Thursday, February 23, 2017

TUESDAY - February 21, Surprise...emailing one day early this week!

 Beautiful Savai'i

Emailing early this week because we have to go to Apia later today and the boat leaves at 4pm.

This week was good.

Thursday was pretty funny. Our fafaga was an older couple, probably late 60s. We sat down and the wife is half blind, and she says, "That's a good looking white guy in front of me." My companion and I couldn't stop laughing.

Friday we did two baptismal interviews for missionaries. We got home around 8pm. The culture here in Savai'i is very strong and each night they have 30 minutes where you're supposed to sing a hymn and say a family prayer.  No one is allowed to be out on the streets. A bunch of elderly men in the village come out on the street and patrol.  Cars are not allowed to pull in or out of anywhere and they have to keep going straight or stop and pull off to the side and then wait for it to be over.  So we pulled into the chapel without realizing it was the "sa" (the prayer time). We got in trouble, but thankfully he just let us off with a warning.

Another example of the culture in Savai'i happens on Sundays. In one village, if you aren't at church you get fined $10. Even if you're on the chapel grounds but not inside the chapel, you get fined. Pretty different, but I'm sure that would help us at home.

Tomorrow we have a meeting with all the zone leaders in the mission in Apia so that should be interesting...

My laundry

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