|White Sunday at the Wharf|
Talofa Family and Friends,
It is White Sunday here, so that means lots of smoke as families prepare their food in the umus, children get to eat first, and every one gets new white Sunday clothes. This is a big holiday here celebrating children. It started yesterday and continues through Monday. Sister Barnes got this picture early this morning down by the wharf as people were traveling to the large cathedral downtown.
|MTC Missionaries at the Airport|
Elder Wood from Spanish Fork, Utah is in my niece's ward. He helped me bid a fond farewell to Rat, outfitted in his new lava lava designed and created by Brent, before he was boxed up to send to Samantha in Spanish Fork. Rat was discovered in my suitcase at the Provo MTC 15 months ago. Since then he has been hanging out in our pink tile bathroom. However, he has been complaining that it is too hot and muggy here, and he wants to go home. Rat has been traveling between Sam and I for 16 yrs. now. He's happy to be going home.
|Elder Wood and Patty bid a fond farewell to Rat|
|Senior Missionaries at Matareva|
|Afulua and her Mom|
I started reading the New Testament this week. These are stories that I've heard my whole life. I am so grateful that we took the opportunity to visit the Holy Land a couple of years ago. Now when I read the Bible I have images of places and a feeling of the space and context of these scriptures. My scripture for the week comes from Matthew 5, and is from the the Sermon on the Mount. I can easily visualize the place where this took place. If you haven't already been, I would put a trip to the Holy Land on the top of my "Bucket List."
|Matareva Beach - Gorgeous!|
Tomorrow our new little Colbie will be blessed at church. How we would love to be there!
Oute Alofa Mo Outou Uma Lava, Patty
|Elder Stephenson (R) and Elder Ete (L)|