Before coming to email today Sister Chamings and I went to Lomajurok and a bubu there taught us how to make Marshallese earrings. We now know how to make a few different types, so I'm going to try to see if i can get some kimej (the long, thin, dried coconut leaves) so I can bring them back and dye them and make earrings with them.
We missionaries in Ajeltake (Me, Chamings, and the ZLs) are planning a branch fireside for the end of this month. We invited some people from the stake that know how to speak well to come and speak at it. It took forever to contact them because the phone numbers didn't work, and no one has addresses. Hopefully it'll be good.
We had an investigator named Lusiana get baptized on Saturday. She's in her late 40s. Her daughter came to the baptism which was nice. We also had a couple of women get interviewed on Saturday but neither of them showed up at church yesterday, so we'll see what happens with them.
We watched a session of general conference in church yesterday. The translation isn't bad, but the people that read and record it are most likely RMs that served in Oklahoma and never really learned how to speak Marshallese. Their pronunciation was so bad. But they had a Marshallese woman read for one of them and you could tell that everyone in the chapel was listening because they could actually understand what was being said. I guess they translate the talks here in Majuro in the translation office (it's above the mission office) but then they record the talks in Utah, which is a bad idea.
We have zone conference on Wednesday and an area 70 will be there. I don't know who it is though.
Everyday this week Sister Chamings and I have gotten up at 6:30 am (like good missionaries should...haha) and we've driven to the chapel to play two on two basketball with the elders. I don't think I'm getting any better at basketball, but it's fun and it helps us wake up in the mornings.
I leave Majuro in exactly one month from today! I hope you are all staying warm. Tootles,
Sister Ellen Butler