|American Samoan Sisters sharing breakfast in our home|
Dear Family and Friends,
Talofa Lava and Happy New Year! The best part of the holidays being over this year is that there is no tree and decorations to take down and store. We had a busy week with our Sisters conference on Wed. Almost all of our sister missionaries were able to attend, except the ones serving on Manua, as the ferry was out of service. It was wonderful to meet with these beautiful young sisters, hear their testimonies and be able to share some thoughts with them. The sisters from American Samoa had to stay over night, so we took advantage of that and had them over for breakfast before they caught their plane back home.
|Kokobananas is similar to a tree house - only with very good food!|
|You can't see the beautiful ocean that is only steps away.|
"Return to Paradise Resort" New Year's Day
|Cindy and Rusty Gillette from Idaho. Rusty found|
this dried up crab on a rock.
Brent and I have found another great book to fill our evenings, "Samoa-an historical novel." It is fascinating to learn about the history of the Samoan people who were sailing the open seas in dug out canoes using the stars, birds, ocean currents and sea animals to show them the way, over a thousand years before the Europeans or Asians dared cross open waters. It is helping us to understand the unique culture of the people here.
I enjoyed reading Jeffrey R. Holland's talk this week "Remember Lot's Wife." All of us have been given the gift of a new year, a new chance to do things better. Elder Holland's advice is to not dwell in the past, but to learn from it, cherish the memories and move forward. If you need a good New Year's read I can recommend this - you can find it online. My scripture for the week is taken from this talk, Philippians 3:13-14:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but one thing forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I send my love and wishes that your homes may be peaceful, your health good and your families happy. Happy New Year! Patty