Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2016 4:37 PM (MDT)
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:37 AM (Vanuatu)
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
- general conference!
- building our little chapel that got wreck'd by the rain.
- frying octopus cuz that's how we roll.
- 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)