|Grand Baby #16: Name is Pending|
Most of the past week has been filled with anxious feelings for our daughter, Annie, and the birth of our 16th Grand child. Baby Kingsley was born on August 4th at 11:30 pm. We had friends over for dinner and games when the call finally came. We have been ecstatic as we have received pictures of this beautiful little girl. We are feeling so blessed that Mom and Baby are both doing great.
I am still trying to figure out the best way to approach this opportunity at the "House of Hope" where we have arranged to go on Wednesday mornings for two hours and teach English and Reading. Sister Tuivaiti and a sister missionary are covering the younger children, while myself and another sister missionary are taking the older girls. Sister McBride and Sister Anderson are going to go for one hour the same afternoon to present a spiritual activity. The main challenges are the differing ages and levels the girls are at, and the lack of resources. Sister Callahan gave me some materials from ITEP that I am going to review this afternoon. My main goal is to have a program in place that can be continued by others when I leave. I wish students in the USA could see how hungry these girls are for any kind of learning. Don't ever take education for granted!
|Approaching the Island of Manono|
|Drying Pandana Leaves on Island of Apolima|
|Patty and Rubber Tree on Apolima - Now I understand the|
"High Hopes" of the ant
let us hold meetings.
|Internet picture of only entrance into Apolima (Where is|
Elder Schaefermeyer when I need him???)
When we arrived on the island, our guide had to go and negotiate a fee with the chief Matai for us to tour the island - 10 Tala/person. After the tour, which included the solar power cells, we were invited to the home of the Matai and treated to Nius (Coconuts to drink) and bananas. There were little naked children running around, curious older children peeking from around corners to get a glimpse of the strange Palangis, and an older, very ill person laying on a bed in the next room. A woman was there constantly fanning, and caring for her. (Pink bedspread in background) The home was beautiful and noticeably cooler. They were very gracious and it was a pleasure to visit with them, even though we didn't under-
stand what was being said.
|Apolima Matai (R) and Manono Matai (L)|
Today in Church there were several visitors from all over the world. They had come to Samoa for family reunions, vacation or funerals. We also had people who were investigating the church. There were people there from SLC, London, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands....just to name a few. As I was sitting there thinking, I was amazed at how the church has grown since I was a girl growing up in SLC. Today, the majority of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints live outside the United States. It is indeed a global church, with a membership of over 16 million. When you think that it all started with a 14 yr. boy in upstate New York less than 200 years ago, it gives reason to pause and ask - how? The answer is simple - it is the true gospel of Jesus Christ that has been restored, and the Holy Ghost manifests the truth of the gospel message to everyone who asks sincerely through prayer. My Scripture this week is from Moroni 7:35-37:
"And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show unto you, with power and great glory at the last day, that they are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?