|Sister Woods and I and other missionaries and President Shaw in the back at the baptism in Laura . Sister Shaw is right behind me...her umbrella blew inside out|
This past month has been a great one with lots of baptisms in our mission. Most of the baptisms are held in baptismal fonts at each of the churches. They are currently remodeling one of the churches and so the baptisms in that ward are held at the lagoon. I attended the first one with some of the senior missionaries. It was rainy and windy and actually I might have felt a little chilly for the very first time since coming here. We met for the opening song and prayer and baptismal talks in a tiny very humble home. Everyone sat on the floor. As is usually the case, most homes have little or no furniture but do have mats on the floor for people to sleep at night. They also did have a little table in the cooking area and a small burner. On it they were fixing breadfruit soup and breadfruit (Ma) chips. We all went down to the lagoon for the baptism. It was raining hard, but kind of let up for the actual baptism. Then we all went back in the little home while the four people who were baptized got changed in a little area outside the house. After they came back in, they all bore their testimony and the Bishop of the ward welcomed them into the church. We sang a closing song and had a closing prayer. It was a very special baptism and four wonderful girls were baptized. On the way out, they gave us a cup of the wonderful breadfruit soup made with breadfruit and coconut cream. They also gave us a little zip lock bag of breadfruit chips. These are made from thin slices of breadfruit cooked in coconut oil. They were wonderful.
|The home where the baptism services were held. It was pouring rain so they couldn't hold it outside|
|Sister Roota and Sister Huni and the four girls who were baptized along with the Elder who baptized them|
|Senior sisters looking for shells on P Day|
|Elder Woods showing me how to fly a big kite|
This is low tide and there are lots of fun shells to find. The tides have been really extreme lately which means that when it is low tide it is really low and when it is high tide, it is splashing over the side of the road. It is really I have a lot of shells (see picture at the end). Between what I have found myself and from buying them from the little boys that come selling them at my door, I have a lot of shells. I am learning to identify the different kinds and to feel comfortable getting the little crabs and animals out of them. The senior sisters in the picture are left to right me (of course), Sister Woods, Sister Barlow, Sister Wayas, and Sister Cassita, the nurse who is going to serve in Kiribati. She spent nearly two weeks with me before she got her visa for Kiribati.
|The cute children at Laura Beach|
I also have a following of mostly little boys that come to my house. They used to come to sell me shells and then I finally told them that I had all the shells I needed for a while. I started to give them a little piece of candy, but it is turning in to oranges and apples slices and pieces of bread and butter. One little boy Dillen, who is my friend, knocked on my door this morning and said he was hungry. It was like at 7:30 am. I gave him an orange and a piece of bread and butter. I got a cute picture of my little following of boys this afternoon. They had all come to get a sucker from me and the security guard came and chased them away. They all went down to the beach and were sitting on the rocks down there. I went to take some more pictures of my house and I saw them there and they waved to me.
|The little boys down by the ocean. Viewed from my front walk. They are building a new apartment building there.|
|Some of the children by my door|
|Some children at their home|
|Me in my team Maddox shirt|
|Looking at coral|
|Ladies in the Relief Society (and a special needs girl)|
|Waiting for the Relief Society ladies to come|
|The Relief Society President Aribella and the Primary President Ann with her daughter|
We have been showing some of the senior missionaries from the other side of our mission in Kiribati around the Marshall Islands. The mission president like to have the senior missionaries see the other side and get to know the other senior missionaries because even though we are not working together in the same place, we have to communicate with them and coordinate our efforts since we are one mission. Here are some pictures of the senior missionaries from Kiribati.
|Elder and Sister Woods with Elder and Sister Bush from Kiribati|
|Sister Cassita (nurse from Kiribati)|
|Sister Tebwani (From Kirabati) and Sister Tominey (from South Jordan)|
|Another cute sister missionary Sister Lewis from the Marshall Islands|
|My shell collection More are in my house|
|View from my back balacony|
|Sister Cassita, Sister Barlow, Me, Sister Woods|
|The Senior missionaires, APs and Allison, our friend from Taiwan|
|Sister Shaw on her birthday|