Here's some of Collin's email from last week - sorry I've been a little slow with the blog, but I've been working on Collin's DVD and having lots of fun :) After reading this email, I looked up the island of Ouvea on Google Earth and it looks so beautiful! Wow... it would be a wonderful experience if Collin could go there to do missionary work. We'll see how that all works out. The missionaries in New Caledonia will be watching conference a week after we do here, so we emailed Collin a list of questions from the Saturday and Sunday sessions, so he can answer them as he watches. If he gets our questions right, we will send him a prize! ( probably a box of pop tarts or ranch dressing packets) Oh, BTW - the above picture is the elders doing some service - "gratuit de lavage voitures" means "free car wash"
So, here's Collin:Well I'll give you a rundown of this week- I can't really remember too much actually. 2 cool things though- the only member from the island of Ouvea called me the other day and said that they're trying to do missionary work and they have lots of friends that are really interested, but they need books of mormons! Also he wants missionaries- there haven't been any for like 20 years. I talked to the zone leaders and they'll talk to president i think- maybe they'll be missionaries. that would be my dream to open it up. Also there is a similar situation in Futuna - another tiny island.. they have about a dozen members over there and they're working really hard on mission work but they aren't authorized to take the sacrament or anything and there's no missionaries.. they want some really bad. i really wanna go open up over there. that would be rad. The only problem would be that I wouldn't get to see any other missionaries besides every 6 weeks for conference - that would be hard. anyway, that would be cool if i'd get to go. that probably wouldn't be for a long long time though.
Also I taught some little kids that are going to be baptized, i think. they're 7 though, so it's their parents decision really. but it would be cool anyways. also we had 2 investigators and a bunch of inactives at church yesterday. that was rad. our branch is really falling apart though.. people are going inactive right and left- i am feeling more and more like the apostles trying to keep the apostate churches together. difficult.
Oh so our Amie - Marie Jean - she prayed last week to quit smoking so she could get baptized... we haven't even really talked about baptism much with her- but I think she really wants to be baptized! We'll be talking about that this week!
Also I didn't get to do my first baptismal interview on Saturday - Robinson's guy wasn't ready. but he should be in a few weeks. also mont dore has someone who's getting baptized soon - so i'll get my first baptismal interview soon enough. :)
Oh so also we did service for this sort of less active member who lives in a squatt - she wanted us to build a little cabin thing for her vines to grow on. it was cool. i should have taken a picture of our work, but my camera was up in the car. sorry. oh well. next time i'm over there i'll take a picture of our work. anyway, we got to cut this like 20 foot square vine to pieces with machetes and cut trees down and stuff.. machetes are awesome. i want some when I get home. everyone has like 5 around here. even though we're in the middle of the city. it's rad.
Also on the LDS website there's a meetinghouse locater and all it has is Borail branch on it-- way up north. but if you look at noumea (it's just google earth) there's this big factory looking thing- that's Vallee du Tir right next to that. Then just north of that is ducos. cool, eh? I couldn't find my house though. oh well.
Oh so this crazy less active member gave me O Livro de Mormon (portuguese) and insisted it was english. So i took it and read some yesterday in honor of dad's birthday. :D
Well I gotta jet.. I'll catch you later. Love much and always.