Monday, July 13, 2015

Ebon Week 22: July 13

It is now 5 months in Ebon. The atoll of Ebon is pretty much a ghost town so it's dragging along. Nothing too significant happened-time is just passing by. I love working here and with Elder Ayala but I'm ready to go back to Majuro.

Some fun highlights of the week; Camila keeps telling us how charity keeps telling lawyer, her grandpa, that there's a prophet today and she won't go to the Seventh Day Adventist with him in Majuro, she's also 5. Elder Ayala got a birthday package sent to him but on the phone call Elder Angilau said he accidentally opened it and ate all his candy. So when Ayala opened up the box they sent us with our funds and Book of Mormons he wasn't expecting anything so he got really excited. Murica's grandkid Alik, is really funny and nust his 4 year old who's always eating. I ask him what he's drinking and he tells me blood. That's what is fun there is also funny stuff happening. Also the fact that I've been here so long I know all of the people really well.

Investigators are coming along. This week when we asked Murica to ask Zebedee to study she said he's scared but reads the Book of Mormon and he talks with her about the lessons. It's a similar situation to Toni, Imita's boyfriend, both have a problem with smoking and know it's wrong. That's what's nice about here everyone is Christian and knows what's right and wrong. People know they need to go to church and keep the commandments. Although one thing they don't understand is living together before marriage. The majority of the other churches don't believe in divorce. Meaning that in a lot of cases of most couples on has been married and is still married if not both. With that and smoking those things are what we have to help people with to prepare for baptism.

Alma 26:28 reads, "and now behold, we have come and been forth amongst them; and we have patience in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying on the mercies of the world-not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God. I am grateful to be in such a safe place with great people. My patience is tested a lot. I am grateful for the generosity of these people. Most importantly, I am grateful for Heavenly Father and for everything I am blessed with, currently and in time to come. The one thing about the verse that doesn't relate is going from house to house, I will probably never do the door approach which makes papa's door approach advice worthless.

Love and miss you guys,
Elder Sweenig

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