|Sunday Selfie - We are in the "Pink of Things"|
Talofa Family and Friends,
Our son, Chad and wife Amy, along with 7 of our grandchildren are arriving in Samoa in just a few hours. I have been so excited, I have felt like a kid on Christmas Eve. I hope the G-kids are prepared to have their eyeballs squeezed out!
This morning was Stake Conference with a Seventy visiting from Australia. Our ward was in charge of the choir for the conference, thus the matching pink shirt and tie. In the states we don't all dress the same, but this is a very Samoan thing to do. The material was hand printed, and then we had to find someone to sew it for us. Afalua came through for me again when she had a friend that sews.
|New Intake & Trainers|
June 1st Brent and I celebrated our 46th Wedding Anniversary. We finally finished with our office responsibilities about 6:30 and made it out to dinner at Tatou Bistro, a very nice restaurant in town. While we were dating we promised each other that we would serve a mission together, and here we are 46 yrs later making good on that promise.
|"Preach My Gospel" Missionaries|
|Samoan Pioneers - Independence Day|
I love reading my scriptures every day and often find several scriptures during the week that I would like to share from my study. This week I was reading about the Sons of Mosiah, who had been rebellious, repented and became great missionaries. They made a great difference in the lives of the people they taught. I see the same miracles everyday with our missionaries in Samoa. Their message of the Restoration of the Gospel and the Plan of Salvation brings great and wonderful changes in the lives of individuals and families when they come to understand the truth that this life is not all there is, but a time to learn and prepare to live with God, together as families.
|l-r: Brent, Patty, Kathy & Cliff Vellinga, Alecia and Maurice McBride, Bishop Pauga|