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Trinidad & Tobago Mission / West Indies Mission
West Indies Mission
This Thread has been started to keep all the West Indies Mission Alumni messages in one place so users do not become lost searching for people or content related to their former mission. This mission used to be known as: Trinidad & Tobago Mission.
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Caribbean History: The West Indies Mission has seen many difficulties in its development of the Church.
Among other things, having so many countries with laws, traditions, visas, etc. Makes it difficult to watch over the leaders, members and missionaries.
All travel is done by plane and this means, immigration questions, delays, luggage loss, and all the other occurrences that come with overseas traveling.
Elder Darren Wilcox Account (1983)
My name is Darren Wilcox and my companion, Chris Romney, and I were the first Assistants to the President of the West Indies Mission. The mission was formed on June 14, 1983 at a mission conference of the Ft. Lauderdale Mission. President Kenneth Zabriskie, the Ft. Lauderdale Mission President, was called as the West Indies Mission President. He in turn called us, his assistants, to join him.
At that time, Haiti and Jamiaca were part of the Ft. Lauderdale Mission. They were combined with the other Indies islands to form the new mission. Quickly, Haiti and Jamaica became their own missions.
I served with Chris and Pres. Z for the final four months of my mission in the West Indies. Our office was still located in Ft. Lauderdale so Chris and I had a normal proselyting area there. We helped plan for and deliver new missionaries to their respective island assignments. Then we'd help with some initial training and offered support those first few rough days away from the states. We also helped with Zone conferences. Some we did on our own, most were with Pres. Z.
While I enjoyed my own proselyting area in Florida immensely, working with the Spanish people I'd been called to serve, I also found the experience in the islands to be truly life-changing. It was a truly remarkable thing to be so in the minority there but feel so welcome. And the typical increase in politeness and humility that typically is associated with getting away from the states was surely there. On the other hand, it was nerve-racking to be in Haiti where things often seemed on the verge of overthrow and in Jamaica the military seemed too anxious to display its armaments.
One of my favorite stories was the near-hijacking to Cuba. It was customary for us to book the first of two nightly flights from Miami to Jamaica when we took new missionaries to their first assignment. That way, if we missed the first flight, we could get the last one. There was one time that we were definitely running late and expecting to miss the first flight. We got to the airport and learned that the first flight had been delayed so we still were able to catch it. The next flight, the one we thought we'd be on, was hijacked to Cuba! Naturally, Chris and I were just a little bit curious if that could have been a chance for us to open Cuba to missionary work...well, like the sons of mosiah. I guess it wasn't quite Cuba's time but it was an understandable dream for two Spanish-speaking missionaries somewhat displaced into this new island mission.
Another interesting visit during the 4 months I was in the West Indies was to Trinidad. There were missionaries there although they were not officially recognized by the government for proselyting. They did not dress in the typical missionary clothes and they did most of their work with the branches there. We did sponsor a mini-marathon to bring some favorable publicity to the church. It was featured in the Church News. We chose the marathon because running seemed to be a real interest at the time.
Elder Matthew Fisk (1987-1989)
I entered the mission in 1997. When I entered there were over 20 missionaries on the island of Barbados. The other islands consited of St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Vincent, Grenada, Guadeloupe and Martinque. I was told that we also had missionaries on St. Lucia as well, but we had been asked to leave the island. President Caddick was mission president at the time and the mission office was on Barbados.
I spent the bulk of the early part of my mission in Oistins and was then called into the mission office for several months. It was during that time that Barbados passed it's law limiting the number of missionaries on Barbados. Antigua had 6 missionaries, Grenada - 8, St. Kitts - 6, St. Martin - 4, St. Vincent - 8, Guadeloupe - 4, and Martinique - 8. At it's peak Barbados had 8 missionaries in Oistins, 10 in Christ Church, 8 in Black Rock, and 6 in Speightstown (These figures include the couples). The Lord obviously put his hand in at this time because it was at almost the exact same time that Trinidad once again allowed LDS missionaries on the island. All the missionaries that were required to leave Barbados were shifted onto Trinidad.
Trinidad opened with 6 missionaries in the San Fernando district, and there were two districts in Port of Spain. I am told that it has really boomed over the last few years.
President Jeffs entered the mission field in 1988 just as Trinidad was opening. Both presidents were fantastic to serve under and were exactly what the West Indies mission needed at its point in growth.
This was the first Alumni Site for the West Indies Mission / Trinidad & Tobago Mission maintained by someone actually living in the Mission and witnessing its' activities firsthand.
The Trinidad & Tobago Mission used to be known as the West Indies Mission until February, 2007 when the mission was split. It is interesting to note that in 1991-1994 the Mission originally had this name. Recently, it reverted back to the name: West Indies Mission.
The site was first created by Matthew Fisk, an RM, before he turned it over to JB
.Note:This site is NOT an official representation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nor its mission(S). The content, graphics, and links are the responsibility of the designers and those who have joined the site. The views herein are solely the thoughts of those that are part of the site or the designers. This site seeks to share history and development of the Church in Trinidad & Tobago based on the Books written by Jean A. B. Borde. This is NOT a site about the District / Branch of the Church in the West Indies Mission. For official information from the Church please go to: Source 3
Mission Name: West Indies Mission
Other Names: WIM or Trinidad & Tobago MissionWhat can be Discussed here?
Here you can talk about when you served and how it was for you. Did you have success? Were you enlightened? Did you touch anyone's life?
The new West Indies Mission President, Elder Dorenbosch, came in on the 1st June and met with the local leaders in Trinidad on the 7th June. He is from Holland and served in the London Mission. He is was a salesman for a carpet company in Utah and served in the military. He seems to be excited and wants to form a Stake in Trinidad by June 2004. You can see the updated picture through the WIM web site at: Source 3Mission Splits Again
This Thread now deals with: The new Puerto Rico San Juan East Mission will also be centered in San Juan and will contain the two stakes and one district in eastern Puerto Rico, as well as the English-speaking countries of the Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica and Barbados. (LDS Church News)Related Threads
* Trinidad Mormons
* Barbados Mormons
* St. Lucia Mormons