Sunday, September 30, 2012
This is Herman Walters. He is one of the pioneers in the church here. The picture he is holding is one we just delivered. In June, one of his old mission companions from the states, Chad Ellis and his beautiful wife Lynette, were here visiting and doing some humanitarian work. Lynette took the picture and when they got back to the states they had it blown up and matted. It is quite beautiful!
Last Wednesday we went out to the outer island, Romanum, to teach the Temple prep class. With us is the S/I supervisor Freddie, who was visiting the Chuuk zone to see how things were going with everyone. The day was basically uneventful with perfectly smooth water, no rain, and a lot of jelly fish just hanging around waiting. . . . . . we of course stayed away from them. When we arrived at the island, a small boat came out and picked us up to take us to the shore.
A Latter-day Saint’s life is his or her best sermon. Our conversations ought to be open, genuine, and engaged in with a spirit of kindness. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are most believable when our actions are in harmony with our beliefs.Elder Bowers and Elder Peck will serve on the island of Uman. "The Lord has said He will reveal truth to our mind and our heart by the Holy Ghost.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
2 Nephi 32:5, For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.
Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house. >And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. D&C 110:9,10
We testify that this great work of God is on the earth today. We bear witness that the Lord watches over His Church and directs it through His prophet, Thomas S. Monson. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Chuukese people.
|The island is beautiful - you can see the LDS Church and the missionaries house.|
The Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
We have come to realize that one part of our mission we do not like is TRANSFERS. We have sent all but 2 of the missionaries we started with either home or to another island. One might think that senior couples don't spend that much time with the young elders, but we do! We work together in many different ways. In Proverbs 3:11-12 it says; When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. We were called as MLS missionaries which basically means proselyting missionaries, they call it MLS, so as to not freak the old folks out. We spend time walking and visiting people with the Elders, we enjoy meals together, we have visits with one another and to be honest they become our surrogate sons. We love all our missionaries and these goodbye's are just a drag. Although we might not enjoy these changes we know that the Lord has a bigger plan.
It is translation night and oh, "what a night". Let me tell you about translating in Chuuk. First, we don't have computers with the right programs needed to do the work correctly. Next, we only have one that actually lets us download on it so the team can do some work. Then we have technology that does not give the gift of dependability on this tiny island in the middle of the Pacific. Not to mention the fact that we don't know anything about the programs they want us to use and we need to learn them to teach the team. However, we absolutely love this group of people and know how important this work is. Our heart goes out to the man and woman in charge, Alberto and Susan, they deal with all the islands and we all have the same or similar problems.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This is a post off of Elder Laperouse blog when these two Elders were companions: I found it fitting for this farewell post! There are days that Elder V and I wake up on our sleeping pad/cot/ mattress thingy (we sleep on the floor) and both make the comment that we feel like we are camping. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be in this mission. For this experience, and for this trust. I've met too many people, missionaries, and locals alike, and seen and done many things that have changed my life forever! I can't believe there's only a year left. Time is so short. I love you all...Oh! I forgot to mention how strong the Brotherhood is between all the Chuuk Elders. It reminds me of the Squirrels. In Chuukeese custom there are "Promise Brothers", which is the Chuukeese equivalent of blood brothers. The Elders in the Chuuk Zone treat everybody as such. Our own Chuuk Island family. There are no individuals in this Zone, and our relationships emulate island custom. Elder Braydon Lapeyrouse
Both Elder Valinotti and Elder Laperouse left our Zone back in April to teach on different islands. Both of these Elders are great youngmen, and we enjoyed getting to know them. We have missed them in Chuuk but know they have done amazing work on the other islands. They will be returning back to the states this week. ”
This is our 2nd Temple class on this island and this group is part of the Mwan Branch.
"Esmeit and Kinomy Otup" This couple are parents of the most adorable little girls. The girls speak English pretty well because they attend private school. I have them help me teach Primary so the other kids know what I am doing. "Lost in translation sometimes" Kinomy speaks English pretty well, although she doesn't think so. Esmeit is one of our boat drivers. He also drives a taxi here on Weno. He speaks enough English to get things done, but that's all. We have really grown to love this family and we are excited that they will be sealed together for time and all eternity.
What can we tell you about this awesome lady. We love Tasiana very much. She is the mother of ten children. Her husband is not active. He is a police officer here. We invite him each week to come to class and pray that he will soon. Tasiana has served a mission, but back when she did they did not have to get endowed to serve so this will be her first temple trip. She really wants her husband to go with her and we are all praying for this to happen. Tasiana speaks really good english and she always has something funny to say. She has a wonderful laugh.
"K.C. Techuo and Emylynn Walter"
These beautiful girls we truly love. K.C. is one of Raiton and Malinta's daughters, not legally, but here in Chuuk you can take someones kid and raise them if you don't think their actual parent is doing a good job. It's perfectly legal! Anyway, K.C. is a doll. She speaks English well and comes to all the classes to support Emylynn. Emylynn is another one that is adorable. She is a Walter and lives across the street from the Church. She is now attending the local college and waiting for a letter of acceptance to BYU Hawaii. She speaks English really well and is a smart girl. She is now part of the translation team and that is why she is planning on going to the temple at this time.
"Riaton and Malinta Alik"
Now this couple we truly love, we met this couple while doing the GPS work with the ZL's and we just made a connection with them. Raiton does not have a job but at home he works very hard. Same with Malinta. They have 1 son and 8 daughters. They are now raising a grand-daughter. Each of the girls speak English well and they are all sweethearts just like mom and dad. Both Riaton and Malinta speak English pretty well, although if someone else is speaking, Malinta will not even let you know she knows what your saying. But she does. Malinta is always laughing and has such a great laugh. She is also part of the CWC group. Raiton lived in Saipan for awhile and learned a lot of English there and is also on the translation team.
We so love this lady. She is a widowed mother of 7 kids. Three are living in the states now. Oriko works at the Truk Stop Hotel, where we live, as a maid. She is devoted to the students she teaches in Seminary. This lady is a great example of hard work and devotion. Jubilee her youngest daughter always comes to class, she knows us very well and likes to spend time with us. We love this little girl very much. Oriko has been to the temple once before to have her husband sealed to her, but will be going back again with the translation team. She has such an amazing testimony and at our last class she shared what a blessing it is to be sealed together with your spouse.
Last day :(
"I...invite the members of the Church to establish the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of their membership and the supernal setting for their most sacred covenants. It would be the deepest desire of my heart to have every member of the Church be temple worthy. I would hope that every adult member would be worthy of and carry a current temple recommend, even if proximity to a temple does not allow immediate or frequent use of it" President Howard W. Hunter
English: Taro, Egyptian lily, elephant’s ear, taro is resistant to most pests and diseases. Taro is sometimes used as a source of a very white, easily digested starch or flour. The underground corms and cormels are used for food after thorough cooking, particularly in times of scarcity. The leaves may be eaten (e.g., fried with onions, garlic, chili, etc.)This Taro is of the root, it has been peeled, sliced, smashed added in fresh coconut, and sugar.
When speaking with a beautiful member, Thersina Walter, the other day, I was asking about one of my primary girls that now lives on her island. She was telling us that she teaches the girls music and one of her favorite songs is "I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". She learned the song from the previous Mission Presidents wife, Kayla Dowdle. Faith in Jesus Christ is the conviction and assurance of His status as the Only Begotten Son of God, His infinite Atonement, and His literal Resurrection—and all that these fundamental realities entail for us.