Saturday, August 18, 2012

Joys of a Mission

Elder Roger's Family, Hanson's, Mariner's, me

West Zone
  We have had many wonderful opportunities this week.  On Monday we had a couples Family Home Evening and were pleased to hear from President Leota.  He said when they came they felt impressed that they should encourage the missionaries to bring their investigators to the temple.  We enjoyed hearing the testimonies of some of the other missionaries.
Elder Rodger's family came from Salt Lake and we enjoye meeting his cute little mother, and the rest of the family. They had a great time in Samoa touring Savaii, Upolu, and American Samoa.

We also got a new group of missionaries in this week.  We enjoyed getting to know them and orienting them on their missions.

On Thursday we went to ZLC with the West Zone.  Elder Baird and Elder Popham are new zone leaders and we were impressed with the fine job they are doing uniting their zone.  Sister Heather and Sister Tapumanaia gave the lesson on prayer and committing an investigator to pray.  Elder Baird translated for us so that we could understand what was going on.  They are a fine group of missionaries. 

Sister Leota, President Leota, Elder Partridge, Elder Rodgers, me.
  On Friday we went to the airport to see Elder Rodgers off.  We enjoyed getting to meet his family and bidding farewell to such a fine young man.  He was an A.P. and will be a great leader in the future. He has a great mastery of the Samoan language and is loved by many.

Saturday Elder Partridge and I did our bi-monthly hike to the Robert Lewis Stevenson burial ground. (It is great exercise) That evening we had a couples progressive dinner.  It was fun to get better acquainted with some of the missionary couples that serve here.  We played some fun getting acquainted games and the food was wonderful.  We are having life changing experiences in Samoa.

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