One of the great things about being on the island with the American University of the Caribbean and as Mormons is that we get to know people in both communities. In only a few months we’ve met some wonderful people through AUC who will no doubt be friends for many years to come, if not for life. And through the LDS branch here on the island we’ve also met some local islanders who are fantastic people and who we never would have met had it not been for the Mormon church.
(Quick vocab update for non-Mormons: Mormon congregations come in two types: wards and branches. Wards are big, branches are small. The congregation on St. Martin is too small to be a ward, so we’re a branch.)
This past Easter weekend the branch sponsored two activities: A beach side BBQ on Friday and an Easter Egg hunt on Monday. I didn’t make it to the egg hunt, but all the kids and Michelle went and the report was tremendously positive. I did, however, make it to the BBQ with Andi, Tanner and Piper. And wow! What a treat! The chicken and ribs flowed endlessly, the company was terrific, the weather was beautiful, and the beach (which we hadn’t been to before) was beautiful. But most of all, the chicken and ribs flowed endlessly and the company was terrific!
I thought I’d share a few photos of both events.
On Monday, the day after Easter, the kids all went to the Easter Egg hunt at church. The Primary in the branch is small, but the leaders still put forth a fantastic effort to create meaningful lessons on Sunday and fun activities during the week as well.
Being a member of the LDS church and the St. Maarten Branch has wonderfully enriched and enhanced our experience on the island so far, and we are looking forward to another year and a half of fun activities and to getting to know these people even better.
The Daniels family and the Wightman’s will be leaving us soon, which is sad for us but exciting for them as they move on to clinical rotations back in the States. But we also just received word that a new LDS couple, Gary and Ashley Attebury’s, will be joining us soon so Gary can start school at AUC in May.
Thank you to all the members of the St. Maarten branch, both medical students and permanent residents, for helping make our island experience even more fulfilling. You are all wonderful!