Monday, December 29, 2014

2nd Christmas in Fiji

bula mama!

well christmas as i predicted was filled with food! we started our day at a zone activity where we played a bunch of games and had white elephant. it was fun! right after that we made our way to our first counselor in the bishopric's house. they had lovo there with chicken, pig, palusami, dalo, tavioka, and all kinds of things! right after that we walked for about 30-45 mins and then caught a bus to the next house, where they had same thing! lovo #2!! and this house had even more then the first one! i struggled so much just to finish my plate. i almost passed out. but after enduring that we walked about half an hour to our bishop's house. when we got there straight away we just lied down on the ground because we were so full. after letting us rest a little while, we then read the Christmas story together. it was nice. we shared with each other and sang a hymn and had family prayer. then it was time to eat again. but thank goodness our bishop's wife had sympathy on us and just said we had to eat ice cream. thank goodness!! we would've blew up!! lol but Christmas was awesome!

we didnt have very many lessons this week because of Christmas but we the ones we did have were very powerful. we got a text from one of our investigators asking if she could meet with us that day. we haven't been able to see her for a while because she had a wedding to help with and stuff and so we were stoked that she texted. we met her at the chapel and opened our lesson with a prayer. right after that she said, "i know that you didnt have a lesson prepared because it's last minute but can you tell me about temples and baptism?" we were shocked but started to talk about the blessings of the temple. in the middle of our lesson she told us that she had a powerful experience and had stayed up til 6am that morning thinking about everything. when she texted us is when she made up her mind that she was going to take that leap of faith, despite what anyone says, and was going to be baptized. WOW!!! what a lesson!! we all cried because we felt the Spirit so powerfully, it was an amazing experience.

we had a baptism on saturday!! it was sis. crichton's first baptism so it was very special for her. she was so excited! a good amount of members came to the baptism, which is always a blessing, and the speakers did an awesome job! she bore her testimony at the end and it was the first time we ever heard her share her testimony because she always told us, "next time sisters." so finally we got to hear it and it was beautiful! she shared how she felt so clean and happy and that she knew this was the Church of Jesus Christ. that's probably my favorite part about baptisms is hearing their testimonies at the end. 

i hope you all have a happy new year!! sis. crichton and i plan on wearing a poncho everyday because here in fiji, on new years they throw water on each other throughout the whole month!! cant wait!! :/ pray for au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! sota tale!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Christmas at Bishopʻs House

Christmas Kanikapila

Christmas Dinner

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