Well everyone...As usual I don't have much time to email but want to send a quick little update. We had one of the coolest things of my mission happen. A new island off the southern coast of Fiji just opened up for missionaries. So we went with the Elders who just recently opened it up making us the 5th and 6th elders ever on the island. The island is like the coolest thing I've ever been a part of. The island is called "Beqa." If you guys want to look it up it has two resorts and 9 koros and is one of the prettiest islands in Fiji! There aren't any roads or cars, just footpaths. Man it was an adventure. We went out and stayed with the two members that are on the island right now and they invited over their families so we could teach them at their house and then we slept on their small living room floor. Such an adventure and it was so much fun, but just such a strong testimony to me that the work is moving forward! Every ear will someday hear this gospel, and here in Fiji it's just one island at a time!
Love you all
PRE TRIP fish n chips
And then kind of had a super wet and rainy ride!!!
Well guys crazy week this week. We handled transfers, handled the new intake of missionaries, and then handled all the outtake missionaries who are all the missionaries I came to Fiji with. Definitely not the easiest thing I've ever done putting them all on the bus, but hey the work moves on and the church is still true!
Just one funny story for the week, my companion had a recent convert in his old area who was coming to the temple for baptisms for the dead, so we went, with her and the companionship that is in the area now. We got to the temple and the recent convert brought her baby. The thing is there isn't any daycare or anything in the temple and no workers to watch him so me and my old companion Elder Giacalone took one for the team and babysat in the waiting room while the others did baptisms... hahahah so much fun. He was a handful but definitely practicing those future dad skills hahaha. Honestly just trying to serve people even if it is just free babysitting. haha
Have a great week everyone!
Saying goodbye to my bestfriends!!!!
And when in the office we store our snacks in our pocket.... carrots in the pocket #nice
I got like no time to email as usual. But the week was great. We finished our last round of zone conferences and set transfers for this week! Kind of crazy that all the guys that came to Fiji are going home this week and that I should be going home this week.... But honestly I can say that serving my mission is such a privilege and I am blessed to be able to stay six more weeks!
We finally got to see investigators for the first time in 2 weeks which was great, still progressing with them. The quote I'll leave with you is a quote that a crazy lady told us when we invited her to be baptized into Christ's church. "I'm not a building freak and I'm not a church freak but I'm just a Jesus freak." hahahah so funny, and although I don't agree much at all with her statement because it's true we have to be part of Christ's church here on the earth, however she is on to something. Let's all be Jesus freaks this week. Let's all get excited about anything to do with the Son of God. hahah I love you guys. The church is true!
Love Elder Mumford
Beach last week
There is one Burger King in all of Fiji so we went to it for zone conference! #Blessed
Me giving Elder Green a "key to his new life" for his twenty first (it's a Fijian thing)
And me doing the dishes for Sister Layton. Mom aren't you proud of me?
Well guys I have like zero time to write anything today. It's been the craziest week ever. I don't even know what's up. But the work is still moving out here in Fiji!
So this week we had two zone conferences. The first one I had to do completely solo because my companion has been in the hospital with a leg infection, so doing a zone conference with a few trainings by myself was definitely a new experience. But President Layton actually did one of the trainings with me which was such a cool experience. Right after that we flew up to the beautiful island of Vanua Levu where 3 of my areas have been and did zone conference up here with the missionaries and have stayed to be here for the District conference for the district up here. Needless to say its been fun and crazy. Having 20 elders all in the same flat for 3 nights.... wow but I survived........ hahah
Now we are about to catch a flight out west to go and do a zone conference in Nadi and then we are done with this round of zone conferences...... holy cow life is crazy
Spiritual side of things. I got to see nearly all of my recent converts and all of them nearly came to district conference. It was great to see how many of them are doing so well in the church. Two of them even just received the Melchezidech priesthood! Life is crazy but the church is true. I love you all!
Just one cool story about how great our one investigator is... His name is Waqa and he has been the absolute most golden person in the world. One night he stayed up the whole night reading the Book of Mormon and the next day he called us in the morning and confirmed with us about church. Just making sure we were coming to church with him... hahah I've never had someone confirm with us about church. He is the man.
Me eating mexican food #blessed
Greens giant foot
And us going home teaching with like seven people... haha
Well it was a great week this week. No meetings or anything
to go to this week, so we just got out there and just pounded the pavement.
LOVE IT. Met some way cool people and some way savage people that tossed dogs
on us and things but aint no one stopping the work of the Lord. I'll send heaps
of pics but I just wanted to tell you about one awesome thing that happened this
week. So in my old area in Suva we taught a guy the whole time I
was there named "Joji" this guy is the man. We were honestly just
like best friends just always joking around and having fun, and he was such a
great investigator. He was always coming to church and all, but the problem was he
lived in the same house with his girlfriend who is actually an RM. He lived
with her and her family. They probably weren't breaking the law of chastity but
he still had to move out first. It takes a while to find places to live here in
Suva so it took him a while but three weeks ago he finally moved out. He moved
out of his house about right when I came back here to Suva! Since I'm so close I
had the opportunity to do his baptismal interview, and could see how ready and
excited he was for baptism. And then he actually asked me to perform the
ordinance! I was honored. SO on Saturday we both got to get into all white jumpsuits
and I got the opportunity to baptize my bestfriend, George Francis. After the
baptism I watched him and his girlfriend in tears hugging each other, because
now they have started their journey to get sealed together next May! Church is
true everyone and I love it! Love you all.. have a great week!
Joji"s baptism! #jumpsuit swag
Got down and dirty this week with some muddy rugby
And we had exchanges with the Suva North Zone leaders!
Forbush, my old comp, is the man!
Good eats this week! Me and a pizza
Me and some girl scout cookies... shout out to Cassie's package!
And me and some sheep droppings our mission president got us hahaha
Oh and this is John who kept comparing himself to John the Baptist..... hahah He's the man.
Well great week this week. Definitely were busy to say the least. We dealt with all of missionary transfers, all of the missionaries leaving and all of the new missionaries coming in all in a couple days and tried balancing it out with some missionary work in our area.... crazy times but we got everything we needed to get done. I sent Elder Kubera home, one of my past companions... as well as Elder Afatasi, my companion right now. So happy to see them go. Holy cow they were the best missionaries and they were both extended so they definitely earned that day! Oh I also got a new companion named Elder Green! Wow he is the man from Ganola, Utah. We have worked around each other a lot, so we are just excited!!!
Got to go eat burgers with our favorite senior couple in the world the Edmunds! Literally like another mom and dad for us out here.
Well this week was way crazy. We flew out right after emails on Monday up to Lobasa on the northern island of Vanua Levu for zone conferences. It was our last zone conference of the transfer and definitely a good one to go out on.3of my areas were up there, and it's just my favorite place in the mission. But literally the day after we got home we sat with President for nearly the whole day finalizing transfers for the mission. Funny story though. We were so tired from the trip we knocked out for the whole plane ride, and on the plane we were sitting right by President and Sister Layton. They didn't say anything but the next day when we came into President's office, he had a picture of me and Elder Afatasi knocked out as his screensaver on the desktop, and was like "Elders I have a new screensaver" hahahah so funny. I'll send that picture over for you guys.
But anyways doing transfers was just such a neat experience. The spirit in the room was strong, and it was just another testimony to me that this work is really led from on high. The church is true and that's all there is to it. President made the decision on some of the transfers but it was amazing how involved we were in the process. He asked us for our opinion on every single decision and most of the time he just did what we thought. SO cool to be able to help missionaries by putting them into situations they can be successful!
Other than that everything is great. Work in our area is going good, even though we don't have too much time to work in it, and the mission is moving great! I love this work!!! and love you all
Hey everyone! Wow what a crazy week. I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say that the only night I slept in my own flat was Saturday night.... It was a hectic week. At this point I kind of feel like I'm trying to drink out of a fire hose with all the new responsibilities and things I'm trying to learn but man I'm loving it. Time is flying and I'm learning so much. My companion is literally my best friend, and the church is as true as ever.
So we had two sets of zone conferences and interviews this week. And as an assistant we travel everywhere with President, organizing and setting up things and honestly just trying to make his life a little easier because wow he does so much. At the zone conference we also have the privilege to give a training, to help train the missionaries on certain aspects of missionary work and help them become more effective missionaries. I love giving trainings, and I love helping missionaries. It's so much fun. Our first zone conference was good. That was my first time seeing the zone conference because I just got here, so even though I was teaching I learned so much! Haha After the zone conference on Tuesday in Nausori we road tripped four hours out to the west, where the airport and my first area was to do zone conference out there. It was definitely a lot more comfortable the second time! Haha The drive over was so fun and so pretty, just driving four hours along the beautiful coast. Life doesn't get much better. We got back on Friday and were way busy with the little time we had to try to do everything to prepare for our baptisms.
We had 3 baptisms this week! One whose name is Olive. She is just the sweetest old lady in the world. Man I love her so much. She is the mother of a recent convert in our area, and now the other sister is taking lessons as well! She has been taking lessons for a while and is just so ready to be baptized. Then with her there was a mom named Arieta and her son Emosi, who were found through tracting and they as well were so prepared to be baptized it was unreal. We got them all interviewed and got all their baptismal clothes figured out. It came time for the baptism on Saturday, and about an hour before we noticed that one of the baptismal jumpers were missing from the car..... So we had to run and grab it from some other Elders who had used it that day, so it was still wet.... We grabbed it, wrung it out, then threw it in the dryer, so it was just a bit damp. Then went forward with the baptism anyways. Hahah The baptism was great. It went smoothly and we had such a good turnout from the ward!
Sunday came around and we had their three confirmations. I did one, Elder Afatasi did one, and then we had one of the area seventies there who was with us in the circle, do the last one. Wow it was a powerful experience. He was brought to tears while giving it and we could just feel Arieta shaking because she was crying and so touched by the spirit. Such a good experience to be apart of. Can't wait to watch these 3 converts continue to grow as they continue on their journey! It's been a great week. Our purpose as missionaries is to preach repentance and baptize converts and I can honestly say I feel like I gave it my all in fulfilling my purpose this week. Great week. I love you all so much!