Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wedding Witnesses

We had the opportunity to attend a small wedding in the Bishop’s office in the Teaoreke Ward on Friday evening, 28 Feb. The girl, Teeba, is Marinoa’s (the librarian) niece.  Teeba is a member but her friend, Taike, is not. He has been taking the lessons and will be baptized next week, but since they have been living together, they needed to get married first. Marinoa had asked Sister Youngberg if she could make a wedding cake but she couldn’t and asked if I could.  I haven’t decorated a cake in years but I did the best I could.  I used what tips Sister Youngberg had which weren’t much but it turned out OK.  The ceremony was small only the couple, Marinoa, the missionaries, and us.  We ended up being the witnesses and had to sign several forms.  Weddings are always special no matter the circumstance.  There was such a sweet spirit in the Bishop’s office, although we didn’t understand a word that was said.  Of course afterwards there was lots of food, a few more guests a lot of fun and laughter sharing advice with the newlyweds. They made sure to speak in English which always helps to enjoy whatever the event is.


  1. Our elder was in the Christmas pictures (Tanner Risk). Tanner has since been sent out to Butaritari and we've received one letter dated Feb 3. We are going on the assumption that no news is good news. It's not that we're so concerned about hearing from Tanner, we're sure he's doing fine, but we want to check on the process for him to receive letters/packages from us. All of our letters are going to the mission office. Are they being sent on to the island from there---on a regular basis? And I think we understand that the packages are held at the mission office until someone from the mission goes to see those elders and then they take the packages. We don't have an email for the mission president and haven't been able to find another avenue to check on this process. Sister Rasmussen, if you know the answer and could fill us in--that would be helpful. :-) And can you send me the email for the mission president?

    (PS. my maiden name is Rasmussen :-) )

    Thank you :-)
    Lynnette and Todd Risk

  2. Letters and packages that are sent to the mission office are sent to Tarawa via Our Airlines. Sister Cassita, the mission nurse, picks them up and then Elder and Sister Wall sort through them and send them to the outer islands via Kiribati air. Sorry, I don't think to look at the comments on the blog.