April 19, 2017




Elder Kurtis Ballard

Hello Family and Friends

I hope everyone had a great Easter this last week!

It was a great to see people celebrate Easter here in Guadeloupe.

This past week was really a memorable one for me. It was one of the first Easters where I really tried to focus on Christ and His eternal sacrifice which made it much more important than just another holiday (or in the Caribbean just an excuse to eat crab and get drunk).

The way I tried to really focus is by reading the Living Christ which is a Testimony of the Apostles back in 2000. I love it. The reason why is because it depicts Christ not as an image or some obscure person who once lived and is now dead. But it instead depicts Him as a a living person who still performs great works for all mankind through an everlasting atonement.... here is the last paragraph of the testimony:

We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

I love the last line, "God be thanked for the gift of his son." I pray that we were all able to do that this last week for Easter and continue to do that in the years to come.

For this last week it was a great one, Elder Ballard and I were really productive. We had a new Ami who lives all the way up in Port-Louis which is about a 45 minute drive and we saw him this last week. His name is Francois. He is about 60 years old and knows how to talk your ears off.

Just yesterday we were able to go to an Easter celebration at a member's house where we made homemade coco ice cream and ate crab. It was AMAZING!

For the photos I have a picture of the crab, Port-Louis, and your boy holding a what we missionaries call "the converter."

I'm doing great and I love everyone's emails. Hope everyone has a great week!

Avec Beaucoup d'amour,
Elder Casady


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