Saturday, March 9, 2013

Enrichment Chuuk Style . . .

Life in Chuuk is always so full of fun and new adventures. The ladies and I were all set for enrichment this morning leaving on the boat @10am, that's my time, not island time.  You would think I would remember that.  About 5 sisters showed up and we were hanging out waiting and enjoying the morning, visiting. This is normal here on the islands.  They set their entire day up for this event, so it doesn't bother them to wait until it happens.  Around noon time the boat showed up.  Since we're missionaries we have other obligations to tend to so I couldn't go with them on the boat.  Some were disappointed that I couldn't go with them then. 
They are off, sometimes traveling by boat in Chuuk is easier than driving a car.  Enrichment today is on the South end of the island at the District Presidents home he lives near the water.  His mother is moving to the states next week so enrichment was going to be a party for her as well.  The roads are still pretty bad here in Chuuk and the boat is the faster way to travel in this case.  
The Lord knows the hearts and minds of each of our sisters. He knows their struggles and heartaches, their joys and their sorrows. And only He truly knows what will be best for them. Thus, our solution is to ask in faith for direction.  Relief Society Sisters here have all things common among them; therefore there are not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.  

We received a large box full of plastic bags from Chad and Lynette Ellis (former missionary) from Utah for the ladies to use for making recycled hand  bags or whatever they are in need of.  We do have plastic bags here in Chuuk, but most of these ladies don't shop at stores, so there is no way they could gather enough bags to make something.  It would take them a long time to gather bags.  
Our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, has encouraged us to “reach out to rescue those who need our help and lift them to the higher road and the better way. Enrichment is a wonderful way to reach out.
I have enjoyed getting to know each of these beautiful ladies and have grown to love them dearly.  The Chuukese women are very sweet and they have huge hearts.  I was once asked by a mentor of mine, how many people can you hold in your heart? That is how big of a circle of love you will get.  I have learned many wonderful things from these ladies and I will treasure them with fond memories.  I know that the Lord doesn't give us anything we can't handle and these amazing sisters and their families have always been there for us and loved us every day.  It has been a pleasure to be with them and to serve them with my wonderful companion.  

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