November 6th, 2010
Migel Latrick's baptism in the Marshall Islands - 18 hours later my Indy was baptized in Texas on her birthday, November 6th.
Two pictures before the power went out:
Elder Fa'alogo and Elder Gulbransen, Zone Leaders
Corina and I - she is one of my dedicated students.
November 11th - JoJo's birthday. Karen and I went to visit her at her home in Rita - she was at school, but I met JoJo's older sister and her nieces and nephews.
Parting shot with Elder Gulbransen - from office Elder to Zone Leader to outer island Elder - this Elder runs with whatever assignment he has and gives it his best. Ebon is in for something great.
Sister Christensen getting last minute instructions from Elder Dew.
Bar lo komijil...
...see you three Utah Elders in not too many months when I make a departure day of my own.
Laura District Ward Activity and Fireside
The eight Elders and Sisters in the Laura District (which covers Laura, Arrok, Woje, and Ajeltake) designed a two day event for the Laura Ward and Ajeltake Branch, They invited the Senior couples to join them. Boy, are we glad we did.
First we gathered in teams around a flag according to a colored wrist string.
Let the games begin.
Elder Swain getting a little help from his friend Elder Pritchard for his game.
When we began switching chairs in Elder Moimoi's game, this little girl didn't like it when this big Ri-belle sat next to her. Elder Davidson, the Grandpa he is, took it in stride.
Our green wristband team "Ether", named after the last Book of Mormon Jaredite prophet.
A coconut leaf basket-making class for us Ri-belles - amazing skills!
Then it was time to eat, Marshallese style, in coconut leaf plates.
|Birds flew above us all day long.|
The sky was overcast and threatened rain all day, but some worried Elders had their morning prayers. It rained all around us, but not on us, for the entire day. Here's some of the grateful Elders:
and Elder Pritchard, District Leader responsible for the idea, and along with his remarkable District, the actualization of it.
But WAIT, that was only Saturday. For the culminating Fireside Sunday evening, the Elders and sisters made anywhere from four to nine cakes per companionship...
and they had all the Senior missionaries bring two each...
The Fireside itself was a remarkable meeting - Pres. Tibon spoke, there were three musical numbers, testimonies of recent converts telling their conversion stories, a video of Mark Mabry's "Reflections of Christ" pictures, and a slide show of the fun the day before. How these Elders and Sisters put all this together and still went to church and taught people after church is a wonder of organization. Elder Swain said that he was so grateful that so many enjoyed it - he was so busy that he missed most of it. :)
Sister Tuimoala, Sister Ve'e, Sister Christensen, Elder Pritchard, Elder Swain, Elder Christensen.
Elder Pritchard, Sister Ve'e, Elder Swain, Sister Teichert, Elder Moimoi
The Marshallese have a tradition of honoring their guests with wut (wreaths of fresh island flowers) Mine was so fragrant - my favorite: meria!
Thanksgiving - November 25, 2010 - in the Mission Home
Pres. and Sister Shaw are on island!
Elder Fa'alogo, Elder Swain, Elder Steele
The three in front: Elder Taylor, Elder Moimoi, Elder Cherrington
Elder Fa'alogo - he's a Samoan - what is some of this?
Some of these Elders can put it away.
Elder Nawahine and Sister Christensen
After the meal, Pres. Shaw showed us "Joseph Smith: the Prophet of the Restoration". 'Shall we not go on in so great a cause?'