Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 14, 2015: Loving Ebeye

Continually preparing for Christmas in the Marshall Islands. The Branches have started practicing beat. Elder Soromon have been trying to go but it's usually past curfew. Ebeye is the best and keeps getting better and better. 
   Being District Leader is really fun here. It's nice I'm just with a bunch of missionaries who want to work hard and do good. Also get to prepare trainings for the meetings every week so it's pretty fun. The AP's asked me to do radio calls to do the outer islands of Ujae and Lae to check up and grab their stats. If you think you know a language try understanding it over the radio, you know nothing. 
   This weekend we had our mission President along with the AP's come out to Ebeye. It was so nice to see Salanoa, my MTC companion, for the first time since the beginning of the mission. Definitely one of my favorite people and it made my week being able to see them. We went on splits for a couple hours and Salanoa fell asleep so it was just like the MTC all over again. 
  This week Soromon have been getting up at 5am to go and get the youth and some less actives and investigators to seminary by 6am. I set my alarm and titled it 'behold your little ones' it's pretty exhausting but definitely worth it to see them going. After seminary we'll play volleyball with the youth and other elders before going back and showering. We'll do some studies and then usually get out of the house a little after 10am and just work until nighttime usually 7-8 then go eat and hang out with members. We're pretty exhausted so right today has been a lot of sleeping and being lazy. 
   Church again was pretty fun. Saturday night we had our lesson plan and already to go. Second hour of church we get told the youth needs a teacher. I left Soromon with the new member class and taught the youth. It was way cool because I've noticed how a lot of youth say "I know Joseph Smith restored the church when he was 14 years old." Taught a good lesson to explain the restoration and those ten years between the first visions and the church actually being restored and how it took time and all that happened in that time. The youth now say "I know Joseph Smith restored the church when he was 24 years old." I really do love the youth and the fact that we get to teach in Church. Our President told us how Ebeye is only 50 some names from becoming a stake. In District Meet we found out a bunch of people will be getting baptized so we're planning for the 26th if not Christmas Day to do a white Christmas, with a dozen or so being baptized, so it's all very exciting. 

S. Weenig

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