Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Nothing we can say or show you can express the sweetness of the past one and a half years. We have been blessed beyond measure with increased love for each other, for our families, for the people of Kiribati, and for our Savior, Jesus Christ. We see more clearly now than ever before how our many material possessions often keep us from the love of God and of our fellow men. We pray this perspective will keep us determined to serve God and our fellow men all the rest of our lives.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
This is one of our math teachers, Maerere, teaching during a study hall. Since I taught math in high school, I have been very interested in observing the math classes here. They learn exactly the same things I taught in algebra 2, pre-calculus, and geometry in Utah. They also learn 1st year calculus. These students, however, take their math classes more seriously than their American counterparts.
Thursday evening the candidates for the Counseling Certificates presented a fireside for parents to make them aware of all the helps available from the counseling department. This picture was taken just before we started. Fortunately we had more come as the program progressed.
Yesterday we were all invited to view a live presentation of the cultural program prepared fort the rededication of the Fiji Temple. The program was cut short and many who had prepared did not have a chance to perform. They were anxious to get people home before the curfew enacted because of Cyclone Winston arriving. We followed the progress of the storm on the computer, wondering if they would have to postpone the dedication. As the cyclone touched land, it turned and went another direction, sparing Suva from the worst of the storm. Many will say that it was just a chance of nature because of the mountains on the land,. We, however, believe that it was another small miracle sent by the Lord so that the dedication could proceed. "The winds and waves still know the voice of Him who ruled them while he dwelt below."
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Their visit was a short visit because Elder Sumner was asked to speak at a missionary fireside in Bikenibeu. He spoke of the subject of Service. He quoted from a talk given by Elder Marion Romney in 1976 in which he said that service is not just something we do to prepare for entrance in the Celestial Kingdom. Service is the very fiber of Celestial existence and is the source or God's happiness as well as our own. We are grateful to be able to serve here and hope that this pattern will continue for the rest of our mortal lives.