After saying so many goodbyes, it sure was nice to say hello to a new face this week. Edwina brought in a young man from Taveuni named Jale Koy, who recently returned from the Loag Philippines mission. It’s always fun for Elder Whitehead to have returned missionaries help him practice Tagalog.
Lini was the last to leave for BYU – Hawaii this week – she came in for one last final goodbye — a tearjerker, of course! We will miss her so much.
Elenoa introduced Savaira to the gospel, and both attend my Mission Preparation class. Both are such sweet young ladies, I love being with them. We started class late Thursday because Elenoa wanted to wait for Savaira to bring her a sulu to wear over her pants, as a sign of respect in the classroom. That was worth the wait!
And look who else stopped by – Bale, Moji and friends. Bale is waiting for a visa to play rugby in Australia.
We are gathering up souvenirs to bring home. Many of them have been made by Christine (pictured below) and her sister Elizabeth. It has been so much fun to watch them string jewelry and weave items.
Today we attended Suva North stake conference. Forty men were presented for a sustaining vote to receive priesthood advancement. It was a wonderful sight to see them stand before the congregation. Another of our YSAs was called to the stake High council, and another as an assistant stake clerk. These young men do so much!
Pres Farpapau is District president over a branch in Rotuma. He and his wife were called to serve as missionaries from the Suva North stake, and are here in Suva this weekend for a mission conference with Pres. Layton. When the Farpapaus started there were 12 members in the branch, and now there are over 60. He shared a humble testimony about the miracles they were experiencing in Rotuma, and how missionary service was changing their lives.
Tonight was the last Family Home Evening we were in charge of, and at the end we were released as Zone Leaders. The Farpapaus and other senior couples who are serving off island joined us tonight — forty-four of us all together. As I looked around the room, I was humbled to be with such a choice group of Heavenly Father’s children. We are so grateful for the blessing of being here!!!