It was actually kinda rough. Matiare got sick with the fever/diarrhea that I had been having and then I got strept throat again. Matiare was so sick Wednesday that we couldn't even go out and work and then the rest of the week was just well. Funny thing is though that it didn't slow down like you'd think it would. I spent Wednesday reading all of the old Liahonas I could find around the house and actually found one with a picture of the Boyces just married in front of the Sac temple.
Now that I say that, the week was also filled with more miracles than I can count. But let's wait on those for a sec.
|a Kiribati crab|
Hahah of course right after I ran into a hermit crab that was bigger than the spider crab. so that was fun. I haven't told you all about the swordfish have I? Well there are tons here. We see little ones every day next to this one bridge. and a while ago this guy caught a big one and gave us some meat and gave me the nose and another one from previously. So yeah I'm gunna make some swordfish nose swords sometime.
Anyways spiritual experiences. Despite all of the sickness that was hitting me, I kept on working and as a result many different prayers of ours were resolved in this last week. A couple concerning marriages that had different problems. Also at the time when for the first time I didn't think I could go on, I read Helaman 10:4 about how Nephi declared the gospel with unweariness. And then I remembered the old wrestle matches I had with Dad and how when I was younger I would get back from a workout and think I was so strong and then Dad would lay on top of me and instantly I would be powerless. All my strength, gone, useless because of Dad's, not so little, belly. What could I do? Nothing, just call out for help. And who was always more than happy to help me to escape and pin Dad? Jacob, my older brother. Without him. I would lose every time. With him it didn't matter how heavy Dad was, we would win, every time.
I hope you all can see where I'm going spiritually with this. Without Jesus we lose and Satan wins. With Jesus, we win, everytime and change what would be a bitter experience into a family bonding one full of happiness and laughter. Sorry Dad that you represent Satan here, or rather your belly ;)
If my testimony means anything from out here, then know that at the very moment when I thought it would break this last week, somehow calling out to my Savior has made it stronger, and so it is in life.
Hahaha love y'all and know that I'm safe and happy out here if not entirely healthy but if you wait for everything to be perfect before you get to work, you will be waiting at least another thousand years (millenium).
Ain't nobody got time for that.
Elder Pettingill (the younger)
PS tell Sister White muchos gracias or e beti nrabwa for the package the other week!
Tell us more about these phone interviews you have? Are they every week? Are they kind of a like a conference or just checking in to turn in numbers? How long do they last? Radio. No phones. Every Tuesday morning for like half an hour...everyone chats till the zone leaders come and then they ask for all of our stats and if we need anything and then we leave. Not much.
When it rains there, does water get in your house? What about the members? Do their houses get wet? No walls so yeah water gets in everybody's houses.
Does everyone have rats in their houses, or just you guys because you have more food? lots of rats. They're sacred in the culture so people don't kill them but we do.
You said that there are some kids you are teaching who want to go to Moroni High? Does that mean they pretend to be interested or do they really want to know about the church? Kids have some desire, but like most kids, they're just kids, but we're planting seeds and sending them off to an all Mormon school.