|L-R: Patty, Elders Seigafo & Cassinat, Brent|
Transfer week went amazingly smooth, I think we have just about got it down, just in time to leave. We had a total of 14 missionaries from the Provo and NZ MTCs arrive on Tuesday, with only one bag lost in route, which Fiji air eventually delivered. They were fed both with Afalua's wonderful cooking and with spiritual direction from President Hannemann. Wednesday and Thursday we had missionaries going every which way via ferry and vans, with everyone arriving safely at their new destinations.
With only 2 1/2 weeks to go we have started our good-byes. Before our mission I would have never said that I was thankful for FB, as I had very little use for it. Now it is my lifeline to many new friends and missionaries we have met here and who have returned home, as well as to friends and family from home. As missionaries come into the office we try to get a photo to remember them by. It's hard not to fall in love with every one of them, when I see how hard they work both in the very hot Samoan sun or trudging through muggy rainy days. It seems like they are always hungry, and we are more than happy to feed them when we can.
|Elder Ete, Brent, Miriama, Patty, Elder Stevenson|
|Elders Ete, Tua, Mounga, Stevenson & Talatau (L-R) with|
their broom in progress
|Balloon Volleyball with Primary Kids|
|Sun setting on both Upolu and our mission :(|
Happy Thanksgiving to our Family and friends in the states who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. We are planning our dinner for Saturday so the temple workers can participate.
Psalms 92 expresses gratitude and is my scripture for the week. I am thankful for the incredible opportunity it has been to serve in Samoa for the past 17 months with Brent. I am also thankful for the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that blesses my life everyday. I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for his great atonement, for Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness that makes it possible for families to be together for ever, for the blessings of health and especially for the blessings that have come to me through incredible family and friends.
good to give thanks unto the , and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, , hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
Alofa Tele, Patty