Email 29 June 2014

Bula Maleka!

Well “Nausori” is the correct spelling. It is the largest town north east of the small Suva peninsula. It is right on the Rewa river. Our flat is on the corner of Princess Rd. and CorrbettAve. almost directly opposite of the town on the other side of the river. It is a double story concrete home in which we stay on the bottom floor. If you see it on google maps, it shows up where Waimanu river breaks away from Rewa River, two just past the Navuso rd.
This last week has been really good! We managed to teach a lot! Raisema is probably our best and most nuts investigator! His age just seems to have hindered him quite a bit mentally. His memory barely even exists, but he has some of the greatest faith I have ever seen! This last week he saw a “vision”. This vision seems to have resembled Nephi’s:
The Book of Raisema 1:1
And an angel appeared to him who carried with him an exceedingly large and beautiful pen. And it came to pass that the angel said unto him, “look” and Raisema looked and beheld a numerous people, as far as the eye could see. Fijian, American, New Zealander, Australian, and so forth. All of which were holding copies of the Book of Mormon and while looking up and swaying back and forth as they sang together with one accord “aleluia, aleluia, aleluia” (Hallelujah). And it came to pass that the angel said again unto him “look.” And he looked, and he beheld a paper. And it came to pass that the angel told him he needed to sign the paper. And it came to pass that he did as the angel commanded him.
That was it. I don’t really get what any of it means, but he is even more excited about the church and it seemed to increase his faith! He then started telling us about how he has already died twice…. Again, he has great faith. It will just take some good time to get him to understand doctrine enough. He even wanted us to teach him how to pray to Joseph Smith for awhile.
The other major event of this last week was that President and Sister Klingler returned home, and we now have President Layton as the new mission president. I haven’t met him yet, but I did meet sister Layton. They seem really nice! We will be having a mini zone conference this week for him to be able to meet all the missionaries and interview with them.
The temple prep class has started slowly. There is only one of the three who looks like they will be making it to the temple. We have 3 recent converts who are close to their year mark, but sadly, two of them are not active and we are struggling to get them to come back to church, even though both have expressed interest in the temple. I just don’t think they fully understand the importance yet! The saddest part is that the temple here in Fiji will be closing in October until December 2015 when it will then be re-dedicated. So if they don’t get moving here soon, they won’t be able to make it to the temple for over a year. The only other option will be to pay to fly to Tonga.
That is the fun and excitement of this last week! Loloma levu!

Au lomani kemuni! Moce mada 🙂

~Elder Hancock

Mission Leadership Council for June 2014

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