Flights, Fasting and trying not to Fall Asleep

Merry Christmas!

This week went really well! I accomplished my goal of not cooking a turkey. On p-day we went on a little stroll (closest thing to a hike we have on Yap) and it was to the top of a hill and we sat in a Koyeng and ate pizza. It was really fun, but on the way down Sister Calder started to feel really sick. I didn’t pay much attention because she says she feels sick after every meal but this time she was actually sick so I felt really bad. Once we got home she had to lay in bed because she felt like she was going to throw up and so we couldn’t go out teaching. The Zone Leaders came over and gave her a Priesthood blessing. After the blessing she stood up said thank you and ran to the bathroom and threw up! It was pretty funny but I felt really bad.
This weekend was the Canoe Festival which looked really fun but we were busy at work, no time to enjoy it. Lots of people in our area though so that was great. My language is getting better slowly but surely. I’m getting better but I can only say some sentences during the lesson it’s still really hard for me to understand.
Well we have some baptisms coming up on the 19th that we are soo excited about! One is a lady name Mary and her husband is a member (really less active) and she gave up betelnut and her son is going to get baptized too. I think that they adopted us as their children here because they gave us fish and candy. The best thing about her is she doesn’t even really care about the baptism too much because she is just looking forward to the temple in a year! She always says to me, “You are so going to cry when you see me leave to go to the temple!” And our other one is a girl named Christine who is a 23 year old girl and she also gave up betelnut and is working out moving out of her boyfriends house. We are so excited for them, it’s the best Christmas present ever!
On Saturday we worked all day and then came home, cleaned our entire appartment and I went to sleep for an hour and Sister Calder painted. We had to pick up the Elders and then we headed to the airport and got there at 2am. The plane left at 4am and we landed around 5. It was steak conference in Guam and we got to hear from a different member of the 70: Elder Whiting. It was really cool to listen to him talk about Agency and choosing to follow God’s will.
Then came the meeting which went well but a lot of the leaders from other islands couldn’t make it because their flights got canceled so it was a small group. It’s really hard to travel, fast and focus until 6pm at a long church meeting. But it’s true, when you fast you really are filled with the spirit instead, I survived and dinner was delightful.
We just got done bowling which was fun. I did pretty good for a girl vs Elders. I got a strike and a couple spares and the second game I even scored over 100. I get too competitive on P-day haha
Really grateful for this Christmas season and can’t wait to talk to my family in just a couple weeks!
Love and miss you all, thank you so much for the prayers I feel them everyday!
Sister Steven
Pictures:
1. Zone hike
2. “That’s Mahogany”
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Gu Pir Di Em, Ngam Mo

Well this week was craaaaaazy, crazy awesome!

Being Sister Stevens.. I pulled a Sister Stevens: We were walking up to an investigators house and while I was talking to Sister Calder about how much I love strechy skirts I tripped on a rock and fell down! It was super funny though because I fell really fast and went right into child’s pose! Haha we were sitting there laughing for a little while.
This one is for all the RM’s who watched the District 2 on their missions. So as you all know Elder Tuituu is from Guam. So I have got to meet him a couple of times when I was there. But last week he was on Yap because he works for the church doing Physical Facilities. I have never mentioned the District to him before but I’m not going to lie every time we see each other it is awkward because he looks at me like “You think you know me, but you don’t.” and I’m just looking at him like, “HEY! I KNOW THAT GUY!” But it was good because we finally had a full conversation about the buses. So now I really do know that guy.
We also were with our member present Juanita this week and she got her hair chemically straightened and so I was telling her how pretty she looked and some how we started talking about me hair and she just said, “Your hair is like a compass: north, south, east, west! Where am I?” hahaha I got a good kick out of that and was laughing for a pretty long time.
Togeg Update: This old man is my fav. We went to go see him this week and I’ll just type the conversatiion:
Me: “Is Togeg here?”
Togeg’s Daughter in Law: “Yeah, he’s over there.”
*Walk up to the dark garage thing, no one is sitting on his metal bed*
Me: “Togeg? Togeg?”
Togeg: “Yes, I’m here. You just can’t see me because I’m black. I’m turning on the light so you can see my color!”
*Turns on the light and is standing right next to his bed turning on the light*
But yesterday we found out he is in the hospital so we are going to try and go see him today. Everything is okay I think he just has an infection.
This lady named Irene is also one of my favorites and she is an old Catholic who really believes in Yap Tradition. I love when she talks and tells stories because her eye brows get all close together and her mouth goes in to an angry frown and she used to be a police officer so I’m not messing with her. But she is super nice and has been trying to listen and understand. She got of coconuts this week which was a miracle because it was Walking Wednesday and we had been walking for over 3 hours in the heat and humidity.
We taught Mark again this week and we were planning on teaching one of his friends the Restoration but his friend didn’t show up so we just taught him. It was kind of a miracle because I was just flipping through my scriptures and came across Helaman 14:30-33. It was the perfect lesson! He really liked the scriptures and we talked all about agency and finally got to teach him plan of salvation without him even knowing it. (Before he specifically asked us not to teach him that one because it makes him depressed, got ya!)
Okay the last and best thing that happened this week: President and Sister Zarbock and Elder and Sister Choi (of the 70) came on Saturday night! It was really awesome to hear from a General Authority at our Yap District Conference for the people here on Sunday. Really inspired about living the commandments and keeping the Sabbath day holy. It was an amazing meeting but it went from 8am-3pm with an hour break for lunch at noonwhich was pretty difficult for most of the people. My favorite quote of the day from Elder Choi was, “If you haven’t read the Book of Mormon, just read it. If you don’t like the Book of Mormon, just like it. If you don’t like the gospel, just like it. It’s simple.”
On Monday we had more training for President and Sister Zarbock and mainly Elder and Sister Choi. We got there early and the building was a WRECK! It looked like an outer island compound honestly. Nobody cleaned up from the Sunday Conference and the chairs were out and there was food everywhere and it smelt like death. So Sister Calder and I cleaned the whole building and set up for the Training in 30 mins. I was sweating. I wish I could spend another hour about that training because it was so amazing. For the first part we talked mainly about understanding our identity as missionaries and children of God. Elder Choi talked about marriage haha and said that after your mission PMG stands for Prepping Marriage Guide and everyone should still study PMG. Then we had lunch and took a picture(not sure if President Zarbock posted it yet.) And I was like a little devil telling everyone where to stand and such so that was good but still not perfect because Elders are still just boys who hate taking pictures. But after that we had another three hour training. So we were at the church from 8am-4pm. But the last three hours he talked about how obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).
Well this is my favorite part of yesterday: as you all know I have been carrying my Zombie knife around with me since my birthday. Elder Choi mentioned that he has always wanted to try a coconut. So after the training we found all four of the leaders some coconuts. The best coconuts on the island. And after Family Night at the church we went to the Mantaray to drop them off and they were just getting back to the Hotel from visiting somewhere else. I offered to open them for them even though Zombie was the only thing I had and Sister Zarbock said, “You named it?” and we walked over to the pool that is by the ocean and I started opening their coconuts and I hear Sister Choi, “Ahhh!” and I look over and when you open a fresh coconut sometimes it sprays out and the spray hit her. And they were all worried because they thought it would stain but I clarified that it doesn’t stain. Then I went to open the other coconut and sprayed Elder Choi… so I sprayed a General Authority and his wife. How many people can say that? Then Elder Choi asked to look at my knife and got weirdly serious. And was like, “She shouldn’t have this..” and President Zarbock was defending me like, “Well if it makes her more comfortable!” and Elder Choi was really serious that I shouldn’t have it. So President Zarbock looked at me and said, “So Sister Stevens, you are going to go home and leave your knife in the apartment from now on and just carry the mace.” I can’t lie to a General Authority and my Mission President so my knife is home now.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday Ben!
Love and Miss you all!
Sister Stevens

Turkey Time

Well family, when they say missions prepare you for marriage they aren’t lying. I made TWO turkeys this week! Whaaaa? It was the hardest most delicious thing I have ever done.

So the Zone Leaders asked us to make a Turkey for our district Thanksgiving dinner. I have never made a turkey before but I figured I had seen my grandpa pull out the giblets before (when I was 8) so I could probably do it. So the first one I made was 11 lbs. It took so long and unfortunately took away from some of our proselyting time. But we got it figured out. We also made pumpkin pie. (Not as good as my Dad’s.) And we were also in charge of the mashed potatoes! We were busy bee’s cooking for all the useless men on this island, Or should I say boys? The dinner was really fun, and lots of good food! (I’m biased.) The Zone Leaders called the mission president to ask if we could watch a movie during our dinner and he approved because he said we were an obedient zone. So we watched a movie called Freetown. I would tell you what it’s about but you all have fancy phones you can look it up on and I don’t have a lot of time. Plus I wasn’t really paying attention because I was shoving food in Sister Calders face and then she threw whip cream at me (one skirt down, its ruined..)
Then on Saturday we had a branch Thanksgiving activity. I don’t really know why, nobody here even celebrates it. But They asked me to make another turkey. This one was 20lbs. Next level. This one turned out well also and then the Senior Sister made the other one. Hers was better than mine but I’ll learn someday. The activity was really fun, we had about 40 people there and everyone liked the food I think. I’m glad that we have a full year to recover from cooking on Thanksgiving!
Weekly Togeg Update: We went last night to go see Togeg last night and he has a fancy mattress and fancy sheet and fancy pillow, fancy lawn chair, fancy stool he made for himself. It was great! I was like, “Whoa, Togeg High Class!” And immediately felt bad because the whole “Class” thing is real here, he knows I’m dumb so he just laughed. Also we met his brother earlier this week. His name is Vetus. And we were asking him if we could teach him but his English isn’t very good. So when we talked to Togeg he looked so happy and said, “Yeah, I talked with my brother and everyone in the village agreed that you can teach people in the Village Koyang ” WE ARE APART OF THE VILLAGE! Not really but it’s still pretty cool. Also there is this random Ethiopian staying at Togeg’s house and I was telling him how I have been to Kenya and talked about that for a little while. It made me miss Kenya but then I remembered that I am in the coolest place. Once you have the travel bug it just doesn’t go away.
A lady named Helen dropped us hard this week. We went there and before we could even really start she just started saying that she didn’t like reading the Book of Mormon and she didn’t need it. I was literally heart broken and was getting tears in my eyes. She was just so blind to the light that she was holding. So I just sat there quietly for about 5 minutes while she was talking, talking, talking. I bore a simple testimony of it and we left. When people are lazy it’s one thing but when people so bluntly reject the truth it’s really heartbreaking.
We were saying goodbye to some investigators this week and I was shaking everyone’s hand and I went over and shook the little baby’s hand and he has the biggest eyes just staring at me. Then when I started shaking his hand he just dropped his sucker like in one of those baby commercials. He was starstruck or something. We were all laughing really hard!
Next week Sister Calder and I will be in Guam. We will leave late Saturday night and have a loooong meeting Sunday. So I will email from Guam.
On P-day last week we took a little walk up to this old Japanese lighthouse that had tipped over. It was really cool. I was climbing all over it and the Zone Leaders were kind of mad at me because it was a little sketch but all is well. It was cool to do something besides play basketball.
Sorry that I can’t send pictures this week. I will next week in Guam!
Love and miss you all! Enjoy the Christmas season!
Sister Stevens

“You want my cigarettes?” “Yes.”

Hello friends and family!

This week went really well! We had a lot of success and a lot of fun! We are meeting new people and by some miracle our investigators are progressing! We have a lot of people on baptismal date in December so we are going to work hard to get them there these next couple weeks.
Biggest news of the week: YAP DISTRICT IS GETTING A BUS!! Which means that our investigators can actually come to church because they will have a ride. It is actually a pretty big deal that the church headquarters approved this island to have a church bus. Hopefully we will see some real growth in worthiness and church attendance. It is definitely a miracle and I am so excited to see the growth on Yap.
Last P-Day we went to the Sports Complex and played basketball..again. But I still love it every time! At family night our ward mission leader got mad at me and said, “Ayye come on Kell-ay!! Oh! Uh.. Steven! Forgive and forget! Forgive and forget!” I was laughing so hard!
We started teaching the head chef at the Mnuw (probably the nicest restaurant on the island and it is on a big boat) and he fed us pizza after our lesson.. so good! We also figured out that he was the guy who made our meal during the Zone Conference when all of us got terribly sick so we were trying not to laugh when he asked us how it was. We just kept saying: Yeah, it tasted really good! I couldn’t tell him it was poisonous
We saw Mark yesterday and he opened his backpack and he had a pack of cigarettes so I told him to give them to me and he was really confused.. hence the quote. He threw one on the ground and squished it for me though. He’ll get there.
Alright well I’m out of time, I’ll try to write more next week!
Love you!