I finally received my missionary name tag written in Pohnpeian. Take a good look at the name of our church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sounds easy enough. Now see if you can say it in Pohnpeian. We just don't seem to be able to put those letters together and get it from the brain out the tongue. The young elders and sisters figure it out rather quickly but we don't catch on nearly as fast.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
We finally took a day off to go out on a snorkel trip on Wednesday April 29, 2015. The Furstenau's and us took a boat from the Pohnpei Surf Club. We traveled out past several small islands to the east bay area.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
This is Bishop Ongesel with his 8 year of daughter who is about to be baptized. She was so excited. She is the 38th baptism we have witnessed in five months. There have been many baptisms that we did not attend. The growth of the church in Pohnpei is absolutely amazing. We often wonder what the church will look like here in 15 or 20 years. We think there will be many new chapels built and a new stake created.
Pedrus Albert of the Sapwalap Ward received his mission call. Pictured below is the letter he received from President Monson calling him to serve in the Mississippi, Jackson English speaking mission. We are so excited for him.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Aaron Hanks from Riverton, Utah needed an Eagle Project. So he was directed to the island of Pohnpei. He gathered clothing (20 large boxes) and mailed them to us. Pictured below are the Ongesels from the Palikir Ward and the Routs from the Kitti Branch. They helped divide the clothing between eleven church units. Big black bags were then delivered to the various units for distribution.
Friday, April 17, 2015
On Saturday April 18, 2015 the Young Single Adults planned a hike to Sokehs Rock the main landmark on Pohnpei. This rock is the first thing one sees as you land at the airport.
There was about 50 or 60 youth that participated in the hike to Sokehs Rock.
Friday, April 10, 2015
On April 10, 2015 we attended the baptism of the Edward family. Mother, father and the two smaller boys. It was very special in that when we first arrived on the island, we attended a family baptism. That was four months ago. The speaker for this baptism was given by the brother who was baptized at that time. He is also the Elder's Quorum President for the Panasang Ward. It is our prayer that the Edward family will be strong and faithful as the other family.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
We have been on the island for nearly five months and haven't so much as gotten a toe wet (except for the giant mud puddles) so we decided that the next best thing to a snorkel trip is a visit to a local fish market. On our last snorkel trip with the Budges and Widmers in Hawaii we saw lots of beautiful yellow, orange, silver and blue tropical fish. And here they are on full display on a Costco type table at a local fish market. You will notice that some of them have small holes in their sides. This is due to a spear.
Elder Bun on the left and in the lower picture received a box from his mother with St. Patrick's Day ties, hats and leis. They enjoyed a few minutes of fun trying them on. With Elder Bun is his companion Elder Kim and Elder Peterson.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
On Saturday before Easter we went out to the Palikir Ward to help with and watch the Easter egg hunt with the primary children. Before the event the kids met in the primary room for a short program. They had a prayer, song and two short talks. A few even bore their testimonies that was very sweet. We had hidden the eggs in either the primary room or outside.
Bro. Nicerio, regional seminary and institute director, visited with us during our regular April in-service training. His office is in Guam. We meet from 10 AM to noon. It was a very successful morning of training. Lenda prepares a meal for the participants. There are twelve seminary and institute teachers from around the island who come for training and to share ideas to help us become better teachers.