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Jamaican Mission History 1982 Part 1

Mission HistoryIt's been many years since I served in Jamaica. In fact I never served in the Jamaica mission... It was called the West Indies mission at the time.

When I arrived in 1983 there were 6 missionaries on the island, 4 elders and 2 sisters. The sister were located in Mandeville the elders in Kingston and Maypen. They were the final sisters to serve on the island unless the policy has changed since then.

I was called to the Florida Ft. Lauderdale mission and arrived in November of 1982. At that time Most of the West Indies were part of our mission including Haiti, Jamaica, Guantanamo Bay, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Leeward and Winward island groups. Dominican Republic and Puerto rico were there own missions. Some of the French speaking island were part of the French missions and missionaries from France were transferred there near the end of their service. About 6 months into my mission I was called to serve in Jamaica around April 1983. Also at that time Haiti became it's own mission.

At our mission conference held in Miami that month the mission President Kenneth L. Zabriskie announced that the Ft. Lauderdale mission was to be dissolved and that Ft. Lauderdale would be part of the Tampa mission. He would be the new West Indies mission president. I was scheduled to leave for Jamaica in July/August 1983 and was working on getting my passport and working Visa to go to Jamaica. Pres. Zabriskie took about 20 missionaries from the Ft. Lauderdale mission with him. He set up the mission Home in Christchurch Barbados. I'll continue part 2 as time permit and memory returns LOL!

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Jamaican Mission History 1982 Part 1
Authored by: KenStewart on Sunday, May 31 2009 @ 09:47 AM GMT-5
Elder Baxter, good to hear this story! Hope you keep going. This is Ken Stewart, I arrived from Barbados at the beginning of November 1983 and served with Elders James and Doty before finishing and going home. Remember the 3-week sequester during the election? A crazy time. Take care!
Jamaican Mission History 1982 Part 1
Authored by: KButler on Thursday, April 15 2010 @ 12:11 AM GMT-5
For those who are interested, there were some of us who were sent as missionaries from the Ft. Lauderdale, FL mission to Jamaica in the late 70's and early 80's. I arrived in 1980 with Elder Dean Moesser. We were the only missionaries in the country for most of 1980 and the first part of 1981. There was only a small branch in Mandeville and a few members in Kingston. Victor Nugent was the Branch President and Brother Tucker was one of his counselors.

We lived in a house on #10 Greenvale Rd in Mandeville and met for church in a big white house on a hill top in Mandeville with a baptismal font that was dug my hand. We had a make shift soccer field in a flat grassy area in front of our house with large bamboo poles as the soccer goals. We played soccer (football) on our prep day with a lot of the kids from the branch and from around Mandeville. After the game, we would serve lemonade and watch the Manís Search for Happiness film strip (if the electricity was working). To the kids, it was like going to the movies. Dwight Tucker, Peter Nugent and Amos Chin were some of the kids that I can remember from the branch.

Elder Moesser and I experienced a lot of success and we had some great stories to tell.

Kevan Butler
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Jamaican Mission History 1982 Part 1
Authored by: rackellp on Monday, March 26 2012 @ 01:24 AM GMT-5
Hi there,
Did you ever went to Muirhouse Buxton in St Ann Jamaica or knew any of the missionaries that did?