A week of illness and injury, but good stuff too!
|Sisters at Sunday dinner|
|Elders feeling good after dinner|
Monday, preparation day, is always rushed, but our entire zone took a couple of hours to play baseball at the Meyuns field. A few neighbor boys joined with us, which made covering our positions a lot easier. They must have had a good time because they asked if we could come back the next day too!
|Raphia explaining her project|
|Rayda, our MC|
|Karla, YW President|
Our Young Women are preparing for the YW in Excellence program that will be held in December this year and are completing projects to present to the entire branch. Raphia Ngiraked decided to arrange a fashion show of modest clothing. She and YW leaders decorated the church with a “red carpet” edged with local flowers for all the models to walk, pose, and stand for pictures. Sergio, our DJ, played music as each model came forward showing off sleepwear, school uniforms, casual wear, prom dresses, sports togs, and included specialty outfits for maternity and missionary wear. The girls had their hair done and applied make-up to make the show more authentic. Rayda, a member of the presidency, was our clever MC, and slipped in several quotes by church leaders about modesty and taking care of our bodies, while the appreciative audience applauded each model as she carefully and gracefully walked the length of the red carpet.
|Shannel, Scarla, Raphia|
|Jose & Justin waiting for the show to start|
|Sister Ale & Sister Masiasomua|
|Maria, Malley, Bridgette, Scarla|
|Shannel & Scarla|
|Scarla & Shannel|
Since Kaytano Edeyaoch begins his mission on November 28th in Johannesburg, South Africa, we had a going away party to celebrate his choices that brought him to this point. A bunch of branch members devoured his cake, signed his card, and wished him well. The second--and tougher--part of the story is that his passport has not yet arrived, so he will be late reporting. He was supposed to fly to Guam tonight then on to South Africa early Tuesday morning. We hope to hear something more definite tomorrow, but the latest word is that he will report on December 28th instead. He and his entire family are filled with faith and patiently wait to hear what they need to do next.
|Kaytano and his cake|
|Some members at the party|
|All eyes on Kaytano|
Kuniwo Mikel was baptized Saturday night by President Kesolei and united another family in the gospel. His wife and daughter are already members along with several extended family, so his baptism brought joy to each of them and the entire branch. Their twin two-year-old sons added lots of interest to the otherwise solemn occasion. Kuniwo was confirmed on Sunday by President Kesolei, who was suffering from a cold and a tough case of laryngitis. We had to strain to hear the beautiful blessing he pronounced upon Kuniwo and his entire family.
|Kuniwo's happy family|
|Sisters Masi & Purcell, Pres. Kesolei, Kuniwo|
|Kuniwo and family|
President Kesolei was in good company this week with Elder Malais and Sister Ale who both suffered from a cold and cough, but not one of them slowed down. They continued teaching and fulfilling assignments even though it might have felt better to stay home in bed.
Elder Dopp conducted an inspiring district meeting on Thursday then went home for a quick lunch. As he opened a can, the lid made a deep cut to the side of his middle finger. He called us to his apartment to take a look, and all four of us thought he needed stitches. He had to wait a couple of hours to meet the American doctor at Camp Katuu, but he bravely endured the cleansing, freezing, and stitching necessary to get him back together and back to work.
|Ready for stitches|
|Brave Elder Dopp|
|Cleaning the wound|
|Must have stitches|
|Cleaning & freezing|
|Elder Dopp & Elder Murdoch|
Feeling better and ready to go back to missionary work
Elder Carter also visited Dr. Taylor at Camp Katuu a couple of times this week as he had another staph infection and a boil that grew to baseball size that the AL and NL would have been proud of. After a couple of days of feeling puny (near death, according to him), he revisited the doctor and had the boil lanced and drained. Sister Carter has become an expert at changing dressings and will continue for the next few days until the boil is completely drained and the doctor returns from his trip to Japan.
|Elder Carter waiting at the hospital for a test|
At the end of this week, all of the missionaries are feeling much better and the work is going forward at a rapid pace. We have several investigators attending meetings, learning doctrine during discussions, and inviting their family and friends to listen as well.
Our Primary children presented Sacrament Meeting today and brought such a sweet spirit to the meeting with their heartfelt talks and dedicated singing. Some children sang solos while Sister Norgrant and Sister Ale accompanied on the piano. One of our Primary girls, Kali Kesolie, played the piano too. All three are Sister Carter's students and she was as proud of them as their own mothers would be. During Primary, Sister Carter distributed CTR rings her mother (Ferral Jones) had mailed to her, including two for our Spanish speaking girls. The children radiated excitement and pleasure while sporting their new jewelry for all to see.
|Sporting their CTR rings|
|In the chapel|
|Holding onto their rings|
We are always grateful for our family and friends who so generously support us through cards, emails, letters, packages, and heartfelt prayers, but this week our gratitude is as wide and deep as the ocean that surrounds our isles. We are grateful for your righteous choices and desires to do good and pray that each one of you and all our blog readers will have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded and enveloped by the love of our Savior and feel more deeply and completely the blessings of His Atonement. We gratefully and humbly serve Him.