Monday, September 27, 2010

September continues on...

September 9th we welcomed President and Sister Hamula from the Pacific Area Presidency to our island - that evening we hosted a dinner for them and for the Stake Presidency and their wives and for our honored guest, His Excellency, the President of the Marshall Islands, President Jurlang Zedkaia.
It was the first time that a General Authority from our Church and the President of the Marshall Islands had met together in one of our buildings.  It was hosted in the High Council Room and we serve the meal from the Stake President's office.
President Hamula presented President Zedkaia with a Family Values statuette, a copy of Baamle Eo (the Proclamation on the Family), the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet, and...
...a DVD of one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas programs on Temple Square, to which the president replied, "Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Number One!"
His gracious acceptance talk was at first begun in Marshallese, and then delivered in perfect English, stating that the Mormon Church's presence in the Marshall Islands has lifted the people and has wonderfully helped the families of the islands with their teachings on family values.  Elder Hamula then invited President Zedkaia to visit Salt Lake City and church headquarters when he is in the States, and to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Here are the Elders who planned the meal and made it happen with the help they enlisted from the Senior missionaries - a huge feather in your cap, Elder Nawahine and Elder Lasky.  They are shown taking the leftovers to the outer island Elders who are all staying in Botkan at the Lucy apartments, preparing for Zone Conference the next day.

Zone Conferenc on the 10th was incredible - incredible to be all together again (except for the Lae and Ebeye Elders and Sisters), incredible to be taught by each other and by our new President and his wife and by Elder Hamula and his wife, who have also been a Mission President and Companion.
Here the Shaw's (after lunch) catch up on all the birthdays since June.

The Hamulas were only here for a short 48 hours, but they brought a lot of strength and love with them that will last us a lifetime - Elder Dew, Elder Gulbransen, Elder Hamula, Elder Waqatairewa, Elder Christensen. 
Forty-eight hours earlier, as our president came back to the office after picking up the Hamulas at the airport, he commented "He's a tall drink of water..."  Our Elders are all trying to stand taller, in more ways than the obvious, after his visit.

A sweet parting - Elder and Sister Hamula, Sister Teichert, Sister Shaw and President Shaw.   From the looks of it, Sister Teichert is the shortest - either I have a longer way to go to stand tall like the Hamulas, or, isn't there something about a lot of good coming in smaller packages?  Perhaps both have merit.:) There is one thing I have learned from this mission: we are all a work in progress and the Lord loves to see us work and progress, repent and change, and move closer to Him and to our Father.

The outer island Elders at dinner (above) and in Primary (below) - they are most comfortable sitting on the floor.  I am confident that the Elders on the couches would love to be where Elder Amram is, on the floor sitting cross-legged, to eat their dinner. (Elder Amram, Waqatairewa, Kimbar, Christensen, Bulloch, Fa'alogo)
Elder Fa'alogo and Elder Bulloch visited the Long Island Ward Primary on Sunday, the 12th of September.  The next Tuesday Elder Bulloch returned with a new companion, Elder Aisake, to Ebon, and Elder Fa'alogo went to Jenrok here in Majuro.

Preparation Day at the Weather Station once again!  9/13/10. It will happen quarterly now.  Elder Swain, Sister Tuimoala, Sister Fanga'iuiha, Elder Pritchard, Sister Anterea having a great time at volleyball until the ball burst on the jagged coral - I forgot to take a picture of the Rugby game going on in the field...
Sister Sahm and Sister Hasu getting mail!   A little of the rugby field is in the background...Sister Hasu goes home in 2 weeks from this picture, on Sept 30th.  So many are missed when they leave, but it is the Lord's work we are doing, and the work moves forward to bless so many.
A little refuge in the shade from the intense heat - someone forgot to fill up the water jug and bring the glasses - they are a little out of practice.  The next day, everyone was really sore...  Elder Hill, Elder Humrich, Elder Horan, Elder Blacker.
On September 16th, our new Senior couple arrived!  Here they are 5 days later with Elder Taylor and Elder Fa'alogo in Jenrok.

Sister Teichert and Karen with historic second pineapple (peinabol) grown behind the mission home, planted by Sister Bleak a year and a half ago - very sweet and delicious, says Karen!

Elder Amohanga, Sister Hasu, Elder Horan, Elder Abakite, Sister Sahm, Elder Stoker - rehearsal for musical number at baptism in Delap 9/18/10 -they sang "As Sisters in Zion/We'll Bring the World His Truth" - they asked me to accompany them - that arrangement has never meant so much to me as when they sang it: "we have been taught and we understand and we will do as the Lord commands."

The Elders immaculate apartment in Arrak - to my granddaughters - does this remind you of Sleeping Beauty?...Make it blue...Make it pink!                       

For the Marshall Islands Cultural Week there was a Marshallese Weaving Cultural Restoration Auction that Sister Christensen and the Davidsons and I attended.  I came away with this wonderful mat done by a student of this master weaver from Ailinglaplap.
The woman in the green dress made a mat that was judged #1 by the Marshallese judges for her skill in this Marshallese art form.  The mats made hundreds of years ago were as fine as fabric, and were worn by the Marshallese as clothing.  The auction was formed 4 years ago to encourage young Marshallese to continue to learn and preserve this art form of their native atoll.
9/24-25 - Humanitarian Service Project spearheaded by the Davidsons:  paint the entrance foyer of the Majuro Hospital - missionaries and YSA's were the helping hands.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the bracelet, Grandma! I wear it every single day. I miss you and it reminds me of you. I always remember your phone number in Utaw. Iwant to call you but I dont have you Marshall Islands phone number. Can you send it to me on a letter? Sometimes Macey lets me play with her box that you gave her for her birthday. I love it. I love you! I'll ask my mom to send gymnastics pictures to you. I'm in a book club and I'm almost done with Ramona Forever. Love, Indy PS xoxoxoxoxoxo I love you