Sunday, April 15, 2012

I never dreamed I would EVER have to include "Dog"

We teach a temple prep class on Friday afternoons each week, helping couples prepare to go to the temple. It has been quite interesting to say the least. First, to clue you in, most of the people here don't have clocks so needless to say they never know what the time is and that means nothing starts on time. They walk wherever they go and depending on where they live it can be easy or extremely difficult. Our class is in a village that is mostly mountain and jungle terrain with one dirt road in and out. Next, we teach people that speak a different language and they don't have many of our words in English. One of the Elders in our class knows a little English and he helps translate for us, so sometimes it gets lost in translation .....
We must frequently use the gift of the Holy Ghost and we must be willing to rely on this divine gift and always keep it in good repair.
Truly we need the guidance of the Spirit, and we must be diligent to do those things necessary to have the companionship of that Spirit to help us. Specifically, we must keep the commandments, pray, study the scriptures, and repent weekly as we partake of the Sacrament.
This past week we were talking about the "Word of Wisdom", trying to explain what it is and what it means. Now remember they don't know what certain words mean and they also don't have some animals here like we have at home, namely cows. They do have Pigs & Chickens. I realize that I have to do it....say eat meat pork, chicken and DOG. Elder Tiffany just looked at me with a blank stare. Of course it was no big deal to the class. BTW we have been told by those who have tried it, dog tastes a lot like beef. I know what your thinking now...BEEF? Not Chicken, everything tastes like chicken. Not so my friend.
We are learning that we must “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto our own understanding. We are learning, in all ways to acknowledge him, and he will direct our paths. Grateful for that.
We will continue with our classes and help these people get ready to go to the Lord's Temple.
We have culture differences for sure, but we truly love the Chuukese people.

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