so very sweet and has so much energy to do this work it is truly infectious. We contacted a lot and taught a first lesson in creole to a lady called Jonah. The next morning some more contacting and then the exchange review… My spiritual thought for the exchange was all based on hope: “faith that if we act now the desired blessings will be fulfilled in the future” (James E. Faust). I also found a verse that I had never noticed before which I love: Alma 58.10-11:
“Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people. Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.”
I promised Soeur Munlin that if she continued to pray continually with all of her soul and placed her confidence in the Saviour her soul would be continually at peace and she will hope for and see miracles and fruits throughout her mission. It was a really special powerful moment.
Back over to Abymes to switch again.
Contacting in Pirette- a single mother spoke to us about the Restoration. After lunch we taught a lesson to a man with Soeur Ceaque- a great lesson based on the lessons we can learn about Christ from the Book of Mormon- Soeur Ceaque is a great member.
Sunday was a great day- District Conference went really well.
Home for lunch, Soeur Reep made cup cakes and we delivered them to Soeur Andre’s home before we had to go and save the Abymes sisters who couldn’t find their spare tyre and didn’t know how to change one (P.S. thanks Soeur T for teaching me!!). Then we went on splits- Soeur Reep went with Soeur Alcide from Guyane who was here for the conference as she is the district primary president- they taught a new friend. Soeur Eclar and I went to visit Soeur Prisca who is poorly and then all four of us went to visit someone we used to teach.
A great week filled with ups and downs but I don’t want to get off this ride!!