September 27, 2015

Tuvalu - Week 19

Tai gali.

Talofa everyone!  It has been another great week and now my countdown has begun for my last transfer here on Tuvalu.  

Lots of great things happened this week, but unfortunately S____ wasn't baptized.  It was a bit disappointing, but we are planning to have it in another two weeks, so hopefully it will happen!  We were excited for it all the way up until Friday afternoon, when Brother Niko came by and told us that he unexpectedly had to work on Saturday, and his boss wouldn't let him take it off.  Since she is his sister-in-law and he was the one that was to baptize her, we decided that we better postpone it.  Then we found out that next week is Independence Day for Tuvalu, so we are pushing it back two weeks.  We thought it would be really hard for her when we told her, but she seemed to be okay.  Maybe it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise so we can prepare her really well.

Other than that, this week has been fantastic!  I taught more lessons than any other week in my whole mission!  We were really busy and working hard and it seems like our work was paying off because we had 3 investigators come to church and they are all progressing really well!  

L____, the one who I challenged in basketball, is doing really well and wants to be baptized!  He has been really enjoying our lessons and church, and we are developing a good friendship with him.  Tuvaluans are really funny because all you have to do to make friends with them is to tease them!  So it's really fun to mix in with the culture!

One thing that has really impacted me on Tuvalu is the importance of the Book of Mormon.  It is sooo important in missionary work, and unfortunately we don't have a Book of Mormon in Tuvaluan yet, so it makes things very difficult.  It is the key to gaining a testimony of the truthfulness of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and building your life on that gospel through diligent scripture study.  We try to use the English one here, but most people don't really understand it at all.  I know that someday when Tuvalu gets a Book of Mormon in their own language the work here is going to explode!!  So I hope and pray that one day that time will come, but for now we just keep doing the best we can.

It is getting hotter here.  With the work and with the weather.  It drains all my energy, but I love those nights when I know I gave all I have!  It's the best feeling there is!

Manuia te vaiaso!

Alofa atu,

Elder Harris

A bunch of crabs someone caught

They have been pumping in sand from this big ship drilling into the seabed to cover these areas that are low and flood during the rain.  This one they pumped in a ton and everyone calls it the Tuvalu mountain!

Another Sunset

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