Well I guess it sounds like Christmas is all around home. In London they don’t have many Christmas traditions that I know of. Everybody has like parties and stuff in their religions but the problems with most is that they just take a lot of time out of work and they end late and such. No lights on trees or anything like that. JMB (the only store in London) has some lights up and at a rich guys house in London they have a tiny little Christmas tree with some lights and such so that is pretty chill I would say. It doesn't feel like Christmas when it is hot and humid with coconut trees everywhere and the ocean all around you. But I suppose it is still Christmas. Elder Johnson and I bought a little string of Christmas lights and set them up in our house so just thought I would let you know that.
Here is a little more information about my home here. We currently have a rat in our house or something living here with us. We are trying to get it, but no luck yet. A lot more rats in Tabueron (London) then when I was in Banana one kept trying to eat our pancake mix. Let’s say it was very successful. We don't have a fridge right now. Well, we do. But our freezer is a fridge and our fridge doesn't have any temperature difference. So the freezer is our fridge and the fridge is a storage place at the moment. I do not sleep with a mosquito net but we light little mosquito things on fire that keep them away pretty good.
I am really enjoying London it is going good. We have been getting new investigators and we had 3 new people come to church. So that is more than London has had in a very long time I am pretty sure. A lot of people (investigators and less actives) have problems with the Word of Wisdom, but we are working on it.
The Branch is pretty good here. It is the smallest branch out of the 4 on Kiritimas Island even though I think it has the biggest population. In Kiribati it is more like the Branch Presidencies go home teaching once a month to a couple less actives. I am hoping they will figure it out though and assign people to home teach and I think that will really help. It is just hard with the few numbers of people in church. But they are working on it.
Honestly the work is getting better here and the more we work and the harder we work things are paying off. I can see change happening in people life’s so things are going good. Just little by little.
I will tell you about one guy who just came from Tarawa. He has some Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity issues. He was taught just a little bit by Elders in Tarawa and then he came here. We have been teaching him and we felt like he was ready. So we challenged him to prepare himself for baptism and I think he is really going to change and prepare himself. He seems like a legit guy. I will keep you updated on him.
People here are very good to us missionaries and this week we had some stew that was good with some rice. I have not eaten really anything weird since I have been in London. It is wealthier than the rest of Kiribati. (Not wealthy though at all, but for Kiribati they are).
You said that there have been articles on the climate changes on Kiribati. Haha we heard a little program on a radio in some person’s house about how it isn't fair for the children that live in Kiribati to experience climate change. I don't honestly think anybody in Kiribati could care less about climate change. A lot of families have laptops but they pretty much only use them to watch movies at night. Kiribati people generally watch movies, play volleyball or soccer, and drink. Those are pretty much peoples hobbies here. Also sleep. People sleep a ton here. Not many people listen to the radio though I don't think. People do listen to a lot of music on these little music player things they have though.
One more experience I forgot to share that was pretty cool was a funeral a few days ago. Elder Johnson and I went to this house to teach a lesson and the house next door called us over and thought we were going to visit them. It turned out somebody had died. We went back to the house later and we covered up the man with a cloth and placed him in the back of the truck. We then went with them to the grave yard. It was interesting. I found out that the man that died I actually knew a little. I sat next to him on the boat ride home from Tabueron. It was sad that he died but I suppose it is ok, he was very sick and couldn't move much at all. I think he was ready to die. After we got to the grave yard I helped carry him to the grave and we placed him in it. We then all just sang a bunch of church songs while they covered the grave. It might sound different but it was a great experience.
My mom said that many of you have given me money for Christmas. I want to thank you my new 7th ward members and grandma and grandpa. By the way grandma, thank you for the notes you put in my socks. I do still wear socks when I can! And good job Sarah on your Christmas concert, and for making the play!!
I have not gotten any packages yet. Don't know if I ever will, but we will see. The Tarawa packages that Holly and Karla sent I should get when I move to another area or when someone comes here which will be good. As far as letters, they should be brought to me probably early January. I have still only just gotten 1 letter since I got to the field. We will see though I hope more will come in January.
Well, things are going really good here. Been healthy and I have been having a good time with the language and the work. I hope everything is going good at home!
Note from Jen: Please pray that Scott will get his packages which include a small Christmas tree with lights and of course salsa, instant potatoes and gravy!!
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