Sunday, December 4, 2011

Au a ciqoma na nomudou isolisoli! (I got your gifts!)

Bula Vinaka na noqu matavuvale!

Man the time is flying by. I can’t believe I have almost been away from home for 5 months! I got Grandma and Grandpa's package and your guys' package this week! They got here way fast. Like 2 weeks. I also got a letter from Grandma and Grandpa that they sent in the beginning of October haha I don’t get what goes on with the mail once it gets to Fiji. Sometimes I get it quick and then sometimes it is like that where I dont get it for over a month haha The packages were awesome though! The bop-it game has been getting some good use haha I have been showing everyone the pictures too. It was really good to see you guys in the pictures. My companion might get transferred in like 2 weeks. I don’t think I will for at least another month at the least. It is all good though because I am really loving this area. And we are going to start going out to this other part of our area more that is kind of out a little in the bush so it will be more people that will actually want to speak more Fijian to me so that will be awesome haha It is called Wainibuku.

Well I will be emailing you guys again on Saturday because we are having our p-day moved to Saturday instead of next Monday because next week all of the missionaries are coming in again for the Christmas party! It should be way fun. On Tuesday we are going to this little tiny island that is really close to the coast to do some kind of service thing and then we all get to play sports on the beach! It should be pretty sweet. And all the different Zones and stuff are learning meke which is like traditional Fijian dances and that night we are having like a talent show thing that we will do them at and then another one of the days we will get to go to the temple so that will be awesome. There will probably be some elders that will stay at our flat so that will be fun. We are also having our ward Christmas party this week on Friday so that will be way fun too.

Today me and Elder Ikafanga are going out to that Wainibuku village part of our area because we are going to go with some of the boys from our ward and go to this little water fall place up in the bush. It should be pretty sweet! I will take some pictures to send next week. it is called Reggae Falls.

So this week was a little slow because my companion was really sick one of the days. He had food poisoning I think, so we stayed in the flat one day. It was the first day that I haven’t gone out and worked, and hopefully the last haha It really wasn’t that bad though because that was the same day I got the package from you guys so I had the candy and the bop it game and stuff haha and I got a lot of reading and stuff in.

A few weeks ago we were with some of the YSA (young single adults)in our ward and there is a kid named Pita that comes on splits with us sometimes because he is trying to get on his mission and he is the man. But all the YSA in like all of Fiji and some other islands around this area came to Suva and had a big YSA camp for like 3 days, and on the last day they had a big testimony meeting and Pita got up and the first thing he said was "there is an Elder serving in my ward and his name is Elder Hawk and he told me a poem that his dad taught him and it goes "Mary had a little lamb that turned into a sheep until it joined the Mormon church and died from lack of sleep" haha I told them all that a couple weeks ago and they all thought it was hilarious so he shared it in his testimony in front of like a few hundred YSA haha We didn’t get to go to any of the camp of coarse but I just heard about it from the other kids that were there. I thought that it was pretty sweet that I got quoted and it was a quote that I learned from dad.

Yesterday in testimony meeting the girl we baptized last week got up and bore her testimony. She told a story about how her boyfriend, Rapo cut a piece of her hair and how mad she was and she was screaming at him and stuff and the next morning she felt bad about it and she was about to read the Book of Mormon so she prayed and she asked to get some kind of answer from the scriptures that day so she opened up the book and the first verse she read was "I the Lord was angry with you yesterday, but today my anger is turned away" she said that she felt the spirit so strong and she started crying and went and told him that she is sorry that she got so mad at him. She went on and bore her testimony and how thankful she is for the gospel and how it has changed her so much from who she used to be. I can't remember if I told you the story about how she stopped smoking but that was pretty amazing too. All of the people that we have baptized are so amazing and have such strong testimonies. I feel so blessed to have been a small part of their conversion.
This week Naivote, Sala's son, should be getting baptized. We may have a few more this month too.

Thank you so much for being such an amazing family and amazing people. Seeing those pictures and stuff just reminded me of all the fun times that we have had as a family and how much more we still have to come!! I will let you know as soon as I find out when I will be able to call or Skype or whatever. It will probably just be that P-day after Christmas since that will be Christmas there. I will let you know for sure when I find out though. Au lomani kemudou valevu!! Vinaka sara valevu na isolisoli!

Loloma, Elder Hawk

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