July 5, 2015

Tuvalu - Week 7

Well it's been another great week on the beautiful island of Tuvalu!  

This week has been really good, and I am really excited about the work here.  To be honest, Tuvalu is pretty hard!  The fact that there are no other missionaries here besides us gets a little discouraging at times.  Haha Elder Pomate and I haven't been out of each other's sight for the past 6 weeks now.  So it's a bit challenging.  

But the thing that makes Tuvalu the best area in the mission are the MEMBERS!  They are seriously the best in the world.  When they feed us, they go all out and pretty much try to kill us from being so full!  Last month, our dinner list was a bit lacking (we only had dinner appointments 3/4 of the days) so someone got up in testimony meeting yesterday and mentioned it.....long story short all the members grabbed our dinner calendar and now we have dinner every day in July!  It was so full that the members were signing their names for August and September to feed us!!!   Plus that, they're all just really awesome and love the gospel.  I love them with all my heart (and my stomach).

Another thing that is exciting is the fact that President Layton is coming to Tuvalu on Thursday with an Area Seventy from New Zealand.  He will be here until Tuesday and we are taking him around to see all the less-active members that we can!  Other than his scheduled meetings we are pretty much planning his stay (yeah we're pretty nervous).  But I'm excited to see them!

D____ is doing really good and is progressing well towards his baptism on the 18th of July. Also one of our investigators named F____ is set to be baptized on the 25th!   Hopefully all will go well as we try to prepare them for these important steps!  

We had a service project at the church on the 4th of July!  I was trying to spread my American pride but no one knew the national anthem so it was a bit awkward......  A few people knew America the Beautiful though!  The words 'Sea to shining sea' seemed a bit ironic at the time.

We visited on of our less-actives who has been through a lot lately.  His sister recently committed suicide and his best friend was paralyzed in an accident and moved to Fiji.  He is really struggling to just go through life.  We couldn't do much, but we could share with him the gospel and the plan that Heavenly Father has for his children.  Although he has many trials at the moment, he was able to find peace through the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know that this gospel can get us through any trial or tribulation.

Alofa atu 

Elder Harris

We got soaked....

This is one of our member's boats.  I don't know if you can see but it's called the Liahona:)

Putting up new curtains at the chapel

BBQ with President Niko!

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