Sunday, March 19, 2017

*running around in baptismal clothes*

Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:33 PM (MST)
         Monday, March 20, 2017 12:33 PM (Vanuatu)

hello friends.

sorry i didn't send my email last week there was a public holiday...
making it such that the email shop was closed and therefore, no email.

so i'll try and update about what has happened. we had district conference. in which our mission pres came and gave some scathing rebukes and some heartfelt encouragements. great guy. great meetings.

this week we've had 2 people enter the waters of baptism. socilla terif and saelin wakon. great people. if the internet was faster i'd send some pix too but. #tragic. this week we've been working a lot with members as our area is too ridiculously huge to do contacting work effectively. so we have some amazing members who love to feed the missionaries and share the gospel with their friends. from one mama who was contacted in november, baptized in january and is now basically the relief society president, there's gonna be another person who will most likely be baptized before i send my next email to you all. great stuff. this other person is really really old. and lovesssss to talk. a lot. like. so many thoughts de-railed and discussions changing course. but she's the best. and she has said that the mormon church is gonna be the last church she joins. she has no front teeth.but she always smiles. her name is myna. she's the best.

in vanuatu there's a custom that when someone dies there's certain days afterward which the death is remembered and celebrated? like. 10 days. 1 month. 3 months, and the last, 100 days. so this saturday we attended a 100 days kakae and it was amazing. so much food. and many members(less active and active too) coming but none recognized as mormons. when us the missionaries got up to leave and go to our appointments, i could hear quite a few people mutterin/saying 'oh the mormons are leaving now..' we should all be unashamed of the testimony of christ! all of us who are members have (hopefully) been changed by grace. i am a testimony of christ, of his atonement's power. i invite you all to be unashamed of your testimony!

that's all for now.

elder hyatt vi

Sunday, March 5, 2017

the big one two punch

Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2017 7:10 PM (MST)
         Monday, March 06, 2017 1:10 PM (Vanuatu)

that's right kids. the one two punch has finally come. 12 moneys. well. it's this thursday. 

lemme tell you story. a story of life. and of water. and of bad directions. so. i'll start at the end and then jump back to the beginning. in medias rea? i think that's what it's called. so on satuday we had a baptism. it was pretty freakin grand. his mom and brother and little sister came too. he's such a chill little kid. his name is junior. ok now back to the start.

here on santo, we as a zone have our district meetings at the same time at the one large chapel near downtown. so right before district meeting starts, there's all the missionaries milling about and chatting and such waiting for 10 o clock on the dot to start district meeting. so a sister who formerly served in banban comes up and asks. 'do you want a baptism this transfer.?' and i say, yes? and she goes on to explain about a boy named junior and how they had taught him and perpared him for baptism and then like a day before his baptismal service he moved to the bush. a real tragedy. so i tell her. alright gimme his address/directions to his house. so she hasn't been in banban for almost a year so her directions are terrible. but. i follow her directions the next day... and...

we walk up to this house. basically the whole family chilling outside under a tree/corrugated tin roof. and we ask. 'is there a junior who lives here?' and the little 10 year old boy reasonably startled stays quiet and then his mom says yeah that's junior. we teach them. get a return appointment. ect... missionary work. we come to find out later that this junior was the wrong junior. the directions were meant to lead us two houses up the road. but. now. the wrong(or should i say, the right) junior is standing in the waters of baptism and his family too and just. wow. good work team. 

in other related investigator news, in a previous email i referenced to the lost hunnit or in scriptural terms. the lost coin in the form of a part member less active family. and so this week we taught them about keeping the sabbath holy and such. committed them to come to church. not really thinking that they would come because of surrounding circumstantial evidence. yet! sunday morning like a hour before church starts when i had just gotten out of the shower. there they are standing in their sunday best at the edge of our yard(they live like. around the corner from us so. yeah.) elder naikasau and i freak out a little, giddy laughter for like 5 seconds then he jumps in the shower and we go to church. just. so much great stuff this week. 

also my truck returns into my hands this wednesday! and i fixed a bike! and this saturday/sunday is district conference!  and we're hopefully gonna have some more people ready for baptism by the saturday after district conference! huzzah!

this computer is really really slow about loading files so. i'll send pix soon. 

that's all for this week. hope you enjoyed reading that there book.

elder hyatt vi

1.      junior his mom me and naikasau
2.      fixin a bike on saturday night like a g
3.      art.
cutest baby ever (jemma) and her recent convert mama

transfers, fake outs and firesides

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:31 PM (MST)
         Monday, February 27, 2017 3:30 PM (Vanuatu)

so.... transfer calls came on friday. annnnddddddd guess what.
i'm a zone leader now!!! oh my goshhhhhh!!! ahhh! just kidding. i'm staying. that was basically what happened. the zone leaders came to give us the transfers and told me that i was the new zone leader and that a elder who is currently in vila would be coming and staying in banban with naikasau. and i believed it and gave the key to my truck to the zone leaders and then... they laughed and said basically. 'lol jk you two are staying in banban. no transfers.' *eye twitching with annoyance* but it's ok. the banban east elders are now transferring and therefore, our area just got twice as big. good thing we have a truck ehhhh???

so this week we spent some time going on splits with the banban east elders to learn/know their area better and such annnddddd it's a really big area. really big.
if you look on the good ol google, and search santo-pekoa international airport. and then look at the google maps of it. everything right of the airport? that's my area. 🙃😓
but the work moves forward. right now my companion and i are working with 4 people who are progressing at different rates. hopefully they will all come unto christ and follow him through the ordinance of baptism soon!

on sunday, we had most righetous 😎 fireside ever. fireside being the name of the meeting. no actual wood was burned during the meeting. it was about how to share the BoM wit yo freends. it was a grand ol taem. hopefully so many people come to know the truth through the efforts of our sweet lil branj.

on another note, in my personal study, i've been learning a lot about the basics. what it means to have faith. real faith. and what exactly we have faith in. and related subjects. i'm very grateful for the wisdom of those whom have gone before.

it's been a eventful couple days since i last emailed. w00t. ale gud dei~
hemia nomo!
last kakae blo olgeta we bae aot
ain't he cute? fell in, drank a bunch of oil then couldn't get out. the kids were tring to stab it in the eye with a stick.
the email struggle