Dear Family and Friends;
Thanks for the email. I am happy and healthy here on my layover in Fiji where we just got back from McDonalds. I just had a huge grease bomb so we will see how my stomach takes it.
I will be heading to Tarawa tomorrow morning. Everything with flights has been going well. We just barely got in and we have only had a few hours here—not nearly as much time as when we came.
Saying goodbye to Fanning Island yesterday was hard, but for some reason it wasn't nearly as hard as when I had to say goodbye to the outer island of Maiana. I left Maiana without much notice, but this time I knew my time was up. The way that I left was honestly perfect and I was so happy with the timing of it. It is crazy to think that I just said goodbye to outer islands.
I am really grateful to have had the chance to serve on Fanning Island and to have had the perfect amount of time there and to have been able to leave when I did having accomplished the things we accomplished. We had some amazing farewells and the members SHOWERED me with gifts.... All of the members cried and I was so overwhelmed!!! I took so many pictures and videos and I'm way excited to show them to you and tell you guys about everything when I get home. It will be worth a hundred times more than trying to explain it in an email.
I am not entirely sure where I will be serving back on the main island, but the rumor is that I will be serving on south Tarawa in a place called Ambo with a Fijian companion named Elder Veresoni. If you remember, that was where I worked with Elder Buhler for a week before I was transferred to Tabituea North and it was also where I was supposed to work before I got emergency transferred to Maiana. Maybe there's a reason that this area keeps coming up. I’m a bit sad because I will be far away from my former area of Buota and I had hoped to be able to reconnect with some of the members and recent converts there. But I've prayed about it and I feel peace so it’s all good. And I will definitely go to Buota on P-days and do what I can to strengthen my converts.
I hope that all is well at home. It still hasn't hit me that I'll be home in a few short weeks. I love you and hope you have a good week!