Hey so big news first. I’m getting transferred! I’m going to Tutuila and I’ll be serving in PagoPago. Haha so I’ll finally be able to get some American love. And mail will get to me quicker so I guess that’s cool. It’s a bummer to be leaving Siumu and Elder Hayes though. I’ve really come to love this area. It’s also a bummer to leave Samoa. In Tutuila it’s kinda different. I’ll give you more info on that when I actually get there.
Hey! I made it safely over from Upolu to Tutuila. My new area overlooks the Pago harbor. American Samoa is soooo different. It’s crazy how after you finally get used to something that used to be ‘weird’ and go back to the old the old becomes the new ‘weird’. Haha did that make sense? So the plane ride over was pretty sketchy. It was a super small one where you can see the pilots flying the plane and you’re sitting on top of the person next to you. It was all good though. A pretty short flight. Only about 30 mins. And since I crossed back over the international date line I got two P-Days this week! It was fun to come over. Honestly this morning and on the way over I was really nervous and reluctant to come over. I wanted to switch islands but I wanted to go to Savaii. Here in Tutuila it’s incredibly different. One way my new Zone Leader described it is American Samoa is a mix of a developed Upolu and a ghetto Hawaii. Haha the island is super different geographically as well. It’s super mountainous. There’s these super steep, green mountains all around so that’s taking some getting used to. And then culturally the Samoan culture is pretty weak from what I’ve seen (even though it’s been less than a day (I’ll update you next week after actually getting out and visiting with people.)). So it’s strange after doing all I can to embrace and learn this new culture I get sent to an area where it’s not used as much. Hopefully I won’t forget all I’ve learned. My companion is Elder Perkins from Gooding, Idaho. He’s finishing in August so I may be his last companion. We’ll see! His Samoan is pretty good so hopefully he’ll be able to help me out and teach me a lot. He’s an interesting guy but I really like him. He’s super nice and helpful. So these next few months I’m going to just try and get used to this new vibe in American Samoa. I’m still bugging out how much more developed and fortunate we are over here. I was blown away by a couple things today… 1. The Zone Leaders have a microwave in their house (I don’t even know a family with a microwave in Upolu) 2. The mountains that surround everything. 3. The chapel has air conditioning. 4. The family for fafaga today dropped of McDonalds. 5. I saw an American $20 bill. 6. Cars are driving on the right side of the road and the steering wheel is on the left.
Hey! American Samoa is so crazy. It’s so crazy how much stuff is available here. It’s really different from Upolu. My last area was way more cultural and rural and now I’m right back to the middle of town and Tutuila as a whole is not very cultural. It’s pretty different.