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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Zone Conference, Baptisms, Surprise visit to Tonoas and COMPUTERS!!

A week ago was Chuuk Zone Conference.  Computer "issues" are the reason for the delay in posting.  Needless to say, we do NOT pay for the best internet service here ($200/month).  With 3 pc's with viruses, getting wiped clean and trying to get software back on them; a new MacBook Pro with 1+ GB of updates to get on it, which it won't do the really big one for us... and it not accepting HP printer software for the scanning part, we have issues!
Anyway, here we are at the Blue Lagoon Resort for our meetings.  The Elders love to be front, center and bold.  I am going to have to change my position next time. All I ever get is my head!  Can you find your loved one?

Elder Jonas lead the music this time.  President and Sister Mecham are up front, along with our current zone leaders:  Elders Selander and Obray.  Maybe you can discern your elders body from the back?
Elder Crisp is giving some announcements to the zone, including getting the elders help with a list of names of all their youth ages 12-20 and single.  We are planning a big Seminary/Institute day for all including a service activity, cultural song or dance from each group, and a fireside chat with President Wainis about chastity.  We can't get the youth together for a regular fireside, due to boat travels and dangers in the evenings.  We are all supposed to be in by 6 p.m.  This will be March 15th.
Zone Leaders: E Selander and E Obray gave part of the training for our conference.  They do a good job. They talked about how to introduce the B of M in 180 seconds, as well as other things.  A second blog will give more shots of Mechams, the Elders, and our lunch- yum!
These 2 photos above are some of the latest baptisms.  Mwan and Wichap had 4 combined.  In Sapuk, the previous week, Sapuk baptized the father in the family, uniting them in the Gospel.
Sunday was a very rainy and windy day!  We had water from above and the sea, as we made a surprise visit to Tonoas with the District Presidency. In front shows Branch Pres. Naka, Presidents Wainis, Walter and Joseph, and Brother Masauo in Br Presidency.  We were a few minutes late, due to bad weather, and they were singing the opening song as we arrived.  They were well prepared with 4 speakers, including this lady.
Elder Plocher drew a decent rendering of the Plan of Salvation before Sunday School started, and there was much discussion about the different points.  Since we understand one word in 50, we asked our elders if they were getting it right!  He said they did a good job!  Bottom left is Nefi Masauo, who is our latest missionary to assist.  His name is different on Church records than his birth certificate (which is usually the case), so the Church makes these changes...easier than getting a new birth certificate.

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