Week 39 Mission Log Everything is going very well out on the island. We`re working hard. Yes, I do know Elder Andrew Berhold quite well.
This week was pretty interesting. I found out that we`re actually over two branches. The one that I went to last week that had 17 members and another one that`s really far away. We went there this week. We had to sit on the train for an hour to get there. It cost us like forty dollars to go there and back. It`s really far. There were six adults there and three children. They said they were surprised at how many people came this week. They were expecting it to be four people, (including the missionaries). I had to bless the sacrament. My companion and I both had to speak in sacrament meeting. It was weird, because when I looked out at the congregation, there was only my companion, two sisters, and two children. And, none of them sat together, not even the children. It was a very interesting Sunday. We essentially only have one strong investigator right now, but she`s doing really well, and we`re working really hard to find more people to teach. Everyone in the branch here plays ping pong and eats snacks together every Friday night. It was really fun. There is a high school girl who is like national champion or something. So she can just destroy anyone. At ping pong this week, Brother Mori (a mentally handicapped member here) decided that he wanted to perform a baptism. He started asking everyone there if they`ve already been baptized. Three people were there that weren`t members of the church and therefore haven`t been baptized. He then started trying to get them to get baptized so that he could perform a baptism. It was kind of awkward, but also pretty funny. Everything worked out alright. We basically can`t do any work on Wednesdays anymore, because it takes up our whole day to go to our district meeting and come back. They used to just have district meetings over the phone here because it was so far from all other areas, but the missionaries started to get depressed being cut off from everyone else. Now we ride the bus for a couple of hours each week to get to district meeting. It is very pretty here. There are mountains everywhere. There are big palm trees all over the city. We`re along the ocean. It`s usually sunny. It`s a tropical paradise. I really do like this place. I have to get going now. Keep up all your good work at home. I love you all. Bye. -Elder Isaac Swift