Saturday, September 24, 2016

Spring has Sprang (back 1 hr)

Elder Situlia returning home to Australia
 Tolofa Family and Friends,

Elders Tukuaoga. Knapp, Mulitalo & Castillo
Sister Aspinall (Middle)

Senior Choir Practice - We sang today in Church.
 Talofa Family and Friends,
     Fond farewells to six more missionaries this week.  I am sure their families are happy to have them home, and they will be a blessing to their wards as they continue to serve.
     The only reason I have a sweater on is because I just came out of the office where the air conditioner freezes me.  The oppressive heat and humidity outside is returning, and I know it will only get progressively worse until we leave.
Schaefermeyer's Going Away Party - Mermaid Beach
     Today we "Sprang Back" - moved the clocks back 1 hr. - even though we are going into Spring. Apparently the Spring Forward - Fall Back that I rely on at home does not work in the southern hemisphere.  That meant that
church started at 6:30 am this morning and Brent and I were the first speakers. It was also the debut of our fabulous Mini -Motab choir which met earlier to warm up.   I was happy that there was actually people there to hear us, after all the practicing we put in.
      A going away party for the Schaefermeyer's was yesterday at Mermaid Beach.  It rained almost the entire way driving over, and was still raining when we got there.  But after going swimming and snorkeling for a little while, the rain quit, we all dried off, and had a delightful potluck lunch.  Everyone had at least one nice thing to say about the Schaefermeyers, and what they had done to help them.  They have been over IT, and have worked for 18 months setting up internet access to every ward, training ward and stake leaders  how to use technology, and also teaching people how to use Family Search.  They have also been generous with their time and talents with those of us who are less tech savvy, and have needed help.  They have been dear friends who we have shared many adventures with.  Next Saturday I am going to be in a deep depression when we have to say goodbye to them.  However, since they are going home to 11 month old triplets and an 1 more grandchild (They got 4 new grandchildren in a 2 week period), they are more than excited.  Flat grandma and grandpa are about to become 3 dimensional.
Chole's Flying Car - what a great idea!
We got this cute picture of our sweet Chloe.  She wrote in her journal that she wished she had a flying car so she could come to Samoa and see Papa and Nana.  Nothing would make us happier.
       My scripture for the week comes from my D&C reading:
D&C 130:18  "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
 19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come."
  This life is not the end!  Our situation in the next life has a lot to do with the choices we make in this life.  Go to to find out what is waiting for you on the other side.
      I hope all of you survive the debate this week.  I was hoping to be able to watch it, but at this time it doesn't look promising -too much data needed to stream it. I'm afraid the best I will get is the news from ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company news).  That is only if it is a slow week for rugby, cricket and net ball.  Have a good week - do a kind deed for someone who is not expecting it.
Alofa Lava - Patty


  1. Cute photo of Chloe--she is really growing up.

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