Samoa

Samoa

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 !:)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Roberts Last day on Tutuila







Elder Jones is focused and never wasted time. Its never about him its all about the lord work. You have a wonderful son.. it was a blessing to know and work with him. "












Friday, June 16, 2017

June 14

Well this week was really just pushing the number forward. So last Wednesday the branch total was 138 I think and now its at 144. The total needed is 150 to complete the branch number. So that was just the clerk working to move in reords of members on the island who never come but were baptized a loong time ago but don't come anymore along with another 5 people we found who are like that. we're still waiting on their records which would make it 149 plus we've got 5 people on date for baptism this Saturday. So its been miraculous this week with how fast that number has changed. God really is working on all of these people to get this branch on its feet to be ward in no time. We honestly haven't really done much. We just keep following up with the members on all of their friends and the FHEs we're supposed to be doing nightly when they feed us every night. Those things are powerful. But Nothing has been more helpful to investigators of the church than member families who gather around them to guide home. Its so simple too just bring them over and help them see the joy we have in our families as members of the church. I didn't say let them see a perfect family just let them come inside of a home based on the foundation of faith and prayer and a perfect hope that families can be together forever. There is a special light you can literally feel inside of members homes... No matter how great people are at living a respectful and honorable and Christ like life outside of the church there is a clear difference in homes of the members of Christs church. So thanks to that light the members only can bring to this work that number is moving and the people here on Aunuu are feeling the spirit of the work and want to take part in it.
That's basically the key point of the week. Every night we have an FHE and its so much fun. the most effective use of our time as missionaries here in Aunuu is having the members come together as a happy family with a nonmember family to let them feel that joy. So powerful... 

 
1: just finished our nightly meeting at about 9:45 or 10 ish pm... We don't sleep. ;) 
2:This is the way we get across the ocean to go to Tutuila... well at least when we had stake conference.... now we're not leaving till the 9th of July. Plus that changed from us going to Upolu now its undecided again... So maybe we'll stay here on Tutuila.
 
 
 
3:The game section of the FHE. Its a blast. That night was powerful too. sister Thompson shared her testimony that was a perfect example of diligence in converting her husband after such a long time of trying which is the case fro this other woman who brought her family over that night. :) That's a fun game too. :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 7




1.Us on the boat ride from aunuu to tutuila for stake conference
2: My companion reading the original copy of the BOM at the visitors center sa fai i aua.
3: Me and my main man Fetuao in the back of our van on the way to the ward conference dance over in Amanave