“Danga! Gur ea wechwech!”

Ke urogon buch tabinaw rog?

For my subject line: This week Lavida was telling Sister Saimon that she is almost a local and got a little bit offended and said “What about me? I’m local right?” and Lavida just looked at me, laughed, and said, “Danga! Gur ea wechwech!” (No! You’re white!) It was super funny! It hurt, but it’s okay because it was funny… and true.
Well on Tuesday all we did was go to the Police Station to report our car getting keyed and fix the battery in the car we are driving now. It took forever. We are still driving the Zone Leaders car (Elder Li-Khau and Elder Taylor.) We were running errands for them and trying to figure out the Eqonox which is such a weird car. But it all worked out.
And the best news of the week is that Persy got baptized!!! The baptism went really smooth after the 30 minute late start. Island time? We spent all day Saturday at the church cleaning, filling the font, re-filling the font, cleaning more, doing the programs.Sister Saimon and I worked HARD. But everything got done and went well. Also we did a missionary musical number at the baptism so everyone came early to practice. I wasn’t planning on singing in it because it wasn’t really necessary for me to be up there but when everyone was walking up Lavida yelled at me to go up there, so I did. She said she could hear me singing. Persy was so nervous and excited! She was basically in tears the whole time she was at the church but it was because she was happy.
Afterwards we went over and ate some score cake! Sister Bradford finds every excuse to make that cake now. No complaints from me! And I think everyone liked it. But the locals said it is “too sweet” haha yeah, because there is nothing that is more saturated with sugar than score cake.
We have been teaching this guy name Ga’ag. He is progressing and I even built us a little koyang to have our lessons in. He stays with some members so that is really helpful. But hopefully we can get him baptized soon. There may be some complications with his past so everything is kind of up in the air but we are going to keep teaching him and help him progress.
So we made like 3 homemade pizzas this week and they have all been amazing. I don’t even like homemade pizzas but they tasted so good! I learned how to make pizza dough and everything. So today we are making pizza for the elders. Happy P-day! They are really excited. But it is a bummer cheese is so expensive.
President Zarbock will come this Saturday night which means I will be emailing a day late next week.
Lots of miracles on Yap right now. We are supposed to start all of our lessons with a song now, not as much of a miracle, but it is really nice. Gets everyone focused for the lesson and invites the spirit. But mostly it’s just me doing a solo. Sing, sing, sing, I like to sing, I like to sing a song, sing, sing , sing. (Primary Songbook.) Or at least I’m trying to like to sing!
Have a good week!
I love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens

Ngiyal ko Ngongor!

Hello! This week has been pretty amazing! It went by way too fast. But we were successful even though I wan’t on Yap until Wednesday.

My subject says: Pineapple Time! We have received over 10 pineapples this week! I love pineapples.

Tuesday on Guam was interesting. Just followed the Guam sisters around and helped out teaching where they let me. They have some really awesome investigators. Chuukese people have such soft hearts! Feeling the spirit comes easy for them! They are also so warm and loving. I got lots of hugs on Tuesday.
They rest of the weeks Sister Saimon and I just worked as hard as we could to see as many people as possible. We are starting to teach together in Yapese which is pretty exciting. I saw a picture of Alex holding a Yapese Book of Mormon and just laughed because reading Yapese is so dang hard! But we had a huge miracle this week, we taught 18 member presents.. in one week.. unheard of for me in this area. And this week we are preparing Persy’s baptism! She is so excited!
We had Zone Meeting on Thursday which I had to help present from our meeting in Guam last Sunday. I always get so nervous to stand in front of the zone even though there are only 10 missionaries in our zone. But I reviewed my notes and prepared more this time so I ended up feeling pretty good about the parts I was in charge of.
Oh I almost forgot.. someone keyed our car this week. They just wrote something kind of bad on one of the back doors. It was pretty small but not good. Definitely not virtuous. So that was kind of a bummer. Big bummer. So now I have to work with the police and insurance company to figure everything out. Exciting. But President Zarbock doesn’t want us to drive that car until it is fixed so we are driving Elder Li-Khau and Elder Taylor’s car.
Wearing pants has been pretty nice at night! I hate mosquito bites. Sometimes I go the extra mile and wear a cardigan even though it is so hot and humid. I had to attach a picture because that outfit was very different from I pictured myself wearing when I got called to this mission.
I also received a package from Sister Calder this week! She is the best mission mom ever! I really do miss her out here! But she filled the whole box with glitter which I was not a fan of.. at all. But grateful now and at the beginning of my mission for her sense of humor. Just like my real mom, she knows how to push my buttons! Just kidding Mom, I love you!
The Tomil Elders (Elder Zonts and Wolfgramm) are supposed to have a baptism this week as well so there should be some fun pictures next week!
Love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens

“U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.”-Jackson

Happy 4th of July! I am missing Jackson’s chanting today. Steve and Jenny taught him well.

I am emailing from Guam again which is always bitter-sweet. It is fun to come and meet all the other missionaries and go to the Mission Leadership Council but I am so tired all the time because of the lack of sleep and I miss my people on Yap!
Well Persy is our number one investigator right now. She is awesome! She quite chewing betelnut on Friday and came to church. She is nothing short of a miracle that fell into our hands. Her little son is the same age as one of Lavida’s daughters so they just need to stay strong and get callings and they will strengthen the branch so much!
We started teaching this guy named James Ga’ag. I love teaching him because he only speaks Yapese. But he is a little tough. He always smiles, nods, and says he understands and then we ask him a question and he still doesn’t know. Even after one of our member present explains things. He is a little off but he also came to church on Sunday which I was really excited about!
This week I went on exchanges with Sister Bradford. It was super fun! We walked and walked and walked and walked aaaaaaaand walked. But we also taught some really good lessons, went and got some orange chicken from Ganirs, and then we picked up a member present, went to teach a lesson and I got sick. Really sick. So that was a quick lesson. And we were in for the rest of the night which was a bummer. But I felt completely better the next day. But then the next day.. Sister Saimon got really sick and was throwing up a lot. But that passed too and we were able to go teaching in the afternoon.
Sorry I’m not sending any pictures this week but I have a lot to send next week!
The flight to Guam was hard as always. Plus when I walked into the gate waiting room I saw Alvina! She was one of SisterCalder and I’s favorite member presents because she is a return missionary. But she is moving to Guam. She was just going to ship out without even saying goodbye but I am so grateful I caught her! I will really miss her.
After the 2.5 hours of sleep Sacrament meeting went well then after we had a meeting for only sisters which went really well but lasted almost 2 hours so driving to the Missionary Leadership Council was weird because it felt like it had already started. But the meeting went really well. Every time I am more awake and more prepared. But I am companions with Sister Fulcher who serves on Palau and is from Australia. Sister Zarbocks food was good as always and afterwards is was like a circus everyone was taking pictures and we all just had so much energy from sitting down all day.
Today I am wearing red, white and blue. But I am pretty much the only one. No shame in America! Enjoy the fireworks and BBQ!
Love and miss you all!
Sister Stevens