|David (?), Richard Berrett and Jim Winegar all served missions|
in Samoa in the 1950's. Here they are at the RLS Home.
Last Monday started out with an invitation from Jim Winegar for a special tour through the Robert Louis Stevenson home for FHE. I was exhausted and almost didn't go as I had already been through the tour twice, but it is so beautiful there, that once I was there I enjoyed the company of the other seniors and the beautiful surroundings. They have invited us back any time to check out a RLS book from their library and read on the veranda. That is an offer I am going to have to take.
Wednesday night some of the seniors enjoyed a trip to the local cinema to see "Three Wise Cousins." This movie was filmed in Samoa, and sells out every night it plays. It was fun to hear the Samoans laughing at themselves, and really was an accurate portrayal of real life here when you get out of the city. It also had a good moral - You have to work hard to make a good life.
|Amoa Resort 0n Savaii - a lovely get away|
|One of 5 church run high schools. It is on the island of Savaii|
|Kenny Callahan and Brent throwing coconuts into|
the blowholes on Savaii's coast
|The perfect place for an afternoon picnic|
Our next stop was a lovely waterfall and pool where we stopped for a picnic lunch. The water looked inviting but getting into and out of the pool would have been a challenge. The other small problem is that we were not in our swim suits.
|Our Little Blue Hyundai is loaded on the ferry for|
the trip back home from Savaii
I am not fond of the ferry ride to or from Savaii. However, this time we took the small ferry and had a breeze which helped with the heat. Returning home I was ready to shower and go to bed. Just about that time the Goodmans show up with an invitation to go with them and their friends from NZ, Tracy and Lee, to a great new bistro they just discovered. Brent was game, so with wet hair and no make-up I was off again. Boy, this being on a mission is exhausting!!!
Today is Sunday here. When I came to the office to write this blog, I first checked the email and saw that there will be a price to be paid tomorrow for our little get-away. It will take me a couple of days of long hours to catch up.
My Scripture this week is again from our Sunday School lesson today on "Christ invites all men to be saved." The one thing I love about the gospel is that the God I worship is a fair God, to all people of all times. He loves everyone. This mortal life is definitely not fair - so much suffering by so many innocents. However, God has promised us that in the end everything will be just, and those who have suffered will be blessed if they choose to follow Jesus Christ and keep His commandments.
2 Nephi 26: 24-28: He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
It is a great blessing to be serving a mission here in Samoa. Although we miss our family, we know that they are well. We were really excited this week to learn that our daughter, Annie and husband Chad, are expecting a baby girl in July. The amazing technology we have will allow us to see this new little girl shortly after she is born. I will miss the cuddles, but can make those up on our return. I hope all of you in the States are surviving our national elections. I just catch enough bits and pieces to make me grateful that I am missing it. I am sending fond thoughts and lots of love.