Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015

Afternoon, afternoon,

Last Monday was spent on Paradise Island at Atlantis. Enjoy the pictures and try not to be too jealous. We couldn't get in the water anyways....


Okay so Sister Nelson and I have this way of describing our companionship. We call it the "excitement companionship". It pretty much just means that everything that happens just causes excitement. I mean, so many ridiculous things have happened ever since I got to Nassau. Seriously, every time we get something taken care of, it actually turns out that it is not taken care of. Augustin's baptism was no exception. We should have known. We really should have been prepared for it. I guess we are still learning our lesson. So what happened is we were filling out Augustin's baptismal record to send into the office. It turns out that his name is actually Mertilus Augustin. Not Augustin Mertilus. Yes. Yes. We asked President Brown and the baptism needs to be redone. Our branch president talked to Augustin on Sunday and originally he agreed. We were planning to have the baptism that night at the church. It was going to be a very private and short. After a time though I guess he started having doubts. He is having a hard time understanding that it needs to be done perfectly. His concern lies in the fact that he knows that Heavenly Father knows who he is, and the name really shouldn't be that big of a deal. We saw him Sunday night and he said he just needs some time. We will keep praying and working with him. Excitement.

That night Sister Nelson and I were talking about all the stuff we have been through together and we started quoting the Joseph Smith movie. There is this part when he is talking to Emma and he says, "I guess I am meant to swim in deep waters, better deep than shallow." And that is just us.

Excitement Companionship

On the plus side, I don't have to teach district meeting this week because it is zone meeting. THANK GOODNESS.

So today is Sister Nelson's birthday. It is Jamaican tradition to flour people on their birthday. So the flouring started with Sister Medley throwing a cup of flour on Sister Nelson. Sister Nelson secertly had a bag of flour in her pocket and that is where the war began. Oh my goodness. Flour was flying and even water was being tossed around.  Well, needless to say the house was a mess and I had to wash my hair again. Booooooo. We got some good pictures out of it, and overall it was worth it.

Things are going well in Nassau. We are supposed to be finding 3 potential investigators everyday, but everyone we meet are jokers. We need a stronger teaching pool. All these missionaries keep reminding me that you go through the 99 to find the 1. Oh man, that just made me remember this finding experience we had the other day. We were walking down this road and we pass this yard with a few people in the front. I was probably mumbling and grumbling about being scared to talk to them and we just walked by. Once we had passed the yard we hear some one yell "aren't you going to leave me with anything". Lol. Heavenly Father has some pretty hilarious ways of helping us overcome our fears.


I think I can say that I am enjoying myself here, even despite all the excitement. The good part is that it makes for a lot of stories.

I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!
Sister Tuttle

Sister Nelson and I

Elevator Fun

The view . . . It looks fake, but it is soooo real.

On our way to ATLANTIS

And the four fish just perfectly above us.



Anyone recognize this slide from Mary Kate and Ashley's "Fun in the Sun"?


Nassau Sisters

My name sake (Sister Tuttle)

Andrea and peanuts

I just love him

Flouring Sister Nelson on her birthday

How I ended up like this . . . I will never know


Sister Nelson did her studies in her flour mess

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

This is why Hannah's letter is so short...

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Yep, she gets to visit this place today.  Everybody should feel so sorry for the mundane sites she must endure while on her mission.

Okay so we are going to Atlantis today so I don't have much time to email. I am doing well though! 

We had a baptism on Saturday! Augustin Mertilus, the newest member of the Nassau Bahamas, New Providence Branch. The baptism was all in Creole for Augustin. His confirmation on Sunday was in Creole too. 

Augutin's Baptism

Yvonne's baptism was supposed to be this Saturday, but it will be pushed back a few weeks until she can sort some stuff out. 

A book we found in the Library

The work is actually going really well in Nassau!

I hope you all have a super fantastic week. 
I love you with all my heart. 
Sister Tuttle

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015

To all those people out there that actually take some time out of their lives to read about mine:

View from the pirate stair case

I don't know what is wrong with me lately, I just feel like I have nothing to write about. Maybe it is the fact that I've gotten so used to change and now that I am staying in Nassau with Sister Nelson, E
verything is just normal. Normal is good though. I would rather have normal than break downs and car accidents.

I realized after taking this picture that it actually looks way more dangerous than it is. And I did not climb over the fence to take the picture!!!

Despite the lack of excitement, stuff is still happening in Nassau. With the change of branch presidency it feels like the whole branch is changing. The building is being cleared out. Years and years of paper work are being organized, meetings are lasting half as long, and I think all of the members are feeling a sense of haste and change. It actually feels really nice.

Last Monday's adventure to a historical site. These are remains of slave houses.

So we have this investigator Seaga. Every time we go to his house wasps fly around Sister Nelson. Sister Nelson has this thing where it is impossible for her to just let it be. She HAS to swat it away. Seaga always gets after her telling her to let it alone and on and on. Well, the other morning she was sitting in the door way drinking some tea when a wasp started flying around her. She tried to flick it, but she wasn't quick enough and it came back and stung her hand. Oh my goodness, the next morning I woke up to see Sister Nelson's hand the size of a large mango. That day we went to Seaga's and he asked her if she had learned her lesson. She said "not completely, I can't say I will never swat a wasp again. I think it would have to sting me in the face for me to learn my lesson completely." lol it was pretty funny.

Sister Nelson's swell up hand

I taught me first district meeting on Wednesday. The elders in Freeport skyped in so the crowd was a bit bigger. The meeting was on building relationships with members and also finding. I used this story from an older conference talk about this man who would not do any work. Some of his neighbors decided because he would not take care of himself they would drop him at the cemetery and let him die. On the way to the cemetery one of the neighbors offered the man some corn and the man asked if it had been husked. The  neighbor replied that it had not so the man told them to drive on. So I made these little corns out of paper and wrote "are we waiting for our corn to be husked". They were adorable. We also played this game where we each wrote a few different situations or ways to start a conversation on little slips of paper. Then each person had to draw a slip and they had 30 seconds to turn their conversation starter into a gospel subject. Wow. I have no idea if that explanation made any sense, but anyways it was fun.

Sister Nelson and Sister Tuttle

So Sister Nelson has this recent convert in Nassau. His name is Herdy and he is so converted. He is fulfilling his priesthood responsibilities by passing the sacrament and he is magnifying his calling. His calling is to distribute hymn books and manuals before church and to pick them up after church. Every Sunday you see Herdy before and after church pushing his little trolly.  So this past week at the very end of church on Sunday we had to evacuate the building. I guess some of the electrical things were melting and smoking and could have started a fire. The greatest part was as we were leaving the building we saw Herdy pulling his little trolly into the sacrament meeting hall to pick up the hymn books. It was great. We need more members like him out here.

The beach

So yes. Things are normal and all is well.
I love you all so so much!
Sister Tuttle
Bless. Bless.



The Ockaroba kid's 

Camillot sleeping in a lesson. lol

Bahama's independence day!


Camillot and our new branch president outside the church. 

I fell asleep one day when Camillot was making us juice. 

The view

Pirates stair case. Apparently pirates carved this stair case in the rock to have easy access to the Island.

Some artistic something or other... We didn't pay for a tour guide so I spent the whole time making stuff up about each of the stops. It was great.