Say What?

Malo lava le soifua! First of all big shout-out to Big Ben. 16 years old already! Dang! That makes me feel even older! Also I’m jealous he’s in Turkey and Greece at the moment. Samoa is still the best though and all is good in the Pearl of the Pacific.

Elder Seumanu and I survived another week. Haha my Samoan is getting there but still far from fluent. Sometimes we’ll have someone say a sentence for us and we’ll just look at each other hoping that one of us picked up enough to understand the statement. Haha it’s awesome. We’re getting to know families, teaching lessons, trying to bring people closer to Christ. It’s all happening with our poor language skills. Incredible. The people here are forgiving with me because I’m white and from America but it’s tougher for Elder Seumanu. He has a Samoan name and brown skin so people have a high expectation for him and don’t cut him much slack. It’s tough to see that too, especially because people will tell me I have good Samoan when Elder Seumanu is just as good. Oh well.

We had an island conference where they talked all about everything from getting along with your companion to making little changes to improve ourselves. Really a lot of stuff. It was good though. The speaker was the wife of a guy that works with mental health things in the Mission Department. She has a PHD and has raised 8 kids so it was cool to hear what she had to say. One thing I enjoyed is that emotions and rational thinking are opposite sides of a see-saw. When emotions are really high we can’t have highly rational thoughts. So sometimes we just have to let them all out before we can arrive a rational, good decisions. She them gave some suggestions like just finding someone to listen or writing a letter you don’t send. Just stuff like that. It’s always good to get some tips. Especially when you’re with the same person 24/7 for at least 6 weeks. Good stuff.

Internet accessibility is junk back here [on the back side of Upolu]so I’ve got to cut this short. We’re trying to get them to fix the internet in our area so we’ll have our full hour. Love all of you so so so much.

Quote of the Week: “The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost
Scripture of the Week: Helaman 5:9

Alofa Atu,

Doran

Eating fried banana chips and the pile of pod looking things are raw cocoa. The house is a fale cuka (cooking house) that's behind the main house. We take our shoes off every time we go in. There are some main houses that don't have walls like this.

Eating fried banana chips and the pile of pod looking things are raw cocoa. The house is a fale cuka (cooking house) that’s behind the main house. We take our shoes off every time we go in. There are some main houses that don’t have walls like this.

Taking the short-cut home.

Taking the short-cut home.

Rambutan, tropical fruit.

Rambutan, tropical fruit.

Rambutan Opened

Rambutan Opened

One of the roads in the new area

One of the roads in the new area

There's 5 kids from my intake on the island now. July 16, 2014 MTC group reppin' hard on Upolu.

There’s 5 kids from my intake on the island now. July 16, 2014 MTC group reppin’ hard on Upolu.

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