Thursday, September 14, 2017

so much things!

Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:00 PM (MDT)
         Monday, September 11, 2017 12:00 PM (Vanuatu)
hello friends! this week has been very full. don't know how else to say it.

we're working with lots of people and some of them i just don't really know how to help. so. it's very odd for a missionary whose purpose is to invite and help to not be able to do those things with a person. interesting problems. good problems to have. but! it's out of my hands! i am but a instrument in the hands of someone far greater. He'll help them the best way he can. 

we found eric! eric is anouther really dope dude. so great. we(elder west and i) met him while buying a snack on the far end of our area (eratap) while it was raining so he was kinda hidng under the store porch. contacted him but didn't really have any time to go and visit him until this past week. what a fantastic fellow. we taught him the message of the restoration and gave him a book of mormon. and then do you know what he did?! he read 18 whole chapters of that wonderful book in less than 2 days. holy good golly gosh. what a guy. and when we were sharing with him the message of the plan of salvation, some of the answers to life's big questions as answered in said plan, he had been pondering for a long time and the answers that he had come up with on his own were veryyyyy close to the truths as taught in the book of mormon. Wowe. what a friend. i got some seriously high hopes for him. 

we're just working with so many people right now and all of them are just so grand i worry about all of them and love all of them and when they come and keep the commitments that we the missionaries give to them i can see how much it blesses their lives! oh my goodness that is so great. this gospel man. what a thing. what a blessing. what a great experience. so grateful to be able to come here and serve these wonderful people.

also im like a week and a half behind in my journal cuz we've been so busy. 😓😅
yay! that's all friends! till next week!

look it's my house! and me! and my ties! and elder gray! hi elder gray!
oooohhhhhhh scary snake in the middle of the road at night we stoned it dead.

my camera is too legit to quit! i took a pic of some coals for 15 sec exposure and this is how it turned out! wowowowowowowow!

huzzah! it rained!

Sent: Sunday, September 03, 2017 7:48 PM (MDT)
         Monday, September 04, 2017 12:48 PM (Vanuatu) 
this week felt really long in the moment but now im looking back like. what just happened?

it is officially the 'dry' season and therefore doesn't rain a lot and it is generally windy and sunny and cool! nice! but in etas, there isn't any water supply from town so everyone depends on rain and when there's no rain they have to go all the way to the river like every day in order to have water to drink and cook and clean. challenge to all you city folk in the usa. try to live 1 day with only 2 buckets of water for everything. only two buckets. i have been very humbled by the humility of the people here. 

anywho. it rained! and everyone has water now! yay! but it's also really muddy and cloudy and cold! not so yay! but for reals it was really great that it rained cuz we were seriously hurting for water but now we have plenty for our needs! huzzah!

currently we're working with a lot of part member families. like. one or two people are members and the rest have never seen the missionaries or don't really want to see the missionaries... ect. and one thing that we're doing and i am definitely seeing the blessings of it in people's lives is daily study from the book of mormon. individually or as a couple or as a family. when ever someone or a group of someones comes together and feels the spirit together(while reading the book of mormon for example....) they can get more guidance from the spirit than any worldly way of working out problems. #tru-ia 

it's a two week spel for all the pikinini's! so lots of pikinini's olbaot. lots of people at home and ready/ able to be taught and accept the gospel! but that also means that they be hanging with the squad and so not really wanting to story. ya win some ya lose some. 

i met this mama this week who was a member since 1992. wowie. i've only been a memebr since 2004(when i was baptized at 8 years old) a member since before i was born. i kinda wish i coulda been in her shoes and see how much the church has grown in the past 20 years here in vanuatu. 

i baptized this dude named harry! he's 94 years old! a very interesting experience. compared to other baptisms for people who are like. young and can walk with no assistance. 

i've been studying recently in the first part of 2 nephi. what a great part. (literally my thoughts when i read any part of that book) but. if you fellas haven't read 2 nephi 2-10 recently. highly suggest it. grade A++ trutok.

the work moves forward! the lord will accomplish his will you just gotta get on board and help where he wants you to!

whoopsie another book. sorry friends. hopefully you don't get tired of my scatterbrained emails about how great my mission is!

that's all for now. elder hyatt vi

snack break and waiting out the rain at a convenience store of sorts. 
mud! mud everywhere!!!!
christmas tie selfie in the rain (more of a drizzle) ft elder imae!
dude! these kids are so legit! they go hunting through the grass and find these stick bug things and then they fry it and try eat it. #healthy #organic #protein

i didn't try one. but i wanted to tho.

i can never come up with a good title line.

Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2017 8:31 PM (MDT)
         Monday, August 28, 2017 1:31 PM (Vanuatu) 
hello! how are you! 

this week has also been a wild ride! what ever pops into my head i'll tell you!
the apostle came and we were taught by him for like. 2 hours straight! i shook his hand twice! he touched my right elbow! (lol jk it's not that much of a big deal but still) but he was such a great teacher and i got some super legit notes. they took a bunch of pix (like the official camera lady of the apostle) but i didn't take any.. so if anyone wants to try and hunt through the newsroom or something and find those pix maybe or his fb page or something i dunno. but yeah! he was great. went super in depth on doctrine and covenants 42. mind blown. 

we had a baptism! it was kinda hectic and found baptismal clothes like literally the minute before the service started but it was great! 3 people got baptized! and their families came and witnessed and hoping and praying that the spirit that was felt there will prompt them to also follow the example of jesus christ and be baptized by one holding the priesthood authority of God!

you remember last week about how i talked about john from eratap?? well. it gets better. he came to church. again! and then after church without us missionaries being involved at all members invited him over and chill'd with him and became bff's like all sunday. we pop by the member's house at like 5 in the afternoon and he's there! and we give him a white shirt so he can fit in with the white shirt people cuz everyone in this church who's a dude wears white shirts. and on the way to our house to give him said shirt he tells us. rough bislama to english translation. 'dude. i wanna be baptized. can i be baptized please? pretty please?' im like jumping up and down inside with excitement. we were gonna commit him to a date this last week but he wasn't home. so yeah! now he has a date! he's gonna be baptized!

also! my recent convert jubilee(remember him??) he got ordained to the aaromic priesthood last week! and this week he blessed the sacrament at church!!!!! oh my freaking goodness yes! he's so great. he smiles like literally all the time now. wow. 

ok im not gonna write another book so that's all for now. 
elder hyatt vi

look at that water! so blue!
it's the apostle! he's shaking some people's hands! 
president granger is wearing a suit! what is this!
bus squad back to etas!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 5:10 PM (MDT)
         Monday, August 21, 2017 10:10 AM (Vanuatu)

hello friends!
this week has been pretty crazy! sorry i didn't send one last week. my companion was pretty sick so we couldn't go to email. but! we did do a really big puzzle!
transfers came! there was zone conference! i got a new companion! so many stuffs!

so! the beginning of this year we were kinda despairing due to the fact that so many missionaries in this mission are gonna be going home by the end of this year! but now it's the other way around! between now and december there's gonna be 65 new missonaries that are gonna be arriving in vanuatu! what!

and so this transfer, it was announced that, elder west is getting transferred to gaua! that lil island that i was on back last new years! he's super stoked to be going there! and i got a new companion! his name is elder imae! he's from papua new guinea! he's 26 and he's so stoked to come and do the work! it's a lil bit of a change of gears cuz elder west and i are both been out for more than a year. know how everything works and such. then to elder imae who just came last wednesday and is still getting the hang of stuff. but it's good!

some of the people we're working with right now are so fetching great! so back a while ago sometime in july we went to this one part in eratap that's like. really really far away. we went and while we were there taught a first lesson to a dude named john. he's 23(?) young dude. great dude. so we taught him and were then kinda busy and didn't really get back over to his house again until last last week. and let me tell you. we asked him what he remembered about our last lesson(we thought he wouldn't remember that much since it had been so long.) but he goes on to basically recite the whole pamphlet we gave him. no joke like the whole thing. elder west and i just looked at each other in amazement. never. have we had some one who studied what we gave them that much. he's such a great dude. we gave him a book of mormon and he came to church this sunday and the one thing i remember distinctly him telling me is. 'thank you'. 

reminds me of the scripture in doctrine and covenants 123:12. 
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—

im so grateful i've been able to find him and help him find out about the truths of the gospel and see the light of said truths light up his life as he comes to follow them and follow chirst. so great.

dude. something else that i just figured out this week. the stuff that i eat all the time here. called manyoke here. in other places called cassava. it  is  tapioca. dudeeee that like blew my mind. cool. 

this week is gonna be so crazy too cuz the apostle gary e stevenson is gonna come here! i think he's already here in vanuatu!!!! im gonna get to meet him and get taught by him for like the whole morning tomorrow!!!! im so stoked. so so stoked. and also we're gonna try and get all of our investigatiors to come to the meeting where he's gonna address all the members! so busy but so great! poor elder imae. i hope he's not getting too overwhelmed. trying my best as a papa again! for the 3rd time! elder imae is my 3rd pikinini in the mission! and probably not my last with all the new ones coming this upcoming months! wowie. so much stuff.. 

whoops i wrote a book. applesauce to whoever reads all the way through it. not applause. applesauce. 

that's all for now! 
elder hyatt vi

new camera so im gonna send a ton of pix.
new nametag vs old school
really cool flower
what are that. pig?
service project!
zone conference!
elder west broke his bike! heh heh... 
the walk of shame back to the house.. (we were like 2 mins away from the house)
efate zoneeeee
ok everyone hold still....



don't worry. im not dead.

Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:48 PM (MDT)
         Thursday, August 17, 2017 10:48 AM (Vanuatu)

hi mom and dad. 

my comp has been quarantined in the house since sunday cuz he thought he had chicken pox (apparently for the 6th time in his life) ((medically impossible by the way. 5 misdiagnosis is much more likely. but it's not my place to judge)) and he had a bunch of lesions canker sores or whatever in his throat and so we've been sitting in our house for the past 4 days doing a puzzle and sitting around.

was really scared for a hot second. not that i would get sick but scared that because of the stupid quarantine i wouldn't get to meet gary e stevenson. but! according to the french doctor [very interesting person. very bad english and all of her medical terms were in french and she had to look in a french to english book to be able to tell us.]{for instance she called blisters little buttons with water in them.} we went to earlier today it's only strep throat. i already got that back in college remember? it's on the down hill  and i think that all will be 100% better by next tuesday. 

im emailing now cuz the mission nurse took us to the doctor and is allowing a small time to email cuz we didn't get to on monday.

im getting a new companion! by the name of elder imae! he will be my third child in the mission! he's from PNG (Papua New Guinea). haven't met him yet due to the whole quarantine thing but hope ill meet him soon! also im going to be a district leader again! of a relief society district! 

also a lil statistic that i don't know if i've related yet. in our mission alone in the month of july alone we had a total of 250 convert baptisms. what the what! for the whole year we're up to about 700 total trying to break the record and the goal of 1000 baptisms in a year. yeah!

my new camera takes amazing pictures! but i forgot my adapter to be able to send pix on this impromptu email sesh so. monday nomo! 

love you guys. thanks for the pix of the family reunion. 

elder hyatt vi

the aftermath

Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:32 PM (MDT)
         Monday, August 07, 2017 10:32 AM (Vanuatu)

hey guess what i got a bike!
well. i didn't get it it was given by the mission but still. bikes are so cool. such fast. very speed. 

i killed a chicken! we had found a chicken for relatively cheap and i killed it and a mama baked it with stones for a birthday feast. a feast of the chicken named leeroy jenkins. fly on my friend. fly on. 

right now we're working with some families. all part member or have had pretty extensive contact with missionaries before. and they're finally feeling ready to accept the gospel. nice wan!

we also found this new sister! her name is anita! we kinda stumbled upon her trying to contact a former investigator and she also has had a lot of stuff happen in her life that has seriously prep'd her to receive this glad message that is the gospel of jesus christ. nice wannn! 

we have zone conference this week so that's gonna be sick. haven't officially met as a zone since the 70's came. that was like 2 months ago! it's gonna be great! 

sorry for the lack of stuff to say. but pix tho.
that's all for now.

also i stole a bunch of pix from my comp and other missionaries so heres a bunch of pix!

p day gambling. (jk not gambling)
it's the ocean! what!
cool sunset pix
simply. majestic.
leeroy jenkins. what a legend. 
family william!!!!
omg they got married!!!!
service project! cut all the bush! make a garden!
stake baptism! jubilee is the one with the sick beard! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

independance dayyyyyyy

Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2017 5:40 PM (MDT)
         Monday, July 31, 2017 10:40 AM (Vanuatu)

end of the month blitz!
and in the end of the month blitz we lost our phone and i also lost my camera. hoping and praying it comes back but it's ok if it doesn't. i've kept a journal and sent home pix pretty regularly so that nothing (pix) too important was/will be lost. and my camera was kinda a piece of crap anyway. honestly surprised that someone stole it. anywho.

ok so i owe you guys this explaination. family william. so one day we go to district meeting and a member shows up and gives us a paper with like 8 names on it. this dude who lives wayyyy on the other side of vila has a brother who lives in our area and he recently got really sick and was living a very worldly life and decided that he needed a church in his life. brother on other side of vila talks up this church a bit. we come. teach him and his whole family for the past month and they all got baptized this saturday! that's the really boiled down version. but theese people are sooooo amazing. they give us like. 4  5 foot staffs of sugarcane every time we go. and laplap and so much other food. it's so great. and they have such great faith. the church house is like a 2 hour walk for them from their house. us missionaries can afford to take a bus and go teach them but for them to come to church they got up (and continue to get up) super early and started walking. they're such gems of people.

and one thing that is a commandment in the church is that if someone wants to get baptized and is living with someone they either have to get married first or move out. no longer sleep together. and this is usually a huge cramp in the baptismal prep cuz of customs and strongheaded people and stuff. but these gems. were totes down for it. so i got to go to a marriage on saturday! i signed my name as a witness! yeah! it was sooooo cool i was grinning from ear to ear the whole marriage while everyone else was poker face. i don't care it was so great. 

and then there's christina. just another gem of a person. anyway. we stumbled upon her a while ago. we've been teaching her pretty steadily for a long while now. and so she visited a friends house and some how her friend had a copy of the liahona ( from like. october last year. she takes it. she reads the whole thing, asks us if we have anymore. she is so great. 

jubilee is gonna get ordained to the aaronic priesthood next week! he bought his own hymn book and scriptures and stuff! he's so great. he was baptized like. last week. but he already acts and everyone treats him like he's a long time member! he's so great. so many great people. so many. 

also im almost 21. gahhhhh
whenever i steal more pix from my comp or my camera comes back or i buy a new one i'll send some pix. have a great day friends! it's a great day to be alive. trials challenges. suckiness and happiness combined. it's a great day. make it great!

that's all for now.

elder hyatt vi