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Sent: Sun 8/04/13 7:22 PM
To: Hauoli Nawahine (firstname.lastname@example.org); STEVEN NAWAHINE (email@example.com)
wassup fam! how you doing? man i thought about you guys a lot this week. Tamuera and i spent a lot of time with the member families this week and it just made me think of you guys when i was kickin back with the kids and playing rugby with the youth. I hope you guys had a great week and are enjoying your summer. Now that its August should it start getting cooler? i can't remember cuz we always had football and it never felt like it was getting any cooler lol. Man so we had transfers couple days ago and Elder Tamuera and i are still together! lol my district leader elder gardener is going to Lami which is by Suva. He was on Taveuni for 9 months! and another elder from taveuni is leaving to viti levu as well. Another elder from my intake will be coming to taveuni so there will be three of us elders from the same intake on the island, pretty mean ah?! Shoot this week went by super fast, this past week elder tamuera and i focused on our less actives and recent converts because we know that the more we visit the less actives, the more comfortable they feel when coming back to church. We taught our recent converts and are helping strengthen them so that they can receive callings soon. The two brothers i baptized just received the priesthood this past sunday and they look forward to passing and blessing the sacrament. Elder Tamuera and i hiked up to a village called Banikarasi this past saturday. We actually hike up there every saturday to teach the lessons to three families up there. Its about a two hour hike and we have to start before the sun comes up because there's not much shade on the way up. After the lessons and lunch we help a member family hike down for church and any investigators that plan on coming down to church as well. I am truly loving missionary work. I already know that the lord will bless me for serving a mission but seeing the light turn on in the eyes of the people you teach is truly a blessing in itself. I can't help but smile cuz i know the spirit is there and that its testifying the truth to those we teach. No doubt a mission is probably the hardest thing i have done so far. It is draining physically, mentally, and spiritually. There are times where i get frustrated with the work but i always have to remember my purpose here as a missionary then i'm all goods. Elder Tamuera and i committed one of our investigators to baptism this past week. Her name is Leba, she is 15 years old and she's pretty tall for her age. Her family is catholic but her parents have allowed her to take the lessons. She accepted the invitation to be baptized on the 25th of this month. She actually told us that her mom might be interested as well, she came home one day from school and saw her mom reading the book of mormon in the room which i thought was pretty cool. Well we have zone conference next week so we'll be taking the boat across to vanua levu, it'll probably be a small boat this time but i'm looking forward to it. Mom i received your letter today from June 19th or something like that, i can't believe it took that long to get here, it must have been in the office for a while. I received an email from unko kalae, he sent me a picture of them as well please give my love to them and the rest of my family, i miss you guys and think of you often and love reading emails about your week. Sounds like Liahona is growing up fast:) please show my picture to her cuz i don't want her to forget me lol Love you fam have a great week!
Au lomani kemudou,