This week has been good and keeps getting gradually better as we start teaching more people. We have three more investigators that we started with this week one couple and the another young guy in his 20's. Although quite a bit this week the majority of our investigators have been gone or busy. It's been nice and rainy this week so it's not as bad as sweating constantly.
Monday we had Family Home Evening at Wanko Jolet's house, she was one of the first converts in the area back in the 80's and knows the elders from back then. Joel and I were there as well as the other elders in the area, Romeny and Manumu'a, we taught them about the Book of Mormon after the whole family went around bearing testimony. Afterwards they asked if we had a game so I quickly thought to play of the game telephone and it was funny to see how much it was changing. I related to our believe in the Book of Mormon and just explained how because of numerous translations of the Bible it can be a bit confusing so we have the Book of Mormon because it helps to clarify the Bible and bit the faith we already have.
Saturday morning we were supposed to go do service at one of the less actives in the ward, Franklin and Ann, but when we got there they forgot we were coming and told us another time. We walked down the road, two houses down, to another woman we started talking to and find out she's a member and asked if she needed any help. We were able to weed are yard and clear up the whole area. The next day in testimony meeting she shared her testimony about how the elders came to her house randomly and cleaned her yard. She talked about how it can be hard with her husband gone but is grateful to know that she doesn't need to worry and looked out for in the church. It's just cool to see how such a little thing that can seem not as significant to you make such an impact in others life's.
This week wasn't all fun and at points can get a bit fed up with everything. The dogs in the Marshall Islands are horrible, which helps justify eating them, always barking and chasing us. Usually we just throw works at them and they run away. Another irritating thing is Marshallese are kind of punks and a lot of children here will swear in English or give you the finger because they think they're funny and sometimes you just want to slap them upside the head. I guess though that we need both good and bad days to even us out.
Lately I've been thinking about just the verse Mark 8:35 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it." Just how I've just given up everything and come here. It can be hard but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else because I am giving my life to do God's word. However in return I am becoming a better person more Christlike stronger in my faith and countless other attributes and experiences I could not gain anywhere else.
Elder S. Weenig