P____ Family, we've been seeing them every week, and Ed has been coming to church weekly again which is great to see.
Jeremy and Misty They are starting to have more time, and starting to get more out of our lessons, I'm excited for when they set in stone their baptismal date.
Mario He's a Micronesian man. Pretty interesting story. So his girlfriend is a member. She was baptized a few years ago in Utah but she moved here. So naturally her records came in a few months later (like two weeks ago) because her ward realized she moved. So when we saw then come in, we went over to meet her. Well two weeks ago when we knocked on their door, Mario answered and he said to come back Tuesday since his wife would be there with him. And the way he kept rendering to her, it made us think that he wasn't a member, which turned out true. So last week we went over and had a really cool conversation with them. Apparently when she first moved in, she tried to come to church but didn't really feel welcomed so she hasn't been since. But he really wants to come to church and be baptized. His only problem is that he works on Sundays. So we left him the commitment to pray to try to be able to trade his Tuesdays for Sundays (totally his idea). When we left he said the prayer, and since English is still hard for him, even though you couldn't really tell, he asked if he could say the prayer in Pohnpeian, his native language. That was cool! So we showed up again this week and his eagerness to see us was through the roof. He still hasn't been able to get Sunday off yet, but he's praying and trying. He even mentioned if it came to finding another job, he would do it. But it was really neat because he really can only read Pohnpeian, we had to read the introduction to the Book of Mormon to him. The Spirit was so strong. So we left with the promise that we would track down Pohnpeian Book of Mormon copies for them. When I called l the mission office, they had never heard of that language and weren't sure if they had it. But miracle of the day was when my companions went down to Bentonville the following day they went by the office to pick up the zone's supplies and they had three copies of the Book of Mormon in Pohnpeian, with all of the pamphlets. Three for Maro, Ersihda his girlfriend, and his high school aged daughter. The Lord works in mysterious ways, I love it!
Facebook has been approved literally a week before going home and honestly I'm glad it took that long because it is so easy for me to want to just kill time, but I'm trying to be better about that.
Trinity & Donovan & Kristi. Trin & Don's baptism interview was Wednesday and they passed of course. Their baptism will be Wednesday (Valentine's Day) and that will also be my last day in my area. Kristi is their aunt and she has recently after about 20 years started coming back to church the last few weeks.
Our car finally was finished getting fixed in the shop since Elder McClellan drove it into the car wash!! No seriously he drove it in there to get a wash, he didn't crash, but due to the bike rack, and settings made for it not being activated, damage was caused to the back of the vehicle, but they payed for the damage. The rough part was just having to wait a week before we could drive our own selves again.
Betsie, she is a sweet older lady. She's actually married to John, a less active member. She is serious about reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, she's very humble and I'm glad that she is taking this route, even though I will not be able to take it with her.
Robby is a 16 year old with some learning difficulties. We shared with him the Gospel Library app. He has a hard time reading, but he was so excited to have it read to him.
But you would never guess what I had for dinner! Would you believe it if I told you squirrel tastes like chicken? It's true! It was actually very tasty and they did a great job of dressing it and making gravy with it to put on the rice. I'm just glad it wasn't road kill and it was fresh.
On my last transfer church was cancelled, of course. I was going to say goodbye to everyone but that's alright. I will see them all on Facebook if they want to keep in touch.
The mission has been a great experience, and if you're reading this and planning on going, I urge you to, young or older couple. It is a great life-changing experience.
P.S. We call returning home dying, so here's my funeral picture:
And some other pictures of us blowing bubbles:
This last week went very fast, and I'm excited to return home after a mission accomplished.
May God be with you all!
Love Elder Rodgers