Sunday, January 3, 2016

LAMI - Week 12

Happy New Years!

Bula Vinaka!

Can't believe another week has gone by already! It was a good one. Long, hot, hard work, but good. Things are moving along well here in Lami! Fijians have a tradition on New Years that they “wet” people. SO basically the whole month of January they go around dumping and spraying water on everyone. Luckily I’ve avoided getting soaked so far (knock on wood).

Like I said, this week was HOT. Way hot. I thought I'd gotten used to the humidity but NOPE. Haha. It was burning hot all week, except for on Friday, when a Cyclone came by Fiji! That was crazy. It wasn't a huge one, but it was super windy and rainy. The power got knocked out for a while. I taught my companion how to play a song on the guitar while we were chilling in the candlelight. (I promise it wasn't romantic)

This week was also a really hard working week. We went from village to village all day every day trying to see people, but everyone's either "busy" or out of town for the holidays! It's been really frustrating, but that's ok. We'll just keep swinging at it!

I want to share a story. On the day that was probably the most frustrating and long, that's when something amazing happened. So on Wednesday, we had our whole day planned out, and even had backup plans. We got to our appointments in a village, and they ALL fell through. So our backup was a village nearby. Every single one of those fell through as well. Then we decided to head to a village that was about an hour and a half walk away. When we got there, our first 2 plans fell through. We started to get way discouraged and tired of just walking and walking. So we decided to take a break for a bit at a member's house. We walk up to the door and the husband gets way excited and tells us to hurry inside and give his wife a blessing. She was way sick. That was really cool. Then we headed out to another house. This one was really eye opening. 

We arrived at a long time Less-Active member's house. The lady we wanted to see wasn't home but her 30 something year old son was. We taught him a lesson, and as we were getting ready to head out, the lady walked in and sat down. We kinda stopped what we were saying and looked at her. She started crying almost instantly. She told us that once she saw our shoes on her front porch (it's custom to leave your shoes at the door) she had received an answer to her prayer. Her husband was in the hospital and was really sick and wanted to give him a blessing. So we called the Elders that worked in the area by the hospital and they went and gave him a blessing later that night. Then we gave her a blessing of comfort. The spirit was so strong. As we were leaving her house I realized that we wouldn't have been there to give either of those people blessings if our day had gone as planned. The Lord really is involved in everything as missionaries.

Anyways, Happy New Year everyone! Make this year the best one yet. I encourage you to make a Spiritual New Years Resolution as well as a normal one. Then work towards it! Always look to improve! Little by little. The Lord will reward you, and you will feel his love. I love you all so much! Until next week, keep on keepin' on!
Au lomani kemuni!

-Elder Jaxson Jeremy Miller

Playing guitar in the candlelight (a cyclone knocked out the power)
We went exploring and found this WAY nice private neighborhood

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