We arrived at Patta, met up with the Branch President and he took us through the mangroves to the church to meet with the Elders. The big boat won't fit through there.
The day started out amazing, everywhere we went we were greeted by a lot of smiling happy people. They make you feel like you’re a celebrity, they are so happy to see us, even the small children.
That true happiness comes from following Christ’s example and developing Christlike attributes such as obedience, goodness, honesty, gratitude, humility, love, charity, and forgiveness. It comes from serving others and helping them to follow Jesus Christ. It comes from controlling the appetites of our human bodies and following the promptings of the Spirit. It comes from working hard and having a healthy lifestyle, friends, family, and personal achievements.
He is always watching over us and will never leave us if we do our part to live worthy to receive his blessings.
Regardless of what you do or don’t have in this life, your deepest, most lasting happiness will come from knowing God’s plan and following it. One ancient prophet put it this way:
“I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.”
Elder Tiffany then invited him to come join us for the day to go out and find other members in the area. He was very happy and came along and guided us to some of the other members in the village.
While there however an American lady who is married to a Chuukese man came up and told us that our boat driver had violated a law and when they went to talk to him he sped off and we were now stranded without a ride. We were summoned to come and talk to the local officials. Sounded a bit strange but after collecting information we went to their house and spoke to them. Our Missionary who has been here for 22 months took the lead, he being accomplished in the language. They told us that the boat driver, Esmeit, had dropped his anchor in a restricted area and that they were obliged to then take our boat and hold it until a fine of $3000 was paid. Two weeks they would hold the boat and if the fine was not paid they would keep the boat. Also there would be a fine of an additional $2000 for him fleeing the scene. Problem was the boat was already gone and we were left there. We established that this was an arbitrary settlement on their part but we thanked them for the information and said we would turn it over to our superiors. The Branch President, Sam Roby came around from the other side of the island and picked us up and took us to the next island where we met up with our fugitive boat driver and he whisked us off to our home island, where we immediately put the boat in the boat house and locked it up.
Now this is the Lords work and he keeps us in his arms as we go about finding his lost sheep.
The next day the group showed up from that island to seize the boat. Our District President met with them and informed them that while that may have been the custom in the past there were better ways to handle the problem and that they were not obliged to hand over the boat. They however insisted and would not negotiate. They then went to the Police station to get the documents and have the constabulary assist them in procuring the water craft. The Police told them that this was not a matter for them to get involved in and that they would have to take it to court. So at this time the boat remains in the boat house and the fines have not been paid.