Talofa Lava. That is the Samoan greeting similar to "Aloha" in Hawaii. Good News! We got an R.N. to come into the office on a part-time basis starting tomorrow. She was the school nurse here at Pesega for 15 yrs. and just retired from working at the local hospital. It will be so nice to be relieved of nursing duty that I am really not cut out for. That means I won't have to give Sister Asiata her Hep A injection. (That was not going to happen anyway, even though Dr. Olsen assured me that I could do it if needed.) Last Thursday afternoon Sis. Hannemann (President's wife) came into the office in a panic. She had she learned that one of our missionaries was suppose to go to the hospital every 28 days for some kind of injection. Apparently he had had rheumatic fever as a child and had taken them for years before his mission. Since they were going off island, could I please take him to the hospital the next day for this shot. The nurse, that left last month, had never followed up on getting him the injections. He told me that he had been so worried because he had not had an injection since May and he was scared he was going to die. The Elder is from Savaii (another island in Samoa) and had never been to the hospital in Upolu. So, let me get this straight: "I am taking you to a hospital where you have never been before, to get a shot that you don't know the name of, that you have no prescription for, and you might die if you don't get it???" When we finally found the right clinic, there was a male nurse I had met at the bank a few days ago. He is a return missionary who went to El Salvador. He took the Elder right in, ahead of everyone else, and five minutes later the Elder came out happy; he had gotten his shot. I count that as a tender mercy from the Lord.
|The McBrides at Aggie Greys|
Last Monday for FHE the McBrides presented a slide show from Saudi Arabia and Oman. Before coming to Samoa they had lived in Saudi Arabia for five years, working with a multi-national team on securing the oil refineries from terrorist attacks. While there they took two trips, following a possible trail used by Lehi's family in the Book of Mormon. It was a fascinating presentation with pictures of what some people believe are the Valley and Mountain of Laman and Lemuel, and also the land Bountiful where there was an ancient ship building industry.
|Jacobs Farewell Party - Aggie Greys|
|Giant Clam Bay - Yes - it is this beautiful!|
|These trees are actually fence posts that have grown into trees.|
The barbed wired goes right through the middle of them.
|Elder Lata with the Branch President & Family|
|Sunset at Aggie Greys|
|Flowering Tree on Campus|