Saturday, March 30, 2013
~ Our greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel ~
“Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, acting in the authority which I have given you, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
“And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.”
We just love these young elders, we have so much fun with them, and as you can see they love the camera but most importantly they are such wonderful servants of the Lords.
Friday, March 29, 2013
~ Coming in through customs ~ Stop elders, let's get the Welcome to Chuuk picture! ~
~ Elder Huppe and Elder Hunter will serve in the Wichap Village ~
~ Elder Peck and Elder Plocher will serve on the island of Uman ~
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Us with KC ~ This young lady has quite the story, she is the only member of the church in her family. The family that raised her have become really good friends of ours. We have had the great pleasure to spend time with KC and get to know her and love her.
Charity and love for one another are best developed when one has a healthy sense of self-respect. Self-respect comes from obedience to the laws of God. Those with a strong sense of self-respect have a greater capacity to forget themselves and love others, this is what Oriko practices.
What greater gift dost thou bestow, what greater goodness can we know, than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways, strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
We say goodbye to another good elder today ~ Elder Allen goes AP
We have really enjoyed serving with Elder Allen. This young missionary has many talents and will be a great AP. Although Chuuk is going to miss him, it will be a great opportunity working with the Mission President and serving the other missionaries throughout the Micronesia Guam Mission.
The Lord’s promise: “For them that honour me I will honour” (1 Samuel 2:30). None of us will honor our Heavenly Father and our Savior more than by serving as a devoted, compassionate missionary.
Monday, March 25, 2013
We are so grateful for this opportunity to teach this adult class, to have heard such wonderful teaching and testimony from one another. We always try and follow up a little from the previous class. Let me fill you in on what's been happening. We were talking about relationships between children and parents and how important it was to teach your children early so they have a strong foundation to build on. When we teach we always use examples from our own lives and experiences. After all, wouldn't it be only right to put aside our own egotism and pride and begin to open that blessed door of forgiveness to those with whom we teach especially to all of our own family?Life eternal is to live in unity, in families, with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Eternal life is only possible through the keys of the priesthood of God, which were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
In the end, we are taught happiness does not spring from perfection but from applying divine principles, even in small steps.
Our Adult class has been so much fun teaching and spending this precious time with everyone. We now have only 3 weeks left here on the island. We have had incredible experiences and have felt the love from our Chuukese family. We need to build their faith that the Lord can transform them into a servant braver and stronger to continue teaching what you now see.
We know the Lord makes His servants bold. We testify to you that God lives, Jesus is the Christ.
Today is Elder Jones' 21st Birthday and we wanted to have our last dinner with the elders from Sapuk and Mechitiw from the other side of the island so we decided why not make it a birthday dinner/celebration for Elder Jones. We don't want to over look the fact that Elder Walters' birthday was yesterday but he is serving on Romanum and we cannot celebrate with him, we can only send a text wishing him Happy Birthday!
~ Elder Jones ~ the birthday boy!
When the Master ministered among men, He called fishermen at Galilee to leave their nets and follow Him, declaring, “I will make you fishers of men.” The Lord extended those calls to humble men so that through them others would hear the truths of His gospel and come unto Him. These young Elders are such men.
We may not have a big apartment but it is sufficient for serving 10 people.
Even if we have to sit on the rug to enjoy our dinner. This is Elder Allen ~ what a stud he is.
He is currently serving in the Sapuk area with Elder Pita.
We have here Elders Obray, Pita and McEwen. Elders Obray and McEwen serve in the Mechitiw branch.
Sometimes standing and eating is necessary but trust us they didn't stand for long. Even these fine Elders prefer sitting down. These two Elders, Huppe and Rainey serve in the Wichap Branch together.
Happy Birthday Elder Jones!!!!
Now with dinner and dessert time over it's time for some fun. Elder Allen trying to learn the birthday boy 's game of choice. They start off with "Big Booty" This game is a hoot and makes us all laugh big booty time.
They are posing for family back home here ~ they said this is a proof of life picture. They are all going strong.
These Elders know their calling is from God. They prayed for His divine help, and they devote themselves wholeheartedly to His work.
Now it's time for a new game ~ We're not sure we know what it's called but it was fun. It might be called the name game. You write down names of people everyone should or might know. You decide ahead of time how many and then put them in a bowl ~ split up into teams ~ We had on one side of the room ~ "The Macho men" ~ on the other side "The come and get it", You're timed ONE MINUTE... First round --- you get to describe the name without saying it, Second round - you get one word to describe the name, Last round only actions. This game was a crack up to watch. Even funnier when someone didn't know the person written on the paper.
Today missionaries go forth two by two as appointed by the Lord, carrying that same message, with the same divine call to serve from our prophet of God. We know this is a divine calling for each of us and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve with such fine young men on such a beautiful island serving the Chuukese people.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
We had a small class of boys today and we finished up the baptism lessons. They are showing the baptism lesson that each child colored and also their CTR rings that they received today. We don't have anyway to laminate here in Chuuk, but we do have fat, clear packing tape. Yup you got it, that's what I used.
One must be resourceful when your on a tiny island. After the boys finished coloring the papers I did the Chuukese laminate so they could take them home and hang them on the wall. Because it is very humid here in Chuuk the paper just won't last any other way. I want these little boys to REMEMBER what they learned,
after all they are the sons of a King and a child of God!