Friday, January 11, 2013

Kot epwe non roem ach chu sefan!

On our last day together we got up early and took a walk by the Ocean,  stopping along the way at a few spots to hear a spiritual thought and scriptures from Elder Norton.  
There are few times in your lives when you will enjoy the sweet spirit and satisfaction that come from giving full-time service together in the work of the Master.

With the wind and the occasional sprinkle we continued on enjoying our time together.  Oh life in the tropics!
What an amazing sight it was to walk behind so many wonderful worthy friends serving and making sacrifices to serve the people on each of their respective islands whom they have all come to love dearly. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is our greatest privilege to return His love through sacrifice and service and claim His holy promise: “And whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again, even life eternal".
There were many fascinating things to see like this little hermit crab that climbed into the top of a plastic bottle to keep safe.    (you can't see me)

Breakfast was set up for us all after our walk by Elder and Sister Norton and Brother and Sister Bergess.  As usual the food was fantastic!

It was a lovely way to end the conference sheltered under the outstretched limbs of trees less than 50 feet from the ocean.  We were able to enjoy hearing testimonies from the couples who will be finishing their missions soon, although the weather threatened to make us wet a couple of times we enjoyed each others company without disruption. 

It has been a pleasure to serve with these couples. Each one brings a different strength to the mission that is very much needed in the field. 
When we were at the MTC we were asked the question, "What would you say to someone who was thinking about going on a mission"?  
Our answer, Just Do it! “Our decision to go on a mission brought new vigor, new emotions, new friends, new places and new challenges. It has brought us closer together as husband and wife. We have a common goal and a real partnership and best of all, it has brought new spiritual growth, instead of spiritual retirement.
As we say in Chuukese ~ Kot epwe non roem ach chu sefan! 
and in English ~God be with you until we meet again!

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