Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 6, 2014, I Did Not Sign Up to Be a Marriage Counselor

Dear family and friends,

This week flew by.  It's already May!  How did that happen?  We had a really good week.

A number of our investigators are pretty much ready to get baptized but they either need to get married or make their significant others move out.  Some of them have been interviewed and now we're just waiting for them to make decisions...and some of them want us to talk to their boyfriends for them and I'm like, no way, I did not sign up to be a marriage counselor.  We are studying with a couple who's daughter is a member and they're going to get married on the 16th.  The dad gets so nervous in the lessons and he's hesitant to get married and then the mom keeps pushing him to set a date...and then he laughs and makes silly faces and we all die laughing.  He bore his testimony at the end of a lesson the other day and it was really great to hear him talk about the things he knows to be true.  We told them we'd make a cake for the wedding, so hopefully they'll stick to the 16th.

I met a famous author/journalist this week.  Our district (the missionaries...not the Ebeye district) was in the chapel for district meeting on Wednesday and the Beckers went outside to meet some people that they knew were coming over from Kwaj to see the church building and ask some questions about the church here.  A few people came in and a guy introduced himself as an author from the UK but he lives in NYC and he's writing a book about the new pacific and he had some questions about how the church is doing here.  He talked a little about how the LDS church is growing so much in the Pacific and wanted to know how it's doing in Ebeye.  Anyway, I don't think he said his name when we met him but later that evening we were looking at his website with the Beckers at their apartment and I noticed who he is and a bunch of the books he's written.  His name is Simon Winchester and he wrote The Professor and the Madman along with a bunch of other books, but that was the first one I recognized.  It'll be interesting to read the book he's working on right now.  I think he said it'll come out next year.

It poured one day this last week and we got stuck under the eaves of a house waiting for the rain to stop.  A whole bunch of women starting playing music and then they danced in the street in the rain.  They also had a race down the street.  the people are so happy when it rains.  We see a lot of people go put shampoo in their hair so they can wash their hair in the rain.

We rearranged our furniture in our apartment!  Our beds are now in the big main room instead of stuffed in the tiny bedroom.  We also were able to clean up and sweep and mop the whole place, so now if we see any mouse droppings we know they're from new mice and not our old furry friends.

Holy cow, did any of you watch the rockets vs. blazers game where the blazers won with a 3 pointer in the last 0.9 seconds?  We just happened to be a member's house for the last 10 minutes of the game (whenever they showed it here..) and so we got to eat hotdogs and watch basketball.  I'm glad we stopped in to say hi. 
Speaking of basketball, the elders bought sister Tafili a new basketball because they lost her old one.  This one is way nicer too.  We've been playing in the morning again at the church building.  
We're going to make cookies today (we found chocolate chips in a chinese store!) and probably hang out with the Beckers.

Sister Ellen Butler

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