Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:13 PM (MST)
Monday, November 20, 2017 9:13 AM (Vanuatu)
Monday, November 20, 2017 9:13 AM (Vanuatu)
im sorry i didn't email for the past 2 weeks. some people were stupid and the email privilages for the whole zone got taken away. but! they have been given back! so here i am!!!!
as you can imagine a whole crud tonne of stuff happened these past two weeks. some highlights as they come to mind:
re uniting with old investigators! back in the day i worked this area for 4-5 months with my first child elder atuake. and now im back! but this time i have wheelz. so that makes everything fasteeerrrr!!! but also a lil more stressful cuz as zone leaders we get called on to do stuff all the time and we have a limit on how many km s we can use a month and it's just a little stressful. but it's kinda paradoxical seeing how many things have changed and many things have stayed exactly the same.. for example some of my former investigators who never really progressed were super happy to catch up with me! but still wont progress.. haha
another really cool thing that happened. right before atuake and i got sent out of 1/2 of our area before we had just contacted this one family that was super stoked to hear the gospel but their house was supppeeerrr far from our house and without wheelzz it was really hard to go to them then pres sent us out and it was kinda sad... but! we came back and they(mama may and papa moli) are still super enthusiastic about the church! and now we're teaching them! and they feed us ridiculously good and ridiculously healthy island food everytime we go! because they live in the middle of a huge garden and ripe and delicious food is literally all around!
zzzzooonnnneeeee conferenceeeeeee yep. we had a one day zone conference as as a newly assigned zone leader i had a large part to play to make sure all the missionaries were where they were supposed to be. and everything was set up and conducting the program.... ect. but it was great! and at the end of the night dropping president and sister granger off at their hotel, they were quite generous with their appreciation for the work that we did. which is odd for me. but all in all setting up and doing zone conference and all that reminded me of the days when my father. was the stake young mens president of the richmond stake in texas and we always set up and took down for youth conferences and stake dances and such. so i guess i was prepared for this assignment a longgggg time ago.
transfers happened! and guess what! im staying!!!! and from some hints heavily dropped by pres during the time that we spent with him in conversation, im probably gonna die zone leader santo!!! mixed emotions! but along with transfers, my buddy ol pal elder gray sent me a whole squad of lil baby missionaries! fresh from the womb!(mtc) and since the zone leaders have a fetching mansion of a house, we got to keep all of them in our house! until we could put them in their areas at least. and then for zone conference, all the elders from malekula(a squad of 6) came to our house and stayed too! it was super dope getting to spend so much time with new people and old people and all that but with that when 10+ people pass in and out of your house. it doesn't stay very clean. so for better or for worse. the life of zl santoooooooooo
i literally have so many pictures i want to send but i can't choose.
exchanges!!! as a zone leader one of my responsibilities is to go on exchanges with all of the district leaders in my zone! and guess what!!!! there's 5 district leaders! 3 of which are on different islands!!!!! so guess who gets to play tourist while doing very serious very official zone leader stuff?!?!? it me. i get to go to gaua againnnnn and also malekula and ambaeeeee sicccckkkkkkk but on siad exchanges.i have to try and pass on every bit of wisdom and experience to these lil baby missionaries in <2 days. so all in all zone leader life is much busier and much more stressful than district leader life. but! i hope im learning and growing and becoming more christ like through my service to these other missionaries!
also im just a little bit afraid of the computers here that they'll eat my sd card and ill lose all my photos... but here it goooooeeesssss
aaannnddd that's all for now folks. have a good dayyyy
1. most of these are broken. #zoneleader gotta work that out
2. my area.
3. my area pt 2
4. it's a birb!
5. that moment when someone steals your camera and takes pix when you sweaty and gross setting up
9. the thing at the end of zone conference where everyone crowds together and does a chant thing
10. vanuatu take away boxes
11. lots of photos at the airport. missionaries coming and going.. these two my pikininis are both going to mota lava. a small island that justtt opened up to missionary work like last month.
12. it's mah wheelzzzz well. not mine but it is under my stweardship now.
13. also it's the wet season now so. non stop rain either drizzle or down pour. basically non stop.