God created Fiji on one of His happiest days.
-Elder Glen L. Rudd
Sunday, August 11, 2013
First baptism date all set up for end of month!
Howdy y'all. When we were walking down the sidewalk in town the other day one Fijian boy said howdy to me. Because all American say howdy, right? Hahaha. What movie does that remind me of...Not Ocean's 11, right? I don't know, one of those movies. JUST KIDDING, I think it was a Psych episode. Ask Sam, he'll remember. Ok, so this week was a good one. AND you want to know the best news? We've got ourselves a baptismal date! For the end of this month! First one for me, and I am beyond happy. Over the moon happy. Is that a phrase? I don't know. The point is, this girl named Akosita is fantastic and I love her. She was the one who had already taken the lessons in her village before coming to Suva, and we just randomly found her. We taught her the Plan of Salvation the other day, and it was amazing. The Spirit was incredibly strong, and I just was overwhelmed by how blessed we are to have a knowledge of this plan.To have a knowledge that families can be eternal. To have a knowledge that those who have died without the Gospel have the opportunity to learn about it after this life. When you've been a member your whole life, you take the Gospel for granted. But then you go out on a mission, and you see how even the small things in the Gospel are able to bring joy to people's lives, and that's when you realize. Man. We are so blessed. I am so grateful that my family is on the right track to being eternal. Anyway, we have been keeping meticulous tabs on this girl. Because she got away from the missionaries once before, and we don't want that happening again. But I'm not that worried about her. She is so strong. She has a great desire to be a member of the church. She always says that she loves going to church on Sundays, and she even told me that she wants to serve a mission. And she's not even a member yet! So great. In other news, we have a new District Leader. Elder King got transferred to Rotuma, and Elder Laoti has come to take his place. He's great. He encourages us to use more Fijian. Which is both an annoying thing and a fantastic thing. Because to be honest, I haven't been using too much Fijian. I've been of the opinion that it will come when it comes. I study it, I bear my testimony, I pray in Fijian. But I could be doing more. So even though I am uncomfortable speaking Fijian during District Meetings, I'll put on a brave face and just do it. It will help me, I know. My companion and I are doing well. We have days that are quiet and we have days where I try to catch a gecko, instead only catch his tail, and then chase her around the flat with the wiggling severed limb. She hates all animals hahaha. We have had some good times. Something that we are well known for are our brownies. They are microwave brownies, that take about seven minutes from start to finish. Here's the recipe: Suva 1st Sister Missionary Microwave Brownies: 1. 4 eggs 2. 2 cups of sugar 3. 1 cup melted butter 4. 1 cup flour 5. 1 cup cocoa Mix eggs, sugar, and butter together. Add in flour and cocoa. Mix together well. Place in two microwavable containers. Microwave each for 4-5 minutes until cooked. Enjoy! Courtesy of Sister Tiakia. Not sure if it will work with American microwaves and American ingredients. But whatever, it's been pretty great. And we make at least six containers a week. Sister Bechu and I have joked about opening a bakery on the side. Make a little pocket money. I feel like I am getting fat. I probably am. Please still love me if I come back massive. My training is about halfway done. A new intake of missionaries comes in onSeptember 9th. One week before I finish my training. When it comes to transfers around here, you never know. Our ZL has been here in Suva for a year. One of our Sister Training Leaders has been in her area for seven months. Sister Bechu feels like she'll get transferred any day now, but I bet we'll both be here at least until the new intake comes. It's all up to the Lord. I am content where I am. One other thing that has recently happened: there is a family that we have grown very close to, the Sharmas. Sister Sharma is a Kiribati woman who served her mission here in Fiji back in 09 or so. With Brothers Crump, Matheson, and Engel (noqu qase ni vuli mai na MTC). Back then she was called Sister Bakaua. Her husband, brother Sharma, is an Indian man from here who is a convert. She didn't teach him, but some sister missionaries that she served with did. Anyway, we always go to their house when our dinner appointments fall through. Sister Sharma has been ridiculously pregnant lately, andon Fridayshe gave birth. So we have visited her in the (scary) hospital a couple of times. Man, that tiny little one. They named her Abigail. It's got me thinking about my own future. You never know, that could be me in around five years or so. And I started thinking about those little ones of mine, up there cheering me on. Gives me an added measure of strength. Um. The ward is fantastic. Just this pastSundaySister Bechu and I gave talks in Sacrament meeting. Let me just tell you something, giving talks is a cinch now that I have been teaching 2-5 lessons a day for the past month. Preparing talks, also a cinch, because of the two or so hours a day I spend studying the scriptures. I actually enjoyed giving my talk. It was on missionary work (lol), and I shared Alma 31:5 and Helaman6:37. Preaching the word, so much more powerful than the sword. God prefers to destroy His enemies by making them His friends, by preaching the word to them. I love it. That's something we always say when we teach. We aren't here to force anyone. We simply want to share. And the Spirit does it's work. And the people change their own minds. It's beautiful. I love the work. I love the people. I love Fiji. I miss home, but it will all be worth it. Love to everyone <3333 Sister Wright