Monday, September 18, 2017

WEEK 77


Hey everyone!

This past week has been pretty normal, nothing too exciting has happened.
We have been trying to find new people to teach so we did that a lot this week and it was hot! haha But it was good cuz we were able to find some really cool people. We contacted this women who was super interested. She was saying how she knows things were taken out of the bible. She also asked about the Book of Mormon so we were able to give her one. She said she"ll read it and we are going back to see her. So she is an elect for sure. 

Also we have been working with a boy named Keltson. He is pretty cool, he has baptismal date for Oct 7th so we are working with him for that. He is awesome tho, he reads the Book of Mormon daily and even before he studies for school. He has a desire for sure so I'm excited for that. We were able to take a member out named Brother Icecream with us. He is on board in helping him out and taking him to church so that's awesome!

Other than those things it's been pretty normal. It was a good week but not a lot of interesting stuff happening hahha
but I hope everyone has a great week! 
Matthew 5:14-16
be that light and that example for everyone

love elder bastian

no pics really for this week... sorry mom haha

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WEEK 76


Back in Princestown

Hey everyone! This week was pretty great!

That's pretty crazy with the hurricanes and earthquakes going on! I hope no one was affected by it. Everyone was in everyone's prayer down here in Trinidad.

So I left and said goodbye to Tobago. It was nice to have been there but I am excited to be back in one of my old areas. Princestown is great, it was great to see a lot of familiar faces and to see a lot of the people I was working with down here. The members here are great!

We were able to see a lot of members. There is a family that are less active but are working towards reactivating. They are awesome. Their names are the Zoongies. The little 6 yr old daughter is a great motivator for them to come back. She keeps telling them how she wants to go to church and to the temple so it's great. We taught the word of wisdom and they had a few problems but as we taught they were like "Oh it's bad! Well we are stopping right now" haha so they are great.

We don't have many investigators right now, we just have one haha, so that means a lot of contacting and finding people.

My companion is Elder McGee, he is pretty cool and we work well together. He is from Utah so It'll be fun serving with him.
We had zone conference yesterday. It's was really good, we were talking about the faith in finding people and really diligence in missionary work, so it was really great.

Other than that no other news. I felt nothing from the hurricane and earthquake. The only thing is that it was super hot! cuz hurricane pulled all the breeze and clouds to it. But other than that Trinidad doing good.
My goal is to stay focused and work and do all I can here on the mission. Time is going down and I want to do all I can here.

Thanks for all the support and love!
alma 7:23
elder colton bastian
COOL PICS


ME AND ELDER MCGEE

great family. csis camejo and her boys


Monday, September 4, 2017

WEEK 75


VOTED OFF THE ISLAND

Hey Everyone!

This last week was pretty good! It was independence day on the 31st so that was cool. We were able to watch fireworks from our roof top! I'll try sending a video of it today.

Other than that we were busy out there finding new people again. A lot of people we talk to are not very interested in the message so were are trying to find those that are elect. We finished in the area where we were contacting so we are now in a area that is across the highway. We have met some pretty friendly people there. So far so good. 

This last week I got to say goodbye to a lot of the people, it's a bitter sweet type thing. I've gotten to like Tobago and the people. I defiantly was able to learn a lot from these people and to see the faith that these people have is a real testimony builder. So I'll miss it here but excited to see what Princestown has in store.. again haha

While in Tobago I really wanted to make a difference in someone's life here and this last few weeks we were able to find people that are truly ready for the gospel. One man is named Antonio, he is awesome, he is very humble and really wanting to change in his life. He knows how much our Heavenly Father loves him and knows he has a purpose here. He is just trying to find it .... when I told him I was leaving Tobago, he said "thank you, I won't let what you taught/share with me go in vain, I will read the Book of Mormon and come to church" so I know we were guided to find him and he was guided to us. So that was a pretty great experience.

I fly on Wednesday to Trinidad and I'll be emailing on Tuesday next week as well.
Have a great week everyone!

ether 12:27
be better than who you were yesterday
one love 
elder bastian
TOBAGO VIEWS...CAN'T GET ENOUGH


CURRY CHICKEN FOOT

SUGAR APPLE

BRO MURREY HE'S 89 AND PASSES THE SACRAMENT, HE'S A BOSS

BRO PHILLIPS, HE'S A COOL MEMBER


EVERYONE SIGNED A HOMEMADE TIE THAT WAS IN THIS AREA THAT I MET



Monday, August 28, 2017

WEEK 74


Some changes + 7 more months

Hey Everyone!

The eclipse looks way cool! It was down here as well but it was only for a second and I missed it haha

This week was really good! The most exciting things that happen is first we went to zone conference. So we flew down to Trinidad again and was able to go there. It was pretty great seeing everyone haha especially being in isolation up here. But the Zone Conference was centered on goals and the atonement. We learned a lot about the blessings we get from the atonement, so it was really good. We are teaching it differently than we have been and it has made it a lot better to teach. It's pretty great when we are able to use the atonement cuz it defiantly helps us each and every day. One blessing I like is found in ether 12:27

We also had exchanges so Elder Mckinlay and Elder Mckay came up to Tobago.  Elder Mckinlay came with me, he goes home in a week so it was fun being with him. He's a great missionary and had a lot of cool experiences with him, so that was pretty fun having them here. 

Also we got our transfer a week early so next week I will be leaving Tobago :( it's bitter sweet haha and I'm going back to Princestown again! I didn't see that coming haha but I'll be with Elder Mcgee, so it should be great. Also Hazel is planned to be baptized September the 9th so I'll miss it... I'm hoping to come back to see it though! I have been working with her since 1st of May so I would love to see her baptized.

We have been working hard and we have found a guy named Antonio, he is really cool and he actually has a desire to learn more. We talked about the restoration with him and he was big about the Priesthood. Like asking where it is at and the importance to have it. So he truly wants to know if we really have the Priesthood so I'm excited to continue to teach him until I'm gone.

I know the Priesthood is very important and I'm glad that I am able to hold it. We have been able to exercise it a lot here in Tobago, whether it be give blessings or blessing/passing the sacrament. I am happy that it is here today so we have the path back to our Heavenly Father.

Well I hope you all have a great rest of the week and here is a few scriptures I came across that I liked
D&C 6: 33-37
john 14:27
matthew 28:19-20

take care and one love!
elder colton bastian

centipede (poisonous)
Tobago hot dogs
READING IN A BRUSH CHAIR

 (AWWWW ISN'T HE HANDSOME....SUCH A MOM NOTE COULDN'T HELP IT!)

CENTIPEDE (POISONOUS) 

TOBAGO HOT DOGS

TOBAGO VIEWS


Monday, August 21, 2017

WEEK 73


Live Laugh Love

Hey Everyone!

This past week was pretty good. It's gone by super quick haha, it feels like time is getting faster and faster now!

Not a lot happened this week again, we had exchanges with the assistants. Elder Boyce (from Idaho) and Elder Rose (from SLC). They are some great elders, I learned a lot from them. Elder Rose came with me for the exchange and we had some pretty great lessons. As we talked with a few people they really expressed how family is so important to them. Which is pretty great cuz that's what the gospel is centered on is families.

We have been contacting a lot once again. Tobago is the land of contacting. We found a few really cool people, one women was super nice she lived down this dirt path that didn't seem like anyone lived down there. But we decided to walk down and we found a house. we gave her a Book of Mormon and set a time to see her so that was cool. The next was this younger man who is a barber (barbering is a big thing down here), but he was interested and asking us questions. Usually people aren't interested but he was so that was awesome!

Hazel didn't come to church this week... so we may have to postpone the baptism so that was unfortunate.

In a lesson I taught how the good times will always over top the bad. Which I found to be true. When you get disappointments you gotta look at the positive things that are happening and go in with a good attitude. I also gave a talk again in sacrament meeting. It was about endure to the end. I used the message from Pres. Eyring: the reward of enduring well so it went pretty well.

Other than that nothing exciting happened. I solved a rubix cube in 1 min and 30 sec so that was cool haha other than that not much

mosiah 27:36-37
mosiah28:7
some scriptures on missionary work that were nice.

Have a great week and don't forget to do something nice for some one!

one love 
elder bastian
CAR VIEWS

TOBAGO VIEWS

Monday, August 14, 2017

WEEK 72


hey everyone!

This week not a lot happened. We were trying to find people to teach this week. All day we would walk and try finding people. We found some cool people though, we found this one man named Robert. He is 84 yrs old, we called in the house and he came out. And one of the first things he does was high kick over his head and sprinted to us hahah and he is 84 so that's pretty impressive. We got talking with him and he is a cool guy, a lot of history. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said 'the spirit is telling me this is a good book, I need to read this" so that was really cool. 
We also found this guy named Hayden. He is from New York but originally from Trinidad. I saw him all week walking down the street and I was hoping we found where he lived and at the end of the week we did haha so that was cool. He has seen the missionaries all over the world but never talked to them. So we will see how both are when we visit them again.
Besides contacting nothing else. Hazel is planning on getting baptized this month so we are still trying to help her. so that's exciting.
that's about it for the week.
quote I like " forget yourself and go to work" - pres Hinckly's father
mark 8:35
and mosiah chapters 23 and 24 I liked these chapters. as we turn to the lord he will always deliver us out of trouble or difficulties
have a great week 
one love 
elder colton bastian

We had a lot of extra avocados so we made face masks hahah

found a cool place 



 CHICKEN TRYING TO STEAL MY ROTI


Monday, August 7, 2017

WEEK 71


Hey Everyone,

This week was a pretty descent week, not too much happened here. It was a holiday this past week so everyone didn't have time to listen haha and it was also pretty rainy so it made it hard for people to answer to us. So it was an interesting week haha. 

Hazel came to church again! We are planning her to be baptized this month. I really want to see her make that change in her life. She knows its true, cuz I can see it every time we go by her. So we have really been trying to help her even more, other than that nothing too exciting.

We gave a blessing to a husband and a wife this week. The family is going through a hard and stressful time, so it's amazing what a blessing can do.

Also I have been reading a book called Our heritage. it's a really good book to learn about the history of the church. It's amazing the sacrifices the early saints made, the hardships, trial, persecution. So it's amazing what they went through so we can have what we have today. So I'm pretty grateful for that. I bore my testimony about this in church and it was really nice to see how the spirit can really direct your words.

Well that's about it for this week. not much happened.
Have a great week everyone, remember to always to show that love to another. That's one of the most important things we can do. Love is the key.

mosiah 18:21

one love! elder colton bastian
TOBAGO VIEWS
THIS IS RELAXING



 CONTACT BOOK I'M WRITING

40 LBS WORTH OF BANANAS WE GOT FROM A MEMBER
 AND YES I LIKE BANANAS NOW..HAHA


Monday, July 31, 2017

WEEK 70


8 months left!!

Hey everyone!

It's weird to think I have been out here for this long now haha

This week has been pretty interesting! Since Elder Kohlieber and I are pretty much running the branch we had to get the quarterly report in and the wifi was down. There was like no way of doing it, so that took a lot of our week trying to get the wifi up and going. It's still down haha but we were able to send the report in so that was really good.

Trying to find people has been kinda tough. A lot of people are always too busy or just don't want to meet with us haha so we have been trying to work on finding people that are truly prepared and that actually have a desire to learn more about this message. We did find a new family, they are pretty nice, we taught them yesterday and they were pretty interested. We asked what it would mean to them if Christ's teachings are here today and what they would do if they found those teachings. They said they would follow it and be baptized by His authority. We testified that they are here again and it's found in this church. So I can't wait to teach more about Joseph Smith and the restoration.

Hazel finally came to church!!! She seemed to enjoyed it. We are seeing her tonight and so I hope she can continue to come and eventually be baptized!
Other than that not much happened this week.

I hope everyone has a great week.
John 15:16
I just liked this scripture. Just remember that Christ is always there for us and it's up to us to follow Him.
take care!

one love
elder colton bastian

service wound haha roofing someone's house with metal roofing


Tobago views

scarecrow haha

Monday, July 24, 2017

WEEK 69


new transfer ...#12

Hey everyone!

This week was pretty productive. Still the same old same old. 
We had exchanges here so two elder from Sando came up, Elder Mckinlay and Elder Mckay. It was a really good day with them. We split up so we could cover more ground. We ended up having a lot of contacts and lessons that day. It was finally nice to be with other missionaries for a change haha when you are in isolation up here it's great for a change. We also had the APs come up this week, it was really good. We had a really great lesson with Elder Boyce (he's from Idaho too) and me. We were meeting with Hazel and helping her to understand the Book of Mormon better. After the lesson she was able to understand it, as well you could tell the spirit was working with her a lot. At the end everything just clicked to her why the priesthood was important, why we have the Book of Mormon and the bible, why there had to be a restoration. So it was really cool to see that. I asked her, "who told you that" and she said " well the spirit" and I was like yea how did that feel " and she said "it feels good" so I know she knows these things are true and she will defiantly be baptized it's just a matter of getting her to church.

We also had our transfer call this week. I'll be staying here in Tobago for 6 more weeks with Elder Kohlieber. So that's pretty sweet!

Oh also a girl Elder Hagood and I taught in Princestown clear back in February just got baptized! She is awesome, I knew she would eventually.

That's really about it... not much other than that. I hope you all have a great week and there was a talk I liked from last general conference. It's called stand up inside and be all in. So you should check that out! As we are all in nothing can stop us from achieving our goals.

take care! one love!
elder colton bastian

in going hindu;)
elder Mckay and Mckinlay on exchange
sunset from last week




Monday, July 17, 2017

WEEK 68


hey everyone!!

This week was pretty challenging haha but it was good.
The week consisted of teaching and finding people to teach which is pretty much normal. A lot of the people we are teaching are slowing progressing but they are getting there. We have been trying to find new people to teach because need to find those that are prepared.

It's interesting, we are always able to teach a really good first lesson but when we come back the second time they are either not there or cancel on us and after that we can't get a hold of them anymore. So that's been hard but we are working past it.

Nothing else really happened this week. We had only 14 people at church so I had to pass the sacrament haha haven't done that for awhile. So that's been hard getting people to church, including members and investigators. So that's been tough but all is well.

We took a young man named Christian out teaching with us, he is 17 and preparing for a mission. When he leaves for his mission he will be the first Tobago missionary so that's cool. But he is already an awesome missionary. He taught and testified in the lessons. We have been teaching this man trying to help him to understand that there is a God and when Christian testifies pray and ask Him, he is there, you can feel the spirit telling this investigator the truth. So that has been cool as we having been taking him out teaching with us.

We went to argyle again for p-day last week so that was fun. I bought a few bamboo carvings which are really cool!
That's really about it. Have a great week everybody!!

A quote that Christian said "as we stand up for what we believe in we will help others to change" referring to the Anti-nephi-lehies burrying their swords and changing their brethren. Alma 23-29

I encourage you to read those chapters and think how as you stand up for what you believe in, how you can help others to change their ways.

love from Tobago
elder colton bastian 
SEAFOOD AND LOBSTER AT SUBWAY BY THE SEA

THE SUNSET


CARVED MY NAME IN BAMBOO

BAMBOO SHACK AT ARGYLE FALLS


Monday, July 10, 2017

WEEK 67


Hey everyone!

This week was pretty good, I can't complain:) 
I hoped everyone had a good fourth of July! I didn't do much , we had district meeting then after my companion and I made cheeseburgers and hot dogs, cuz you got to on the 4th. But other than that it was a normal day. Can't wait to see fireworks next year haha.

Also this week we moved hazel's baptismal date for the 29th of July so I can't wait for that. She is really smart and can't wait to be baptized. So that will be great! Also we set a date with Kerleene, she is funny, she surprises me every time we go there. She is really humble and this last time we didn't think she could read so as we were teaching about the Book of Mormon we found out she can actually read, she just needs super big print to read haha so that's pretty great. Her date is set for the 5th of august.

I had a cool experience, we had a fall through appointment. So we had like 20-30 min till next lesson so I decided to drive to this area to contact. It's a designated contact area. We parked the car and we were sitting there for a little bit, as we were sitting in the car I saw a guy through my rear view mirror walking behind the car. He sat down right by the car along the curb and started to smoke and it seemed like a lot was on his mind. I got a big feeling to get out and talk to him. My comp was a little iffy bout it but I know we had to act cuz that feeling was urging me pretty hard haha so we went outside and started to talk and had a lesson with him on the curb. After he was so happy we talked to him and he said he's happy that we came by and that he has a church to come to now. He is really searching for guidance in his life. So I'm grateful the spirit spoke to us and that we acted upon it.

Lastly I gave another talk in sacrament meeting. There was 23 people there so not very much, but I talked about member missionary work. cuz as we look at it we are all missionaries, as we look for opportunities to help, share, and serve one other that will bring happiness and peace in our lives and lives we help.
but that is all. two scriptures I liked this week are enos 1:12  and also john 14:27

have a great week and continue to see those blessings in your life that brings you peace and joy.
one love!
elder colton bastian 

GOT THOSE $100s
 THE CHURCH
 FOURTH OF JULY LUNCH
 SOME VIEWS

 WHEN YOUR FOOD IS LOW SO YOU HAVE PEANUT BUTTER-CHOCOLATE COVERED HOT DOGS....HAHAHA