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