January 31, 2016
Hello everyone! First of all.... You are reading an email from a missionary who has been in the field for 6 months. Every day life off this island seems to get a little more distant. Island fever should kick in within a couple months from what I've heard :') Also, when everyone says there was a "worldwide mission broadcast that EVERY MISSIONARY heard", I'm assuming that doesn't include me right?! I just found out there was one... Haha maybe next year <3
As for the big news about the transfer.... I have NO news! Elder Johnson (my new comp.) has safely gotten to Tarawa. At this point the plan is to charter another flight from Tarawa to here. As for a date when that will actually happen, we have no clue. In other words, Elder Musser and I are basically engaged. Next week (if he's not gone), we will hit 4 months together! I'd say that's a longggg time but you can come live here if you wanna try it for yourself! Maybe next weekkkk.
This week we were able to work hard after the disappointing non-transfer. We were actually able to hit our highest lesson total since working together <3 We were able to round off the week with a solid 30 lessons. The hardest part right now is the things we can't control-- Commandments. "Sorry investigators, I didn't set Heavenly Fathers commandments. YES investigators, you MUST keep these if you want to get baptized." Marriages and the Word of Wisdom are keeping us from about 7 times swimming in the ocean ;/ We will keep working and doing what we can.... It also shakes you when 2 of your RC's haven't come to church since the day they were given the HG... 1 of them was drunk at 5 in the afternoon yesterday when we went to visit him. Agency is an interesting thing...
Quick humbling story:
Teariki (THE MAN-- he hunts sharks etc.) is a member and we had lesson with his 9 year old son. He told us that he had just quit his job because he was making $7 a day and he was working 8 hours a day doing hard physical labor. He thought it wasn't worth his time (I don't blame him). To make a long story short, the next time we came to lesson, he had a lunch with a can of pork and spaghetti prepared for us. The total of those 2 cans put together from the store is $7.30... Teariki worked an ENTIRE day for 1 of our lunches that he didn't have to give us.. What more do I need to say?
I hope to hear from all of you next week!
P.S. I had dog, turtle, and eel all in the SAME dinner this week. There's a reason we don't eat dogs in America <3