Date: Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM
Subject: Jwaye Nwel!
Hey there friends, family, and any other beloved children of God who
may stumble across this message,
MERRY CHRISTMAS! FELIZ NAVIDAD! JWAYE NWEL!! 👈👐🖕🖖🤘👌✊! (That's
not actually sign language, I just typed in some emojis.) Are you so
excited to celebrate the birth of our Savior? I am!!
Well this week has just been great. We met with S, that old
Haitian lady who taught us happy birthday in Creole. Well she knows
everything we've been teaching her is true, except for the fact that
she doesn't think she can get baptized again. Also the people in her
church love her and would be sad if she left. But she's in her church
choir, and so she taught us a Haitian Christmas song! We just be
singin with S all day. I almost recorded it for you. I'll try this
week, were singing with her more on Wednesday. We told her we'd sing
her some of our songs, but that's awkward because there are only two
Christmas songs translated into Creole. So this week in language study
I started translating the hymn book, and who knows how many mistakes I
made. I'll be sending it over to Frè Anderson, Frè Chandler, and Frè
Dillon (the Creole teachers in the MTC. I actually haven't met Frè
Dillon, but he deserves a shout out because he sent us a Christmas
present.) so they can look it over.
My favorite phone call of the week was with B.J. McQ...
remember her? The one who was supposed to be baptized this
week? Yeah awkward she actually hasn't been to church yet so we moved
it to January 17th. Well PLOT TWIST because she called us saying she's
moving to Atlanta GA by the end of the month. What the heck? So some
missionaries down in Georgia are about to get a Christmas present.
Fingers crossed its Sister Lawson!
Also Tr, the other girl who had a date for this Sunday, has
dropped off the face of the planet.
The best day was when we had all of our appointments cancel and we ran
out of gas. Wow, that sounds like the opposite of the best day. False.
(It's because Heavenly Father directs the work.) But we looked around
and felt impressed to knock on these 2 doors with Christmas wreaths
(Jews and Jehovah Witnesses don't usually put up Christmas wreaths,
and they're the bashiest of the bashers.) and BAM both people answered
those doors and they are interested in the message! Then we ran into
D and H. D hasn't been to church in a while, but she's
worried because Hailey, who's 9, hasn't been baptized yet. She has
friends in the church and is super open to learning more! They were so
excited to get Book of Mormons and come to church! They didn't, but
they seemed like they wanted to, which is a good first step!
Something I've been working on this week is turning outward instead of
inward, and just doing things the Lord's way. I was reading in Mosiah
2 today, which is SUCH a good chapter. King Benjamin, a prophet and
King in the Book of Mormon, is teaching his people right before he
dies. He explains to them that even if we were to serve God, who has
given us everything from our freckles and eyebrows and breath to our
clothes to our homes to our families to our riches, with exactness and
with all our heat and might and strength for the rest of our lives,
we'd still not be able to repay Him for everything He's done for us.
And all He asks is that we do our best to keep His commandments,
repent when we mess up, and take care of each other. Just something to
I love you all so much! You're such a support and a strength to me,
and I'm so thankful for all of your examples and love. Pase Bon
jounen, e jwaye Nwel!
Oh also for those of you who have been asking for my address:
Sister Hannah Fouts
New York New York South Mission
85-69 60th Drive
Elmhurst, NY (insert zip code.) [Note from Dad: 11373]
I recognize this address is totally unhelpful without the zip code, I
will do some, digging and see if I can find it.