|Elders helping Brent rescue our old printer|
A friend gave me some good advice this week: "You can't control the wind, you can only adjust your sails." That pretty much sums up my life here in the mission - learning to adjust my sails. However, some things are easier to adjust to than others. This week, with no warning, a company showed up with a new printer for the office. I tried to explain that our printer was working just fine and that we had just paid almost $10,000 WST (approx. 4,500) to have it serviced. That was too bad - the church had a contract with this company and everyone was going to use these new printers.
|Market Day with Afalua|
|Maryon's Bread Store - Neighborhood landmark|
|Elder Gray & Elder Tupa'i 1st Spaghetti Dinner|
Another regular stop in my week is the neighborhood bakery. It is close enough to campus that I can smell the bread baking when I walk in the mornings. A lot of families buy bread everyday, as there are no preservatives and it goes moldy very quickly. Every morning at 6 am there is a traffic jam around Maryons, as families come to get their bread for the day. When we are buying for the mission I will often order 30 loaves and pick them up the next day. There are always vendors out front selling taro, cocoa Samoa, cocoa rice....and big pots of stuff - I have no idea what is in them. I don't buy food off of the street because I am afraid I'll get sick.
This has been a week for dog bites. Two sister missionaries had serious enough bites to require medical attention. Elder Gray had eye surgery this week to remove something that was growing over his eye. Since he is resting at the MRC for a couple of weeks, we had him and his companion over for dinner tonight. They are both local Samoans, and this was the first time they ever ate Spaghetti. They were a little hesitant to try it at first, but they seemed to enjoy it. They were trying to teach Brent and I some Samoan words, and they helped me with my Samoan testimony that I want to use when we return home. They both are hard workers and it was a pleasure to share a meal with them in our home. I promised them I would buy them taro tomorrow, but also that next time they come to dinner we would serve them tacos, another first.
My scripture for the week is another favorite and comes from my reading. Alma 5:14-15: