Monday, November 18, 2013
Mom!!!I can no belief that it is almost Thanksgiving! It seems like it was just yesterday that it was the beginning of summer and I was getting everything ready to come out here! Christmas is just around the corner...can you belief it? I cant! No one here celebrates Thanksgiving, I think that is an American thing, but I bet that the food will be great and there will be lots of cutesty things because you are in charge. I hope that at least one of your two remaining children will help you clean and prepare for the feast! (Good luck!!) Oh man..Turkey cookies....cookies..haha. Please eat at least 20 in memory of me! And pumpkin pie too! ;) haha maybe I will try to make a fake thanksgiving here...probably not! ;) It sounds like every something is going well at the house, I hope that Ben and Liz are helping you a lot. What was Mason sick with? I am glad that he is getting better!! I LOVE the pictures! Thank you too much for all of them!!
Posted by browniemom at 6:24 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time flies out here in the islands, I cannot believe it is already November. This week has been amazing! Everything over here is going really well! My companion and I have been making full up progress in the area, and Papa God has been helping us every step of the way. Yesterday we were able to hold our first sacrament meeting with our unit in Lapangtawa. Yesterday was probably one of the most amazing days on my mission this far. We had been working hard to get every something figured out for our unit. We planned to hold the first meeting at the house of a member. We left our house with 1 Melkezidick priesthood leader at 6:30 to make sacrament at 9. When we arrived to the village there was full up people already there. They had made a small house for sacrament and they were all waiting for us to start. We had classes first: I taught all the pikininis for primary, Lutui taught women class and a papa taught priesthood. After we all gathered into the small house for sacrament meeting. As we sung the first song the spirit was so strong. Almost every papa and mama in the place had tears in their eyes. We didn't have sacrament cups so that was interesting, but none the less it was just another testimony to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not a church of any man, it is not the church of America, it is the church of Christ. It does not matter where you worship, but it is about who we worship. I have never felt the spirit so strong in my entire life. People got up to share testimonies who had prayed for years that they would have a church in this place. Papa God is aware of each and every one of His children. He will always provide a way for us as we keep the faith. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a servant of Him in this place. Missionary work is amazing. Needless to say this week was nothing short of a miracle.
Thank you too much again for that package! It looks like packages are doing really well here. They get here really fast, and I haven't heard of anything getting stolen yet. I will keep you posted though. Thank you too much for every something that you guys do.
Posted by browniemom at 6:37 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013
First of all can I just tell you all that I love too much all the photos you have been sending! I cannot belief that mason is getting so big! I cannot wait to hear him talk! Teach him the name of me will you? It sounds like Halloween was a blast. Here in Vanuatu we don't celebrate Halloween, so I missed out on all the lollies this year. The chicken noodle soup and the cookies look amazing! Owiee, I miss meals like that! But belief it or not I can literally eat anything now. Picky eater no more. I just eat whatever the people give me, and since I have been sick that has been pretty interesting. It sounds like things at our home are going really well. I love too much to hear about everything! Mom, thank you too much for sending those packages! My family here will love it, and I am sure they will share with me! I will let you know when I receive it, I thinks that it will take a little longer since the months now are busy sort of.
So yes, my companion is gone, she went to Vila to rest. I think that there comes a time for every person where they physically, mentally, and emotionally break down, and that was the time for her. I am glad so much that she will be able to rest for a small time and then be transferred to a more developed area. I was sad to watch her go, but oh has Papa God blessed me with one amazing companion! We work well too much together and I love her so much. My previous companion Sister Natto was quiet small, but my new companion Sister Lutui and I are both so loud and outgoing. It has been such a blessing to our work in our area. This week we have been waking up every day before 5 to sketch out plans for our new "group"/unit and we have been walking, walking, go, go. We have been going to areas that missionaries haven't gone in years because they are too far away. Papa God has been blessing us so much as we have tried the best of us to labor in his vineyard. We were able to teach over 40 lessons this week and we have a bunch of people ready to receive baptism close up now. I am so blessed! I love it too much here! Papa God has been working hard hard hard in making these people ready to recieve his gospel and I am lucky too much to be a part of it!
This week Sister Lutui and I decided that we would cover 5 areas in one day. We left the house at 8 and took a member with us to help us show us the right road because I had never been to Loono village before. Well..we walked for 3 hours down and up 2 huge creeks and it was raining like crazy when our member we had been taking with us kept stopping and thinking. Finally I asked her if she knew where we were, she said, "Sister, I have never been on this road before. I don't know how to get to Loono or back to the house of you." Oh great...we are lost in the bush and my energy is about at 0! It was then and there that my old bossy self came out to shine. We kept walking and the next man we saw I asked him how to get to Loono. He laughed and laughed and told us that we had missed the road 2 hours ago and would have to go down 2 more creeks to get to our house before dark. That was my first experience being completely lost in the bush, and from now on I ask the member we take about 8 times if they know where they are going.
I am so grateful for the chance I have to be serving as a missionary here. My testimony of the power of faith has grown too much. I know that with faith in Papa God and His divine power, anything is possible. He never forgets us his children. No matter where we are, he is aware of every fasin and action that we make. He knows what is best for us, and he will show us always the path we need to take. But this is only possible through righteousness and faith in Him. I know that sometimes He lets us struggle for a small time to make us stronger. Papa God needs strong soldiers in this last days. Every experience that we receive in this life will build us up and make us stronger. As long as we do everything we can to follow the Savior in this life, we will reap our rewards: some in this life, and many more in the life after.
I hope you all have a great week!! Thank you too much for every something that you all do for me. Pray hard and work harder!! Yolkokakaeek!
Posted by browniemom at 9:20 PM