Well this week was really good. For some reason during the week it seemed slow, but last night when we tallied up our numbers for call ins, I saw that we had a great week. So I guess perspective changes everything.
One thing that I was really happy about this week was the Elders Quorum. We sat down with the President and figured home teaching for companions and for families. We will hopefully be doing a home teaching workshop soon to teach the brethren to home teach cause I don't think they have ever had home teaching here before.
We also split the priesthood into Young Men and Elders Quorum for the first block in church. I really think that will help our members to get some unity and build some good relationships.
We also planned for a combined family home evening that we will be having on my birthday, so that is going to be fun.
We had some great lessons this week with our investigators and are seeing some great progress. The Teikauea family is progressing really well. We have awesome lessons with them and they are really starting to change. Bro Teikauea said he knows we don't smoke in our church so he is going to start quitting so he can join when he is ready. We almost had them committed to come to church as a family (the kids go every week but the parents stay home), then at the last minute Bro Teikauea changed his mind and said his wife and kids could go but he was gonna stay home. His wife said they have been married 15 years and he hasn't been to church once. He said he couldn't remember the last time he went to church. This week though, I think we're gonna get him. He said that he and his family need to make a plan for their family spiritual well being. Great family and they are slowly coming along.
We also had a woman named Sis Ilau tell us that she wants to be baptized with the group that we are going to baptize on the 30th. So now we are in a hurry to cover all the lessons before the interview. They finally decided to send us an elder to do the baptismal interviews. He comes next Tuesday, so this week will be busy trying to prepare all eight of out baptismal dates. It will be good.
We had great attendance yesterday at church with 71, which is the highest since I have been here. Autoa and Tofikai are still just so so awesome! Tofi has been sharing the gospel with his friends and they all meet at USP (University of the South Pacific) campus and have gospel discussions about their different religion. It is so good. He loves the plan of salvation cause he said none of the other churches know anything about it. They are so awesome and I love teaching them!
I feel like I made some good progress this week in the language. I still have a long long way to go until I will be able to openly communicate. I can understand it surprisingly well if they speak slow. But speaking is still just a guessing game of really broken sentences. We have had a couple lessons in only Tuvaluan though with some young kids who don't know English. Elder Key is picking it up really fast now and can usually get the point across. Some people he can just speak Samoan too, so that helps as well.
Well that is all I've got for this week. I love you all and hope all is well back in the promised land. See you soon.