This week was great! Help has arrived!! For almost 6 weeks now, my companion and I have been teaching and meeting with Pohnpeians all over the state. Things have been going well and many have attended church, but it has been difficult to fully express and expound on principles of the gospel because most Pohnpeians don’t speak English very well. This last week that all changed.
I can’t remember if I mentioned before, but last summer there was a member of the church who was here in Alabama doing summer sales for a door-to-door sales company. He served his mission in Pohnpei. He ran into Pohnpeians while he was here and introduced them to the missionaries and helped the missionaries teach them. Over a month ago, when the group was just starting, we gave this member a call and asked if he was coming here to Alabama again because we could really use his help. Through nothing short of a miracle, he made plans to come here again! He arrived this last week and it has been such an amazing blessing. The first day he was here, we played volleyball with some Pohnpeians and he came and met them all. The next day, he went to almost every Pohnpeian’s home that we knew to visit with them. Sunday he conducted the church service and gave a talk and things are now running very smoothly!
What a blessing it is to finally have him here and to have somebody with us who can share the gospel in the native Pohnpeian language. We also had Zone Conference this last week and that was terrific as well. It was the last Zone Conference meeting we will have with our current Mission President before he goes home and we are assigned a new one. I am so grateful to President Hanks for all that he has taught me and how he has helped to strengthen my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What I have learned from him, I will carry with me for the rest of my life. He is a champion for the Lord! I love and miss everybody back home and hope that you have a great week!