|The beach in Ajeltake at low tide|
Jana and Joe arrived here on Jan 8th. It was so fun to have them here. I was really excited to be able to share this experience with some of my family if only for a short time. We started out with lunch at Tide Table and I invited all the senior missionaries to come and meet Jana and Joe. Next we went on a tour of the island starting with Rita and went all the way to Laura, stopping at a few places to take in the beauty.
|I was so excited to see their plan land|
|Right by the airport|
|Its hard to see but there are lots of islets that make up the atoll|
|WWII Japanese Bunker|
|It is right in the middle of someone's living area|
|Drinking Ni for Breakfast (young coconut juice)|
We had the opportunity to go out with the missionaries to some of their lessons. Jana and I went with Sister Huni and Sister Crane and Joe went with Elder Adam and Elder Langrine. We had a wonderful and inspirational time. Its always so wonderful to be able to bear testimony of this wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. Joe met Sam and we went to visit him later and take him some things he needed.
Day 2 Hospital visit, plate lunch, hike to Ejit and beyond
|Jana had her stake make and donate baby and newborn clothes to the nursery. They were thrilled with the donation|
|Me and Sam, a man in my ward He lives in a tent because it's easier to roll around|
|A Marshallese Hut|
|Plate lunch at the BarBQ shack|
|Walking to Ejit and beyond. We went to the 6th islet over from Rita|
|Hike to 6th islet over|
|Ruby came with us on the hike|
|jiiki is a police man for Ejit. Here Joe is with Jiiki and Sue|
Ejit is a little islet in the Majuro Atoll. It has a school, police station, and a little hospital.
|Me and Ruby by the Ejit Hospital|
|Sue and Jiiki by their house in Ejit|
|Jiiki and me by a Pandana tree|
Ejit is the third islet over from the main island in Majuro. It is settled primarily by people from Bikini Atoll.
Jiki makes beautiful Marshallese Handicrafts. He and Sue take care of the Mission President's back yard and walk over on the reef when they come over. They often bring handicrafts. Jiki made some cut little Marshallese hut and gave me one of them. Sue is from Kiribati.
|I think this is jikii's mother's grave on Ejit|
|Our favorite swimming hole (between islet 4 and 5)|
The Graves are often above ground or just below in a tomb like this. Many of them are right in the yard of the family
|Low tide between some of the islets|
|On our way to Arno|
We rented Carry and his boat and he took us to Arno. It was really fun, but the waves and current were very rough the day we went over. We bounced around a lot on the way over. We fished along the way. We caught a mahi mahi on the way over. Elder and Sister Wayas and Elder and Sister Gardner went with us. Elder and Sister Barlow were stuck on Ebon so were unble to come.
|We are about ready to go under the Majuro Bridge|
The Majuro Bridge is the highest point on the Majuro Atoll. It connects Long Island with Delap.
|Joe and Elder Gardner|
|On the ocean side of the bridge|
|Majuro from the ocean side|
|Off the coast of Majuro|
Carry is a fisherman and so he had his line out all the time we were going to Arno.. On the way over we caught one fish and on the way back we caught like 8 tuna. It was really fun to see how they catch the big fish. Some of them were 50 and 60 pounders.
|Carry and Elder Wayas. One reels in and the other pulls the line. The fishing poles stay connected the whole time|
|Its coming in|
|They club the fish in the head|
|Sister Wayas drove the boat while the action was going on. I did too on the way back|
|The Mahi Mahi we caught|
|The Shores of Ar no Atoll|
|Arno Atoll has a population 2069|
|The land area is approximately 5 square miles|
|Jana and I on the boat to Arno|
|On the white sandy beach of the lagoon at Arno Arno|
|Joe's attempt to climb a coconut tree|
|The road that goes from Arno, Arno to Ine|
|Jana standing by the Lagoon|
|The lagoon on Arno. Actually there are three lagoons on Arno|
|Snorkeling in the ocean|
I saw a shark swim by. It was swimming really fast and didn't even notice me.
|Beautiful fish and coral|
|I love the colorful coral|
|We caught 7 Tuna on the way home|
|Here is a good sized tuna|
Day 4 Ride on Marshallese Canoes
Watching the Sunset at Laura Beach
|Jana by the Marshallese Canoe we rode in. You have to wear a life jacket|
|Our Marshallese Canoe|
We had the ride of our lives. The three of us were just sitting on top and holding on for dear life as the waves splashed us in the face and we were drenched. It was so fun. The water was choppy and the ride was fast. Those canoes are unbelievable. The Marshallese used to travel by these canoes to different atolls, using the patterns of the currents and waves. There are large canoes for traveling the open sea and smaller ones for navigating inside the lagoon. Most families had at least a small canoe for fishing.
|Here is where my camera battery died|
|Sunset at Laura Beach|
Day 5 Primary Party at Marshall Island Resort
Medical visit in Laura so more time spent at Laura Beach
Attended a Baptism
|Baptism at the Rita Ward|
Day 6 Church at Long Island Ward
Trip to Eneko and overnight stay
|Long Island Ward|
Jana was able to come and visit the Primary in her ward. She told the children about the primary in her ward and brought each of them a letter from one of the Primary children in her ward. In turn, the children from the Long Island Ward wrote or drew pictures for the children in Jana's primaryhe children sang many of the songs from last year's program for her. (I lead the singing in the LI ward and also play piano when we need to have it accompanied. Jana is the Primary President in her ward in Las Vegas
|On the way to Eniko Island in the Majuro lagoon|
|One of the little islets that you pass on the way to Eneko Island|
|We stayed at a house with several rooms on Eneko Island|
Bar B Q Grill. For supper we ate tin foil dinners and roasted marshmellows. We also walked around the island and looked for WWII shells and real sea shells. The rooms were comfortable and we were the only ones on the island (except for the caretaker)
Day 7 Snorkeling and Kayaking at Eneko Island
Shopping and Museum
Saying goodbye for 2 more months
After a nice breakfast, we all went snorkeling and kayaking We returned to Majuro, showered, went shopping and to the museum. Then it was time to go to the airport and say good-bye. That was hard, but two more months to go and I will be home again.