“You’re awesome because I’m awesome!” –Sister Kaato

Merry Christmas!!

If you look at my pictures below you can see that a lot of missionaries stole my camera and took selfies so I included a lot of them.
One of the return missionaries from our branch, Juanita, left for the states this week and so on Tuesday night the youth did a little fireside/goodbye party for her. They danced and bore their testimonies, it was really good. I wouldn’t really know though because they asked us to go home the cook the hotdogs for the activity last minute. We were happy to do it, it was just sad because we missed the whole thing.
The saddest part was that our investigator, Zackery, bore his testimony of the Book of Mormon and we missed it. Zackery is doing really well. He will get baptized Dec 31. He is really excited and we are trying to get him excited to go on a mission. If the branch jumps in, he will really strengthen the youth.
This week we were finding and this car passed us, honked, pulled over, reversed and this guy said, “Are you the Mormon missionaries? I want to get baptized.” I just started laughing and we went over to talk to him and he is visiting from Utah. He moved off of Yap 18 years ago, served a mission, and lives in Utah now with his family. JP was super nice, bought us ice cream and everything. He came because he is taking his grandma back to the states, Sister Fanapin. She will be missed here.
This week Jarvis and Jucinta will get baptized. Jucinta is 10 and Jarvis is 9. They have been coming to church for over 3 months. Their mom is a less active so we are slowly working with that family. They are super cool. Those little kids are awesome!
On Saturday we had language study and our investigator Regina came! I love that girl. She is so great. It was kind of painful for her because she doesn’t really like to be around people and talk but she really helped us. Hopefully I’ll be telling you all when her baptism is soon. We are praying for it.
Sister Kaato is awesome. I love her so much! We twinned a couple times this week. She is so cute I’m just trying to keep up with her! But she is doing really well. Sister Jones is also doing really well. We have a super fun house. I cannot get a moment of rest with these girls. But it is so fun!
Yesterday Sister Kaato and Sister Smith were together and the car got stuck so Sister Kaato had to try to push the car out of the mud! She got covered in mud! And this happened right before church! So she had to run home and change. Sister Jones and I went to Thol Branch so we just heard about it later.
Anyways, love you all a lot!
Have a good week!
Sister Stevens


Early Christmas Present

Well this week was pretty crazy. Tuesday we had two service projects, which was awesome! We helped our recent convert, Evita, sew ang for her new house. Then we went and planted some tapioca with Reeniyan (try to say that name!) We got fed both times and we were so full! It was really fun. Then they packed a little bit. We went out taught, mostly just said goodbye. Taking SIster Saimon and Sister Bradford to the airport was pretty heartbreaking. I may or may not have cried. The Zone Leaders (Elder Li-Khau and Golightly… I call them the twin towers) insisted on coming to the airport because I was going to be alone for like 30 mins waiting for Sister Kaato at the airport.

Sister Kaato coming to Yap was one of the biggest miracles of my mission. She went to the airport to get on the plane but some little kid had written over the writing on her passport and visa! And she also doesn’t have any alternate ID. So they called President Zarbock and he got to the airport in 10 minutes. Talked to the people and last minute said she could come through. So President Zarbock just yelled, “RUN SISTER KAATO!! Have fun on Yap!” And she almost didn’t make it here. I would have been alone!! She has to get a new passport and visa now. Anyways, it was a miracle.
Sister Kaato is so sweet! She is my early Christmas present because she is from Christmas Island, Kiribati! We have had a lot of fun together so far! We also got to teach some of the other SIsters outer island investigators and I used every outer island work I knew. It was pretty funny! I need to work on my outer island, it is very poor.
Thursday we had Zone Meeting and it went well. It is was really short.
Saturday there was a branch clean-up. From the picture you can tell I was working really hard! But it was fun, we flooded the chapel to clean it, scrubbed and then pushed it all out the door and mopped. Then also went outside and clean. Then one of the girls in our branch is leaving so we went to her family goodbye party and it was fun. They asked me to pray and I was so nervous, but I think everyone understood my Yapese!
Saturday night we picked up the other sisters from the airport. So now we have Sister Jones on island form Missouri. I haven’t had a lot of time to get to know her but she is really cool. And a good cook! Blessings.
Zackery was supposed to get baptized this Saturday but didn’t make it to church. I was fuming. We went to his house and he felt so bad! His sister left Saturday night and he didn’t get home until around 3am. So he slept in. But he said he felt so bad about missing church he read the Book of Mormon all day! He read from Jacob all the way to Alma 29! That kid is awesome! He will tell us on Tuesday when he is getting baptized. A little hard to schedule with the way that the holidays fell on the calender this year.
Things are going good on Yap! I am so happy to be here!
Merry Christmas!
Don’t forget to do your In 25 Ways In 25 Days!
Love and miss you all,
Sister Stevens

Sisters on Yap got Nuked (Transfer Calls)

Okay well, last night was transfer calls. As an old British Elder used to say on this island, “Wha in tha werld?”

There are so many weird things happening with the sisters here!
1, Sister Smith is training this transfer so she left on Tuesday night last week for Guam and will come back this Saturday with her new Trainee.
2. Sister Bradford is the new Sister Training Leader…. on GUAM. She is leaving for GUAM!! No one knows why.
3. Sister Saimon also got transferred to Guam. That was a huge surprise. So I will get my new companion Sister Kaato from Kiribati on Tuesday night when the other sister leave.
We are all kind of freaking out right now. No one really knows what is going on.
But, on the bright side: I’M STILL ON YAP. Haha one area wonder.
I am going to miss Sister Saimon so much 😥 I’m so sad she is leaving!!
So we were on exchanges Tuesday when the Zone Leaders called all of us Sisters to meet at the church. And they told us that Sister Smith was leaving THAT NIGHT for Guam because she is training. (We still don’t know who she is training.) So she has been gone all week. She was freaking out, she even took a proselyting break to buy some candy. She offered me some and I said, “Nah, you need it more than me.” And she said, “You’re right.” Shoved it in her mouth and walked away. I’m pretty excited to see who our fresh meat is. Hopefully they don’t like candy as much as Sister Smith because then all of our church funds will go to buying candy!
This week was fun because Sister Bradford, Saimon and I were together the whole time. We were taking over both areas. So we taught a lot of lessons and had a pretty good time. It was kind of just an eerie feeling all week because we knew Sister Bradford was leaving but we didn’t know where she was going. But we also went on a lot of splits so one of us would go with Sister Bradford and the other one would go with a member.
Well, we had a baptism this week, Jucienta, but she moved into the Elders area. So they have a baptism this week! But there is no difference I am so happy she is getting baptized.. and so are the elders haha
Zackery is still excited to get baptized and even quite chewing betelnut this week! He has read all the way to 2 Nephi 28 in the last like 3-4 weeks! He is really cool. So hopefully he will be set for December 17th! He will really strengthen the youth in our branch.
Saturday the other sisters investigator Ariel got baptized! They have been teaching her for a long time! She is my BFF. We are pretty sassy together. But it was a really happy day. Her original baptismal date was the beginning of October so it has been a long one coming. She would take a good picture. We just did the best we could. Also the Zone Leaders baptized a less actives little boy and it was pretty fantastic because they reactivated the parents. So the Dad got to baptize his two little kids.
Then transfers last night which were.. not that happy. But I guess the work just moves on.
This is going to be a good transfer!
Love and miss you,
Sister Stevens