March 6, 2016
I'm emailing right now whaaaaa!! You guys already forgot about me....
I hope everyone had a good week at homeeeee. I thought I wouldn't be able to email for about 4ish months but I found out when I got here that Maiana got internet literally like 2 weeks ago #blessedddd. We were having an interesting time trying to get the email to load but we finally got it to work. Hopefully it will be able to work most of the time <3
ANYWAYS, I got here on Friday afternoon when I took a 10 minute plane ride south from Tarawa. I was welcomed and then I went back to see our hutttt. Our house is actually pretty sick. There is a small stick house with 2 raised stick shelf things for our beds which are on either side of the door when you walk in. We also have a stove inside the house. I guess it's about all we need. We also have a stick bathroom with a concrete block for the toilet. We then have a small buia or raised open air platform type thing that you can use to sleep on or do whatever. We are about 10 feet from the ocean. We go across the street to get well water and we go up the street to get rain water for drinking.
Unfortunately, we haven't had time to get out and do tons of teaching since I've been here. We had a baptism on Saturday which was pretty cool but took a lot of time. I then watched Elder Vaii kill a pig and skin it as a "welcome gift" type thing for me hahah. We had a pretty big dinner of pig with some members in a village up North to welcome me to Maiana. Yesterday we didn't get in even 1 lesson because we held church in 4 areas. Maiana is a big area and it's tough to bike almost the whole island and to hold church in 4 areas. We had about 50 people combined at church from those 4 areas.
As far as my companion, he's good. Elder Vaii is a 20 year old Samoan who grew up in Australia. He speaks fluent Samoan and English and he is a BIG dude. Hahah I'm not gonna put a weight on him but he's big. He likes rugby along with killing pigs and dogs for our food here lolz. He finished his time as a missionary this May. I will probably be with him for a little less than 2 months because this is his last area.
I wish I knew more but I haven't been here this long! I'm excited to get out and teach this week so that I know more about the work and the investigators. I'm all settled in now and all is well! Now that you guys KNOW I have some form of email I better be hearing from you all next week.
<3 Elder Parrish