Seven months on the dot today! Man, time is flying by! Hope all is well with you! So the new area is pretty good. It’s exactly opposite Apia on the back of Upolu. The area is called Siumu but we cover two more villages (Sa’aga and Maninoa) as well. It’s massive! We cover the entire backside of the mountain where Siumu is. Then Sa’aga and Maninoa is on either side. HUGE. We don’t have bikes and buses are sporadic and difficult to catch when you need it. It’s way different from town where I was. There’s much more culture and language back here as well so that’s good.
My companion is awesome. Elder Seumanu from Auckland. He’s been in Samoa for 3 months and did not know the language before. He just finished his training. Put that on top of my 5.5 months in Samoa and you’re asking for trouble haha. We’re doing well though! Haha every day we just survive. We talk to people, do visits, have fafaga, get around, everything that we need to. It’s tough though no lie. We’re both pretty new missionaries just doing what we can to get the Lord’s work done in our area. If it wasn’t for Heavenly Father’s help we would be so lost. That’s just another testimony builder for me. There’s no way a 19 and 20 year old guy should be able to talk to people in their native language and truly communicate with them. Only with God’s help can we do what we do.
I also think that’s why I was with my last companion for only 6 weeks. To help get my Samoan on track. Those last 6 weeks have helped me out so much with my language. It’s coming along pretty well. Everyone says that my Samoan is pretty good but they just say that because I’m white. It’s tough for people like my companion who have Samoan family and brown skin but don’t know the language. They just expect him to know all that stuff. Just reminds me that you truly cannot judge a book by its cover. You never know what they’ve been through or who they really are based on a look.
People are still trying to give us heaps of food so hopefully all of this walking will keep me slim. Say a prayer for this companionship as we struggle through our poor language skills and not a great knowledge of the area. We need all the help we can get and luckily the members are doing great so far. Every visit we ask them to please be patient and to help us out and they’re doing great. Haha we’re having a lot of fun because the best way for us to get through this is with some humor. We’re going to do great!
Love you all. Keep it up. Quote of the Week: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road , and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you’ll be swept off to.” – JRR Tolkien.
This quote is applicable to me in missionary life for sure. You never know who you’ll run into or who will invite you in or who will come and ask for help. We always have to be ready and like it says “keep your feet”. It’s like the scripture that says “stand ye in holy places”. Just some thoughts for the week.
Email and internet back here is really poor so hopefully we’ll get to talk more next week. We’re pushing for them to fix the internet in our clerk’s office so we don’t have to go to a different chapel. Hopefully. Haha Love you all so much!