Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014,

Greetings from Ajeltake

Sister Chamings and I had such a good week.  Sister Chamings did get strep throat and we were inside for a couple of days, but somehow we still got a lot done.  On Saturday we had a baptism.  Our investigator named Hersey (think of the chocolate) got baptized.  She's 15 and her parents go to a protestant church and they weren't so happy about her getting baptized at first, but they've slowly warmed up to us.  On Thursday morning we went over to their house and did yard work with Hersey's mom.  We raked up breadfruit leaves and collected fallen coconuts.  Do you know that noni stuff that people drink that is supposed to make you really healthy?  Well, those trees are everywhere and the fruit falls off when it gets overripe and it smells disgusting.  The Marshallese call it "nin." Anyway, we raked up those too.  It was good to work with her and also get to talk to her some about the church.  She said that her brother is a member and he wants her to go to church.  Hersey's parents were going to come to the baptism but they didn't end up coming.  The baptism was really nice though and we actually only started 15 minutes late, which is unheard of here.  I think we won some brownie points from the branch president that wants things to actually start on time.

The craziest thing that happened this week is that a couple we've been teaching got married. Normally it takes a couple of months to get a couple married, and the date usually gets pushed back a few times.  Well, we talked to them on Monday evening about marriage and asked them to set a date before we met again.  We studied on Wednesday and they informed us that they would be getting married on Sunday.  We were so surprised.  We had heard from the second counselor in the branch presidency that there was going to be a wedding on Sunday, but we didn't know who....Danny and Mato live in Lomajurok, the place where a whole bunch of recent converts live.  Anyway, it was pretty funny because we figured out that almost everyone knew they would be getting married before we knew about it.  The wedding was in one of the member's houses in Lomajurok and we had flashlights hanging from the ceiling so we could have light (because no one has electricity there). After the wedding we ate pork and rice.  Danny had killed the pig earlier in the day.  It was dang good.  

Sister Chamings and I sang at the baptism and then the next day right before church the branch president asked us to sing again in sacrament meeting.  It went okay, I guess but we started a little low.  Luckily I can sing a little low, and I'm glad I was able to hit the notes and that they weren't too low.  

What else is new?  Oh, we tried some of our tuna we bought last week.  I just rubbed a little salt and curry powder on the fish and fried it in a little oil.  It was really pretty good.  We were surprised.  We think we might eat the rest of the fish that way.  We're pretty sure it was a 10 lb. bag of tuna.  for $5.  

Okay, I think that's about it.  Stay warm.

Sister Butler

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