And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn, when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baptisms and a week full of BLESSINGS!!!!

Hello Family and Friends!

 O a mai outou?!?! Manuia? Seki a??

The Samoan is getting better, and I have found that with trying to speak the language it is coming along....just really slow so I looked to find some other resources:) I looked to music as another way of learning. I got some music from a member. Apparently music has been helping a lot of the Elders and Sisters learn the language. Hopefully it will do the same for me:) I have been speaking in companionship study, sharing what I have learned...not very good but luckily Elder Gaga can understand what I'm trying to say! It's helping but I WANT THIS LANGUAGE DOWN PAT! I've never wanted something so badly and I'm going to keep doing everything I can to learn it.

Sa seki a le papatisoga!!! Sa la'ua fiafia mo le la papatisoga!
Elder Gaga and I were so excited for Saturday...but honestly it felt like another day not any different. I was really excited for this baptism! Wow it was amazing! Sam almost hit his head...not my fault Sam is a big guy!! I was all the way to the front of the font and he still almost hit his head! I had to pull him forward after he went under to stop him. Faaninimo...piece of cake;)
Me, Sam, Faaninimo and Elder Gaga
As I said the prayers (D&C 20:37) I got a little choked up and really felt the spirit. It was an amazing day and I was privileged to be a part of it.

Great week and can't wait to see what is next. Keep praying for me and Elder Gaga:)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Plugging Away

Me and my MACHETE
Hard at work
Not a lot to report this week. We are still on track for baptisms at the end of the month. It's amazing to see the work moving forward. We had to pull back a little with one of our investigators and we hope to still get her baptized someday. But on a happier note we will be  baptizing Sam and Faaninimo!!! YEAH!!!

So we are having success and I think the work will continue to progress. Hope you all are doing great, thanks again for all the emails and prayers. You just don't realize how much that helps. LOVE YOU ALL and will be in touch again soon.
Elder Gaga and the Lawnmower  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Service projects and teaching

Vave le taimi (time is flying)! I love this area and honestly I think...if I could, I would stay here the whole duration of my mission. I love it here! This week Elder Gaga and I got two new sets!!:) Sam (lost record has to be baptized again) and Grace (a sister that's been going to church for a long time but just hasn't been baptized) I'm so excited, you have no idea! I finally have the chance to see the work progress! I am SOOOO EXCITED AHHHH! I am so full of joy! Ah...finally!!!!!
Gifts-camo pants, Ravens T and Toms
Service Project
We got to do some service for some of the people in this area and that was awesome. My language is struggling but I know THIS week is going to be better for me to start speaking! I can't wait to say the new things I have learned! We've been teaching in English because Sam and Grace understand it better than Samoan and the same for me. Ha Ha. I think I need some practice in my own language before I just start trying to speak.
Thank you for all of your prayers. It's good to have your support and I know that I can't do this on my own. And thanks also to all who have emailed or sent letters, it's always good to hear from you all. I will try my best to respond, but if I don't please forgive me cause P-days just don't give us much time.

Alofas to you all.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Short email this week

This week has been a great one! Had the chance to spend some time with Elder Hall, we were in a trio til Thursday. Being in a trio made me so grateful for my companion! The three of us were able to work in both the Samoan and English programs! Nice to mix it up a little bit! We drove the car everywhere and honestly made the day longer. I'd rather walk! ha ha We had a miracle on Thursday! Wow it was cool! We met with a girl named Grace! She's twenty-four and has been going to church for 11 years but hasn't been baptized. Guess what?!?!?! WE SET HER FOR Baptism on the 18th of January! WOOOO!
Super Excited!  Can't wait for this day!

I hope all goes well this week and hope every single one of you has a fantasic day:) Love you and yours!

These are pictures of Sis. Pe'a and Sis. Brown's baptism commit, I had the opportunity to baptize her. It was AWESOME!!!