Sunday, June 28, 2015


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Christmas Week 14

Oh yeah so first off happy father's day to that that's out
of the way ;)

Haha just kidding, geesh no need to take things so seriously

Love you all and I'll see you all next week
Elder Pettingill

(This was in response to a joke Rich made in his email about Father's Day)

Ha okay now that you've all stopped laughing I can actually write my email now. How are you all?  Solid pictures from the past week from y'all. You really made me just miss home soo much with that last bored one you all took haha (Rich sent a picture of us when we were waiting around, locked out of Jacob's new apartment at BYU)

This past week for us was good. Lots of the typical bike problems and stuff and then we all saw Elder Openshaw off on his way back to Tarawa but it was a good week. It really made me appreciate soo much just going out and teaching lessons and getting to feel the spirit. Although Sunday made me want to change my mind a little bit cause we were assigned to give sacrament talks, and taught the sunday school class cause the teacher's lesson ran about 45 minutes too short and we were also asked to prepare the priesthood lesson last week so we gave that as well.  It brought me back to the Beru days of teaching everything for every unit every know how it goes

On Saturday while Elder Stone was fixing a flat on his bike I went out and caught a bunch of crabs and tied them to the back of our bikes and then for the rest of the 15 minute bike ride down to the village we were playing real life mario kart trying to crush each others crabs. haha probably not the most missionary thing but it was a fun lil break.

I'm glad to hear you are all doing great we are out here giving it our best as well. It's been tiring lately but neither of us are the kind to quit so we keep working!

I love you all hope you all have a great week!
Elder Pettingill


Have you received the camera yet? no camera yet but hopefully soon

How did you feel when we hung up the Skype? Did it make you happy to talk to us or a little sad? (Some missionary moms say their children are sad after Skype. Just wondering.)  no I wasn't sad. It was fun but it was fine hanging up

Have you gotten a new Elder on the island yet?  new elder will be Elder Jonhson hopefully will come this Wednesday

Is there anything you need or can think of things I could send for the members? Out here they do pretty fine, the only thing I could think of would be like cheap dollar ties or something that we could hand out (aka ctr rings, temple pictures, 1st presidency) but I'm sure you can figure out better stuff than I can. Don't make it a priority though. I know it costs a lot of money to send stuff out here and you all don't need to be spending any more money on my mission than you already are....also another suggestion to future missionaries, pay for as much of your mission as possible. It is a lot more rewarding and motivating!


Look for crabs in the pictures below

Monday, June 15, 2015

Some things from our Skype

What is the favorite thing you eat? Milk fish and red snapper. He says the fish is "way good".

What keeps your investigators from progressing? Smoking, alcohol, short attention span so they don’t understand the lessons and remember their commitments

How is the church organized? Banana is the largest branch with 120 active members, including 30 Priesthood. Then there are 5 other branches, including small island groups. It’s a district not a stake because the other branches are pretty small. One of the branches has only 3 Priesthood holders.

Do you eat more fish or rice? Rice! Members feed us pretty much every day, and they like to give us canned American food like spam or corned beef with rice.

They flush the toilet with bucket of water. There are currently about 20 fisherman at the hotel where they live. They are mostly from Australia and Alaska. They don’t usually talk with them because they are gone from early in the morning to late at night.

He has met the mission president 4 times, had 2 interviews, and will see him again in September if he is still on Christmas. There are 10 missionaries on Christmas, including 2 sisters, 1 senior couple, and 6 Elders.  They hold District Meeting every Thursday from 10:30 am to noon. They used to have to leave by 9:30 am to find some way to catch a ride to get there by 10:30 but now there is a mission bus that will pick them up. They usually get together on Mondays as well.

How do you find people to teach? It has been harder work on Christmas to find good people to teach. They most get member referrals. Tracting is not effective.

There is an American store where they can buy lots of food, including ice cream, but it’s very expensive.

What kind of ice cream is there? There is neopolitan, drumsticks, vanilla, and swirl.

What advice do you have for missionaries coming there? Be sure to bring a smaller bag or a carry on so you can take things out to the outer island. You leave everything you don’t need there in the Zone Leader's apartment and just get what you need from it when you come in. You don’t need a camel pak. Everyone gives you water or something to drink. You do need a water proof back pack. That has saved him.

How much have you been sick? He has had no stomach problems since Tarawa. He likes all the food now and doesn't have a problem with drinking the water. He did have another foot infection and needed an antibiotic. Elder Stone has a foot infection now so he is taking an antibiotic. They drink a certain part of the coconut to deal with diarrhea.

It feels like he has always been there and like he will never come home. He is happy and loves his mission.

Mail comes on a plane from Fiji every so often. That’s how the letters get to him at the Christmas address. He loves getting letters!

Favorite thing is to go fishing. He saw two sting rays last week on pday. A fishing pole costs $100 so instead they tie fishing line to a coconut and toss it out in the waves. For bait, they use hermit crabs or clams that they break open. The hermit crabs are about as big as his hand. The fish they catch are about 3-4 feet long.

Regarding coconut trees, there are steps cut into the trees and they are often only about 6-7 feet up. People gather coconuts to sell. They ship them to Fiji in exchange for cash, receiving 10 or 20 cents a piece. If you cut them open and dry them, you get 50 cents a piece. The missionaries don’t do a lot of service because it is often people wanting them to cut open their coconuts so they can make money from it.

They are preparing Banana for a church meeting place. They have the piece of land and are clearing it of stumps from coconut trees. It’s moving at Kiribati pace, which means slowly.

President will come visit Kiritimati in September. Also, there are supposedly 12-15 Elders coming to the mission in September.

What is the biggest thing you have killed? A crab. Why do you kill the crabs? Because they are at the front door when we walk out and are attacking us.

What does the water taste like? We run it through our filter so it’s great. Before that it’s brown or yellow.

Daniel said he is super happy and loves his mission. He thinks about home sometimes but he loves being there.

If anyone gets bored, he said would love a letter from you!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Elder Daniel Pettingill
General Delivery
Island of Kiritimati
Republic of Kiribati

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Christmas Week 12

Hey sorry not too much time to email this week but I figure that's ok since we'll be skyping next week. Yeah 4 o'clock sounds good.

This past week was solid. Had another baptism and a ton of bike problems but our branch is really growing and it is way cool to see our hard work turning into blessings for them and our investigators!

Feels great to be 19. I love you all

Elder Pettingill