November 22, 2015

Navua - Week 3

Kana! na ka o sa lakova mai!

Bula vinaka!

Man this has been a great week down here in Fiji!  I can't believe how fast the time flies.....and how fast the internet is here compared to Tuvalu!  For P-day we come and email in Lami, where the rest of our district is, and we spend the night here so we can go to district meeting tomorrow.  We take a 40 minute bus ride every week to get here which is a nice drive through the Fijian hills!  I love how green it is here!

We did a lot of walking this week.  Navua is just a bunch of dirt roads and fields, so we get pretty dusty from all the passing cars, but it is all part of the fun!  We have been seeing the work in the area pick up slowly but steadily, and I am super excited about the people we are working with.  There are a lot of less-actives here, so we spend a lot of time trying to see them, but at the same time we are slowly building our investigator pool!  First of all we have a guy named Makaia, who is 15 years old and both of his parents are members.  He wants to be baptized too!  The only problem is that he lives very far away in a town called Pacific Harbor.  Pacific Harbor is pretty much a resort town with a bunch of white people and a lot of big houses!  But it is a good 40 min drive from Navua, so we are trying to figure out a way to get all of our members and investigators to church.

Also we finally got to meet with the family of Raijeli, who got baptized last week.  They live right next to the church and really like the church and all its programs!  They have even been attending a self-reliance class every week at the church, so we are excited to get working with them!  They seem very humble and ready to accept the gospel!

We had an interesting experience meeting with an Indian family the other day.  They are another family who really love the programs of the church--one of their relatives went on a mission and went to BYU Hawaii so they want that for their 4 daughters!  So we went over and taught them a bit and talked about baptism.  They really want their daughter to be baptized (only one is over age 8), but the parents said they can't be baptized.  I'm not sure exactly what the reason is, but it sounded like because of their Hindi religion, they are forbidden from being baptized.  It's kind of hard to understand, but we will continue to visit them and try to help them and their daughters.

We had zone conference as well this week!  It was great to hear from President and Sister Layton.  We talked a lot about becoming a living epistle of Jesus Christ!  It made me realize how much my appearance, attitude, and behaviour can influence those around me.  I want to be a more enthusiastic missionary!  I am working on that and being an epistle of Christ at all times.  Sometimes it is hard to do the same thing day after day for two years, but we should be energetic because we have the most important message the world could hear: the gospel of Jesus Christ!  One quote sums it up pretty well: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
Have a great week everyone!

Loloma yani,

Elder Harris

Baptism of Raijeli and Cannan
Suva North Zone November 2015

Cool looking place in Pacific Harbor

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