Monday, May 23, 2016

New Investigators!

Scratching Yam
This week has flown by!  Last night we had family house night with Tony and Pricila's family.  We taught them that we give the Lord what we can, all we have to do is try our best, and He will pour out blessings.  We told them the story of King Lamoni's father, and how he was willing to give up all he had to have eternal life.  After the lesson we played team rock paper scissors with all the pikinini and then ate a mountain of rice and some meat.  It was a great night! What made it even better was all the different families that came to listen.  Tony's brother, sister and mom were all there, along with all their pikinini.  I really do feel like their family is my family.  I love them so much!

We're continuing to work with Tony and Pricila.  The eldas in Malakula are supposed to get the divorce paper signed by Eric this week and then bring it on Tuesday when they fly in for the meeting with Elda Pierson.  We'll take that paper and have Pricila sign it, and then we should be good to go.  Pray things work out!

Netty with her pikinini, Sister Tagini and me
Family house night at Tony's and Pricila's.
Earlier this week we went and visited Flafi.  She has been investigating the church for almost five years now, but hasn't been able to get married because of her family.  Her husband, Takame, is a member and they come to church pretty regularly.  We felt impressed to ask her about the wedding and do you know what she said?  She said her parents had agreed earlier that week to Takame and her getting married!  She said all they needed to do was go and get a wedding certificate from town, but I had one in my bag and gave it to her right then and there!  We go over tomorrow to talk to them about setting a date.
We found two new investigators this week as well.  One we met during a lesson with Papa Eme.  We taught the Plan of Salvation.  He asked so many questions and we were able to help him find answers with the help of the Holy Ghost.  His name is Jonas.  Robson is Josh's brother and has two girls.  When Josh asked him for permission to be baptized, Robson asked us to teach him so he can understand why Josh is being baptized.  He is very quiet, but when he is asked questions he has a lot to share.  We'll work with them and see where they go!
At the market:  Sista Rivera with red bananas, Monique with peanuts, Sista Manly with large yam, and Sista Tonga with mangoes.
One of the main things I will miss when I get back is going to the market and getting all my fruits and vegetables fresh. J  Right now they have oranges and mangos, snake beans, red bananas and papaya.  Lechi is also coming into season!
Eating laplap susur
This week Sista Granger called and informed us that the sister training leaders (STLs) in Vanuatu will now be getting cars!!  They should be here within 4-6 weeks.  We'll be driving a Rav 4 so that's exciting.  Hopefully I don't get transferred next transfer! You've also probably heard by now that the sisters can wear pants in our mission now.  I don't think I will, just because it's so hot, but it was a surprise to hear about!

Well, that's it for this week.  I ate lap lap susur for the first time this week and it didn't taste too bad. . . I think I'm finally getting used to the food here haha!  I love you all, have a fantastic week.
When a cruise ship comes all the tourist souvenirs come out for sale.
Part of a news release by The Church:

Dress guidelines for missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been revised for men and women serving in areas around the world impacted by mosquito-borne viral diseases such as Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and Zika. The new missionary health and safety guidelines were announced by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Friday, May 20, 2016.

In the 230 missions, or roughly half of the Church's missions, where there is significant risk of mosquito-borne diseases, missionaries are strongly encouraged to wear clothing that covers exposed skin, especially arms and legs. Sister missionaries serving in the affected missions are encouraged to wear full-length dress slacks during proselyting activities. They will continue to wear skirts or dresses when attending the temple and during Sunday worship services, conferences and baptismal services. In areas where it is not acceptable for women (including sister missionaries) to wear dress slacks, they are encouraged to wear long skirts to protect themselves from mosquito bites.  The new guidelines apply only during the wet seasons, when the risk for mosquito-borne illnesses is high. 

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