|Senior Sister Missionaries on Majuro saying good-bye as I left for Tarawa|
|I traveled on OUR Airlines|
Our Airlines flies to Brisbane Australia, Nauru, Tarawa, Fiji, Majuro, and ?? It only flies to Majuro every few weeks and sometimes it cancels on us so you can never be sure if it will fly. That is why President Shaw usually always flies from Tarawa to Fiji to Hawaii to Majuro and back that way.
Majuro is not as wide as Tarawa but they are both around 30 miles long.
|Flying over an atoll on the way to Kiribati|
|Tarawa (note how greenish blue the lagoon is. Also notice it is low tide see on the ocean side and the lagoon side|
|The airport in Tarawa|
|Crowd of people that gather at the airport to see the planes come in|
There were a lot of people waiting at the airport for family and friends to come or just coming in to see the planes come in. The humanitarian missionaries recently were able to build a bathroom at the airport.
|Elder and Sister Bush welcoming me to the Bonriki International Airport|
|A market place where people sell their crops|
|Lots of fresh fish at the market place|
|A cute little girl at the Market place|
|More kids at the market|
|At the market place|
|The Market Place|
In Kiribati, they speak a Micronesian dialect called Gilbertese or Kiribati. The pronouciation of Kiribati is derived from the local pronunciation of the English word Gilberts. (Kir-i-bahss) The Gilbertese alphabet has 13 letters. The ti sound is a hss sound
|The ocean side at low tide|
|The Lagoon side at low tide|
The Lagoon is a lot more shallow than the one in Majuro. This makes it hard for large ships and boats to come into the lagoon. By Betio there are many boats that have become stuck in the shallow lagoon and have been abandoned. There are also some US tanks left in the lagoon left over from WWII.
|An example of a grass hut that the people live in. They have built up the ground on the lagoon side and built out on the lagoon|
|Little Hut that people live in|
I read that approximately 70% of the people in Kiribati live in grass huts. There are also places where the people have built the land up on the lagoon side so that they can put a little hut out similar to this one in the picture. Many children run around naked. One of the missionary says its because they don't have clothes to wear. Many people are barefoot.
|The Zone leaders and a brand new Elder that came in|
|Turian Banimone, Bethany Petersen's auntie|
|A lady who works at the service center in Tarawa|
|A lady that remembers Aunt Jean and Uncle Mel|
|A teacher who remembers Aunt Jean and Uncle Mel|
|Brother Tebwanei, He knows Aunt Jean and Uncle Mel|
|A former teacher at Moroni HS|
|Friend of Aunt Jean and Uncle Mel|
|Sister Cross, Aunt Jean's good friend|
|Teachers at Moroni HS who remember Aunt Jean and Uncle Mel|
|President and Sister Tune, He was District President and Uncle Mel was his counselor when he was 29 years old. He was one of the first members of the church in Tarawa and helped get the missionaries into the country of Kiribati|
|All teams lined up for opening ceremonies|
|Field day marching competition|
|Employees at the church service center located on Moroni HS campus|
Many students come to Moroni HS from outer islands. They live in dorms located on the campus. Some of the students are from Tarawa and just come during the day. It is considered the very best HS in Kiribati by many. The teachers are Kiribati and get some schooling, but the church has missionaries who come over to train the teachers and help them earn higher degrees.
Students are supposed to only speak English in their HS classes at Moroni HS. This helps them to do well as they try to get into colleges. Some of them get into BYU Hawaii. They have a college in Kiribati called the College of the South Pacific. They are encouraged to get some college in their home land first before trying to get into BYU Hawaii.
|This lady was very anxious to see a picture of the grave so I have taken several for her. At first I had a hard time finding the grave because it isn't marked, but as I was searching for it a security guard told me right where it was.|
|Part of the grounds at Moroni HS The ocean is right behind the fence|
|Buildings at Moroni HS|
|Moroni HS campus|
|Chapel on Moroni HS Campus|
|The main street along the atoll in front of MHS|
|Sister Cassita (New Nurse in Kiribati) and I on the Moroni HS Campus|
|A little lake by the lagoon with a little house|
|A little house, typical of what you might see. Notice a cooking hut in the back|