Sunday, July 14, 2013

Relief Society Stake Activity

June 23, 2013,
We have received our first transfer.  The only thing that has changed is that we have been assigned to attend a different ward, Eita 2nd.  It is also held here on campus and meets at 12:00.  I really liked out 8:00 meetings however they made the afternoons very long. The new meeting time will break up the day some but it will be much warmer that time of day.  Today after our three hour block we went to their Sacrament meeting just to introduce ourselves.  Of course the meeting is all in Kiribati which will be a challenge.  Hopefully we can sit by the missionaries or return missionaries to translate for us.  It must be time for more growth as we are starting to settle in and get the hang of our calling.  Just never enough time to get it all done.  We started the new class this week, Reading in the Content Area.  I think it went well.  Yesterday we had a Stake Relief Society activity where they had the Senior Sisters speak for a few minutes and then we broke into four workshop groups.  Sister Talitaina, the senior sister from Somoa spoke about Physical, Spiritual, Mental, and Social health.  She had the sisters exercising in place till we were all out of breath. 

She is very bold and is taking the direction to “Go to the rescue” seriously.  When her and Sister Ucunibarvi (from Fiji) went to visit one family, the dad was asleep.  She poked him and told him he needed to get up and get back to church, and he did.  These two sisters have only been here a month and they have several families returning to church. Not only are they bold but they are older (our age) and they are islanders, so the saints are responded.  The sisters also brought clothing they didn't want any more and it was spread out on the floor for other sisters to take.  It was all gone within minutes. 

We were asked to teach one of the rotations, on indexing.  The saints have never heard of it here.  For those that speak English and could get access to a computer and the internet it would be a great way to participate in Family History.  We had to use a translator in each group which was also a new experience.  I really couldn’t quite figure out why they wanted us to teach something that they have so little resources to do but when we went to the Eita 2nd ward today, two families came up to us and asked us if we could help them really learn how.  One couple will be going to the Fiji temple next month and they want to take some of their own family names with them.  The Lord works in mysterious ways.  Maybe this is one reason for our transfer.  We’ll have to find someone who can help us with the language though. 


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