Today is father's day in Fiji, and quite a few men came to church this morning. One father wished me a happy day, and then told me his wife stayed at home to cook dinner for him because that was her duty. I don't think that will catch on in the U.S. That's the way it is, here in 'paradise'.
I have been going to one store to buy refrigerator's, washing machine's and microwave's for a year now, and I've gotten to know the salesmen and cashiers quite well. The other day, one of the salesmen sat me down while writing up the order form (which usually takes about an hour no matter how many items I need), and then started to open up about his family. He knows how important families are to the LDS and couldn't help just talking to me about his life. He said sixteen years ago, his parents and sister all moved to the U.S. leaving him here alone to "take care of the land inheritance." He has not talked to his family, nor seen them since that time--lots of anger and resentment because of that. He said his sister called him for the first time, and it surprised him so much, he had to talk to someone about it. All I could say was that his family is the most important thing in this life, and that all he can take to the next life was his character, his intelligence, and the relationships that we develop while here. He stared at me for a short time, then tears started to flow. He was certainly touched by the Spirit. He must have said "Vinaka vaka levu" to me at least six times, and shook my hand for about that whole hour (you know I'm exaggerating), so now I know a seed has been planted. That's all it takes to do missionary work, just let the Spirit touch people, and listen to them.
The previous week the cashier in the same store asked me what she should do about being married to a man who was physically and mentally abusive to her. She says she loves him, but cannot tolerate the situation much longer. I told her that her husband didn't love her like Christ does, and that she should pray for her husband, and let him know that she was doing that for him. Also that service will express her love for him. I'm starting to see a change in her demeanor lately, so I can hardly wait to ask her privately how things were progressing. I'll let you know as I find out more.
Even though I don't get to proselyte all the time, people notice how we act, and are very curious as why we are so different. I encourage them to ask me questions, and of course, I ask them questions, and LIFE ON A MISSION IS GREAT! Good people looking for answers in their lives.
|I may have taken another picture of this, but I just learned what it's called Yesterday-today and tomorrow |
It has white, lavendar and purple blooms on it.
|Sister Maile and Vai both wore yellow T shirts today little did sister Vai know she was headed for a fall |
down some steps later in the week and sprained her ankle pretty bad.