Wow it sounds like things at home are busy as usual! I can no belief that the Braves took state...it is about time! They always got soo far, it is good that they finally took state! It sounds like the tradition of going to all the games is still going, that's great! Okay that is nuts that all of these young kids in our ward have their mission calls!! They make me feel old too much!! Sheesh! that is amazing! They are going to kill it out here! Poor Liz! I am terrified of dogs now! They are soo freaky! Especially the big ones! I hope her leg is doing better! We have tons and tons of dogs around our house and sometimes they are nice, but when we come after dark they always try to attack us! I am terrified and so now I always break a big stick before we try to cross the yard. Whenever they get too close I whack them and run for my life!! (My companion and I decided that when it comes to dog attacks every man for himself) My advice to Liz is to do the same! Carry a big stick! :)
Another great week here in Malekula! Our main focus this week has been on trying to strengthen our branch. The church is still pretty new here and so we are working to try to train all of the leaders of the branch on their callings. Our goal is to help this branch to function properly like a ward. We have been meeting with our Branch President almost every day to try to help him understand what his work is and what our work is. We are slowly but surely making progress with him. We had our first real "Auxillary" meeting this Sunday. It went a lot better than our last "Auxillary meeting" This time I made sure that there was an agenda drawn and I politely kicked out anyone that was not a leader in the branch. We were able to sit down and go through each auxillary and figure out what we could do to improve. The main issue is that the leaders do not understand their callings. You have to keep in mind that all of these leaders are recent converts themselves and do not know a whole lot about how the church works or is set up. This week we will be meeting with the Relief Society president to explain what visiting teaching is and to help her understand her calling a little bit better. In our meeting one thing that I discussed was time. Oh please, my patience has gotten SOOO big. Our church is supposed to start at 9. Yesterday we started at 11:30 and my patience was wearing VERY very thin. So yesterday in our meeting we discussed ideas on how to be on time. Every auxillary kept making excuses that they don't have a watch or clock to watch time and so finally I said, alraet this is what is going to happen: we are going to get someone's cellphone and set an alarm for 9,10, and 11 and when that alarm goes off the Elders quorum president is going to go and beat bamboo on the copper so we know that it is time to start the next class. haha. They all were a little surprised at my proposed solution, but now everyone is arguing over who will get to hit the copper with bamboo next Sunday..haha like I said it is a work in progress still! :) But I am so excited about the small spark of progress that we have been able to make in our branch. I know that in order to help missionary work progress in this area we must have a stable, healthy branch first! Slow and steady wins the race eh? haha
I really could not be happier out here! I love the work and I LOVE the people here! They have seriously changed everything about me and I could not be more grateful to have the opportunity to serve here! :) I love all of you and I hope you have a great week!! :) :) Keep chuggin through 2 Nifae!