Samoa

Samoa

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September 19

Okay so the first picture is my night with the AP'S. I caught Elder Tuimauga asleep after I got out of the shower because we were waiting for the longest time for the office elders to come back. I was supposed to spend the night with them but they never showed up so we just went back to Tuimauga and Tiatia's room. :) It was cool. The other picture was the next morning and basically the whole day I had no companions... well actually President put me with the sisters all day and I was the designated driver. super weird but it was really fun. Kind of like being with Lindsay, Cydney, Cienna and Carlie and mom because Schwenke was there telling me how to drive the whole time as I sat in silence. ;) Super fun.
okay actually the other picture won't load so I'll try gain another time... sorry. It was supper fun though. 


"Last Sunday with Elder Jones, may our Heavenly Father continue to bless you abundantly and be with you as you move on to your next district. Thank you for being a great missionary in our branch, I know without a doubt you'll continue to do wonders out there. Three more months to go aye? We love and miss you dearly Elder Jones...
#RWH"   
I Pulled these photos and this message off fb. It was so sweet and I thought Robert would love to read it when he gets home.

No Salagi is in Upolu but I was misinformed, I'm actually going backside to Malaemalu and Satalo which is in the district of Falealili. Its pretty far but its super nice. We went to see it yesterday and have a meeting with the leaders but we're officially going over there tomorrow to move in. But since last night I've been with Elder Thurber and Elder Richards in Vaitoloa. Its pretty fun they're such great elders. 2 nights ago though I spent the night in the office with the APs which was pretty fun. Who is savili martin??? Is that that one lady who made us all dinner before I left? That would be cool to have more than just me sing but I really don't know how the whole practicing thing would go... But sure if they want to have them choose one from the hymn book for us to sing together and we can figure it out when I get back.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Companions

Elder Kimball MTC Companion


So I got a little obsessed with putting together pictures names and areas of all the companions Robert has served with So here is what I found. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to put this together but I am really glad I did cause it actually helped me remember some tender Mercies and it is so neat to see kind of a chronology of his mission.
Elder Redd First companion in Samoa Served in Tuanuai
Elder Afuvai 3rd companion served in Tuanuai
Elder Sewell 4th companion in Tuanuai
Elder Allen was added to their team in Tuanuai 5th compaion

Elder Vest 6th companion served in Matautu
Elder Vest and Elder Ligaliga 7th companion

Elder Tauiliili 8th companion they served in Matautu (no pictures of him)

9th companion Elder Johnson served in Nuumau

10th companion Elder Mendenhall they served in Nuumau

Elder Allen  11th companion and Elder Alaga 12th  companion Letogo

Elder Allen again 11th companion  Letogo
Elder Damuni13th companion Mapusaga American Samoa
Elder Damuni Amanave, Annuu
I just like this picture of Elder Tuimaluga they traveled back to Upolu together when Robert was transfered.
Elder Tuafa 14th companion Mulfanua Upolu
Elder Vai Sioka  in Aoloao 15th Companion

16th companion Satalo and Malaemalu, Upolu, Samoa

September 13








S for this week we got lots of great work done but also lots of changes... Elder Vaa Sioka left yesterday after president called on Sunday morning saying he needs him for a new project in Upolu. Sad to have him leave but I'm excited to have new eyes new testimonies and new takes on aoloau with the new sisters and elders we're working with for this last week till me and Schwenke leave on Sunday. We're making a big difference up there on the mountain and the branch is making heaps of progress. They've got lots to improve on but their foundation is strong and after we leave the elders they have to stay with them will be perfect to hlp them sustain and improve on the numbers and strength they have in the branch so within the next month or so they can start and finish the paperwork to become a ward. 
On Sunday we leave for Salani to start a new area with an all new team for me and Schwenke to work with over there. I'm excited to see who it will be and eager to go and get the work done over there. :) It sounds really like a great area over there. President Hanneman says that the stake president over there is begging him for us to go over and start the program. Plus I've only got time in the mission left for only 2 more branches. 3 months... :):) 
Love you mommy Jones! Forgot my camera sorry... 
I'm living with the zone leaders in Mapusaga again and we're covering aoloau; elder Tua and Elder Loni Utah and Tonga. Plus we have 2 sisters to work with us for the week. Sister Hansen and sister Ausage. 

September 6


These are all just service projects we've been doing everything. Super tiring but fun and I;m learning a lot plus its getting the elder quorum to do their duties so I'm up for the job. :) hope you enjoy the pictures. 
The week has been good! At church we had all the priesthood holders we needed but the attendance was 3 short... :\ Super frustrating because we had a total of 3 new families at church but still didn't make it even though the week before we had 149... Its so close but its gonna happen. the priesthood is more important to me because they are the foundation but the people just need to be there but I guess they need to do more work to get them to church. But hey I'm glad that you are staying close to the spirit and God is looking out for you because he is looking out for me as well. I'm learning tons over here and just giving it my all to get this work done the way it should be done. The sisters got transferred this week which was lame because they're great sisters and did tons of great work here in aoloau and Aasu but president said he needs them elsewhere so they left. Not sure what else to say... Love you though.

Friday, September 1, 2017

August 30





The first picture is this morning after we went to seminary with a bunch of the young men... We went back on the teachers land brother Tamotu and cleared his overgrown plantation. Its pretty fun stuff we all had machetes and just went at it for like 3 hours. Super fun stuff I'll never take care of my land any other way.. ;) The other one was last night on the way home in the back of Sili's truck as it was raining. That's how its been all week. We got those coats from some of the members here. Its been a fun week though. also this last one of us mowing the lawn of a less active member and a stronger family right next door. We're just getting up super early every day to do service and then we get out to get the word out for the rest of the day. Exhausting but I really enjoy it. :)




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23

This is us last night making a Samoan oven with breadfruit. the other one is a man Named Franky who has completely changed! He's the only non member in his family and finally accepted baptism at the beginning of this month and we've been working ever since. He's reading through the book of Mormon finally now that he got to download it on his phone but before that we would always get on his case for not reading but now he's loving it and its filling him and his family with blessings.
Also for the week God made a miracle happen in Aoloau and Aasu. He changed the direction of the work. before we were the ones leading and trying to drag along the members but now after our branch meeting we were able to get that turned around and change places with the stake and branch leaders so now the work is flying. It'll be a ward in no time. 
Honestly I didn't want to come here when we were in aunuu because when Damuni and I were here before they just needed to get their home and visiting and leadership strengthened. Their members were just weak so that's why it was so hard for the last 4 weeks but now that we got to be here I;ve learned so much as we struggled through the first 4 weeks it finally clicked all thanks to God and continued revelation personally and from leaders. God is the greatest! That's basically the week though. Its been a blast. :) 
Love you mommy Jones and the homies! 


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. :)