Monday, February 13, 2012

Tawase na kaulotu! (mission split!)

Bula Vinaka na noqu matavuvale!

Well as you can maybe tell from the subject I have some pretty sweet news! Our
mission is getting split! We have New Caledonia and Vanuatu in our mission but
now those 2 and the Soloman Islands are going to be one mission and just Fiji
is going to be a mission! It should be way awesome. It means we will probably
be getting a whole lot more missionaries and a lot of new places will be
opening up. And now the mission president will have a lot more time to just
focus here in Fiji. It isn’t happening until July and they haven’t even
announced it yet so it is pretty crazy. I guess they are supposed to announce
it on the 18th in some church news thing. We are all way excited though.

Well on Sunday we had a baptism. Her name is Kalaraini. She had a smoking
problem before but quit and when she was bearing her testimony after her baptism
she started crying and talked about how much this has changed her life and stuff.
It is the best thing in the world to be a part of that kind of experience for
someone and see how much happiness they get from receiving this gospel in their
lives. This week we found a lot of new investigators so we have been really
busy. I think we taught like 16 lessons this week which is really good. I think
we will start getting even more than that now with all of the investigators
that we have. Elder Seila is the man. He is such a good teacher and a hard
worker. He is 28 years old. He had to get special permission to get out on the
mission. I am going to learn so much from him.

So this week we found out that there is another unit that we cover that we didn’t
really know about. It is pretty much just one family that does church at their
house because their village is pretty far from where the chapel is. We have
been visiting a lot of the less actives and trying to get them some transport
to take them from their villages up to the village that the chapel is at
because it is kind of far. I think it will help them out a lot if we can figure
it out. A lot of them have really strong testimonies it is just so hard for
them to walk multiple miles with all of their kids and stuff to church.
Hopefully we can help them out.

So our flat is a flat that the church just built for the missionaries. It is
just that little house which is just split with a wall down the middle and one
side is the kitchen and the other side is the room and the bathroom. We
actually do have hot water and a pretty nice shower since the church is the
ones that built it haha All of our water comes from these 2 big tanks out in
the back that are hooked to a rain gutter on our roof. So if it doesn’t rain
for a long time then we just have to go up to the church building to shower
with the fire hose haha the church building is awesome. That is the picture of
it up on the hill. And then the picture where you can see the ocean off in the
distance and the other islands is the view from the chapel. And the little
white house that you can see right off the dirt road in that same picture is
our flat. We just have to burn all of our garbage because there isn’t anything
that comes and gets it up there haha This week I was burning our garbage and I
accidently dropped the lighter in but I wasn’t sure if I did or not so I was
looking around in the grass like right next to the fire and it EXPLODED like
right in my face haha luckily I didn’t get burned at all or anything. It just
burned a little hole in my shirt haha

Well everything is going awesome. My Fijian is getting a lot better. Being out
there makes me realize how much I really don’t know haha because out there they
all speak so crazy fast and since my comp is Fijian they just speak like they
always do so it is a lot harder. If it is just 2 whities they simplify it a lot
but they don’t at all with us because he is Fijian. It is hard but it is really
good for me because it will really help me to learn it well. All is well in
paradise! That is way awesome about Rand! Good job man!!
Au lomani kemudou!!!

Loloma, Elder Hawk

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