Friday, June 20, 2014
Clark is on left, next is this year principal/teacher Chris, then last year's P/T Will, then E. Crisp. Will will be heading home to Wisconsin soon.
We were told that this family specifically invited us to their wedding in Mechitiw. Maybe we have waved on our way down the road for a walk or to Church?? They live a few blocks from our apartment. They are a very nice, friendly family that is hearing the Gospel from Elders Vehikite and Fabiano. We hope they will be ready to be baptized in a few weeks.
At Mwan building, Sister Teresa Walter gave some "head leis" to some of us. (I don't know the real name for those fresh flowers used on the head!)
L to R: President Mecham, President Wheelwright, Elder Ringwood, Elder Crisp, Sister Crisp, Sister Walter, Elder Obray, Sister Obray, Brother Obray, Sister Mecham.
Included in our group is "former" Elder Obray and his parents visiting from Utah before they take him home with them, and the matriarch of the Walter clan, Sister Walter, center. She is a very sweet woman, having raised 9-10 children, and many grandchildren. Elder Obray has around 55 baptisms under his belt here, and has been a good Zone Leader. We will miss him. We will also miss the Mechams, leaving in a week to return to their family in Utah, after having served well for 3 years. This mission is the largest in area, of all missions. It requires a lot of travel, at all times of day and night (the airline doesn't make their schedule easy for us), and almost constantly visiting the different Zones to teach, edify, and lift. Well done!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
This past Sunday we had our S&I "Graduation Service" during church! The other Branches didn't do much during the year, even when we tried to teach them at the high school. We have decided that they need their own Branch members to teach them, in their own language, to actually learn and progress. So, we didn't invite other Branches in from their various locations, when the leaders wouldn't keep our program going. We will try again in August to get all 10 Branches organized with each a Seminary and an Institute teacher, give them their supplies for teaching, and some instruction as to how to teach Church History without a D & C in Chuukese. We are busy writing curriculum to go along with this manual you see here.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Elders Mackie and Jonas serving in Romanum. The Elders were all eating these "apples" that grow here. They are hollow, and taste okay. I'm sure locals like them a lot! They must give some of the nutrition that is needed here.
These Elders are at Pokocho, Paata.
Here are Elders Schroath and Telona. They serve on Udot, and are a happy lot.