October 5 – 11

Happy Fiji Day!  On Friday all the school kids wore bula shirts and bright dresses to school instead of their uniforms – it was so fun to see.  There was also lots of pomp and ceremony, soldiers marching, and government leaders speaking.  We celebrated with the senior missionaries by having breakfast at the old Governor’s mansion, which has been turned into a great restaurant.  The building itself was interesting, and the breakfast was, as Elder Martin put it, “World Class!”

The restaurant walls were covered with pictures of movies made in Fiji, and historical events.
The restaurant walls were covered with pictures of movies made in Fiji, and historical events.

The sun even decided to come out this week – yay!  One of our YSAs, Lario, teaches kids how to surf.  When he isn’t in the water, he practices keeping his balance on this skateboard made with only two wheels —

Lario let everyone take a turn, but Elder Whitehead thought it best to not try while wearing his sulu (what a wise man).
Lario let everyone take a turn, but Elder Whitehead thought it best to not try while wearing his sulu (what a wise man).

Susan Stanford and I went downtown, found some bula fabric and took it to a seamstress to make me a sula chamba to wear to our YSA dance Friday night. Shobie, the seamstress, measured me all over and made the top and wrap around skirt in four days for $16. What a fun experience! When Shobie saw my little missionary name tag, she asked all kinds of questions about the temple. We invited her to the open house in January, and she is excited to go to it.

Shobie and I in her little boutique.
Shobie and I in her little boutique.  She doesn’t use patterns! Next time we’ll get a matching tie for Elder Whitehead!
Wearing her finished product - a sulu chamba (skirt and top)
Wearing her finished product.  Now we both have sulus:)

The dance was fun.  Everyone was supposed to bring a dance partner, and a lot of them did. We showed them how to do the Swing again, but spent most of the evening trying to encourage the YSAs to have the courage to dance with each other.  Seems shyness is universal!  Savaira and her sister were great though – they made sure everyone had fun.

Same as home: The music was LOUD (but really good!) Different: The lights aren't turned down low.
Same as home: The music was turned up.
Different: The lights are not turned down low.

We ended the week watching re-broadcasts of General Conference with our stake.  Sunday afternoon between sessions our ward had a potluck…

YUM! Can you smell the curry?
YUM! Can you smell the curry?

Sunday evening we had two firesides, one right after the other.  The first was a tri-stake where Elder Johansson spoke to the YSAs, and the other was at the mission home where a team of temple mural artists spoke to the senior missionaries.   The YSA fireside was wonderful, but listening to the temple artists was incredible.  It is such a complicated process to paint large murals, ship them, then install them in temples around the world.  One artist said “every stroke records their love of God.” We’ll have the team over for dinner this week, so we’ll post more about them next time.  How could life be any better than this!  Moce until then:)

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2 thoughts on “October 5 – 11

  1. I am writing to ask permission to us one of the photos from your page. I am building and lds community sight, encouraging missionary work among singles. Is it alright if I use the picture with the two ladies holding up a purple dress?

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    1. You are welcome to use it. The Indian woman is named Shobie. When I ordered the dress I gave her an invitation to the Suva Fiji temple open house. We had wonderful conversations while she fitted me for the dress.

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