Sunday, December 18, 2016

the work.

Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2016 3:45 PM (MST)
         Monday, December 19, 2016 9:45 AM (Vanuatu)

this week man. this week felt really long and really short at the same time. like every week i guess.
so this week we've been really focusing on helping our progressing investigators to progress. like. visiting them once every day or so and trying to help them see the importance of coming to church and praying and such. some people are more ready to learn than others.

speaking of. there was this one papa in my area. he's really great. so at some point or another in almost every teaching experience. missionaries will ask. 'do you have any questions? are you confused about anything we've taught?' or something like that. so this papa. had come up with some questions. that apparently no missionary had answered. all in all they made me kinda mad cuz the first question he asked was basically a bible trivia question. like. 'do you really know every single little thing in the bible...???' and then the second one didn't have a answer. and i tried to tell him that. 'We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that [H]e will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.' (article of faith #9) and that the question he had god hasn't revealed a answer yet. but he didn't accept that... and then the 3rd question had a answer based in modern revelation from joseph smith and i tried to explain that and he said. 'yeah! joseph smith was a prophet! he should have all the answers! where's ALL THE ANSWERS'  it was a fun lesson but. not the best spiritually speaking.

we're tryin our best to do all the work that this area needs to have done. it's a lot a lot. and there's no way we can do it all. but! we can try! it's great. so much work.

also in other news. i won't be sending a email for the next couple weeks cuz im going to..... wait for it...... GAUA it's gonna be freakin amazing. so bush. so great. but no internet. sorries friends. staytuned for when we get back!

that's all for now.

love y'all.

  1. the 17 year old member dude who got baptized last year who comes with us to all of our lessons. he's really chill. his name is daniel.
  2. the kid in the white shirt is our progressing investigator. his name is Peter. he's rad.
  3. sunset cuz why not.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

banban, sweat and loving life

Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2016 6:15 PM (MST)
         Monday, December 12, 2016 12:15 PM (Vanuatu)

this week was pretty freakin rad.

my new companion elder naikasau is the best. ever. he's such a hard worker and positive and obedient and he's just amaze. so he had about a week in this area a couple months ago and i had like 2 weeks in this area before transfers. so we both knew a little and then added that all up and we found like. almost all of the former investigators in this area! it's pretty amazing. but a lot a lot of walking. my shoes are gettin hella worn out. but it's all good. i think im gonna buy some more today. 

so one of the families that we're teaching is the aunt of a recent convert. the recent convert moved from her house to her aunt's house in banban and so we come by to visit the recent convert and end up teaching the whole family and they really like talking with us and give us food like. every time. its amazing. 

church this week was kinda sad. we walked around to pick up all our investigators and walk to church with them but almost all of them had some sort of excuse. making it so... i was kinda sad. but. it's all good! we're gonna keep going and do our best to help them come unto christ! 

there was this one mama we taught. we asked her if she had ever seen or heard of a book of mormon before. she goes in her house and pulls out a english 'gospel principles' manual. completely waterlogged and stuff. but we were really really surprised and we asked her where she got it and she said her friend gave it to her. i doubt she ever read out of it cuz it's in english but! yeah! really great stuff!  

that's all for now friends. 

have a great week! 
Elda Hyatt VI

really didn't take any pictures this week except
  1. -          these cool wild flowers. 
  2. -          also that mama that always makes us food. gave us this. it's cabbage cooked with nungai (tastes like almonds) pretty delicious. and vegetarian. for all of you friends at home looking for new fancy vegetarian options. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

gahhhhh transfersss againnnnn

Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:00 PM (MST)
         Monday, December 05, 2016 10:00 AM (Vanuatu)

soooo exciting things have happened this week. so event by event again
­          transfer calls
­          im a DL again
­          i can go to gaua
­          i fetchin love my area

sooo transfers came and im staying in this new area that i got put in just after ZC. banban west. it's the best. there's so much work to do and friends to make and people to teach. it's so great i'm so sosososososo happy right now. it's amazing.

so districts got re arranged and so im still a district leader of a relief society but only 2 comps of sisters now. it's all good tho. also random. our house is basically in a watermelon garden. and no one comes to check on the watermelons cuz the land owner lives on another another island so we get unlimited free delicious watermelon. it's great.

also i made steaks last night. turned out pretty good. added too much spice tho.

in my new area im assigned to look after some other small small islands with lil branches on them so i might leave for a week or 3 and go to fetchin paradise.... i kno right
also my area is amazing and i haven't met my new comp yet but they're probably great and it's p day and just. the future and everything is just. so amazing. so rad.

everything is legit right now. also here's some pix cuz the internet is deciding to be fast this week.
1.      a giant tree fell in the road so we immediately made the safest decision and climbed it to the very tippy top. Amazing
2.      giant tree #2
3.      me and my district. #reliefsociety

4.      #district activity #BBQ it was pretty awesome.

what is love? also im in a trio now

Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2016 3:32 PM (MST)
         Monday, November 28, 2016 9:32 AM (Vanuatu)

major events of this week.
i got a buzz cut
my glasses officially broke
zone conference
now im a trio
and rain. lots of lots of rain.
let's start at the top and work on through huh? so. in prep for zone conference, i asked my comp elder atuake to give me a hair cut. he's cut my hair like 3 times in the past each time a pretty nice hair cut. but this time he decided to give me the buzz... so my hair is short now.

my glasses(the really old walmart ones that survived since sophmore year of HS) the metal bent and broke and are now a nice paper weight. i am grateful i still have one pair left. this online pair will last. i can feel it. only 16 monies to go.

ZoNe CONFeReNcE! a amazing experience as always. this is my 3rd zone conference... i only have 5 left! gah! my mission is flying by! the theme of 'what if love were the only reason' made it so zone conference was a lot of lessons about what is love. how christ shows his love for us. and how we can bring that to the investigators and members. really great stuff.
also. just before zone conference, a elder in my zone got really sick and so his companion is now with us! in a trio! and we get to work in both his area and ours until the end of the transfer! yeah! his area is great. lots of work to do. people to find and teach. im grateful for my capacity to work.

also it's been raining a ton. which is nice cuz when it rains it isn't sunny so it's considerably cooler when it rains. i love my umbrella.

that's all for now friends,

have fun with all the cold. and chrstmas. and related events.

elder hyatt vi
1.      this is my relief society. sisters manatau rivera auelua manly sellesin kakianako and elders 'atuake and skousen.
2.      my new area? for a week?

3.      my new area part2

Monday, November 21, 2016

half jews and diamond investigators

Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 3:39 PM (MST)
         Monday, November 21, 2016 9:39 AM (Vanuatu)

hi friends.

this week was an experience. i am very grateful for my umbrella.
there's a superstition here that goes. if a tourist boat(cruise ship) comes, it will rain. and boy did it rain. the boat came on like wednesday and then thursday through saturday. just. RAIN RAIN RAIN im very grateful for all of the stuff i have that's water proof or water resistant and just. yeah!

so. my diamond investigator. i've talked about her before a couple times. she's the bomb. like. we already taught her all the official lessons and she was really engaged while we taught but she didn't really read the book of mormon. and now, she's discovered the foot notes and she read. 4 WHOLE CHAPTERS in one day. oh good golly gosh no investigator in my whole mission has ever read that much out of that holy book. and she did it in one day. it made me so so soso sososo happy. like. yay! the only slightly sad part is i might not be in this area when she is finally ready to enter the waters of baptism.

and now for the half jews. so. there's a religion reffered to as the SDA's. they believe that their church is true purely based off of exodus 20. and from what i understand the founder was at one point a mormon woman who wanted the priesthood but it was denied her. anyway.

we had a lesson with a very stubborn SDA and i had heard about them before but i really hadn't gotten into it with one before. during the lesson he basically tried to chastize us for not following the 10 commandments. it was pretty funny. part way through the lesson i was just partially laughing inside because of how rediculous their beliefs are. they basically believe christ fufilled the law but only part. cuz the 10 commandments were written in stone, they are still the foundation. it's ok he's hopefully gonna read the book of mormon like he promised and then it will all work out.
also last big thing that happened this week. OUR BRANCH GOT A PRESIDENCY!

so i've been in this area for like. 4 months by now and for basically the whole time i've been the presiding authority and sunday school teacher, and and and... but! now i am not! now i am just a missionary! yay!

wanna hear a joke? did you know that many a blonde dyes by her own hand? tragic right?

that's all for now! slow internet this week so..... no pix. might send home a flash with all of them for christmas. yep.

elda hyatt vi

life and stuff

Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 3:46 PM (MST)
         Monday, November 14, 2016 9:46 AM (Vanuatu)

i dunno im not good at titling emails.

this week went by pretty quickly. our branch is gonna get a branch president this week!!!!! finally!!!!!!! we're so stoked. positive change.

it's kinda sad when you find out that your investigators fully remembered the return appointment and deliberately scheduled to be in the bush at their garden during the appointment... sigh.

this one mama we've been teaching. she has a copy of the bible in the 'good news' translation. and she mentioned that she really likes our bibles and that she wants one so. we're gonna buy a copy of the standard works for her. here they're pretty cheap and yeah! the only thing is that she and a lot of the people here only think about religion and reading and praying and all that really really important stuff. when we, the elders, are there or if it's sunday.

looking forward to the future and pressing forward through the trials.
life is good~
that's all for now.

elder hyatt vi
1. squad

2. chillin

Monday, November 7, 2016


Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2016 4:28 PM (MST)
         Monday, November 07, 2016 10:28 AM (Vanuatu)

this week has been an experience. felt really really long. 
our golden investigators seem more and more golden. and everyone else is just... the rocks around the gold. i feel like that's terrible to say but. it's true. the people who we've found who are sincerely looking for truth are the most amazing people ever! and then there's everyone else who hides from and lies to us.. it's all good. 

my father has asked me to explain my 'millennial slang' to all you old people who apparently read this. so. p dope. p is short for pretty. cuz im lazy. and typing retty is a lot of work. dope is a word that can refer to drugs but the people who take the drugs feel that they're great so. p dope is pretty great. tho is short for though. cuz adding the ugh is silent letters anyway and just ughhhh... hah. anyway.

i've been studying in the old testament lately(along with the book of mormon...). did you know there's a difference between a sin offering and a trespass offering? cuz i didn't. but now i do! calculated out how many pages a day i gotta read to be able to finish the old testament before i finish my mission so. yeah! right now im somewhere in leviticus. good stuff. have you read the bible all the way through before? 

i hear the election is tomorrow. should be fun? lots of good candidates? haha i make myself laugh. 

we had 23 people come to church on sunday. that's all for now. k byeeeeee

Friday, November 4, 2016

heaven and hell

Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2016 4:47 PM (MDT)
         Monday, October 31, 2016 9:47 AM (Vanuatu) 
this week tho.
this week felt short and long. sickness and health. we've nicknamed our three villages sodom zion and gomorrah. yep. zion's right in the middle.
people have been hiding from us a lot this week. ate a lot of mangos this week.
we started teaching a mama who is kinda is at a crossroads in her life. and she's very passionate about her beliefs in christ and it's really great being able to help her come to understand the doctrines of the kingdom. and she's very knowledgable of the bible and we've been using like 500% more scriptural support than we usually do cuz usually people don't know/care about the scriptural support. it's been pretty great. she's pretty great. D&C 29:7 is a really great scripture i've been thinking about a lot lately. the work progresses. press forward!
that's all for now!
elder hyatt vi
1.      my companion like a boss climbing a coconut tree

2.      we harvested like. 20 green coconuts from one tree. i'm also getting really good at cutting coconuts.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

general conference! yeah!

Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2016 4:37 PM (MDT)
         Monday, October 24, 2016 9:37 AM (Vanuatu)

hi friends.

so this week we had general conference on saturday and sunday. and a lot of people were pretty interested in it cuz here in vanuatu, all the various churches have 0 central authority and so. they were very curious about it.
we're working more with members now in our area. all the men in vanuatu are generally very strong headed and not willing to change. and so, when we missionaries come and invite people to change and come unto christ, they're very stubborn.. but it's ok. the work progresses at the speed heavenly father will have it and all i gotta do is make sure im doing everything he wants me to so that i don't make the work go slower.
all the talks were really great. like. really really great. and like. one thing that happened. is we were explaining to some of the members about the organization of the church leadership and one of the papas noted that president monson was really old. and he was like. 'his son is gonna take his place soon huh.' and that made me smile. cuz these people have only been members during president monson's time as prophet. and they don't know about previous prophets except for joseph smith. and just. my heart went out to them. and we got to teach them about the modern day prophets a little. very grateful for the picture book thing that has all the faces of the prophets.
mango season is in full swing, i ate probably.. 10? mangos this week. pretty good. for those of you at home who have never tasted a 1/2 ripe mango. it tastes like a apple. only when they're fully ripe do they taste like mango. weird. but good.

been learning a bunch of stuff from a stash of talks i got from another missionary. desiring to improve. to be better. to learn more. to grow and become what god expects me to be. theres a bunch of different ways to study and learn from the scriptures. one that i found out this week is like. old testament=premortal christ. new testament= mortal christ/post mortal christ. Book of mormon= pre and post mortal christ. doctrine and covenants= post mortal christ. they all interconnect and work out because he's the same yesterday today and forever. and like. i've never seriously studied the old testament or the new testament in depth so. im gonna dive into those and hope to come to know christ more fully. and change myself to become more like him.
some of the people we're working with are pretty dope. some really want to find the truth and are working with heavenly father to find that out. and we get to be a part of that! yeah! also something that i kinda found out about is that some people here join the church purely for the fact that the church has the capacity to pay for children's school fees and housing and stuff. and it made me kinda mad that people abuse that tithing money. like. that money is sacred. they don't care about the truth or the gospel. they only care about the fact that the church can give them money. and if and when the church stops giving them money they become insta-less active. sigh.... it's ok. god is a perfect judge and it's not my problem. i just gotta have the worthiness to have the gift of discernment. yeah!

being a district leader is weird. filling out papers and coordinating the work and stuff. my shirts are always dirty. tried bleach. didn't really work. it's ok. pale yellow-brown is the new white right?
yeah! missionary work! yeah! district leader! yeah!
D&C 4 is really great. whom god calls he qualifies. the field is white. i know it with all my heart and mind and i'll testify of it with all my might and strength.
that's all for now!
elder hyatt vi
  1. general conference!
  2. building our little chapel that got wreck'd by the rain.
  3. frying octopus cuz that's how we roll.
  4. poor little bird got trapped in the chapel. found him when we went to district meeting. his nails were freakin sharp tho. ouch. caught him and let him out of the chapel. he was probably in there since sunday.. (district meeting is on tuesday)

Monday, October 17, 2016

'you're a district leader.' im a... what?!

Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2016 5:39 PM (MDT)
         Monday, October 17, 2016 10:39 AM (Vanuatu) 

hello friends.

yes. i am now a bouncing baby district leader.

transfers have come and elder atuake and i are not leaving the area of tanavoli but the districts got re-arranged and i am now a district leader of a newly created district! but im more of a relief society president because there's only sisters in my district haha

this week was pretty good. pretty rainy. on tuesday, we went and taught a whole soccer team at the same time! it was really unexpected and really new experience but yeah! we were able to preach the message of the restoration to 12 people! yeah! #purposefufilled!

also we've found and taught and such a mama who has been kinda investigating the church for a really long time but never like. offically talking to missionaries kinda thing. it was really great talking to her and stuff and yeah!

it's been raining a lot lately.  like when we have church we have to like. yell over the sound of the rain hitting the tarp.

we helped a papa in our branch build a floor in his kitchen. by no means good enough to pass american or mechanical engineer standards but. for bush standards it was pretty good. he was happy with it.

i dunno what else to talk about. the internet is really really slow here right now. so. only a few pictures and small email.  sorry.

good dayyyyy

Sunday, October 9, 2016

a week of miracles!

Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2016 4:41 PM (MDT)
         Monday, October 10, 2016 9:41 AM (Vanuatu) 
so, so many things happened this week so im just gonna go down the list of really awesome stuff that happened this week.
miracle 1, my camera basically resurrected itself. like. i gave up on it it was fuzzy and had water in it and it was just. a lost cause. but because it can still read the card, i carried it around with me in my bag. and then on thursday i took it out of my bag to use the flash to scare a chicken(i know right) and. IT WORKS AGAIN LIKE WITH GOOD PICTURES i was very very shocked and took some good pix and my camera was alive for the baptism and it was just. a miracle. it was great.
miracle 2, we had a BAPTISM?!? like? what! we had a baptism. it's still kinda surreal. it was such a great experience and even though it rained all day, during the service, it stopped raining for us. it was legit. and i took some great pix and all of the Se 's friends came and he's really welcomed into our little branch and it was the best. and just. life is lookin up despite the rain clouds
also something that's kinda funny. in santo, when ever a cruise ship comes to town, it rains. with out fail. like. it'll be nothing but blue skys and oppressive sun and then the cruise ship rolls up and boom. clouds. rain. it's happened like every time. without fail. white people bring rain. heh.
miracle 3. on sunday, we were hoping the very busy district president would be able to come to our little unit thing. and do a bunch of interviews to help some young men progress in the priesthood. and it looked like he wasn't gonna come but then he did and 3 young men now have the priesthood in our branch and i was the dude that got to do the ordinations and it was really dope experience. and also our district president is really sincere and he started out in a branch smaller than ours in ambae and now he's the district president and a RM and he's just a really dope guy. we had a really good day at church despite the constant rain.
one thing here is that people's drinking water is rainwater gathered by corrugated tin roofs and gathered into buckets and tanks and it hasn't rained in a while and it's great cuz now they all have water again! yay!
also a poisonous caterpillar bit me on my neck. or im allergic to something again.
i dunno what else to talk about now so. that's all for now. i'll send a bunch of  pix now.
that's all for now!
11.      resurrected camera! in the bush! cutting green coconuts for drinking water!
22.      gahhhhhh baptism! the kid getting baptized is named Se and his mom leah and his little sister!
33.      ocean baptisms and cloudy skys!
44.      lots of rain and hiding in our chapel from the rain
55.      bush chapel

66.      baptism pix

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2016 4:39 PM (MDT)
         Monday, October 03, 2016 9:39 AM (Vanuatu)

hi friends. so this week was. eventful.

on monday we went to district activity. we went to a blue hole (basically a really big deep hole of really blue freshwater) and played some volley ball. it was pretty great. we all (like. 12-14 people) all sat/stood up in the back of the transport truck to get there. it was kinda sketchy but pretty fun. also i tried to use the water proof feature of my camera and. guess what everyone. it's not waterproof. so. sorry guys. few/no pictures now-the future until i can find and buy a new camera.

tuesday we had a specialized training with the mission pres. it was really really great. like. every time he talks i feel the spirit. whether in email or in person. he's such a great dude. one thing that one of the other missionaries said about when disappointments(investigators not keeping commitments) happen, 'sometimes they aren't our souls to save' so we just have to go and find the souls we are supposed to save. really great stuff.

one thing that is kinda annoying about vanuatu in general is the level of patriarchy. like. theres a bunch of young single adults in our area who what to be taught by us but they live with their respective fathers and their fathers have said no. so. all those potential investigators... just barely out of reach.... sigh...

it's all good. we're likely to transfer out of the area in 12 days and the area has a strong possibility of being closed after due to the small size of the area. so we're working in overdrive to get as many people as we can into the waters of baptism before we leave.

I HAVE MY FIRST BAPTISM THIS SATURDAY im super super stoked. it's gonna be so great. and everyone in the villages will see the baptism and then be more interested and then we can baptize even more people! it's gonna be great!

our little bush chapel (now made of poles of wood/bamboo and a tarp tied down over the top) is the best. the new open one is good because now, investigators and non members feel more comfortable being able to sneak in and sit at the back. it's great.

been thinking a lot about what my purpose and how it's why im here. and how every minute of all the time we should be working towards helping someone or hopefully multipule someones come unto christ. it's great. i'm glad that i have this work to do. that i have this small time of mine to labor in the vineyard and thrust in my sickle with my might. it's great.

that's all for now.

elder hyatt vi

1.      blue hole before i dunked my camera
2.      walking with the district to the blue hole from the place we played volley
3.      truck pre trip. #supersafe
4.      walking back from church along the beach and paused to rest and take a pic
5.      us and a coconut crab(really heavy)
6.      coconut crabs are really really big. and can totally break your finger in half.
7.      more pix of the blue hole (thanks to my comp's camera)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

our purpose.. 1.. 2.. ready.. go!

this week tho. every week tho. mission life tho.
this week was pretty awesome. we had a split with the district leader. it was a pretty good experience. i went to tanavoli with elder samante and my companion left me!!! ahhhh separation anxiety of my child leaving meeee. it's ok it was only for 2 days(woulda been one day but transport is rare and expensive) learned a lot of stuff. spent a lot of time in the area. i learned how to give someone a tattoo from one of the dudes in our area. cool stuff. if you wanna get a tattoo all you need is a sharpie, a needle and some charcoal. good stuff.
so we have one really progressing investigator we have. even before we started teaching him he was coming to church. and we've been teaching him and he knows a lot of stuff about Christianity(he's like 11 years old) i think he went to some sort of church school before we met him. but he's really dope and his date is next week!!!! ahhhh!!!!!!!! which reminds me.. i need to talk to my district leader about coming to do the interview... anyways.
our little branch is so great. we got a double en(basically a tarp) and this week they're gonna cut some wood to hold up the double en and make some benches to sit on and we'll have a little tiny bush chapel of awesomeness! yeah! we've befirended like all of the people in the village where the chapel is so. now we have a bunch of potential investigators and apparently one of the papas in that village has been praying for a long time that all of his friends in his village would be able to become members and it's just. so dope to be able to help answer someone's prayer.
we have a district activity today im stoked about. we're gonna go to a celebration for a province of vanuatu. torbati day! it's gonna be so great!
there's a bunch of elders standing around wanting to use this computer so.
that's all for now! 
elder hyatt vi
1.      some cool WWII era ammo a dude in our area showed us
2.      lap lap banana (w/ coconut milk on top)
3.      cool new fruit i ate(apparently called sakk)

4.      usa river when it was super cloudy and still and like a mirror #dope

Sunday, September 18, 2016

keep going!

Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 6:16 PM (MDT)
         Monday, September 19, 2016 11:16 AM (Vanuatu)
this week felt really long but in the end, looking back it was a p dope week.
so the branch that im serving in is kinda getting moved, like the epicenter of the church used to be in a village called tanavoli(really far from downtown luganville) to the new epicenter berol! (only kinda far from town) and because of that we've been doing a lot of establish-a-branch work. it's cool though. all the members are really excited that they don't have to wait for a truck that will maybe come to take them to sacrament! they can just walk to berol!
all our progressing investigators are really busy and hard to get a hold of so we're doing a lot of finding and contacting. which is met with lukewarm success. some people are like. *whispering to their family member but i can still hear them* just say yes so they'll go away... while others are like. yeah i've seen you around a time or two! yeah! i wanna know more! it's super great. on sunday we contacted a family of 7 and it was a really great lesson and the mom is good friends with a member mama so. hoping and praying that they follow through on their commitments to read and pray.
something i've learned this week is... don't refuse food. so. guess whos gonna be nice and plump. in 18 more months. this guy. it's ok. we've been doing a lot of service lately. helping people carry fire wood from the bush. helping cut firewood at their house. help get water from the spring(20 mins from the village) to their house. as a result, i've been sleeping really well at night cuz im really tired. missionary work! we've had some setbacks this week. some previously progressing investigators we now have to drop cuz... but it's all good! keep going!

1.      first mango of the season(not really ripe yet but it still tasted really good)\
2.      found a new beach in our area. nooice.
3.      the inside roof of the place where we hold sacrament
4.      service in the bush!

5.      another pix of my district

Sunday, September 11, 2016

knowledge and growth

Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:41 PM (MDT)
         Monday, September 12, 2016 9:41 AM (Vanuatu)
this week seemed really really long. the area that im serving in got cut in half and so. we've been staying in the small villages that we'd only visit for like a hour or two before, for a whole day now. finding some new investigators and building relationships with people. 

the members here really really like us. like. whenever we come by, they feed us whatever they have on hand. such as, coconuts, naloat (roasted breadfruit cooked with coconut milk), nungai, carrsol(soursop) or gato(basically sugar free donuts). right now the branch im in is getting split because the geographical area it covers is ginormous and the cost of paying for transport for all the members to come to sacrament is a lot so the branch is getting split. and we as missionaries are like. the one constant that knows all of the members and the district presidency has been depending on us for help through the change and it's been good. seeing the positive changes. less actives getting excited about coming to church, good good stuff.

i’ve become good at peeling coconuts. like. coconuts when they fall off the tree have like a 1-2 inch thick covering of fiberous stuff. and inorder to harvest the kakai inside, you gotta peel that fibery stuff off. basically using a big stick of rebar or a carved root sticking out of the ground and then impaling the coconut and using torque to break it off bit by bit. small bits of service that i can do. 
found another issue of general conference Liahona in my apartment. #loving studying the words of the prophets. this week was kinda hard but approaching the difficulties with prayer and obedience, i really saw the influence of God in me and my area this week. my testimony grows every day.

im grateful for the chance i have to serve. im grateful for my lil branch i get to look after and be the representative for christ to. life is good

that's all for now.

Elder Hyatt VI

1.      crushing some nungai (kinda tastes like almonds) open with a pikinini
2.      selfie with some kids in usa (oosha)
3.      my district before transfers
4.      SQUAD (aka p day boredom)

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2016 4:57 PM (MDT)
         Monday, September 05, 2016 9:57 AM (Vanuatu)

i don't really know what to talk about here so we'll see how this email turns out
this week was really short and really long. we got some more people on date for baptism.

we went to the deep bush on thurday and met a really cool family. we helped the mama collect and cut some firewood and then took it back to their house and then they gave us some fresh papaya and mercot and we taught them and it was great. like really great. working in the bush is amazing.

one of our investigator families came to church and it was really awesome.

on sunday it was fast sunday and it was really really nice and breezy and cloudy and not that hot but the fact that it was fast sunday made it feel really really long. also like 3 seperate families that we went to on fast sunday offered us feast level food and we had to decline... it was tragic.

also this link is a video that we took one day. it was too big to attach so i hope it works
cow video
i dunno this week was kinda eh. some people are progressing and some people are being really stubborn and refusing to keep their commitments but they still want to be baptized. kinda frustrating.
also a mama in the bush gave us like. a tonnnnnn of cabbage. like. it's gonna go bad before we eat it all. but it's good cuz we haven't been eating vegetables at all cuz..... i dunno. laziness and stuff. we eat coconuts. does that count?

someone is borrowing my sd card reader right now so. sorries no pictures this week.

been studying about charity and prayer.
that's all for now.

elder hyatt vi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

zone conference and milestones

Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:41 PM (MDT)
         Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:41 AM (Vanuatu)

this week seemed really short and really long. time passes weird in general as missionaries.
honestly i can't remember all that much that happened this week and the journal that i recorded it all in is at my apartment so.
we had quite a few new investigators this week. relatively. it was kinda great. like one time we went to a return appointment but she wasn't there. and when we were asking her husband about her and such, her coworker's husband was standing nearby and it started to rain. you people in america don't know what rain is. anyway. he(our investigator's coworker's husband) invited us to go and hide in his house and wait out the rain! and that was a really awesome teaching opportunity. and he had a lot of really good questions and we had to be like. 'good questions. good stuff. that question is answered in lesson 2, different section of our doctrine. we'll talk about that next time.' really great stuff.
the truck to take all the investigators to sacrament actually came this week! we had 40 attendance at sacrament! it was really awesome. like. dang son. i also taught sunday school and priesthood. had a really good lesson with a investigator that can now be deemed progressing! his name is also matthew and he put on his only button up shirt to talk to us. he's p awesome.
hey guys. don't forget that the book of mormon is the most important thing in our religion(a religion being a system of beliefs-thanks dictionary). its truthfulness and feeling the holy ghost is basically the whole goal of missionary work.
zone conference!!! my mission pres is better than your mission pres! he is really awesome and i got a lot of revelation and application points of how i need to and can improve to become. 'remember who you are and what god expects you to become'  -thomas s monson
oh yeah. parents/all others who can and want to look at the fb page. i found out that the mission president's wife maintains a facebook page of the mission. vanuatu port vila mission 2015-2018. look it up and maybe find more pictures and videos of yours truly? i don't know i can't go on it. but you can!
theres other stuff i could talk about but. eh. live is good. life is looking up. zone conference pumps me up to be a better missionary. to try new things. to be better. to work harder. yep.

that's all for now!
elder hyatt vi

1.      a spring(river?) thing next to the road that we got some much needed refreshment from
2.      it was so cloudy and rainy you couldn't see aore.(the other island across the bay channel thing. i failed geography)
3.      cool beach picture
4.      zone conference lunch
5.      zone conference
6.      zone conference
7.      zone conference