Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 22 - Merry Christmas From the Best Island in the Pacific!!!

Well it is almost Christmas time and it is a great time to be a missionary!!! The last week has been busy. A lot of people are more willing to listen to us because of the season. A lot of little miracles have happened as well. 

We had an amazing week and taught the most lessons Elder Paki or I have taught on our missions... 30!! It was amazing to get back to the flat at the end of the day and know that we did a lot and helped a lot of people come closer to Christ before Christmas. Throughout the week we tried to focus on our investigators and bring them closer to baptism. Well, it paid off and we should have some baptisms coming up very soon after the New Year. One in particular Falili, just got married to a returning member and she wants to pick the lessons back up and be baptized before she goes back to a different island to teach at a school. She is really good and loves the lessons!! I love teaching her and that leads me to the next thing that was great about this week. 

My language has improved so much. I was getting really discouraged and I felt like I was behind the pace for learning the language. Then I was reading in Moroni 7:42-43 where it says "wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope... And again, behold i say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek and lowly of heart." It reminded me of something I read in the New Era about a girl who was diagnosed with cancer. She was praying that the trails would go away. Nothing happened, but when she humbled herself and and started asking that she would be able to bear the trials, they didn't seem so bad anymore. This was the same for me. I was just asking to simply learn the language in my prayers but when I read those scriptures, I changed my prayers to "please help me know what to study for this day or please help me to remember the things that I have studied". Things became easier to me and I was able to start saying things in lessons. Just 3 or 4 sentences at the beginning of the week, but now this morning Elder Paki and I took turns explaining things about the Plan of Salvation and everything I said made sense!!! I'm not fluent yet but with hard work and continued faith I think I can get there before we go back to Fiji at the end of January. 

Well that about wraps it up for my week. Merry Christmas everyone and have a great week!!!

Alofa Atu,

Elder Brown 

Logotaus hat finally came in last week. Elder Harris got him this because he loves cowboys and country music!!! Its an authentic Brad Paisley hat!!! 

So Elder Paki's shoe got stuck on the runway heading to a visit. It was so hot that it melted the runway!!!

 Teruka and his pigs. He was feeding them and we came to watch.

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