Sunday, January 25, 2015

"To Know the People"

Well this week was a bit slower. We at least get constant encouragement from the DL. He can see progress in the area, mostly cause it was getting next to nothing before. Sometimes I just want it to all go good, cause I don't like wearing through my shoes for nothing, hahaha. Honestly, I have been wearing the clarks and Dockers off and on, and the clarks (though repaired 4 times) are finally getting the middle worn. Luckily the dockers are still good. Just I think my clarks have about 1 and a half months of life left in them. It is exciting. I out endured two pairs of sandals!

Anyways. This week we did our normal planning. We are starting to get spread as things are just opening up to us. Everything is just put in our path it seems. We don't really go out of our way, people just show up for me. I must have figured it out. I am not the greatest, but I don't have to be. I just have to do what I am supposed to, and live and follow the principles. When you do that, boy does it help.

Anyways, let toose! begin! Elder Motuliki and I have had lots of fun. We just get in and just have a great time talking with people. One thing I noticed is that people forget to just talk. We don't even have to ask people to do something, they just tell you they want to haha. How is that for working out here. You just be fun and around, and they just do the stuff hahaha. Think if your household worked that way..... I have some funny things to try out when I get home, that is for sure.

What else went on? Oh! One day we were just in the flat when all of a sudden the Zone Leaders texted "keirau lako tiko yani" which translates to we're are on our way........ I just sent a message back saying "k" CLASSIC!!!!!! Nah but seriously we were sitting there for a while thinking what the heck do they want? Well they were in the area dropping someone, so they just did language study with us, then we had lunch together. Sometimes I feel like I spend more time with the ZLs then anyone else in the Zone..... While they were over, they named the puppies there after themselves. There are 5, so we named the last one after the late Elder Haretuku (my old companion)

I will let the picture talk for themselves though. I know that pictures are the favorite anyway. It is what people live to see in the blog. The black spots before the pics are like meh.

Almost forgot the lizard hiding in the arch of my shoe all of sacrament meeting.... A bit random but, he was having a really nice day.  really really nice day! really really nice day!!!!!

First Person Dagger

Getting coconuts

Weekly Planning

Linear Memories

Yes, they do eat this! It is called Roro.

And trav might like this, I made fried kasava! Super good!

Sacrament Lizard

Puppies biting my shoe

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A companion leaves every transfer til July.

Well I got my new comp this week, Elder Motuliki. He is from where Kimi Fisher is serving her mission.,  New Zealand, he is Tongan and was there til he turned 8, then moved to New Zealand. We essentially walked this week. In the rain. We had some storms, so the power kept cutting out. Luckily it is sunny today, but with the random weather, it may mean a hurricane is forming, pray eh?
This week was mostly uneventful. I mean we had great church attendance again so that is good!
Well, it is all back to the grinding stone. Luckily by what our board looks like we will be kept busy. We did lots of walking, cause I don't know the whole area, so part of this is to explore the place. Well with 4 hours of straight walking we finally found the right place. I wish people gave better direction, or even a phone number sometimes. Saddest part is this came from the missionaries.
Anyways with transfers rolling in, my comp Haretuku went home. Loloma bibi Bro. Haretuku! With him going home, I was tossed around a bit. I went to makoi a while, to finish it all up the ZLs just had dinner at our flat. We relaxed after a long 2 days of transfers. Anyways, we did lots of walking.
I was thinking of how transfers go, and Elder Pence goes home in 4 weeks, aligned with the transfer. I remembered all my comps and I say good bye to one every transfer now. Until July. Then it is just friends in the mission. I have a friend in every transfer going home, except for the newer ones. That is the cycle of a missionary. Your friends in the mission leave, then you have know idea who anyone is. I am getting to the point where I know the missionaries in our mission. All those who are my companions have no idea who I am before they meet me. I believe that is a good thing. Imagine meeting all sorts of people, that have been around those you know, but don't hear anything really about you. That means that there is no gossip circulating about me. Which there is so much it is sad some times, glad that my name has not come across the board.
Fight against gossip. It is destructive to everyone. It degrades those who spread it and ruins the reputations of great people. I would hope that every one of you form your own opinions, rather than build on someone else.
1. Motuliki and I
2.the bunker!

3. Walking in the rain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Zerg Roach Warren

Where to start? Well we had my first Nausouri ZTM finally. It was pretty fun. We set our new goals, and we already hit it and doubled!!!!! The most exciting thing was having 80 members at church in a branch. That is more then Lautoka 1st ward! We went from 10 people last week to 80..... Hmmmmm

Anyways this week went fast. It was Elder Haretuku's last full week. We got the Transfer call, and Elder Motuliki will be my new companion. He finishes just before Jeremy.

I went on exchanges in the Bau area where we found the beach in their area, walked on water for a bit, then taught these random people that came from around the side of the bushes. As we were finishing our next appointment came in from the ocean..... It was weird... But don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Anyways we got our new water filters, but there was a roach in one..... We tossed it...... The dang zerg popped a warren.....

Anyways Elder Haretuku drew a picture. In the baptism he took a plunge himself as well, after Solomone left the font. Man we had some good laughs. Well now we just moku siga until Elder Motuliki gets here!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Shelobs lair (well that was anti-climatic)

This was a good week. It was supposed to be a difficult week.... We bese"d (rejected) the idea that we could not get anything, and we got our highest together so far.

Anyways we go to side events. We are running low on events that happen. I have to go out of my way for something to happen. We have been in the process of moving, but I don't think so anymore. We walked by the house only to see people breaking into the house we wanted. That idea was thwarted. 

We did a little wandering to check out the area. Well it is big.... I mean today missionaries got permission to go to our area just to go to our beach. Well anyways we got around and got pics.  I have a lot since I could not send pics last week. Let me look at the new pics, it will jog my memory.... yeah nothing happened.... Uhm a Seventy came to our branch, so we did a confirmation with him. Then we just talked with him a while about stuff.

This morning was shelobs lair. I was shaving when under my shelf I noticed a nest. Picture below. I poked it with a pen to find a bunch of dead baby spiders. I was hoping it would explode with spiders everywhere.  And I wore pants on Sunday. It was not too bad, but it is pretty hot. (No wonder they wear sulus all the time.)

Nest of Spiders

The rare pants day.

My missionary nametag.

A day at the beach.  
(Connor said during our skype call that the ocean was calling his name,
 but he resisted the urge to go in, as the other missionaries reminded him that it was not approved.)

Me on the top left, with Elder Howard, and inside was Elder Haretuku below me with Elder Singh

Myself and Elder Haretuku

Making lessons easier

My new daily planner