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March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

Dear Family:

Thanks for the email! It took a lot longer to get on than I thought today because we thought the internet was broken. 

The work is going well! This past Saturday, we were able to baptize a 19 year old girl.  I was able to baptize her in the ocean. Her commitment and determination are really amazing.  She literally lives at the Catholic Church where her step-father is a missionary.  She hid from her parents the fact that she was taking lessons and getting baptized. They still don't know! 

We had the potential of having four baptisms this week, but three of them fell through because of problems with their church attendance. We should have a baptism this week for an 18 year old girl and then hopefully get a bunch more in the next few weeks. I'm excited to get some investigators baptized so we will have time to find new investigators and hopefully teach some families.

You asked about the family whose land we live on.  Our house is on the opposite side of the street from their house. It's an interesting story. There is an older couple who have been members for 30 years, but aren't really active. They left the church after something happened in the 1990's and the church was taken off of Maiana. They have a daughter who is married to an RM who served in Fiji and they have two kids. They are the real reason we are here. The RM was the only member from his family, left on a mission, and when he got back, he was able to baptize both of his parents who had been very devout Seventh Day Adventists.

As far as things with Elder Vaai, all is well! I get along with him on a personal level. He will finish up here sometime in April.  We don't have a date yet, but think it will be towards the end of the month.  It will be interesting to see what happens at the transfer. It's definitely a growing phase for the mission as my group becomes the oldest after about August. 

All is well here.  I'm happy all the time. I love you guys! The time is FLYING by. Have a good week!


Elder Parrish

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