May 2 – 8 Back to school

We’re back in school!  Tuesday was Elder Whitehead’s first “Pearl Of Great Price” class, and it was wonderful.  Thursday morning I taught “Missionary Preparation”, and Thursday night Elder Oldham substituted for Bro Stanford, teaching the new Cornerstone class “The Doctrines and Teachings of the Book of Mormon.”  They are all such great courses of study.  We are so blessed to not only have the opportunity teach and feel the Spirit as we prepare, but to learn and feel the Spirit as we attend classes along with our students.  It’s the ultimate in double dipping:)  We are excited to use the new “Teaching in the Savior’s Way” as we evaluate the effectiveness of our teaching.

We sure have fun with our YSAs.  They’ve all joked so much about who will have the billiards trophy on their mantle over the weekend, Elder Whitehead finally brought a plastic trophy.   They have fun teasing each other about it, and bask in their five minutes of glory after a win — as Tomasi has happy to demonstrate:IMG_2193.jpg

The guys also like to tease Elder Whitehead about eating “chicken food,” or “white man’s food” (pepitas, or pumpkin seeds).  They love them and always ask him to share, but because they’re not a normal Fijian snack, they give him a bad time about eating them.IMG_2192.jpg

This was also a special week helping Manny prepare for his mission, showing him the District episodes, and making sure he had what he needed.

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This week was also more fun because LDS College had a week break, and more YSAs were able to come in and spend time at the institute.  We set out another Greg Olsen painting puzzle, and by the end of the day one third of it was done.  One of the guys told me that while he was on his mission, looking at a copy of the painting helped him when he was discouraged.

And now here it is, Mother’s Day!  We celebrated yesterday with a nice quiet lunch at the historic Governor’s restaurant, once the residence of Fijian High Chief and Pacific statesman, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna.IMG_2203.jpg

We spent Sunday evening at our senior missionary couple FHE in the mission home, visiting and talking about mothers.  Sister Knight made a slide show of pictures of all the senior couple’s families.  She also gave us little candy bags with Take Five candy bars (she says moms should take a break once in awhile), Pop Rocks (because mom “rock,” and dads do, too), and a Riesen candy, reminding us that we are serving, and our families at home are supporting us in our service, for the same reason — because we love the Savior. It was a sweet way to end the day.IMG_2205.jpg

 

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