Email July 20, 2015

Bula Maleka!

So that was a fun and busy week. We had an exchange in two areas this last week. So that was fun and busy. Exhausting too! I’m not use to working in walking areas anymore! Way too much driving. The pedals don’t really strengthen your legs much. We did manage to have baptisms! My last two! Venaisi and Delana. They are two children of Filipo, another investigator waiting for a court case to get baptized. But one of his sons was baptized in December last year, my first Sunday in this area. Yesterday, his two other kids got baptized, Venaisi and Delana. They were really excited and the service went great. Overall, Sunday was an intense day. It was my last to attend the Waila ward. We had the baptism and several investigators from the three units made it down. There were a several recent converts and others that didn’t make it which was a bit surprising and disappointing, but there were some that did make it that made the day extra great. The best being Brother George Taito. He is a long term member where after the death of one of his sons, he has struggled a lot and has been less active for years. We are working to help him fulfil a promise made to Pres. Davis (the current temple president and first mission president in Fiji) that he will go through the temple with his wife before his time ends as temple President. So we have been working with him a lot, and this Sunday was the first Sunday in a very long time that he came. I pray he keeps it up. That was the greatest surprise and joy.

At church as well, since it was my last, they had me speak and I threw in a musical number in the sacrament meeting. It a good meeting. After the closing prayer, they whole congregation stood, and they had me come up to the stand as they sang “God Be With You Til We Meet Again.” That was pretty tough, but touching.

That was the highlights of the week! Pretty much from now on, we have dinner appointments every night until I leave. I’ll keep this email a little shorter so I can email more photos, but time is flying! A lot to do and little time!

Oh, and this week we have a surprise visit coming from Elder Halek of the seventy and area presidency. So that should be cool!

Loloma levu!

Au lomani kemuni! Moce mada 🙂

~Elder Hancock

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