|Letter from Chloe saved my day.|
Boy! It was a pretty tough week! Tuesday the stress of everything that had piled up over transfer week overwhelmed me. In between fighting back tears and fighting the urge to roll up in fetal position under my desk, a letter from my little Chloe arrived and saved the day. President Hannemann, sensing that I was about to break down, had Elders Stevenson and Ete come in and work until 11 pm one night, inputting all the baptisms into the computer. Wednesday morning my computer screen was covered with these sweet notes. I love our missionaries!!! The rest of the week went much better.
Thursday evening the Senior missionaries were invited to attend the annual Robert Louis Stevenson dinner. This is quite the gala affair, with government officials, diplomats and all of the Miss Samoa contestants, one of whom will
event, it is Jim Winegar, also a return missionary, who is the heart of this annual event, and I would even say the effort to keep the memory of Robert Louis Stevenson alive. Every year he is a most gracious host. I was pleased that Joe Keil and Robert Schafer surprised Jim with a much deserved accolade and a standing ovation. He has invited all the Senior Missionaries to a FHE tomorrow night at the museum for a private tour.
One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Robert Schaefer, the author of Samoa - A Historical Novel. Brent and I both read the book when we first got here, and it brought the history of this amazing country into focus for us. I started reading it again, and am enjoying it more the 2nd time, as I am now familiar with many of the places and things in the novel. For any of you who have connections to Samoa in any way, I strongly recommend this book.
A few weeks ago, I had this great idea to start a Senior Missionary choir. Sister Davis and her husband are serving here as volunteer dentists, and they are also both very musically talented. I have been happy that I recruited them and Elder Schaefermeyer to help us learn a song to sing in church on the last Sunday of Sept. That means that I have choir practice in about 15 minutes, so will need to wrap this up.
It was easy to find my scripture for the week, as it was in my reading and is so appropriate for this time as the United States prepares to elect our next president. It is found in D&C 98:5-10:
"And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
|Brent, Afalua and Patty at the RLS Home|