Sunday, July 8, 2012

Seminary Graduation...Mwan

This small class is adorable :) Congratulations!
Their teacher is one of the most amazing ladies here, her name is Sister Oriko Ewar.
She loves her students very much and is extremely dedicated to her calling.
They just completed a study of the Old Testament.
These pretty young ladies and handsome gentleman have helped us learn the Chuukese language.
Yup, we are still learning....
We make them laugh apparently because we sound like dorks when we are learning and sometimes they just laugh, and laugh... Well we aim to have a good time and be pwapwa (happy), dang it!!!

Here we are waiting for graduation to begin...Island time is very different than real time > we were supposed to begin at 10am and all the branches were to attend. We have 3 outer island branches and 4 branches on the main island. The taxi was supposed to be on the other side of the island by 9:30am to pick people up and have them back by ten. It was around 11:10 or so when they arrived. This is very normal here and no one is bothered by it except those who are in charge of the graduation. The one thing we know we have learned is "relax, everything will work out", it just might take all day to happen. You roll with what ever comes because that is just the way the cookie crumbles. Oh we love the Chuukese's anytime :)
~President Thomas S. Monson said; I ask you to make Seminary and Institute a priority: Think of it.  Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened.  I promise you that as you participate in Seminary and Institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased.  Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it.  That is a promise which I leave with you.~


  1. We are so glad that you have learned to just 'go with the flow' in Chuuk. There really isn't any reason to hurry, since nobody is really going anywhere. But aren't they a happy people? We loved their happy dispositions. Wonderful island people. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Hi Elder and Sister Tiffany,
    My name is Kristen Bradshaw. Lynette Ellis is my sister and she and Chad told me how wonderful you two are and what great work you are doing. Our ward in Indiana just sent you a new missionary, Elder Broady Bowers. He is one of the most top notch young men you will ever meet. Keep an eye on him for us and tell him that we are praying for him and all of the missionaries there.
    Keep up the good work!

    1. Yes Kristen we know Elder Bowers, what a sweetheart. We were with him all day yesterday. He is going to be a great missionary. We are just posted some pictures of day. He is on the outer island called Uman. It's beautiful out there and the people are very good to the missionaries and love them. We will try to keep making updates.

    2. Thank you! And I LOVED your post today!