Email 31 Dec 2012

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka! Marautaka na Siga ni Sucu!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and is about to have an awesome New Year! I’m surprised at how many times you can watch Mr. Kruger’s Christmas and not get sick of it! Probably just because I like the music a bunch. So I’m gonna be in the year 2013 before you all and 99% of the world! haha! The TRUE international date line (straight, not bent) runs straight through Vanua Levu! So I’m right at the start!
Were there any big riots or freakouts about the end of the world on the 21st in America? Most people here knew about it, but no one really cared. The Jehovah’s Witnesses even passed out magazine about it! And they passed out another talking about why Christmas is a terrible holiday and how they don’t celebrate it. I find it kind of interesting to hear some of their views, but for the most part, it just doesn’t make sense! haha, I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! Everything just makes sense! The Church is true, in case you were wondering.
This last week has been pretty tough in terms of teaching. We haven’t been able to see any of our main investigators for awhile now and same with our recent converts. It’s like we are either being avoided, or potentially, everyone actually is busy! Suva is the busiest place in Fiji, but it is still Fiji… Anyway, we have had very poor numbers of lessons the last while and are struggling to get them up! But just yesterday (Sunday) we received a great referral! Three boys (9, 10, and 11 years) have been coming to church and attending the LDS Primary school here, they are interested, and their parents want them to get baptised! So we got 3 new investigators, PLUS we sat down with the mothers of each of them as well and they seem to be interested themselves! One seems to have no understanding of faith, so we are gonna be working extra hard with here to gain some. She wanted to know if their was more evidence that Jesus was resurrected! The bible just says that he rose up on the third day, but “where is the proof?” Haha, I have to admit, I was thinking “Oh, let me just pull out the photo I took with him and Peter! Then we can take my time machine to go see!” 😛 at first. But we talked to her a bit about faith and how even many who saw Jesus work miracles didn’t believe. We then taught about prayer and how the Holy Ghost can convince us more than any evidence can. She admitted that she has never really prayed about anything specific like that before. She didn’t seem completely satisfied with the answer we gave, but I know with a tiny hint of faith, in time she will receive faith. So after that, we added 2 new investigators to the referral of 3! It made it a pretty good day.
Another great part of the week was that we finally made contact with Walo again! We haven’t seen or heard from him for weeks and just the other day we decided to stop by! He seemed hesitant to sit with us at first, so we sat down with a ton of visiting kids at first and he had them listen to us because they didn’t go to church. But as we taught a short lesson on the Plan of Salvation, he heard a bit and got more interested again and sat down too. I was hoping he would because his wife died a couple years back and I knew it could help. He still seems hesitant and he said he’d call us when he wasn’t busy after the holidays, but we will see. It just stinks that we had that incredible lesson with him weeks ago about the Book of Mormon, and then suddenly he was avoiding us. If he keeps avoiding us, we may just have to drop him for now, but I hope the lesson yesterday sparked something back up in him.
Yes, Fiji does celebrate New Years! They are some of the first to like I mentioned! haha. Every year here in Suva they do a huge street party and a fireworks show. Sadly, we won’t be able to see the party at all 😛 we are not sure if we’ll be able to see the firework show from our flat yet. We’ll find out! Plus, Suva 3rd ward is doing a big combined FHE and dinner, then a dance till midnight! We are going to be teaching the FHE lesson and eating there, but then going home as the dance starts 😛 Not sure what we are gonna share yet….
I do find myself thinking about stories like that whenever I have a rough day! I’m just praying that I am doing something that will touch someone’s heart and make a difference! I also keep trying to think about the quote from John Bytheway “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a seed.” It is true that your influence feels pretty small a lot of the time, but when you look at the big picture, it is incredible what the mission work does collectively! One area may only make a Tiny bit of progress, but you add it all up and there are hundreds of baptisms happening all over! It is just a giant team effort, and the result of one is small, but the team effort works miracles! Like the honey bees that Elder Ballard talked about last conference!
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Au lomani kemudou kece! Au lomani iko na noqu na! Marautaka na Yabaki Vou! Dou moce!

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