Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas Week 19

Hey guys.

Haha sounds like y'all had a fun week.  Just saying that puppy (we got a new puppy) looks
huge already so either it's already pretty old or all of the dogs here are just tiny (probably the latter, that's what you get when you only get fed bin (coconut)).

Sorry I've been bad about answering questions lately. 

So this was Elder Stone's last week, and then he transfers? Uhm yes Elder Stone is leaving on Wednesday to head out to another outer island called Makin (known for having evils spirits...he's stoked ;) 

What size fishing line did you have to even have a chance at pulling in a shark? I use a 60 pound line for my shark and it got cut by it's teeth, Elder Buhler who pulled his in used a 180 pound line so he had no trouble ;) 

What did you guys do with all the fish?  I'm guessing the sweetlips fish is poisonous, so do you throw it back? No dad the sweetlips (rou) is not poisonous. It actually tastes way good. My favorite is the red snapper (ikanibong "nightfish") though. 

Do you eat the shark?  Shark steaks?We didn't eat that elder's shark but Elder Stone had set a line/shark trap out that we caught an even bigger shark on when we came back on Tuesday night and we ate that one...yes shark steaks. way good.  

How's the work going in Banana? Are you seeing sacrament meeting attendance still continuing to grow or has it stayed steady at about 120? The work is progressing, I'm way excited for Elder Whitehead to come and bring some new energy to help us pull things up even better though! and yeah church has pretty much stayed the same as of lately.

This past week for us was good. Someone put a thorn magnet on Elder Stone's bike so he ended up with like 6-7 flat tires by the end of the week, while I had none on the other hand. Guess I just get more love and blessings than everyone else does...(except for every single week before that when it was always my tire going flat and not his ;)

Haha but on a serious note if you all could pray for Kakiaman (Ka kee amen) (he way wants to join the church just needs to get married first but when he told his wife he wanted to marry her she told him no and if he gets baptized then she'll leave him) and Karubeia (ka du pay yah) (way sweet girl, no problems except for whether or not she's 9 or 8 and should even be taking lessons [mom's less-active]) and Tubwaina (Su buy nah) (scared her mom will tell her she can't get baptized and
she will have to drop her calling in the local Christian church) and Aana (Anna but pronounced Aaw na) (She's afraid her husband because he's a drunk and is mad because she left him and also her daughter wants her to come back but doesn't understand that she can't because her husband is crazy, also is having a hard time praying since she's been raised in the Catholic church).

Those are a few of our investigators and I think you can all see now how much persecution Banana is getting nowadays and how a few extra prayers would really help!

I love you all and hope you all keep looking great!

Elder Pettingill

P.S. How tall is everyone nowadays anyways? Oh and also I got the camera and two letters this past week!  Way awesome!

P.P.S. Elder Stone and I are going to be companions for 23 weeks this Wednesday.  He became my comp on Feb 18...haha I told Elder Stone last week and he was all like "I feel like we've been companions for way longer than that" and then we checked the calendar to be sure and yup
23 weeks. Dang. And We've been in Christmas since March 11 so 20 weeks. Time flies huh?

I love you!

Below are some pictures from other Elders on the island. 
Daniel's new companion, Elder Whitehead, who has been serving on the other side of Christmas island
Church meeting place on the other side of Christmas Island
Elder Buhler and the shark he caught

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Christmas Week 18

What's up guys? I was way shocked for a second when reading my emails from y'all to see they were quite lengthy...haha guess I get that now that I'm the only full time missionary in the family ;)

So yeah this past week was the Kiribati independence week holiday.. They gained their independence on July 12 (don't know the year) so naturally they take off the entire week to celebrate it. Despite it all we found ways to stay in our area and work, and it ended up to be a really great week for us. And  we got a few new investigators who are all really wanting the blessings from taking lessons

Why am I emailing so late again? Well we ended up doing a district fishing trip for the day and just got back.  I caught a a fair sized sweetlips fish, a red snapper, a red bass and a couple of a fish I don't remember the name of in English and last but not least a black tipped fin reef shark (although it snapped my 60 pound line trying to get it on the beach so it got away)...everyone else caught a variety too including another bigger shark and a fair sized trevalley. It was fun.
black tipped reef shark
red bass
red snapper
Oh and by the way Elder Stone will be transferring around July 30th so I guess our reign of terror will end about 20 weeks;). (Rich commented how they had been in the same companionship and same village for 18 weeks, which is impressive.) I'll be staying and elder Whitehead will be my companion ...oh and Elder Openshaw will be going AP.

Hey I love you all! Thanks for being awesome and I'm glad you are all having a great summer!

Elder Pettingill

I asked him if he preferred longer emails because I thought he liked short ones from me since I also mail a letter every week. Haha I just noticed the difference is all :) Oh yeah about letters, Fiji has an embargo on mail to Christmas right now ...something about not paying their bills so that's why nothing (including the camera) has come lately.

I'm sure he would love an email from anyone who is reading this!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Christmas Week 17

This came in Sunday at 10 am:

Hey mom,

soo last week the internet was down...I think the rest of the missionaries got to email but we didn't so sorry about the no email last week, I did send a letter though...oh and today Elder Seamons is driving us up to a spot to go fishing all day So no email until later probably

Love, Elder Pettingill

Then we got this Monday at 1:30 am: 

Hey guys sorry for the late email...we went up to the end of the island to go fishing since it was something Elder Stone wanted to do before leaving and we'd heard rumors that this might be his last Pday. Turns out it won't be but it was still way fun.

This last week was great. We just buckled down and worked even though everyone seemed to be gone in preparation for this whole one week long independence celebration thing going on this next week...we're planning on working this whole next week too but we'll see how much work we can actually get stoked (that's sarcastic;)

 Uhm spiritual exp...we were able to find 3 new investigators this past week, one of whom had needed help with his English for a job interview/résumé so we helped him out. That was a month ago and, even though he didn't get the job, he decided that he wanted to start up lessons again and be baptized because of the experience. It took us by surprise for sure but we didn't have any problems with it haha. Sorry it's short but I love you all and it'll be better next week.

 Love, Elder Pettingill

Here are some pictures and also one more video from the SD card

Bike problems
church meeting place

I think the pictures below are evidence of the rats getting into their food. Yuck!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

No email but a few videos of Christmas Island

We didn't receive an email from Daniel this week. But here and here and here are some videos he sent us from Kiritimati on the SD card.