Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27th, 2015

Finally got to Fiji. We flew in early Wednesday morning and got on a bus that took us all the way to Suva. It was a long drive, but we made it. When we got to Suva we were greeted by the Mission President and a lot of missionaries. We went back to the mission home and started doing some orientation. That night we went out with some missionaries in Suva. We went to a member's home for dinner and had a traditional Fijian meal. We sat on the ground cross legged and ate off of a long narrow cloth that was on the ground. Once we got outside of their house, I saw a toad so I went and picked it up. After I was holding it for a bit, the members yelled at me telling me it was poisonous. As we were driving back to the flat that I would be staying at for the night, my hand started to tingle and I could tell it was swelling. I went back to flat to wash my hands and take some medicine and it was fine. The next day we had some more orientation and we were able to go shopping for Sulus (man skirt)! We then all came back opened up our calls to our assigned areas. I got called to Burewai with Elder Otene as my trainer. That night I hopped in a truck and drove up to meet him at our flat. He is really cool but pretty young to be a trainer. I am excited to have him though. In our area we visit a few villages that only have a few hundred people in them. This last week we visited Nasautoka and Nayavu. I love these little villages. Each of the villages has a leader and he is very respected. I got to meet a lot of awesome people and teach a lot of lessons. Everything I have done has been sitting cross legged on the ground. I am not very flexible so after a few minutes it can get pretty painful. I just try to endure. Sunday we went to church at one of the units way up in the mountains. There was only 15 people there for sacrament meeting and we all just sat on the ground in someone’s house for that. After that, one of the missionaries baptized a 9 year old boy in the river which was very exciting. The language is hard but I am trying my hardest. I can't pick up on much yet but hopefully it will improve. I am trying my best to stay positive. There are 4 different flats that we have in our area that we can stay at. It's not uncommon to see a cockroach or a lizard in our flat. It's a little unusual when I look in the shower and there isn't a lizard. I am really excited for the future and I hope that I can make it through training. 
Elder Jones
My area (Nasautoka)! With my trainer Elder Otene.
 My feet from the mud that we walk through.
 Raining in Fiji.
Look out!
With President and Sister Layton.

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 21st, 2015

 Tacky tie on point.
Ya'll ready know. 
Travel itinerary came today. 
The crew.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th, 2015

Today we looked in our mail slot and we got flight plans! I have been waiting for this day for a while. We fly out on Monday Sep. 21. layover in LA and then across the ocean to FIJI. I know I'm nowhere close to speaking the language as good as I need to but I have faith it will all work out. This week has been a fantastic week though. We all got to do our TRC but this time it was over Skype. My companion and I got to share a message in Fijian with a man in Hawaii. It was such a good experience and has got me even more excited for the field. This week we also got 40 new people in our zone. We received two new Samoan districts, one Marshaleese district, and a Kiribis district. They all seem very nice but we won't really get to know them because we fly out in 10 days. The MTC has sort of grown on me but I don't want to be here after the 21st. Being in Provo, of course I heard about the Hail Mary from the backup QB... Wish I could have seen it. Today is also 9/11 which it doesn't really feel like because we seriously have no communication with the outside world, but I hope it's been a great day for all of you. Sometimes, my district and I go to the fence and just look out into the real world... I guess you could say we are all ready to get out of here. I am so ready to go to the field though and I know that it will be hard but a good experience. Love you all.
Elder Jones
 In front of the Provo Temple.
 I found my friends!
 My Fijian name tag.
Elder Chugg and me.