September 11, 2016

Samabula - Week 9

Lai lotu mada

Bula vinaka!

This has been another great week!  Nothing too crazy happened, but we just had business as usual.  I was kind of sick earlier in the week which was annoying, but I'm feeling great right now so that's what matters.

We had two other zone conferences this week with the two Nausori zones.  They went well!  It's a pretty cool opportunity to learn so much from President and Sister Layton.  Zone conferences are halfway over now.

This week we also went on some exchanges.  I went with Elder Sarufa on Tuesday.  He is from Papua New Guinea and is way cool.  One thing I love about him is that he is always smiling!  It's contagious.  We visited people in Samabula and had a way cool experience together.  One of our lessons fell through and we were walking and then a heard a familiar song from the radio from a house we were walking past.  It was a Tuvaluan song so we knocked and met this lady and her nephew who were both from Tuvalu.  They let us in and we started talking, and I found out that she had 5 kids and was trying to get a visa to New Zealand because her husband had died in a tragic car accident.  She seemed very humbled by it, and we decided to teach her about the temple and how she can live with her husband again with her kids forever.  It was such a spiritual lesson!  Her name is Eline and we're going to go and see her again tomorrow.  

I also went on an exchange with Elder Kubera from Hawaii in his area, Tacirua.  They are doing some amazing work out there.  It was a Saturday, and I think we had about 8 lessons.  Super fun.

Our investigators are doing pretty good.  Sereseini came to church this week and is working to be baptized at the end of this month.  We have been visiting her a lot with Joshua and his family.  She made a good friend at church with the Sisters' recent convert, so she is looking comfortable.  The rest of our investigators didn't come to church despite having really good lessons with them within the week.  We're having a hard time with it because that is the only thing that is holding them back.  But the Chinese guys came again to church!  Actually Allen came again with his new friend Joe (I feel like those aren't their real names).  They walked in during the last hour of church, so we sat down with them afterwards and taught them.  We had to go very, very basic with them because they had so limited Christian knowledge and limited English.  But one of our members served in Hong Kong and spoke Cantonese (these two speak Mandarin) so he could help a little bit.  But they said they want to learn more so we're going to start teaching them.

That's my week!


Elder Harris

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