Saturday, July 9, 2016

4th of July at Nu'umau Beach - Gotta love those
Schaefermeyers who do everything with a flair!
 Talofa Lava Family and Friends,
      The 4th of July was celebrated in high style with the Senior Missionaries at Nu'umau Beach. We closed the office at 1 pm and by 2 pm we had arrived at the beach where the Schaefermeyers and Gillettes had set up tables and chairs in the water, red,white and blue ballons added a festive touch and Rusty's handcrafted Bar-B-Q was sitting out in the water ready for hamburgers and hotdogs.  60's tunes (my favorites), were broadcast out across the water, and salads, desserts and chips were potluck. As the tide came in we just kept moving the tables, until by the time we left the water was up to the 2nd post.   We had a wonderful time celebrating the greatest country on earth!
Senior Missionaries 4th of July Picnic
After lunch Brent and I swam out to the small island in the background.  On the backside we saw several of the bright blue starfish, several sea slugs, and a few fish.  It was not the best snorkeling but it was good exercise, especially for Brent, who often pulls me through the rough spots.  Gotta love that man!
      Saturday Brent and the Senior Men had a male bonding experience going scuba diving.  It was pretty pricey at $350 WST. After some instruction in a pool, they were taken out in the ocean. I was disappointed that they didn't see anything cool like a shark or a whale for that price, but they still had a good time.
Bright Blue starfish are common but still pretty!
 I got up early Saturday morning and participated in the ward's "Fit for the Kingdom" 5K run/walk.  It was almost the exact route I walk every morning by myself, so it wasn't strenuous.  I enjoyed walking with Shanna and Linda, and our mouths got as much exercise as our legs.
       Tomorrow starts another transfer week, and the stress is already building.  We are expecting 16 new missionaries, and will have an additional 16 missionaries come into the office as trainers; that equals 32!  They start arriving tomorrow and the mission president is off island until Tuesday afternoon.   The logistical planning for housing, feeding, training, transporting, by van boat and plane, makes for a interesting week.
"Fit For the Kingdom" Activity at Pesega
We were finally able to arrange a set time for volunteer work at the Children's Shelter.  The plan was for us to go in and assist the teacher with tutoring kids in reading, English, math and writing.  There is one teacher for over 50 kids of all different ages.  They forgot to mention that the kids were on "Winter Break" last week, so we just had to improvise large group activities.  I am looking forward to this weekly opportunity, and hopefully we can make a difference for the good.  We will go in every Wednesday from 1-2 pm, which isn't much, but it is a foot in the door.
Linda Spencer, Patty, Shanna Schaefermeyer
Slow but Steady finished the race!
        My scripture for the week is from the "The Family Proclamation To The World" that was issued by the Prophet and 12 Apostles in 1995.  It came to mind last week after returning home from the shelter, and also in reflecting on the direction our country is going.  If you want to read the entire text you can Google it or go to

"WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."
I am again saddened as I hear about this past week's happenings in the United States.  It is obvious to me that we continue to see these atrocities because of the breakdown of the family.  If we want to have peace in our nation, we need to keep the commandments of God.  Love to my family and friends.  Patty

1 comment:

  1. Finally caught up on your blog. Love seeing your photos - Sue Trench, the Pink of Things - and love hearing about what you're doing. Stay safe and stay well. Much love, M.