Samoa

Samoa

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 16

So I got the package and the cinnamon rolls were all moldy but we used the frosting drizzle stuff for the muffins you sent from way back when that I just now finally used this morning for B-fast at a members house. It was great. But we'll just have to do some baking when I get home. I'm not really that good anymore which is disappointing but I guess all I'm good for is traching in Samoan and baptizing people. But hey that'll be fine for a but longer. :) 
Super glad you found your packet. Now when I get back we can go and save our ancestors!!! :) Schwenke will be so proud of us mommy Jones! :) 
As far as the week and the things we did we made a lot of progress for the week in getting on the same page with the branch and the stake because it seemed to be for the last 3 weeks they were all just waiting on us to tell them what to do and how to share the gospel which we're happy to do but its not the way that it should be with only a six week program. so we had a bunch of meetings and we invited a lot of leaders to repent and get moving on their quorums and classes so now the work is actually going to start moving the way it should. We should be going out with the elders quorum president every evening to work on the foundation of this ward, aka the Priesthood brethren. there are so many men ready they just haven't been given callings or invitations to make their priesthood and worthiness important to them.
Its gonna be a close one because really no one is moving the way they should every one says their waiting on someone else and I just keep thinking the church isn't about waiting its about doing... frustrating but I'm learning a lot about how the church is run and seeing the importance of having good leadership and many other things but that's the week. Sister Silao gave us some nice thick blankets so the weather doesn't really bug us anymore. plus I think we're getting used to it. The cold is because were on top of the mountain and it rains 75% of the time and the other 25% its cloud cover. Its pretty great though because its not just blazing hot. Very grateful.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pictures from the last couple weeks








August 2nd
Today we don't have much going on but we all have to use one computer up here in oloau so the time is kind of fast. today is elder Coggin's last day... its all up to him today. Aoloau is going well, we're just trying to stay effective and focused on the most important thing which is getting people to church on Sunday by using the ward every single day every step of the way. Its going really well though. I miss Damuni a lot though! :)




August 9
As far as the week and what happened... we were soooooo flipping cold!!!! It was ridiculous!!!!! I have a cold because of it and really all of us do except for Vaa sioka. The sisters last night came by after one of there visits at like 7:30 after sun-down and they were shivering... I felt so bad!!! I just pictured Cydney and Cienna and Lindsay and Carlie and you and wanted to just go in my cars trunk to grab a hoodie for them, or just pull one out of my bag like I would always have in the winter.... It was kind of hard to watch. so instead I just told them to go home and wrap up in blankets and do gafa for the rest of the night. so they did thankfully... They also had food poisoning or something i guess. thats what they said.. upset stomachs all day long and through all night long before... But they're better now as far as i know. But the work side of the week has been good.
 But we're living with the branch president so we push on him daily. Just pray for these people mommy Jones. only 3 weeks left and the work isn't moving fast enough.
But I'm learning a lot and loving the work. Love that theres only 4 months left out here and then I get to go and live the gospel! :) 
Love you mommy Jones.

Yes I know there are no pictures. The blog isn't letting me add them but I hope to overcome this tribulation and add them later so stay tuned. lol

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26

Th new area is super cool. The branch is really prepared for this work so its blowing up so fast. :) The other companion is elder Coggins. He got put with us for his last 3 weeks and its a blast together. :) We're really enjoying it. Elder Vaa sioka is such a solid missionary. always ready to go and get it done and do it now. He adds so much to the spirit of the work in Aoloau and really gets into the hearts of the people too. Such a blessing. Plus he's hilarious. :) Schwenke should be back on Saturday and then we'll be in this together again. :)
Sorry we're short on time too so thats probably all I have time for because our area is far away and we have to catch a bus back home so we've gotta hurry. But I'm safe happy healthy and the work is moving forward so don't worry about me too much okay. :) 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19




Elder Mounga is the best! Hilarious and speaks all 3 languages, Samoan, English and Tongan... :) Such a cool kid. :) 
The last one was a quick visit we went on with President in our new area in Aoloau. They thought the kids were hilarious playing with all of those broken bikes.


Sister Hanneman made me banana bread before I left for Tutuila and I was so happy! :) So here's a picture of it. :) It was gone in one day. :)

So as of right now my companion Elder Vaa Sioka just got here but we are not going up to Aoloau until Saturday... So we're just kind of in a waiting game with the ZLs for now. Its fun and nice to not have a ton of pressure or stress on my mind because we're just following them around but I do like to have all this time t prep myself for Aoloau and think about the work that starts on Saturday. It should be great. :) This branch though is a bit different because their numbers are all there but the attendance and the priesthood are weak. so This time it will be a little bit different then Aunuu and Amanave but shouldn't be fast honestly as long as the branch presidency, stake presidency, and the ward mission leader are ready to get this thing done. I feel like it'll be quick. :) 

oh actually presidemt just told me yesterday that he will be sending 2 more elders for us to live together. Not sure who that will be or where they will sleep the room we will live in is so small.... Like smaller than the front room in our house... but it'll work out the Tuanai house was only a tiny bit bigger than the closet in my bedroom at home. ;) anything works here on the mission. we're here to work, not to eat, sleep, or play or anything else. Only the work and having a smaller house just makes you want to leave that much more. leave the house Imean. ;)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Transfered again to Aoloao. July 12

 
Its very true now I'm on to my 10th area and my 18th companion so lots of different experiences and changes but hey I'm loving it though. its pretty exciting and keeps things fun and new and fresh. I don't know how i would do in an area for more than like 4 months... I'd get really bored I bet. ;) 
So right now I'm in Mapusaga again with the ZLs waiting for my native companion to come over and then we go up to Aoloao on top of the mountain in Tutuila. its another branch and a whole new team. The ZLs here are Elder Coggins who is done in a month and Elder Mounga who is from Tonga and is just over a year in the mission. we're having fun and they cover the Tongan ward so I'm trying to pick up on some Tongan while I'm here just in case I need it someday. ;) No bed bugs though just mosquitos in the house occasionaly but nothing terrible. :) 
Love you Mommy Jones

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 4th

A little tidbit that really hit me from Roberts letter this week.

"what I mean is the D&C says that the field is white and already to harvest but sometimes we go and try to harvest people who are still green or not perfectly white. What we do still helps to prune them and till the ground and what not but we as missionaries are harvesters so I don't want to get distracted or spend too much time on picking weeds  and tilling the ground when if I go to the other side of the field the crop is ready to be harvested. ya know what I mean... Eyring spoke about the gathering and the scriptures sure do so I wanna gather and leave all the digging pruning and dunging and wat not to th members who live here because in all honesty thats their duty and god called us to harvest because there are people who are ready especially here in samoa. Heaps of people.... So yeah We do get distracted in all kinds of things and I don't want to anymore. other times it was the language, orbeing liked by the people, or being a beautiful teacher, or knowing lots of scriptures, etc... But it all just puts too much time in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 The first one is Our 4th of july yesteday walking over to a member family all the way in the far back corner of our area. The other one was a fafaga that got dropped at our house last week some time.

June 27

It is going great... We're just here taking the work a day at a time and really emphasizing the FHE's with members and their non-member friends and the time they feed us or fafaga because they're golden times to get people interested in the gospel. Other than that we're just trying to work out of all the problems these people seem to have with being baptized concerning their families and old churches... Pretty fun, lots of work to do

my companion here is great he comes from Tonga and has a little over a month left of his mission and we're gonna finish strong. oh hey i was on the phone with the office this morning and we set the date of me coming home for the 15th of December so Now we should have a confirmed date just wating for them to confirm the day by buying the ticket.

 Sorry this is kind of short but We are in a hurry to get the rest of our plans done this evening. I love you a ton and the area is going really well just really trying to get these 2 wards moving because they're very much dead at the moment... sad but I believe we can help God in fixing it. :) Love you mommy jones! Toe 6 !:)