Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 13th, 2016

Dearest Family and friends,

Carlos, who lives in Curacao, was really struggling in life. He had been brought up in a beautiful home,where his mother was a physician and he had obtained an excellent education. But for Carlos, something was missing. He believed in a God but didn't have an understanding of who God was. He also believed in Jesus Christ as far as knowing that he came to earth to show us a way to live. Carlos became discouraged and eventually depressed.He didn't know what to do and felt like he had done so many things wrong in his life. One day he googled "How do I repent?". The first site up was, and he was soon connected to missionaries on Temple Square. He was touched by what he learned about the atonement of Jesus Christ and expressed to the missionaries his desire to learn more. Now the story gets even better. A referral was sent to our mission office in Trinidad which was immediately sent to our missionaries in Curacao. Within 2 hours of Carlos request to learn more, two Elders were at his front door. Two months later your Mother and I just were in Curacao for meetings and the missionaries told me that Carlos was ready for baptism and asked if I could complete the baptismal interview. We went to his home with the missionaries and met him personally for the first time.His grandmother was visiting from Cuba and your mother spoke to her with the help of the Elders who we're able to translate the Spanish and English. Mom told her that she would learn more Spanish if she would listen to what the elders were teaching her grandson. Her baptism was last Saturday and I was able to be there. The next day when she was confirmed her grandson Carlos received the Melchizedek priesthood. It was a great weekend. I wish Mom could have been with me but there was only one ticket left on the plane and I had to be at meetings so I left her in Trinidad. 
We hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Springtime weather. It is one constant summer here!

Love, Dad and Trini

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 7th, 2016

Dear Family and Friends

It was a wonderful week that came to an end to soon with Jon's family visit. We enjoyed Trinidad for a few days, taking in the beach at Las Cuevas, shark and bake (shark sandwiches with all the trimmings) and the Caroni Swamp Tour, which features the nightly return of the scarlet ibis to the mangrove islands of Trinidad. Jenny was also able to go out teaching with some of our sisters and get a feel for missionary work Trinistyle!

Then we hopped over to Tobago to enjoy conference with the elders and members there on Sunday. We were able to get most of the conference without too many glitches. It was a tremendous boost for the missionaries as well as the members.

While in Tobago, we snorkeled, swam and were able to see a leatherback turtle come onto the beach to nest. She laid her eggs in a fin dug shoot that was about 36" deep. We arrived as she had finished laying and was beginning to cover and camouflage the nesting site. She was about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide and weighed about 1500 pounds. It was about 9 pm and we had to be careful with any light and sound distraction. We stayed about 30 minutes and watched her finish her artwork in the sand and then slowly return to the sea. She will come ashore 10 -12 times during the season and lay clutches of about 120 eggs each time. The nesting season goes from March -August. It was fascinating. We touched her shell as she was re-entering the water and it was as smooth as glass. 

The highlight of the week was the baptism of Bo. He wanted to be baptized in the ocean and Tobago has no font, so his wish came true. It was a beautiful morning and very private. Our Tobago elders were there to witness and support and Bo was beaming. I think you will be able to tell from the pictures it will be a cherished memory.

We love  the gospel and are happy to be serving. It is difficult to sacrifice time away from family but has been wonderful to spend time with almost all of you in our mission. Please remember and study the words of revelation from this past conference weekend in an attempt to improve ourselves, our families and the neighborhoods in which we live.

We hope you are all enjoying some Spring weather and send our love from the countries of endless summer!
Trini and Dad

March 29th, 2016

Hello family and friends,

We have just finished a record setting tour of our mission on assignment from church headquarters. We were asked to accompany the Church Historian, Richard Turley Jr through our portion of the Caribbean. He was originally going to be accompanied by Elder Hamulas of the Seventy, but at the last minute, he was given another assignment and we became Elder Turley's tour guide and chauffeur throughout the mission.

We began in Trinidad ten days ago and have traveled to Guyana, Suriname, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. While here, he interviewed the church pioneers for their stories, visited historical sights and conducted missionary/member devotionals on the Book of Mormon, the prophet Joseph Smith and the importance of keeping a record.

His presentations went right along with what our mission vision has been as to the importance of the Book of Mormon. The people we teach need to understand that the Book of Mormon was written for our time and was written to teach us all how we should live, as well as to know what we need to do to return to our Heavenly Father. We as members, also need to be constantly learning more about the Gospel and having spiritual experiences so that we too can continue to be converted in our faith in Christ.

We appreciate your support and feel of your prayers on our behalf,
Trini and Dad