Sunday, August 25, 2013
These are the Samisoni boys; Temo, Sakaia and Josefa. they're a recent convert family from the elders. They're the ones with the crazy cinder block path to their house. definitely one of my favorite families. This is the view from their back room where we teach.
Not much happened this week. It was a school break and a week long festival (Hibiscus Festival, its kinda like Miss America and the state fair combined) so pretty much everyone was away from home or sleeping the day away after a night at the fair grounds. Not much work happened. We have some new investigators, had to drop some others, and have another baptismal date. So that brings to count to 6, three this Saturday and three on the 14th. It was pouring rain all week and we came home early, soaked every night. Most of the families cancelled their dinner appointments so they could go to the festival, so it was kind-of a bum week, but hopefully this next week will be better!! Saturday marks the end of month 5 for me. I can't believe its gone by so fast!! At the end of September I'll be 1/3 of the way through my mission. Aaahh!!! So weird. Anyway, that's my week!I love you all and wish everyone good luck with school.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Hey everyone!! I'm sorry its been so long since I sent a real letter, but things have been a little crazy over here.I have a new companion (in case you didn't know) her name is Sister Agavale. She's 22, from American Samoa, and is from the same group as Sister Maile, so she will be heading home in January. We get along pretty well and have made a lot of progress in the area.
We have two other investigators with baptismal dates, but I'll share more about them next time because this is super long already.
We also had the opportunity to do our service at a fund raiser for the local LDS primary school. It was so much fun! They had a fair going on. The kids had all made things to sell. We helped them with the set up and prep for some traditional dances they did. I can now say I'm a pro at tying sulus.. lol! It was so great to see all the kids having fun and working together to get money for the school.
Those are the biggest things for this week. I just want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers. I feel so much gratitude whenever I think about you back at home and hope you know that I couldn't do this great work without you. I have no doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and I'm so grateful for the many blessings I have received in my life by following the doctrines and teachings. I have learned so much as I have been inviting others to come unto Christ. The change that you see as people learn and begin to follow the principles of this gospel is unlike anything else. I know that only faith in Christ and acting on that faith can bring such change of heart. I know the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. Everytime I read it I learn something new that increases my understanding of Christ's great love for us. I found a scripture the other day that perfectly phrases my feelings. Moronisays "I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear." Christ's perfect love for me calms my heart when I'm afraid or don't know what to do. He is always there for me, and I know that he will never lead me astray. I know that everything we go through in this life is for our benefit and learning, as long as we trust in him and keep moving, there is nothing that can bring us down. I know Christ lives and that he is my Savior. I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God called to restore Christ's church to the earth. I know my Heavenly Father loves all of us and he has hastened this work to give all of his children the opportunity to hear and accept the truth. I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to learn and grow as an instrument in the hands of my God and serve the people of Fiji. I send my prayers to all of you at home and am always thinking of you.
I love you all and hope you are all well!!
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