This was good as always! Always new adventures and challenges but everyday is still a blessing. Last P-Day we finally went to the beach!! I almost didn’t like it though because I couldn’t swim (biggest challenge of the week!) but some of the Elders bought everyone an Outer-Island food basket. Kinda gross but you know good memories! I got a letter from my dearest Maddie Wilson and that was an extra bonus to P-Day!
We got asked if we wanted betel nut this week, but we kindly puked a little in our mouths (because the thought of chewing was so disgusting) and then explained that we don’t chew.
Last week I also got a birthday letter from Grandma Stevens which was such a blessing! I’m sending her a letter today. And then I got a package from my beloved Alexa Jackson for my birthday also filled with lots of treats and Halloween things! I’m really grateful for my family and friends who support me through emails, letters, packages and prayers!
Scary story of the week: We were talking to one of our investigators and she was explaining how we couldn’t meet and then she was telling us how there is a guy who lives across the street who just got out of jail 2 weeks ago. So when we were done chatting we were walking back to our car and I whispered to Sister Calder, “I’m not backing if there is an Ex-Conn there, sorry.” and as I was getting into the car I hear a man voice but just ignored it because I was paranoid and scared (but I also just thought I was going crazy) and when we got in the car Sister Calder was like, “Did you see him?! He has a gun!!” So I look back and there is this guy sitting on his car holding a rifle haha that was one of the scariest moments in my life! But here we are, all your prayers were answered so thank you!
I had a lot of spiritual moments this week where I am starting to love these people out of my heart instead of as a duty or because it’s my calling. I probably should have figured this out earlier but never too late to start. When we were teaching I could feel the people learning and whether they act on it or not they felt the spirit and we’ll try to keep helping them progress.
We took the senior couple (Elder and Sister Brimhall) teaching with us yesterday and that was fun! They are really smart and bring a really sweet spirit. Also most of you already saw the pictures with me and that huge fish (Skip Jack) but that was one of the best meals I have had since I have been out here. One of the members in our Branch came over to the Brimhalls and made us all dinner which was really nice!
Love and miss you all!
I know I have said this before but just because I get this comment everyday it just seems appropriate to say it again. Everyone thinks that my name is straight up Steven, I’m lucky if they throw in the Sister. I think it’s really funny because they all think I’m a weirdo American with a boy name. Good times.
Last P-Day we had a Zone Activity at the Zone Leaders house and they have a nice little Koyang and Elder Palmer taught me how to rope and Elder Zontz laid in the Hammock and played the Uke, Elder Becraft and Li-Khau made the food and Sister Calder made me a flower lei. Everyone else just roamed around. The food took FOREVER to make, it was good but took far too long since it was being cooked on an open fire.
Right now there are two little Yapese girls banging on the windows wanting to come in the church but there is no reason for them to be in the church so we are just listening to them yell outside.
On Wednesday we had a youth Halloween activity, we did it on Wednesday to make sure it was safe and no crazies tried to come. We went and played a duck-duck-goose type game that was really fun. Sister Calder dressed up as Superman and I wore my black skirt with my cat shirt, is that against the rules? Oops. Half way through this white girl came in the building which was really random and needed to escape the guy she was staying with. So we stayed at the church until past 9 to make sure she was okay and the Branch President was able to take care of her. In the mean time one of the young men taught me how to box. My arms were really sore the next day. Maybe I’ll pick that up when I get home. I got a couple KO’s but he probably could have killed me so we will call it an even tie.
Our couch and table were full of ants and termites so we got them taken out and our house was completely empty of all furniture. So we did personal and companion study and ate on the floor for a couple days. We have a keyboard in our house though so maybe I’ll get good at playing Hymns Made Easier by the time I go home.
On Friday we taught a Philipino family that our member present got into legal trouble with a couple years ago.. kind of awkward at first but by the end the spirit was really strong. The best part is when Juanita bore her testimony the spirit was really strong but of course the Zone Leaders just tried to call us and our phone went off, so I rejected them. Then they called again.. so I rejected them..again. And then they called again so I just tried to leave my finger on the button in case they called again but ended up turning off the phone. My bad. After Juanitas awesome testimony we ended the lesson and I called them and they were telling us to go home because there were a lot of drunk people out and about. And because I kept rejecting their calls they thought we died. We also went in early on Saturday for Halloween just to be safe.
Love and miss ya all!