Sunday, September 29, 2013

Two Month Mark

okay oh my gosh so im like cracking up over here in the internet shop from your email lol. everyones looking at me. it seems like no matter where i go people stare at me haha. i must be that gorgeous jk!! but's funny because i feel every emotion with every story you tell me about the football game, kino waving at the girls, the volleyball game, and even as if i was sitting with you guys in church. Kino...all i have to say "ISA LEI!!" hahaha its like saying "auwe!!" lol. i always say that nowadays, im getting more and more fijian everyday. hearing about your girls makes me just want to come home and help you at practice. im so happy that dad is helping you with practice because the more a family does together, the stronger they become. i wish i was there to see sarah perform with her huge smile and shake those hips lol. one of my investigators here, finau, she wants me to teach her how to dance hula, she's so funny. so i might teach her sometime and tell her the song and she go practice lol. i had a feeling that laa would take my phone. im surprised you guys let him use it and for this long haha. you should just change the name in your phone from my name to his. lol. crazy kid! im so grateful to that couple for showing their love and support while im on my mission. everytime you tell me a story like that, im reminded of why im here and what im doing and that is to serve the Lord and help my brothers and sisters come unto Christ.
well well where to start about this week. i feel like the weeks are just flying by. i cant believe that ive hit my 2 month mark already. only 16 months more and i have so much work to do!! its kind of like i never want to end my mission, i dont want to stop until i know that every single person in my area has heard about the gospel and had that option to be baptized or not. there's not enough time to get all this work done!! just a head up...dont get mad if i extend :) hopefully they'll let me but idk because there's so many missionaries nowadays. but we'll see. 
well i had my first commitment to a baptism date!!!!!! the investigators name is Meli and he's in his 20's and he's awesome!! he doesn't look like he would be a type of guy that would want to learn about religion and come closer to God but he is truly amazing! we just started teaching his wife, Lucy, and she's so interested in the gospel. our first lesson with her we started off by asking her if she had any thoughts or anything she wanted to share about the pamphlet about the restoration we gave her and she paused and started to cry. at first i was like oh my gosh what happened! but she went on saying that just by reading the pamphlet she knew that this the path she needed to take. she knew that the words she read was true already and we didn't even start teaching her yet. she also said that she truly knows that our Heavenly Father wants to give us blessings and all we have to do is be worthy of them and ask. they are having a baby and she said that she was so grateful to be having a family because she's been asking and praying that they could have a baby and now that she's pregnant no words can describe how grateful she is. she strengthened my testimony so much!! she reminded me of how much our Heavenly Father truly loves us. Yeah, i say it all the time in my lessons and my testimonies but seeing it in action and seeing how that love can effect someone's life is such a blessing. i think that she'll be right behind her husband and be baptized soon. 
but after extending the commitment of baptism i can just see how hard Satan tries to keep someone from baptism. there's this whole story/drama thing that we need to clear up before Meli gets baptized. i feel like a counselor. i know it's just Satan trying to make us quit and just give up on the idea of him becoming a member of this church but i will never give up on any child of God. im determined to get through this and overcome this trial and help Meli overcome this trial that is placed in front of him before such a big step in his life, baptism. he is ready for baptism and its our job to do all we can until he is in the waters of baptism.
well i found my fijian mom!! lol she's a member in our branch and is a part of the relief society presidency. her name is sis. nawaqovolau. and she is the sweetest and funniest woman (well besides you ofcouse) lol. she fed us like 3 times last week and im learning from her how to cook all of the different foods. so when i come home ill be able to make all these different foods for you guys and you'll eat it all! it's ono!! they just eat a lot of fish and curry and lolo (coconut milk). but she is so strong in the gospel. her son is asaeli and he's 24 and he's preparing to serve his mission. he's like my brother and he teaches me fijian but sometimes i dont trust him because he always lies to me and tells me something totally different and when i say it he just laughs and teases me. ugghhzz lol but its fun. but i hope he gets called to hawaii so you guys can find him and meet him and feed him and love him the way his family feeds and loves me. 
funny story of the me and my companion went to the chapel, not knowing that there was some type of training and so they food. (lucky us!!) lol but we went and the members told us to come eat. so we sat down and we ate some fish, kasava, some leafy thing in coconut milk. of the brothers asked me if i ate lolo. so me thinking that lolo means the same thing in fijian and hawaiian, i thought if he was asking me if i ate brain. and i was like "um no. some people at home eat it but i dont" and he looked at me in a weird way and was like aw too bad. well me and my companion were talking in our flat one night and she was saying how to cook something and she said lolo. i was like oh my gosh these people eat lolo a lot yeah. and then i was like wait, what's lolo in fijian? and she told me it means COCONUT MILK!! i was like oh my gosh!! i do eat coconut milk, no wonder that brother in the branch looked at me weird when i was eating the coconut milk on my plate but when he asked i said no. isa!! lol so i felt really dumb after that i just laughed and was like whatever now i know hahaha.
i ate my first kind of funky thing. it tasted okay. it wasn't my favorite but it wasn't like gross. i ate some chicken liver curry. at first i was like oh chicken curry yum! and then i ate it and it had weird after taste and i was like, this is not regular chicken. and then one of the sons was like sister chong you like the chicken liver? i was like oohh eemm that's why it tasted different. but i just smiled and said yeah its really good and i finished my plate but didnt go for seconds. lol. when you eat here they keep telling you to eat more and more but when you say, "au sa mamau" which means "im full" they'll be like oh okay good. so i said that after my first plate lol. but it was an experience.
we have a busy week planned ahead of us. about 20-25 lessons and hopefully we get to all of them. but we'll see. a lot of our investigators our so close to baptism but there's something keeping them from it and we're trying to find out what it is. one of my investigators is of a different faith and she asks us so much questions and so we always have to tell her okay we're going to go home and study and we'll come back with your answer. i have never studied to hard in my life and learned so much in one week. but i would not be able to find this answers without the Lord's help because He's the one who guides me as i study. 
the scripture this week is 2 Nephi 31. this whole week our focus has been baptism with most of our investigators. so it's a good scripture to read to remind us of why we were baptized. i love the verse that says that Christ was baptized and He was already perfect, so what does that say about us? if Christ was perfect and was baptized we as sinners need to definitely be baptized! i love that! 

well mama au lomani iko sara ga!! au via wasea na noqu ivakadinadina. au kila ni dina na kosipeli oqo, na kosipeli i Jisu Karisito. au kila, ena Josefa Smici, na Kalou vakalesuya mai na nona kosipeli. au vakadinadinataka vei iko kevaka keda vinakata e dua na kua e dodonu keda e masu ga. na masu e dau solisoli mai na Kalou ki vukei keda. na Kalou via rogoca na ka kece mai na noda bula. au kila na tawamudu na matavuvale. au vakavinavinakataka ena ituvatuva ni Kalou. Keda rawa ni lesu tale ki na Kalou kei na noda matavuvale kevaka keda maroroya na ivakavuvuli ni na kosipeli oqo. au wasea na ka qo e na yaca i Jisu Karisito, emeni.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

LAX Airport

Between Provo and Fiji, Keapo had a long layover so family surprised her at the airport for a last hurrah!
Uncle Pili

Aunty Summer

The Bloomfields (Aunty Summer, Ikaika, Sanoe, Trish)

Da Grands


Uncle Pili

Kaika and Sanoe

Some fam-bam

Papa, Grandma, Uncle Pili

Sisters called to serve in Fiji

Fiji Week 2

how was trents farewell? i cant believe how fast time goes by and hes leaving already. i feel like it was yesterday, we were all just sitting on the couch before church waiting for him to open his call and all he did was read where he was going and skipped the whole first part lol. typical trent lol. but im trying to look at the videos but i dont know what's happening here, i cant see it because these fiji computers are all dakine haha. but i will keep trying. maybe next week ill be able to see them.
well i have been in fiji for 2 weeks now!! its weird because i feel like ive been here forever!! but at the same time i feel like i just got here. im use to the work, the schedule, and everything already. amazing how much the Lord blesses my life. i see it everyday, more than once and i cannot thank Him enough for all He does for me. as we walk through the street and even when we're in our flat at night it gets a little scary. our flat is like 5-7 min car ride from town which is where our elders staying and we our renting and there's a bunch of other homes and places people are renting around us and we dont know any of them. the land lord is nice but they're not members so they dont really fully understand why we're here in fiji. but they take care of us. its just scary with only 2 girls in the flat by ourselves but we're okay. i know the Lord is constantly watching over us and protecting us.
we had 13 lessons this week!! thats pretty good for my first week :) it was so much fun haha. and its truly a blessing to see all of these people's lives change. we have a busy week ahead of us and we are hoping to commit 3 of them to a baptism date but we'll see how the lessons go. one of them is a little 8 year old boy, Sandhire. we've been teaching him for a while because it takes him some time to really understand what we're teaching him. his parents aren't members but they're really supportive in his decision to be baptized and they even want to come!! our second one we want to commit is Meli. he's in his 20's and we've been teaching him for a couple months but we only started teaching his wife this past week. we're hoping to get him baptized and then worthy of the priesthood so he can baptize his wife. we only have to finish the last lesson and then he's ready for baptism. its just a little hard because he's comfortable with fijian rather than english so we take a member with us to help translate. but we try to say as much as we can in fijian and we're getting a lot of help from members. im trying to work really hard on my language. the third person is sis. vesi. her mother in law and husband are members and are in our branch. she's of a different faith so its hard to teach her because theres a lot of different and new things. but shes making a lot of improvement and is starting to pray about what we share. so hopefully we can get these 3 investigators to baptism so that they can continue to receive the blessings of the gospel.
many of our investigators are ready for baptism but there's a lot of problems with marriage. a lot of them dont have their legal marriage papers which means they cant get baptized yet because of the law of chastity and stuff so we're pushing a lot of them to get their papers done. thats all we're waiting for!! a lot of them are so ready for baptism but there's this one thing that's stopping them. we teach one sister name finau. shes so funny!! shes like my sister now and we just talk about everything. but when we go teach her there are two little kids. nana, their grandma is in our branch, who's finau's mother-in-law. anyway, everytime we go over, Ty, the little boy whos 6 will go and change into his sulu and white shirt and come and listen to our lessons. he's the cutest thing lol. and he knows how to make this lemon leaf juice all by himself so during the lesson he'll go and make it and he always yells at his nana, "where's the sugar!? where's the cup?" so funny and it's actually really good. the little girl, wendy, is 4 and she LOVES playing with my hair. she has really short hair because her nana cuts of but since the very first time a saw her in church she immediately started touching my hair. she'll come and sit on my lap and try to put my hair on her head so it looks like she has long hair. shes adorable! and their nana, sis. rakuita, is the sweetest lady. shes like my fijian grandma. she always gives me a huge hug and kiss and feeds us and just treats me and my companion as her grand children. love her!!
there's another girl in our branch, Joanna, and she's my age and she's preparing for her mission. so she comes with us to some lessons and she's so crack up! but we've grown so close and we go over to her house for language study and she just helps us with any sentences and just speaks to us in fijian. i think if i do that everyday then i will definitely get my fijian faster. she knows elder nawahine because he's serving from where she's originally from. she always tells me about what he use to do and all that stuff, doesn't surprise me, some of the stuff she tells me that he does lol. i cant wait to see him! but she's such a sweet girl and ill send you a picture of her. but she's also a good cook and she said she's gonna teach me how to cook fijian food :)
yesterday it rained all day!! it felt so good, except we had to walk in it all day lol. but it was still fun :) we were jumping in puddles and stuff with the kids. some kids were playing rugby in the mud and stuff, looked like they were having so much fun :)
the scripture for this week is john 3:16. i know we've all read this one a million times but really think about what it's saying. that God loved us, His children, soooo much that He gave His only Begotten son. He sent His son to die for US. die for OUR sins. all so that we can return back to Him and have everlasting life. how is great is the love our Heavenly Father has for us. in preach my gospel it says that the greatest love is God's love for us and that we should be working hard everyday to develop that same love. as a missionary, we need to view everyone with the same amount of love that God has for them. it's really hard let me tell you but i testify that when we do this we will begin to labor in their behalf and we will truly forget ourselves and want nothing less then eternal life for our brothers and sisters. 

well the work is amazing!! the people are amazing!! the food is amazing!! the language is amazing!! the branch is amazing!! and my companion is amazing!! the Lord is spoiling me lol. in every lesson i teach the spirit is so strong. before going into the lessons i always get worried about what im going to say and how i say it. but once i get in there its like i always know exactly what to say and  how to say because the spirit is guiding me. i witness miracles everyday in not only my life but other peoples lives as well. i have never been challenged so much before but at the same time i have never received so many blessings. my testimony grows everyday as i meet new people and listen to their testimonies, even my investigators!! i don't wish to be anywhere else but in labasa, fiji!! au misitaki kemudou!! au lomani kemudou sara ga!! 

loloma levu,
sista chong
ps...i still hate these little frogs and geckos and every little gross creature!! i still wait for my companion to open the door to our flat and i run inside as fast as i can lol.
 We found this coconut with the meat still in it on the side of the road so I picked it up,
took it home, cleaned it, and my companion taught me how to take the meat out with a knife!
 Our dryer lol
 Na noqu badge
 i still use volleyball on my mission :) we made an investigator game plan. 
the champs are our recent converts. tryouts-potential investigators. 
cuts-new investigators. teams...jv-progressing investigators 
vars-investigators with baptism dates.
au kei na noqu itokani
 Walk to town
Cute little boy

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fiji week 1


"Man's extremities is God's opportunities." -Elder Holland

man i have so much to say....where to start!!? should i start from the cold showers or creatures or food or people?? hmmmm well ill start from when we got on that plane to fiji...
on sept. 7, after seeing everyone at the airport i was ready to head to fiji. i thought it would be hard to leave them but it wasn't, i didn't want to stay. which is weird because i always rather to go home to kauai but it truly shows how much i love this work and how much i love this gospel. im praying that my time here in fiji doesn't fly by but that i get a chance to take in every moment. to really experience everything in this work. anyway, the plane ride was 9 hours and 50 minutes. they have comfy planes!! i had enough leg room and my seat went back pretty far, i was practically lying down!! lol except one of the taller elders from my district was next to me and was getting mad that i could lie down because im so short haha. yay short people!! so the plane ride was really good and i slept pretty much the whole time, which probably doesn't surprise you.
we landed in fiji at 530am in Nadi, Fiji on Sept. 9 and then we needed to drive to Suva, which was about a 4-5 hour bus ride. when we first got in Nadi it looked just like home and it even felt like home. the air felt like that crisp kauai air and i felt like i was waiting for you guys to come and pick me up from the airport lol. but instead we got on a big bus that took us all to Suva. it then dropped us off and there were some elders waiting for us there who took us in vans to the mission office.

the mission office and mission home is right in that same block with the temple. its beautiful!! we went and ate some lunch, chop suey, and then we started a welcome orientation and interviews with the mission president. we couldn't do everyone on that same day so the rest of us who weren't being interviewed went and stayed with some of the missionaries in that suva area. me and one of the other sisters, sister alofoe, went with these 2 sisters. sister su'a from america samoa and sister tuahiva...(she has a really long name) from tahiti. they were so kind and taught me so much while i was there. the first lesson we went with them was with a family and they committed them to baptism!! the spirit was so strong and the family was so faithful, it showed me how much the gospel can truly change someones life.
on wednesday i finally got my interview with my mission president and he is awesome!! he truly cares about us as missionaries and he truly wants to help us in everything. and his wife is like our mom here and she cooked for us and made us feel at home. then finally on thursday we got our areas. after a overview of the mission rules and everything we each received an envelope with our areas. it was like opening another mission call and my heart was beating fast!! LABASA AREA!! my area i was called to, labasa area, was the only area for the sisters that came with me that was off island. so im not on the main island!! im on the second largest island and there's only two pairs of sister missionaries here. in labasa its soooooo hot!! its hotter then home and we walk everywhere so i feel so gross at the end of the day because ive been sweating all day. i really think im going to lose weight because we walk a lot. and every night im exhausted!! this work is hard and it takes hard work to spread the gospel but i love every minute of it. as soon as my head hits the pillow, im done for, out cold. lol but my body is getting used to waking up early. okay here's the one catch about labasa or just going to a different can only take 1 suitcase!!!! i bought a carry on suitcase at the MTC because my bags were too heavy and so that's the bag i brought to Labasa. my little carry on suitcase!! that's all!! i literally left more then half my stuff back in suva. i only could bring my essentials. 2 skirts, 5 shirts, a brush, toothbrush, contact stuff, and the rest books. i dont know how im doing it but its definitely living simple lol.
my trainer or we call it my mom is sister ongesel from micronesia. shes awesome and i love her so much! shes really tiny and quiet so she's getting use to my loudness but shes so funny and we get along well. we're learning so much from each other. we're even teaching each other our languages. so im teaching her some hawaiian and shes teaching me some of her language, i forget what it's called because she's from a smaller island that has their own language but its fun, and together we're learning fijian and some hindi. our investigators and some members are going to help us learn fijian and they're so happy that we're trying to learn their language. im in an english ward so not many sisters try to learn the language because they dont need to, but i WANT to. im determined!!
we have a lot of new investigators that we are still meeting and are going to continue to meet this week. they all seem very interested in the gospel and im excited to teach them and get to know them. the first day we went to teach lessons i was so nervous because i was like "oh my gosh this is a real investigator!! what if i say the wrong thing and they never accept the gospel!?" well i soon got over that once i opened my mouth in our first lesson. her name is silika and she's 21 and she is really interested in the gospel and already wants to get baptized and we haven't even started teaching her yet. well after our lesson with her, my fears went away and i noticed that throughout the lesson if you just listen to the holy ghost, it's not possible to say the wrong thing. remember that!! but im excited to get to know all our investigators and help them come unto Christ and be baptized. we have, hopefully, 1 or 2 baptisms at the end of this month already. can't wait!! it's truly a blessing to see how these people's lives change and how they are willing to change so that they can come to know God and Jesus Christ better. when we go and teach them, their houses usually only have 2 rooms. the living room and then the bed room so everyone sleeps in one room or outside. we sit on the mats on the ground and have our lessons there. my legs die during every lesson so by the time i come home ill probably be able to sit on the ground wherever and forever!! haha
we have a little branch here. yesterday there were about 75 members there which is way small compared to kapaa. before church my companion was telling me how the branch is kind of weak and there's no participation from the members in missionary work and not even from the presidency. and they dont even have branch activities. isa!! also they dont even feed missionaries!! i was like, this is why im here, because im not afraid to open my mouth and let the members know and the branch presidency know that we all need to work together. but yesterday in church it was like they heard us talking about the concerns of the branch because everything that needed to be said was discussed in the meetings by the 1st counselor in  the branch presidency. i could truly see how the Lord's hand is really in everything we do. it makes things work so that His work can move forward.
okay so we eat with our hands like all the time!!! my companion is teaching me how to eat with my hands the right way, there's a technique lol. even when we eat like curry or soup, we use our hands. so be ready when i come home. im going to make some indian food and we're eating our hands only!! fun!! i love it :) the first time i had curry i was like oh looks good! so i put a lot on my plate. i took the first bite and almost started crying it was so hot!! the lady was a member and was just laughing at me hahaha. so the next day she invited us to lunch and she didnt make is as hot for me and she said eventually ill be able to eat really hot :)
so every night when we come home to our flat there are all these frogs on the grass. they're maybe like the size of golf balls or so but they're gross and there's choke!! i like scream and run through the grass. they like jump and touch my legs and my companion just laughs at me and tells me, "just kick um!" yeah no im not kicking no frogs!! im just gonna run and hope they dont touch me. sometimes i step on them and it makes the grossest sound. so my companion said we're going to try and come home before its dark so i dont have to deal with frogs, eeewwwwww!!!! i swear im going to die!!! but i guess ill get use to it and start kicking frogs like nothing. we'll see. gross!!!
well i think that's about all that's going on with me here in fiji. despite the really hot food that makes me cry and kicking frogs i love fiji!! seeing the way they live is so humbling and i really hope one day ill be able to bring you all back here. they're amazing people and are so loving and happy people. i love you all!! it sounds like everyone is doing awesome at home. congratulations on your win mama!! go warriors!!
here's my scripture of the week... Matthew 28: 19-20. it just talks about how all nations and all people need to hear the gospel and be baptized. i love this scripture because it helps me remember that everyone i see here on the street is a child of God and deserves to know that they are loved and cared about. and also when we do these things, the Lord will be our constant companion and He will protect us and help us. well au lomani kemudou!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

 au lako ena waqavuke oqo ki Labasa
 na tinaqu
 na noqu flat
 na noqu flat
 filters (lepo da watah!!)
da stove, gas stove
 lako ki suva
valetabu mai suva
e dua vale
na kaulotu lake mai ki viti kei au

Monday, September 9, 2013

First post from Fiji!


So I'm finally here in Fiji!! It's beautiful and reminds me of home. I keep thinking that I'm going to see one of you guys somewhere throughout the streets or something lol. I LOVE IT!! It's so comforting to see the ocean and just feel that island feeling. We didn't get our assignments yet so we're just hanging out the mission home for maybe 2 days until we get our new companions and our first areas :) I'm so excited to get the work going. People here are so nice and EVERYONE says "Bula" when you walk past them lol. but i love you all!! its monday now and sunday there just fyi. au lomani kemudou!! working hard in fiji :)

loloma levu,
sista chong

Last post from the MTC!


"If you keep the commandments he will bless you. It may not be the blessing you expected or wanted, but there will come a time when you will love God so much that you will trust Him with anything."
-Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy

So this week has gone by so fast and I can't believe I'm leaving the MTC already! I'm so excited to finally go to Fiji but nervous at the same time because I don't what to expect. My teachers have been bringing in pictures for us to see from their missions and I'm getting stoked. Although some of their pictures make me kind of nervous because one of my teachers said he ate BAT eeewww!! We'll see what will be the weirdest thing I eat there. Pray for me haha. Only 2 more days and I'm off to Fiji where the real work begins.

On Tuesday at my last devotional we had Elder Evans come and speak to us and it was amazing because what he said in his talk answered all the questions I had throughout the week. It testified to me that he truly was a man of God and speaks with the help of the Holy Ghost. He spoke about Jacob 5 and how the General Authority of the Church was talking about in their doctrine discussions. One thing that blew my mind was something said by Pres. Eyring. He was talking about how all the servants came to the master and asked for more time, while the last servant asked for more opportunities to serve. Pres. Eyring then went on saying that the last servant in Jacob 5 that asked for more opportunities to serve is Pres. Monson. He then related it to the announcement of the age change and said that that was Pres. Monson, a servant of the Lord, asked for more opportunities to serve. What a crazy revelation! It's so true how the words from the scriptures can relate so perfectly to our lives in these Latter-Days. 

Another thing I loved about his talk was when he told us, "Go into it." What that means is no matter what the weather is whether it be raining, sunny, snowing, etc. you go out and serve the Lord. Never stay inside your apartment because you're missing precious opportunities to find those who are ready to hear the gospel. We as missionaries always ask for the Lord to prepare someone to hear our message and to place them in front of us at some time throughout the day. But how can the Lord put someone in your path when you're not even out in the streets looking for them. When we go out every day and all day, it shows our dedication and love for our Father in Heaven. For 18 months I need to forget the word "I" and focus on the Lord, His restored gospel, and the people of Fiji.

Today in the temple something really hit me. When we go to the temple everyone looks at you and smiles at you because you're missionaries. Almost everyone says, "Thank you" and it really reminds you of how much members of the church love and appreciate the missionaries. It gives me motivation to want to serve harder! There was one specific experience today that made me think about why I'm serving a mission and who I'm serving for. There was this hispanic lady coming out of the dressing room while I was walking in. She was across the way a little and she saw us sister missionaries. She didn't approach us or anything but her face just lit up when she saw us. She mouthed the words "Thank you" and gave us a thumbs up with a huge smile on her face. When she did this it made me think who I was serving for, who I was representing. Not only was I serving and representing the Lord, my family, or myself, but I was serving and representing my home and my culture. I carry the people in my ward, my island, and my state on my shoulders as I represent the Lord and preach His gospel. What a blessing and amazing opportunity it is to represent Kauai in Fiji.

The scripture for this week is 1 Nephi 3:7 because it is really time to go and do!! Here it is in Fijian because you guys should've memorized it already lol.

"Ia ko i au ko Nifai au sa kaya vei tamaqu: Au na lako ka kitaka na ka sa vakarota na Turaga, ka ni'u kila ni sa dauvakarautaka na Turaga na sala me ra rawata kina na levu ni tamata na ka kece sa vakarota vei ira ko Koya."

I love this scripture no matter how many times I hear it and now as a missionary it has so much more meaning. To go and do is exactly what we as missionaries are doing no matter which part of the earth we're going to, we need to serve with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. It won't be easy but it will all be worth it. I know the Lord wouldn't make me do something that I couldn't handle or accomplish without the His hand helping me along the way. Au vakadinadinataka vei kemudou, na Kalou lomani keda kei koya vinakata keda ki tale mai Vua. Au kila na Kalou sa solia vei keda na Yalo Tabu e na vukei keda e na noda bula. Au lomani kemudou!!

something that was shared with me in an email was that Christ doesn't give us burdens or trials but our choices give us burdens and trials, and it is Christ and God that helps is through them. Genius!! I learn something new everyday and as a missionary it's these kinds of things that will help me help my investigators and keep the spirit with me at all times.

Well I love you guys and hopefully I'll hear from you soon! Next time I email I'll be in Fiji!!! I can't wait :) au lomani kemudou sara ga vakalevu!!

loloma levu,
Sista Chong

Sister Chong, Elder Cram (from K2), and their companions
Off to Fiji!!!