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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Saying goodbye to Amanave, Hello Annuu!

 So to answer your questions Yes I am very safe as always, the move went very smoothly and we love our house, and yes the group is the same. Its just me and Elder Damuni, the sisters and sister Schwenke. President said he'll send more if he has missionaries available but for now its just us 5. all is going well though we said goodby to Amamnave on Sunday
and came here all in that one day. I miss Amanave but I'm also very excited to come here to Aunuu and be a part of all the exciting things going on here. The people are great and the branch will be a ward in no time! :) I have no doubt. There are so many people who are members with no records herein Aunuu and then a ton more people who are attending that haven't been baptized and those we've been working with already are making a lot of progress towards baptism. 
We don't teach school over here and even if we did it just got out like today or yesterday I think. At church we teach sometimes but not really because the church units here are pretty self proficient its just content that isn't the best a lot of times. 

The package still should get here in a bout the same amount of time but the Jordans will have to bring it over to us because we're not allowed to leave the island till the work here is done. Presidents order. ;)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17

That's a landslide that was blocking the road to fagamalo the village all the way at where the road ends. So they're WAAAAAY out there. That in the pictures is Brother Hamilton and his daughter Tiana who just moved in from salt lake and because their nice house their uncle promised is super messy and a bit destroyed they're living in the middle of no where where sister Hamilton's family is from. So that day we felt like we should go visit them and did. actually ever since word of the storm we've been felling like we should visit but every time we went in our car we couldn't get through due to the HUGE landslide but our car is in the shop so that day we decided to walk and found them all in the house with no food or water and apparently sister Hamilton had been "fasting"/not eating to save food for the kids since Sunday and that was Tuesday noonish.... So yeah that's basically the story but no the branch is helping them out and they've got what they need to live and their house should be getting renovated this week so they can move in next week. So yeah... That's the story. They're recent converts of about 5 years and got sealed within the last year or 2. Super powerful visit. :) Just listen close and the spirit tells you where to go. :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mothers day was so awesome

I received so many pictures this week end and I just wanted to save them for Robert and share them with you. I also got to see 4 videos where he is teaching at the visitors center about the first vision and the book of Mormon and baptism. I wish I could share those with you too but they are not mine so I can't save them. But here are the cool pictures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10

So right now we're working a lot in this area called Fagalii and most of that village is related in some way or another. We have 2 families where miracle have been happening left and right and as expected satan is coming as well in full force. So one family is a mother Maletina a husband Tuufuli and their 6 kids. About a year ago Maletina was searching for the truth and asked god in prayer where his true church is and then missionaries showed shortly after. I don't exactly know why she didn't gt baptized yet but since we've been here much has happened. Sister Schwenke the senior sister is living there by our choose. We wanted to send her in to go and convert the family to build up the branch. after the first day she found out by doing their Gafa that her and Maletina share a relative which makes Schwenke her auntie. We shared the 1st lesson with her and she told us she knows its true and then we gave her a BOM to add to that testimony and she caught fire. She told us she cannot deny the truth and has had multiple visions in the last couple weeks. Along with sister Schwenke. all these visions are die to her husband who refuses to be baptized due to their callings in their old church. So all these miracle have been going on to bear her and us up while we work in patient faith on the father. He's slowly coming around. This lad though is amazing and she has been slowly converting her children one by one. They've each had questions about the church and about why she wants t get baptized and leave their old church and she all she ever does is answer them with a lesson pamphlet or the BOM and an invitation to go and find out for themselves. Its amazing.
To be honest this story sounds lame on email but I'll have to give more details in person. 
Theres also other families like hers too who are feeling the power of God in their lives for thee first time and wanting to be cleansed through baptism but can't due to things like family or church ties. We've had another preacher from a different church talk to a lot these people who are converted and tell them to stop coming to the mormon stuff because the preacher wants to start holding servces in their house. Its pretty crazy but all is well and they will all be baptized without a doubt these huge families. :) and they will be forever. 
So yeah that's a story for ya about all the crazy things that are happening. :)

Aperila 26

So to answer your questions...
THe amanave saints are just like most of samoa a lot of good and a lot of bad but its nomal stuff to work with. I like them a lot though especially the branch president and his wife. THe president is super obedient which is very rare to find in church leaders here so he is reaping so many blessings as he is taking the branch into a ward. His wife though is my favorite because she is really good at baking and she told me last night as well is that she will never get tired of baking for us as long as we're here in their area. :) I was so happy! :) tHE branch is all pretty excited about thw ork thats going on and are pretty okay to help too. :) 
Callings? No the branch has been a branch for along time. Its not like we got sent to start something new from scratch we went to go and support the branch that already has its callings filled to bring in enough people to where they can be a ward now but its not like a brand new are of smaoa that hasn't been touched byt the church. All of samoa has been reached but the untis are just weak a lot of times so president felt like this would be a great way to help and really establish the church where in samoa to be strong in the priesthood. So after we leave too they'll just keep doing what they've been doing and The 2 elders who have been there for a while will stay to help maintain it for a while. 
THe font? Yes technically because we do baptisms in the ocean but the first baptism will be this saturday and then we wont miss a week without baptisms and man its so exciting everyone in the area is talking about this thing and I honestly feel like most of the people in each village is thinking about it. I love it. :) 
Bonding? No not really bonding is just like doing the work... THats one lesson I've learned thanks to president in the work as a missionary you don't need comradery or like bonding stuff because if we're all focused on CHrist then we are united in him but the second we bring in all that other junk like bonding then the work becomes about us christ gets pushed aside and no one comes unto Him, and the work doesn't move forward because now its centered on the wrong people so yes we do bond but staying up in the night and doing those types of things are unnecessary if we are really truly converted to Him and his atonement. 
Mothers day? I don't know anything about it. I'm sorry but it hasn't crossed my mind but until its closer itwon't realy matter because we'll be getting transferred soon to anew area after this branch is a ward so if anything is set up while being here then it'll be wasted once we move but don't worry we'll work it out because its american samoa it'll be way easier. :) 
I like these questions. :) It gives me someting to write about. :)