Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Week 2

Bula Vinaka!

Wow! the time is FLYING by here! So this week the new district that is going to Samoa got here. They are all really cool. There is a kid named Elder Popham from New Zealand and he knows all the boys that came over and played on our rugby team this year so that was pretty cool. The 3 other missionaries that were already here when we got here left for Fiji this week. That was pretty crazy. We are really gonna miss them because they helped us out sooo much and they were all awesome missionaries! One of them, Elder Inu gave me a sulu that he made from a bed sheet here so now I wear it every night! haha I sent my pictures in to get developed today so ill send them all to you guys when I get them in this week. There are a lot of good ones in there! haha We had to teach our first TRC (teaching resource center) this week. They bring in people that speak Fijian like returned missionaries and we had a language task we had to do at first where we could only speak Fijian and we had to just get to know them and introduce ourselves and stuff and then we got to teach the whole first lesson in English. It is just like a role play thing but its just you and your companion and the "investigator" and you are in a room that they have set up just like a real house so it's pretty close to the real thing. Me and Elder Stock did awesome with it! The Spirit was so strong and we taught everything clearly and said all the things that the investigator needed. It was great for us! We do those every saturday, so the next couple weeks we get to teach the lesson in English but then on week 5 start using ONLY Fijian so that is gonna be pretty crazy! haha We already do a thing called progressive investigators though with our teachers that we can only speak Fijian in so that should help us a lot. Its definitely pretty humbling to have to do it in Fijian haha One of our teachers Brother Matheson is an All-American Lacrosse player for BYU. He is a BEAST! haha he just got back from Fiji about a year ago I think. All our teachers are so awesesome and fun. So on Sunday night we had a fireside they said there are 2,600 missionaries here right now! its crazy because you would never know it when you were just walking around here. So we were all in the gym and we did this thing were we sang Called To Serve but we were supposed to do it as if we were like marching over a hill so we started off really quiet and then by the end we all stood up and were singing as loud as we could. It was so awesome! It seems like I always feel the spirit the strongest through music and that was definitely one of those moments where the spirit was so strong. It definitely got me super pumped to get to Fiji and start teaching the people there. On one of the nights this week we had a zone conference and it was about charity. The whole time I was just thinking about how much I already feel like I love the people of Fiji and I know that it will just be way more once I am actually there and teaching them. I cant wait!! Our zone is the Fijian, Samoan, Tongan, and Haitian districts,(and 2 english districts but they change every 3 weeks so we dont really count them haha) so it has been way fun to be with all of the polynesian kids and just all the other kids that are going to places kind of similar to ours. I got the package! thank you so much! I was showing Danielles wedding announcement to everyone and they all thought it was sooo cool! haha alright well my time is running out but I love all you guys! Everything is still going great! It's so awesome to see all the blessing I have already recieved from serving a mission.


Elder Reba (Hawk in Fijian!) and its pronounced like "remba", b's have an 'm' sound before them for some reason haha and you have to roll your r's (which I cant do yet haha)

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