Monday, September 21, 2015

9/21/15 - Malo lava Lo'u Aiga!!!

Malo lava Lo'u Aiga!!!!!

It's so good to hear that everyone is safe and doing well!!! I love yous all!!!! 

So this is just a couple journal entries and then I explain Samoa a little bit...
Sept 15th,

Lenei aso, manaia le aso! We met some sekia tagata,  over close to the Amanave area and in Amanave! These people are so humble and loving and today I'm finally starting to understand how much I need to change to grow and also have that Christlike love! My samoan, thanks to blessings from the Lord, has gotten a little better! I'm beginning to understand bits and pieces and I feel like I can now contribute a little more so I'm not using my comp as a crutch. These humble and loving people definitely deserve to live in such a heavenly place!

Sept 16th
Wow. So we started off going to Leone 3rd area cause that's where our fafaga was (fafaga is where we eat at a members house for dinner), so we headed that way to some tagata sailiili houses, turns out, no one was home. So we needed to hit this one fale with this older lady, Meaalofa. Her fale is way back in the boonies so we decided to prosilyte on some houses along the way. Turns out, no one was home. Then it started to pour rain, hardcore. We tried to wait it out under someone's overhanging roof, but it just kept going. So we decided, 2 yrs isn't a very long time and we needed to declare the Restoration of the Gospel so we started walking in the pouring rain. No one else was home, but we found some sketchy dogs!! We got to Meaalofa's sweaty and tired, and guess what, she decided it was a good time for a nap, so we didn't get to meet with her. We walked back prettyticked, but we passed on the way up (and before this, a couple days ago, we passed it and the borther that we were with, Vaitafi, said it was haunted and no one lived there) but I felt impressed to go and check it out the house and low and behold, a lady in her 40s was out working near the back and we got her number to set up a return appt to teach and begin lessons!!! Definitely the work of the Lord!! So we headed over to some other new investigators and none of them were home so we stopped for a quick lunch. Then we went early to our fafaga at 3, ate there and while we were there, the senior couple of our area called and said the island was on a tsunami watch! we were literally on the edge of our area east ward, and we hiked all the way back to the tsunami safe zone and hiked all the way up a mountain waiting to see a group of people gathered, yet we never met one. Then we hit the top, and then got a call 2 minutes later that the tsunami warning was canceled and we're goin to just get some big shock waves in the evening, nightime. Well, we were not very happy cause we left the area we wanted to get some new investigators in, we hiked up a freaking mountain, all for nothing. But then, we thought on the brighter side of things. maybe there was something dangerous we could have run into had we stayed in that boundary of our area. So we hinked down and decided to see if one of our other investigators, Isaac, was home. he wasn't and we were honestly so lost, we did not know where to go, every appt fell through. And I remembered my patriarchal blessing says along the lines of, pray for guidance and you will know with a surety where to go with your decisions in life. So we said a prayer and began walking down a road we didn't usually go on to make our way back and a family called us into their home as we passed. if we had gone the way we usually come from, they wouldn't have seen us walk by. We found out they were members and they had heaps of referals for us! Just when your day is full of trials and hardships, did you think to pray? The Lord was there the whole time, we just needed to reach out to Him for help and guidance. This is His work and His church! We as misisonaries are His instruments in inviting others to come unto Christ! You may think that some things are a waste of time and that it totally ruined your day. But you didn't realize the Lord needed you in another area to find His children who were willing to be taught and there was no other way to get you over than to send a tsunami warning one way. The Lord knows what He's doing, and EVERYTHING happens for a reason so what at first may seem like a total waste of time, may be just the way Heavenly Father will guide you to His children! Ou te alofa lenei le Talalelei!! This is His work,so do it His way cause He does it BEST!!!!

And I know I need to explain heaps of things so I'll try my best!!!!
Yes my comp, Elder Lamoreaux is from Idaho but he's from Shelley. His grandparents were just here working at the temple on a mission! He's only been out 5 months, but his samoan is way good!
We are living with members right now, but we have another place to stay in Amanave cause our area is way huge!! We've got cold showers and its phenomenal!!!! And don't worry about me getting fat!! Right now we get $50 a month because in other areas, people with give elders money for food, so they keep our monthly rate low, but in our area, no one does that, so we sat down to budget yesterday and realized next month, we'll be living off a fafaga and a $1 for lunch and breakfast!!! So we're gonna pray like crazy for miracles!!! 
We don't have to wash our clothes by hand, if we catch a bus into town, then there's a laundry mat, so that's a huge blessing!! Oh and Mom!! That purple potato thing we had! The taro!?!? I love it now!! if you cover it in pe'epe'e, which is the coconut meat all squished down to a creme, its way good!!!! And it's huge in protien so that's been my protein shakes for the day!!

So that's me! I sent two pics this week hopefully they got to yous, last week they never sent cause we ran out of time and the internet over here is slower than dirt. But it's internet so whos complaining?! 

Mom and Dad, it's so good to hear everyone is doing well and safe!! Keep telling Kyle that his eagle scout will reward him in ways he'd never imagined!! I'm glad work is going well and I pray for you all on the daily!! Oh and for the plane ride, the ride was in the morning and I didn't have time to put a patch or pills cause it takes 4 hrs to kick in so I had to go without. Send Talon some love, I pray for him!! Thank you for all the support and everything!! I can feel your prayers and it's nice to whip out all the notes you sent in my luggage at night sometimes cause it makes you feel like your there with me!! I want to send you all stuff, but the budget right now is way tight as you read, and all the stuff here is way expensive, so when I get to Upolu, I'll try and send some ie's for yous all!! And some way cool shells that my comp and I found on the beach last pday!! Love ya!!

Kyle, keep up the hard work man! Get into the Book of Mormon every day cause it's such a blessing and you'll read heaps of things to help with school, sports, and life!! Tell that to Cade and Keaton too!! Good job on this weeks game!! keep lifting and you'll be a samoan by the time you leave for your mission! Love ya homes!

Cade!! Hey homes, I heard you had bye week this week but you'll get more chances to pic off those QBs! I know jr high is way wordly, but stay in the Book of Mormon every morning or every night and it will keep you on the straight and narrow! Also, if a bad thought or anything pops into your head, have a church song ready to sing!! Right now, mine is Praise to the Man and it works wonders and really helps!!! Love you man!!

Keaton!! Hey bud, keep trucking through school man!! Pretend your a super hero conquering villains everytime you finish a book, or complete a homework assignment!! Mom and Dad and trying way hard to get you into sports, so keep practicing and you'll shine my man!!! Love ya!

I love yous all and am glad your all safe and doing well!! Keep up the good work!! Oh and an awesome scripture!! D&C 6:36!! REmember it!! And look up Brown Hymn Book!! It's basically hymns that this polynesian group made and they're way good!!

Alofa ia te outou!!!
Elder Larson
Posing on the beach

One of the clearer days as it rains pretty often

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