This week students had exams, so the Institute was kind of quiet Monday through Thursday — but boy, did we make up for it on the weekend!
Saturday Morning we started with a service project organized by Suka Qaqa. Some of us weeded and cleaned at the Hilton School for children with disabilities, and another group took a bus to an Early Intervention school to weed and clean there. It was fun to work together, it felt good to be in the sun, and Suka provided lunch for everyone – you can’t beat that!
We had just enough time to come home, shower, and bake a little before we went to the baptism of Grace. Jatin, one of our YSAs, performed the baptism, and afterwards, two other new converts, John and Solisi, bore humble testimonies. Grace is an amazing person. We’re happy for her — and happy to have one more YSA in our group.
We made it home and finished baking just in time for our Halloween party at the Institute.
Sunday night we had a wonderful FHE with President and Sister Maiwiriwiri. They talked about life after a mission, following the Spirit in setting priorities, and preparing for marriage. The ninety eight YSAs who attended appreciated the messages, loved being together, and definitely loved the cupcakes!
Cupcakes aside, this is such a sweet experience! We ended our Sabbath day listening to the YSA choir practice hymns for next week’s stake conference. We are so inspired by their faith in and love for the Lord, we feel like we are the ones being served, not the other way around. By late Sunday night we were exhausted, but happy. It is such a blessing to be here:)