It has been an absolutely amazing week! The past few days have been beautiful. The sun has been out, but it hasn’t been too hot. Just before e-mailing, a few missionaries and I played sand volleyball at a court nearby. It was so fun! I love the summer!
This week, we had one really cool experience that I would like to share. My companion and I have somewhat been dreading the end of school here in Alabama. Why you ask? When school lets out, two very solid members of the Pohnpeian group in Birmingham are planning on leaving to spend the summer with relatives in Mississippi. We have been trying to think of a way to keep them here, but they really want to see their family. So while we were visiting with them this past week, we asked one to contact their relatives in Mississippi so that we could talk to them. These relatives came to the U.S. from Pohnpei about a year ago, so we had to ask the member to translate for us. When we had them on the phone, we asked if these young members could stay in Birmingham for the summer. They quickly responded with a “no” because they wanted to see them again soon. Without very many options left, we asked if they wanted to perhaps come to Birmingham for the summer to help build the Pohnpeian group. (One of the individuals we contacted is a “returned missionary” and holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, which would be a tremendous help to the group).
After asking this question, there was a pause and then someone said something in Pohnpeian through the phone. The member looked up at us, smiled, and then said that they would love to do that! We jumped out of our socks!!! We were so happy to hear that. So now instead of losing two really solid members, we are getting even more people to join the group!! We have to help find them some jobs and a place to live so we are working hard to do that and we are crossing our fingers that it all falls into place.
I love this quote that I learned on my mission: “Pray as though everything depends on God but work as though everything depends on you.” We are living that quote right now as we work with the Pohnpeians. I am so thankful for all of the experiences I am having and for all that I have learned. I love and miss everyone back home and hope you have a great week.