Bachane gub wechwech?

My subject means: Is it because I’m white?

This week I made custard for District Meeting. I’m never making custard again. I tried my best and I think it turned out okay but I’ve never even had custard before so I’m not sure how it is supposed to turn out. Oh well, everyone ate it and I didn’t get as many complaints this time!
Titaw (our recent convert) has been a roll lately.. she can’t stop giving us things. Almost every time we go over she tries to give us food or jewelry or something. I always tell her to stop but she just yells at me because I won’t accept her gifts. She has already gotten me earrings, necklace, and a pineapple and was asking if I wanted a bracelet. I love her!
There was the kindergarten graduation this week and we got to go to it for our dinner break! It was so fun and cute! There were soo many people there! Graduations are a huge deal here. But I attacked a picture of Presi, RP and I and also a picture of Levida, her two daughters, Sister Saimon and I. Some people were giving us leis for no reason so we gave them to our branch Relief Society President Sister Gurwan! It was so fun.
After we went over to Presi’s house for some cake. We also got a hold of her helium balloons and showed her how to talk with helium, it was really funny. We talked, ate cake and headed out.
On Saturday we had a service project at the Zone Leaders (Elder Herman and Elder Li-Khau) investigators house. We helped clear the path to his house and then got started on fixing the roof. Elder Palmer took some selfies on my camera so I had to attach one. I was so tired afterwards but it was pretty fun to use my machete and then pretend to look useful while the elders fixed his house.
Our branch mission leader Wuyoch also made us chicken soup this week. It was so good! I was really happy. We have been asking him for chicken soup for like a month now. Finally got it! Persistence is key in missionary work. People aren’t likely to make you chicken soup unless yo ask.
Levida is supposed to get baptized this week! I’m a little nervous because her husband basically refuses to marry her so I am just really praying for a miracle. I’ll let you know how it goes next week.
Oh yeah, we also have been getting a lot of rain lately. You can stop praying for it now because I’m tired of walking in the rain haha I’m kidding! It is a relief, I think everyone is ready for the drought to be over!
Love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens

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Fel Ya’ag

This week has been slightly more low-key. For me. Not for my family.
Good luck to everyone with finals, work, recovering from traveling and hosting.
And congrats to Jenny and Steve! Wish I was there to hold little Cecilia!
Well I had to give a little training at our Zone Meeting this week, it was okay. The Elders told me the night before that I was helping them with it so I wasn’t really prepared. But I think it went okay.
Our investigator Levida is keeping me going right now. She is on date for May 28 and she has been coming to church for like 3 months. She just has to finally quit betelnut and convince her local husband to become her legal husband. I feel good about it, I am really hoping everything works out! But she has opened up to us so much! She tells us all these funny stories about when she was teenage punk and I am always laughing super hard. Micronesia is one of a kind.
This week one of the pipes in our bathroom got a leak in it so our bathroom was a mini pool. It was clean water luckily. Also Sister Bradford has a lot of patience because she scooped all the water from the floor to our shower with a little cup multiple times. It’s fixed now so we are all happy again!
Sister Smith and I went to Thol Branch yesterday to help again with Primary. It was kind of successful. I had fun. But this week Thol Branch moved from a two block schedule to a three block schedule and the Relief Society President was in the Hospital with a burst appendix (is that how you spell it?). So all the Relief Society ladies came into our tiny, tiny little primary room. And I had no idea what to do. And I prepared for primary, not relief society. So I did what any good Primary teacher would do and I made those ladies sing! We passed out hymn books and sang all the primary songs in the hymn book. Most of them don’t really speak english so I was talking to a room full of Outer Island ladies in Yapese. Some of them could understand me better than when I spoke english but I felt pretty funny doing it!
The Tomil elders (Elder Taylor and Elder Zonts) had a baptism on Saturday. Which was pretty awesome! It was an Outer Island lady named Sara and she looked super happy! I helped get her dressed and helped Lisa (a 16 year old recent convert) prepare her talk on the Holy Ghost. It was a good night!
Guba adag’em ere Kafel,
Sister Stevens

Pictures

1. Ocean..
2. Bathroom pipe had a leak.. clean water I swear.
3. Titaw is making a local skirt! But not for me… yet.

Mangil e Rran ko Nina rog! (Happy Mothers Day!)

Happy Mothers Day everyone! Especially to my Mom, Grandma, and all my beautiful sisters!

Just got done skyping with my family, which is always so fun! I love seeing my family and how fun that they were all together! (Except some in-laws and Ben.)
Yesterday at church Sister Bradford and I went up to Thol to start the Primary for real. We had some ladies in there that we are starting to train. They kids behaved so well since it wasn’t just two white girls! I am really excited to get that started.
Mountains of blessings on Yap right now with the bus and increased attendance we are all praying to have a ward now!
Hopefully a longer email next week!
Love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens
(Go Blazers!)

General Conference Weekend!

Mogethin family and friends!
Seems like I just wrote you a couple days ago!
Nothing too crazy happened this week but we finally got to watch conference! It was so good and I am excited to read them again, they always go by too fast. It is really good motivation for missionaries to listen to the Prophet and Apostles teach the members of the church what we teach investigators everyday. I guess I never really understood how simple the gospel really is. But I also felt really out of the loop with all the refugee things they talked about. But I think all the missionaries here on Yap feel a renewed sense of purpose and love.
This week we took a recent convert named Lucy teaching with us ALL DAY. It was awesome! So fun to have her. We warned her beforehand of course and took her out for dinner but she was with us from 1pm to 9pm! She is so sweet and already such a good teacher, she is planning on serving a mission as soon as possible. I hope we can do that with her a couple more times to help her prepare since she isn’t going to school right now and just turned 19.
We started teaching a lady in one of the Elders area named Melinda, she is really nice but so quiet. She also only speak Yapese. Which is awesome but a little challenging. I can teach decently well in Yapese but am pretty far from being considered fluent. Don’t worry, I’m reading my Yapese Book of Mormon and studying. I am excited for Sister Saimon to get good at it, I know she will!
Sister Saimon wants me to try and eat nothing but local food.. Micronesian style! So we are going to try and set that up. I like local food so I’m kind of excited for it. Local food is fish, taro, tapioca, breadfruit, and we could probably throw koolaid, ramen, and canned meat onto that list. We have been trying to buy local food from people this week as a way to soften hearts and help the community (mission presidents idea) but no one will let us buy it! They just give it to us for free! We will have to try it with some of our really religious previous investigators instead of our current ones.
Can’t wait to call home this week! Happy Mothers Day!
Love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens

Pictures (not sure what order)

–Women’s Session, only three ladies showed up
–Elder Li-Khau and Jimmy(Recent Convert) at Lucy’s birthday party
–Lucy(Recent Convert) on her birthday with cake!  Her birthday wish was to go on a mission!
–I forgot the other one I attached, sorry