Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WEEK 64


HE IS ALIVE AND SAFE....SO BLESSED

A Note from Mom: So the tropical storm Bret/hurricane that went through his area is finally over. I asked him how it was and how he was. I was SOOOO HAPPY to hear from him today. He knows how I worry and feel he has down played it all but that's him....he said "it all good Mom, I didn't blow away and it was just like storms we get at home (YEAH RIGHT...NOT) but he is in great spirit and told me it showed how much I love him and care that I was contacting my resources and I have made some great friends since he has been on his mission. One guy, Justin, that lives in Couva and apart of the church had called him in my behave today to check on him for his momma and he happened to be getting online to write me. I am so thankful for Justin and the compassion he gave and that everyone there made it through the storm. Now on to Colton's letter....



Hey Everyone!

All the email shops have been closed for the past couple days. Monday was labor day and then yesterday was a storm warning so everyone was inside haha.
But this last week was pretty interesting. I flew to Trinidad with Elder Vance and to get my new companion but all the flights were booked so I stayed in Trinidad for the week. And guessed where I stayed ... yep Couva once again haha, so my old comp hagood opened a new area in Couva so I helped him out showing where the members are. So I showed him around Couva but now I am with my new comp in Tobago. His name is Elder Kohlieber, he is from Los Angeles, he's a pretty cool elder, a surf kinda guy. he is a great teacher too.

Not much to tell about this week just cuz I wasn't in my area haha but we did go to the botanical gardens on Monday just like a nature park so we took some pics of that. Also we have a baptism planned for the 15th of July, she is so excited for that. We had a lesson from her last night. She is already gaining a testimony of the things we are sharing. The spirit has really been teaching her so it is great to see that change in her.

That's pretty much it for this week. I hope everyone enjoys this week with all the snow and storms haha pretty weird for June I'd say. 

have a great everyone , one love!
 love elder bastian

pics by the airport.. yea that's by the airport haha
Another tag pic for Mom! And still by airport


THE BOTANICAL GARDENS

ME DABBING

BIG TREE!


Now for the pics I took a couple of Monday's ago at the Argyle Falls...










THIS IS MOM'S FAVORITE!! LET IT POUR....


Monday, June 19, 2017

Tropical Storm Bret


We have not heard from Elder Bastian today due to Tropical Storm Bret heading right to him in Tobago, they have closed the schools for today and tomorrow and on live tv from the Prime Minister....he advised to make sure you had all the necessities to ride out this storm and to take shelter. Please keep our missionary in your prayers that this storm will fly past him and all are safe. Thank You



President's Message


President's Message
June 2017
Issue #23



It has certainly been a month to remember in the Trinidad Port of Spain Mission. We have had two missionary groups arrive, one missionary group depart and conferences thrown in for good measure.
On May 1st we welcomed Sister Pareja, Sister Spijkerman and Elder Keller. Sister Pareja was assigned to Curacao and Sister Spijkerman and Elder Keller to Suriname. Bon Dia and Welkom! Elder Buxton and Elder Marks arrived mid-transfer and are becoming acquainted with the missionary work in Aruba. Bienvenido!
Our departing missionaries returned home May 3rd. Thank you Elder Lorenzo, Elder Uri, Elder Tobierre, Sister Masciantoni, Sister Jenkins, Sister Ramirez, Sister De Lima, and Elder and Sister Gertsch. We know you will bless the lives of others and continue to keep mission memories close to your heart.
Zone Conference was centered on the blessings of the temple. The missionaries enjoyed learning that everything we hear in the temple, finds it roots in the scriptures. President Egbert encouraged us to visit the temple often and reminded us that “If you touch the temple, the temple will touch you!” We have conferenced in Aruba, Trinidad and Guyana and will visit Suriname and finish the ABC islands next month.
A two-day Mission Leadership Council was held in Trinidad to discuss the missionary efforts taking place on the 5 islands and 2 countries of our mission. It was inspirational watching the zone leaders and sister training leaders teach and learn from each other. We are grateful to serve with such capable and testimonied young adults.
Our mission also experienced some very timely miracles. For almost a year, we have not had a missionary permit granted for entry into Trinidad. We also had an association bond that was expiring that held the names of eight missionaries. If the bond was not approved and renewed, these missionaries would need to leave Trinidad. Two days before the bond expired, it was approved. That same day, we found out that a handful of missionaries received their missionary permits to enter Trinidad. The missionaries that were approved have been serving in Guyana and the ABC islands. We do not know exactly what this means for the future of missionary permits in Trinidad, but we do know that our mission received a miracle when we needed it.
We are grateful for all the prayers offered by our missionaries and their families and have been humbled by the Lord's hand in making sure that His work moves forward. We are here to gather Israel and He is aware of the people in Trinidad, Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Guyana and Suriname. May we trust in His timing and acknowledge His assistance in our lives every day.
"For if there be no faith among the children of men, God can do no miracle among them;
wherefore he showed not himself until after their faith." Ether 12:12
Love, President and Sister Egbert

Monday, June 12, 2017

WEEK 63


New Transfers

Hey Everyone!

This week was pretty good, really just the normal things. We got our transfer calls this week. So I'm still in Tobago, but I have a new companion. His name is Elder Kohlieber. I'm not sure where he is from I think maybe California. He's been in Guyana his whole mission so I don't know him haha. But he's been out just a little less than me. Sounds like  he is a great missionary tho.

We had a great turn out this week at church, 45 people, so that's more than a year or so. So that was great. This week it was really amazing to see the spirit working with the people that we are teaching. This one lesson we were teaching about nature of God, and he was kinda iffy about him having a body. But then suddenly a scripture came to his mind. It's found in genesis 1:26-27. He was like "of course he has a body it says it right in the scriptures, its true! don't know how people miss that" so it was really cool to see the spirit teaching him. The holy ghost is the true teacher not us, we are just guides. So I know that is what will help people to change and to baptize, as we teach with the spirit they will have true conversion in their lives.

Other than that not much happened. Last week we went to Argyle Waterfalls. It was pretty fun. We were able to climb rocks and go exploring. The waterfall is pretty big too. So that was pretty sweet being able to go there. I'll send pictures in another email probably next week. They are still trying to download here and won't have time to share this week.

Well have a great week everyone! Continue to read and pray and be better than you were yesterday.

John 14:26 the comforter

take care and one love!
love elder bastian

Monday, June 5, 2017

WEEK 62


 already June? haha what?

Hey Everyone!

This week was actually a pretty cool week, something cool happened everyday! So first it's been raining so much lately now which is great cuz it cools down the place.

But a few weeks ago we taught this member who has been struggling with money. He doesn't get paid and when he does it goes straight to loans so he isn't really getting any income. But we challenged him to live the law of tithing and we said it doesn't matter how much as long as it is ten percent. It could only be a dollar and the lord will bless you. So the next week he paid 25 tt = less than 4 US dollars and the very next day a random friend came had gave him $1000 tt. So he was truly blessed so that strengthened his testimony and mine as well. He was so grateful for it too.

Also this week we have been finding some really prepared people! We set two baptismal dates for July and have been gaining some awesome new investigators. We had a lot of really good lessons too. You can see how prepared and the desire they have to learn more. When people have the desire to know the true they will find it and these people have the desire. So we are seeing them this week as well so we will see what happens.

At church we had a lot of investigators than usual, we had four haha so that's a lot. One of these was a man named David and where he lives it takes about an hour to church so he said he was just going to take his fishing boat around the island to get to church next week. haha it takes about 30 min for that. It was his first time at church so hopefully we will see him again at church.

Well that's about it. Have a great week everyone. Always trust the lord and put him first, trust Him and he will bless you in your lives. 2nephi 4:34, that's the only scripture this week. 

take care and one love
elder colton bastian

not much pics but going to Argyle Falls today.
MY VIEW
THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HEADING......PICS NEXT WEEK OF IT
Image result for argyle falls tobago

Monday, May 29, 2017

WEEK 61


10 more months already

Hey everyone! 

This week was pretty good, it finally rained so it's more clear now. It also cooled the placed down for a few minutes haha. Nothing to exciting happened this week, we contacted and was trying to find a lot of people this week. So we contacted and contacted and contacted some more. We found some really cool people and prepared people too, this guy he got shot in the chest and missed his heart inch centimeters away. So he turned his life around and started to follow Christ. So it's really cool to hear people's stories out here.

We had district meeting and Elder Vance and I was teaching it about the apostasy and restoration. We had no computer so we had district meeting over a phone call haha.  We have this one investigator name Vernon he has a baptismal date for end of June. He came to church yesterday with his kids, he is a really cool guy and tall 6'7" rasta man haha but he understands everything we teach so well. He is really prepared so we are going to keep working with him and get his family involved. 

Not much really happened this week but have a great week everyone!

2 nephi 3:24 and d and c 68:6
just a few scriptures I liked while reading 

Always have good cheer , we shouldn't worry about anything cuz He is always by our side to help us when we need him. So don't fear and be of good cheer!
one love!
Elder Colton Bastian
WENT TO FORT KING GEORGE 









Monday, May 22, 2017

WEEK 60


Hey Everyone!!

Not much happened this week! Just the same old same old. We have been finding a couple of cool people to teach, some that are pretty interested. So we have a lot of new investigators here. A lot of the people you teach one lesson and set a next appointment but then they always cancel so that's been tough haha. But now we have a few solid people now to teach.

This last week we had an exchange so Elder Hagood and Elder Plumb (my old comps) came up Tobago for the night and stayed with us so that was really cool!! We had some fun and had a great exchange. Also this week a couple from Cali came here on vacation and came to church the last Sunday. They wanted to take us out to eat so they took us out to a really nice restaurant. It was weird sitting in a restaurant cuz I'm not use to it haha but it was great. And then on the exchange they took us out to some really nice Italian pizza. So they are really great and nice!

We had zone conference so we flew to Trinidad and back in the same day. We talked a lot about temples and how temples are mentioned all through out the bible and the importance of going to the temple. So it was a great conference, got to see all the missionaries finally haha.

But that's really about it. Have a great week!!
1nephi 17:3 and 1 nephi 18:3

As we have obedience in our lives, our heavenly father will bless us as we keep the commandments. Also prayer is such a powerful thing as we pray we have that communication with our Heavenly Father and as we pray we will see prayers answered and see great things come into our lives. So I challenge to all you PRAY and if you are praying, pray some more. 

love you all and thanks for all the prayers and support
Elder Colton Bastian
one love!

Elder Birch and I
plane trip back to Tobago
my breakfast I made
Tobago views
the nice couple from Cali, The Robertson's




YUMMY!!




THE ROBERTSON'S

Monday, May 15, 2017

WEEK 59 - MOTHER'S DAY


Mother's day! ...yesterday

It was great to have been able to Skye yesterday!! It's great to see everyone. It's crazy that I only have one more Skye day left! I've been thinking about that lately, I have been out for awhile now haha and it still feels like I just got here.
This week has been a descent week, we had a lot of  fall throughs so we were trying to find people to teach. We found some pretty good people but that's pretty much what I did all week haha. We had some good lessons with a couple people but no real progressing people just as yet. That will change this week tho.
I gave a talk in sacrament yesterday. I talked maybe 15 or 20 min and it just seemed pretty easy haha it is no sweat now. I talked about the Book of Mormon and the role it can play in our lives. Also how the holy ghost can be with us to help guide us in this life. It went really well, a lot of the members aren't reading everyday so I am trying to encourage them all to start reading more.
That was pretty much all the week, nothing too exciting. This week will be more exciting I'm sure.
Well have a great week everyone! I came across these two scriptures and I liked them. 1 nephi 8:12 and 1 nephi 13:37 so enjoy those as you read them and don't forget to ponder them as well. 
take care! one Love!
Love Elder Bastian of Tobago

pics of Tobago
my desk is on the right
Made our beds into bunk beds for more room to have activities haha I'm on top
main place, don't judge we cleaning haha
we live upstairs

THIS VIEW.......

PREP AREA

GAVE US A LITTLE MORE ROOM


HEY.....MAIN LEVEL FOR RENT! ANY TAKERS???? HAHA

MOTHER'S DAY CALL

THE HOME WHERE I WAS ABLE TO SKYPE TO MY HOME...BEAUTIFUL


Monday, May 8, 2017

WEEK 58


TOBAGO!!!!

Hey everyone!

So I'm here in Tobago now which is a really beautiful place! It's a view wherever I go. When I wake up I see the ocean so it's pretty great! Tobago is all country really, there is no big city just jungle bush and hills everywhere you go. So it's awesome haha I'll defiantly have some sweet pics this transfer. My companion is Elder Vance, he is from Idaho Falls. He's pretty cool, he came out like 3 or 4 months before me. 
The branch here is pretty small haha usually like 30 people at sacrament. So a big difference now haha so It'll be interesting here. I'll have to do a lot more work with the branch, trying to keep it in order and stuff. I have met some really cool people. There is a 89 yr old man who is a recent convert and he passes the sacrament. so that's awesome. Still wanting to exercise Priesthood that old. The people here is pretty nice too. So I'll have a lot of stories in the future. 
My apartment is nice, we can go on the roof and see the ocean so that's awesome. I'll send pics next week. Only thing is the cock roaches haha they are everywhere.
But we are working with great people here preparing some for baptism. So it'll be cool baptizing in the ocean.
Well not much else this week but I read 1 nephi 1:12 its a simple verse but as you read the book of moron or the scriptures you will have the spirit with you more in your life. so read!! haha
one love! john 15:4-5
elder colton bastian

pics- my plane, pretty small
sunset
view from house
my comp and I
LANDED IN TOBAGO

 MY VIEW IS PRETTY AWESOME


ME AND ELDER VANCE

Monday, May 1, 2017

WEEK 57


Baptism!!

hey everyone!!
So this week was pretty eventful for a change. First it was super hot outside!! It's like hard to breathe sometimes cuz the humidity is reeally thick. even the trinis say it's way hot. But that doesn't stop us! We were out in the sun all week trying to find some new people to teach. We spent a lot of hours in the sun. I don't mind my tan is sure getting better haha
One of the highpoints of the week is to be able to see Ann baptized!!! It was awesome to see the change in her and come unto the gospel. I started teaching her during Christmas but they dropped her cuz she wasn't progressing. But when I got back to Couva the second day my comp and I got an impression to start teaching her again. so we did and the spirit has been working in her life big time. The spirit really prepared her for this baptism. Every time we go and teach her the lessons are always great and now she is baptized! I know I came back to Couva for a reason and I know it was cuz of Ann I came back. She says she finally understands the gospel and she knows this church is true. So I'm very grateful I was able to help Ann.
Other news I am leaving Couva. yep transfer calls. I will be going to Tobago. It's a small island off of Trinidad. It will only be me and Elder Vance on the island so it's going to be pretty interesting. We have to Skye into district meetings. So we are pretty isolated from everyone haha. But it'll be great. I have to say goodbye to the people I have in Couva... again haha  Once again hard to say goodbye to friends I've made in the community.
We had a lot at sacrament meeting which is nice. There was 91 so that's a ton here. Last Sunday here and it was a great one.
Well have a great week everyone! I recently read Moroni 9:6 , talks about labor diligently. So I know even if it may seem hard as we labor diligently and work hard we will see those blessings in our life. So don't give up in what ever you are doing, continue to rely on Christ cuz He will be the one to help you through anything. I love you all! till next time.
elder colton bastian
one love!

pics-
ata boat dock
missionary pic
baptism!!
when they tell you to contact everyone you meet haha so we met Fred

AT THE BOAT DOCK IN STYLE

LOVE THIS PICTURE!  MISSIONARY LIFE AT IT'S BEST

BAPTISM WITH ANN...THE REASON I CAME BACK TO COUVA

WELL HELLO THERE FRED, I'M ELDER BASTIAN...

CAN I SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN BE CONNECTED MORE WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER?
WOW....THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE.....SO HAPPY THIS ELDER CAME MY WAY....I SEE THE LIGHT NOW!!!!!

THIS IS FROM SISTER CHANKA......LAST TIME WITH MY COMPANION...I WILL MISS ALL OF YOU AND MANY THANKS TO YOU SISTER CHANKA FOR ALWAYS MAKING SURE I WAS TAKEN CARE OF. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!