Hello Family and Friends!
This week has gone by pretty fast and I still really like this area and the people here. It was a pretty eventful week in service because:
This past week the King's Mom, or the old queen, passed away which is a really big deal in Tonga. She is currently in New Zealand but will be flown back tomorrow. To show support all the missionaries went to the Palace to do a service project. The thing was when we all went into the Palace it was literally sparkling clean. Like CLEAN clean. So we repainted the fence and picked up grass. Side note: there are no lawn mowers with bags in Tonga. That means you have to rake everything, but side note 2: rakes in Tonga are almost non-existent so that means we pick up all the grass by hand or use our slippers.
We also had a service project this morning where we (all the missionaries) went to Kolo (town), and picked up all the trash everywhere. The senior couples just dropped us off and we walked for a couple of miles picking up trash. I learned that when the Queen's body is flown back everything needs to be super tidy and nice which was the purpose of the service project.
Other than that work has been insanely slow in Fatumu this week. One of our old investigators went hola (fled) so we are back to square one. Elder Manu and I started a Family Plan in the ward which involves the ward giving us a service project or an investigator every week which we hope to carry out this week.
1. Ate some sausage. Didn't leave the house the next day.
2. Made some French Toast for my favorite family in the ward. Apparently I take after Dad cause it was pretty bomb. The funny thing is when we were teaching in the grade school - something we do every Friday - the 11-year-old girl in that family said that French Toast was her favorite food.
3. Elder Manu and I woke up at 4 to walk to Lavengatonga (the other town in our area) to play tennis. It was a terrible idea to get up at 4 but the stars were insanely beautiful on our walk to Lavengatonga. Tennis didn't really work out that well but we will try again.
Ofa lahi atu kiate kimoutolu