Fiji Suva Mission

Fiji Suva Mission
July 2009 - December 2010

Nasinu 1st Ward

Saturday, March 6, 2010

We have had a pretty uneventful month with sick missionaries, that is until this week. We have had several missionaries to the clinic for various things. Nothing serious and nothing too stressful. Dave has been business as usual and learning to deal with all the crazy things 19 and 20 year olds do. Some days he just shakes his head.  Never a dull moment for him.

Our ward has come light years since we got here. They are almost functioning like a normal ward. They even had enough priesthood to divide the elders and high priests (7 Elders 9 High Priests). We hope the mission president doesn' realize that we have been in the ward for over 6 months. He usually assigns the senior missionaries to another ward after 6 months but we want to stay right where we are. Dave has made a real impact on the ward and has seen a lot of change since we arrived. He has learned that to love them and accept and be an example to them is the best way to bring about change. We read a quote somewhere that if you want to change someone you can't criticize them. A good lesson for us to learn here.

We went to a funeral of a man, Brother Prasad, who Dave and the bishop visited and invited back to church the first week we were in the ward. Dad grew close to him and we grew to love them as a couple. He had diabetes and his body completely gave out. It is sad because he was only 55 years old but had the body of an old man. That is when we realize how lucky we are to be in a country with such good medical care. The care here is good but very limited. They just don't have the tools we have.

Any way the funeral was pretty much like ours but the man was Indian so most of the people in the congregation were Hindu. Another weird thing is that they don't imbalm people here. they just seal them in a casket with a window in the top. After the service everyone filed past the
casket, looked in the window and said their good byes. We  like our way better.

Oh well, another experience to write home about.

Things are good. All the Zone Leaders are here today for a ZL Training Conference. We always love it when the elders come and we always love it when they leave. Lots of fun commotion!