Friday, January 8, 2016

Halo! Olsem Wanem? - 9 JAN 2016

09 JAN 2016

Halo, olsem wanem? Me bin teachem tumas. Me bin gud tumas. Evriwan telem me "gud aftanun" mo "gud naet wan taem". Hemi strange tumas. Yumi evriwan nice tumas. Me hope me telem lo Bislama right. Hemi olsem yufala save me. me no save tumas Bislama. Bislama blo me i small small. Mi save casum wan biscuit. Stret.

Hey guys! So I don't know if that is accurate Bislama but it's the best I got. You guys probably won't understand it anyway so I guess it doesn't really matter. I can understand it better than I can speak it. Yesterday I told the story of Joseph Smith (or Josef Smit as they say here) in Bislama, and it was very hard but I got through it. I've gotten really good at bearing my testimony in Bislama.

Everything over here is good. Now that I actually have stuff to do in the office I enjoy it. The other office Elders are all really cool guys too so we hang out a lot. The office is nice because I'm in the air-conditioned office for the hottest part of the day. So, when we go proselyting it's not so hot. Elder Christensen and I get along well. He's a good guy. He visa-waited for three months in Indiana.

This week most of our lessons have been with recent converts. We are trying to strengthen them while we still can. The baptism we had was a recent convert papa baptizing his 9 year old daughter. It was nice. The baptismal font was at the church but not at the one we go to. We have also started teaching a former investigator named James. We set a baptism date with him so hopefully he commits and follows through. We have had around 11 lessons so far this week and we have 4 more today and tomorrow. The area is not very big but it's a fair size. President wants the Office Elders to be the highest baptizing district. I want that too, and I am ready to work.

One thing I do not like is our bathroom. It has running water and all that which is nice, but it has cockroaches. They freak me out. The other day I jumped off the toilet because a cockroach started climbing it. I do not like them. For some reason they just stay in the bathroom, which is better than having them everywhere I guess.

I'm doing much better this week. Last week was rough which was why my email was kind of negative. Sorry about that. But now I am doing good. I'm getting in the groove of things. I don't really have a lot of pictures. Sorry, but I do have a couple.
The place they eat at a lot is across from the water
Curtis also shared the following story:

"We were walking to one of our appointments with tha recent convert when we passed a kava bar. They have kava bars kind of just next to houses.  Anyway, this man walks up to us and starts talking to us.  We said, "we are representatives of Jesus Christ" and he's like, "oh, well do you guys want to come back some time and teach me?" Of course we said, "Yeah!" So we have a potential investigator and he walked to us and started talking to us.  The Lord just sent him right to us."
Typical Elder Bramell eats...

Some of Elder Bramell's handy work in the Mission Office

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