Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tolu na papitaiso e na macawa oqo! (3 baptisms this week)

Bula Vinaka na noqu matavuvale!

Well another great week in Fiji down. I sent your Christmas package off just barely. It cost me 82 Fijian dollars just to send it haha but that is only 40 something American so not too terrible but that is probably the only package for quite a while haha. I am glad that you guys had a good Thanksgiving. It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. I didn’t even remember it haha no one here even knows what that is haha They don’t need it here though because they are all already so thankful for what they have.

So we baptized 3 people this weekend. That makes 6 for us! And we should have one this week and hopefully some more in December. The older Fijian couple that we baptized got baptized by our stake president, president Togidugu. They worked together in the fire department way back in the day. After the baptism the man Esira that got baptized bore his testimony. He is the man. He talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith and that his knowledge of the truthfulness of those 2 things is really what converted him to this gospel. And then on Sunday Sainimere the women bore her testimony in sacrament meeting and she talked for like 10 minutes and told the story of her conversion and talked about how thankful she was for us the missionaries for frequently bearing our testimonies about the book of Mormon and the prophet Joseph Smith and to always encourage them to pray about it and find out the truth of it for themselves because they know that they received an answer to those prayers just like we promised them they would. It felt really good to hear her actually say that she was thankful for our help. We don’t need the recognition but it is always nice haha. And then after the baptisms we went over to their house and they had killed one of their pigs and some chickens and got some fish made a big lovo so we had a big feast. They had tons of fruit too. I love so many different foods now haha And it is crazy because I never really felt like I had to get used to it, it just kind of was normal from the beginning. And most of it is stuff that if I saw at home I would never even touch it haha

This week I also got to go to Toga area on exchanges with Elder Keli'ikuli from Hawaii. It is the village that has that boat that goes across the river to get to it and they speak mostly Fijian there so it was good for me to get to use more of my Fijian. We went to one of their investigators houses way out and they weren’t home yet and they have a little pond thing on their land so we found the stuff that they use to fish in it (which is just coke bottles with fishing line wrapped around it haha ) and we fished for a while and caught a few little tiny talapia but they were all too small to cook so we went out and found a coconut tree and I was throwing stuff at the coconuts so that we could drink it. Finally i knocked one down and we drank it but we were still hungry so we found a moli tree (which is like these lemon type things) and we threw sticks at them until they fell and ate those haha they are pretty good.

Well thanks again for all of your guys' support. I am so thankful for all of you and your good examples to me. Keep sharing the gospel and being the good examples you are. Au lomani kemudou vakalevu!!

Loloma, Elder Hawk

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