Monday, September 26, 2016

Clean it good or you will die!!!


 So how is life? Things are going really good here.

While we were in Tab South things were going awesome!  A ton of new people in Tab South and now I am back  in Tab North we have been working to get new people but with not a ton of success but it works just fine.  We still have a bunch of people to teach so that is sweet!

The weather here has been hot and dry but that is ok with me.  People here are way blessed weather wise.  There are not hurricanes.  If a hurricane were to hit here everyone would die. The land is too small to survive anything.  People here don’t have any food storage either.   Some people have boats for fishing and little canoe type boats  but  they don’t have life rafts or life jackets.   The only thing that ever happens in Kiribati is that it just rains a bunch. But here in Tab it doesn't rain very often at all... It is just hot all the time. I would rather have it be hot though than for it to be raining and me to be soaking wet biking around.

Here is an interesting experience we had.  On Monday morning at about 12:30 am we got up and went and collected a half a bucket of hermit crabs for a couple hours in the middle of the forest. Then, once we had them we went back to bed.  When we woke up the next morning on P-day, we went fishing with them. I caught a couple fish.  The one that was the coolest was a blow fish!!   It was pretty sweet!!  Everyone said that if you don't clean it out right and you eat it then you will die. Well… I am not dead so I guess the lady that cooked it for us cleaned it good.  Just to let you know blow fish just tastes like regular fish it was delicious.

I had a great experience that I will tell you about. We have a way sick investigator named Karakiteua.  He is the greatest, but has a way hard time praying.  It was like he couldn’t pray at all. We have had him try tons of times and his mind just blanks and he says nothing the entire prayer and then closes the prayer. I felt like we should have him try one more time though and as he was trying to pray I was praying way hard that he could say a prayer. He finally said his first prayer all by himself!!  He pretty much just said  “Our Heavenly Father, we ask thee that thou wilt love us, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.”     It was way sweet and the spirit was so strong. I definitely felt like God had answered my prayer to help him pray.

We have heard that we may be getting some more missionaries in October so that will be good.  It is hard to teach for only 2 weeks and then leave for 2 weeks.  We will be going to Tab South in 2 weeks, but after that new Elders should be heading down there. Nothing is confirmed but it should be happening in October and I think Elder Pratt and I should be staying in Tab North after we get back from Tab South.  You asked if we bring all our belongs when we go back and forth and the answer is yes.  We bring all our belongings with us each time we go.  We took a boat again.  A plane is 10 dollars cheaper but we choose what day we leave on the boat.  A plane you go when they go. 

 I will definitely miss Tab South if I end up in Tab North but I miss whatever area I am not in and that is just a part of the mission. 

I will await the package,  I am looking forward to a camera again.  Just send whatever your heart desires.  I should have internet next week so I will email again.

Well, thanks for all the support and such.

Love you,
Elder Dinsdale


Monday, September 5, 2016

Kiribati is the best!!

Home Sweet Home in Tab South

I am loving life here right now in Tab North.  Elder Pratt is way sweet.
He is improving a bunch in the language and we get along really well.  He knows a lot about the gospel so that is really good. I will probably be with him the next 2 or 3 months but we will see. We have been in Tab North for 2 weeks and things have been quite good. 

We took a canoe sail boat ride to Tab North this time.  It took 12 hours to get here.  Soooo.... You know how good of pictures I have been taking?? Well you see... I would love to keep taking them, if I might not have possibly dropped my camera in salt water.. So... It doesn't work anymore and my SD card is unreadable...So... Is there a warranty? If there is not you should just get into my bank account and get me a camera just like the one I had. I was actually getting some way amazing pictures of the last couple weeks and now they are all gone. But if you could send that as fast as you could that would be awesome. Sorry about that I really did take good care of it, it was just on the canoe sail boat ride to Tab North that it happened. I had it in a basket and our guide man stepped on the basket and it fell to the bottom of the boat that had water in it. I tried to dry it out and stuff but it didn't work.

We have been eating in Tab North, food is always good and my favorite is definitely Sea Turtle.  Last week the internet was down so that is why we couldn’t email.

So here is a little information about Tab South.  I love Tab South it is quite fun. We head back down there tomorrow so things should hopefully still be good.   We will take another 12 hour canoe sail boat ride to get there.

We definitely teach some sketchy people here. People come to church with smokes and almost every single person you meet has tattoos and just a bunch of stuff. But God loves them all.

So some stories for you, we went to a KUC (Kiribati United Church) ministers wedding. We got invited and it is like culture to go. We left pretty early from it because we still wanted to get work done and such. There was tons of food and dances done by people and just a bunch of crazy stuff. It was nice because they respected us a ton though and it was cool to be there.

We have a great investigator. His name is Karakiteua. He is really old but a beast. We taught him about the word of wisdom and that he would need to quit smoking and drinking tea and he did. The only thing was he wouldn't come to church. But now Karakiteua has been two weeks in a row and this last week he was there 2 hours early for church and he walked there. He is a way legit guy, he has crazy strong faith. One thing that I like about Karakitura is that he doesn't ask why we should do all these things or argue, he just does them, once we explain to him that they are God's commandments. I love to see people change their lives and follow Christ.

We have another way smart investigator named Terikaua but he is just always way busy with stuff. We are working with him though. His wife is endowed and so I hope he will stop being shy with church and just come.

Things are going great. It is a challenge with the whole switching up every two weeks and we don’t have a ton of investigators.  But we are still getting stuff done. I am definitely trying to keep a good journal. This mission has been an amazing experience. I am way committed to be an amazing member when I get home.

I am way healthy so don't worry. I would like some more sunglasses please. And just like food if you send a package. Ask Elder Carrington what good food to send. My shoes and clothes are all way good. I will probably bring food down
to Tab South this time from Tab North. Last time we didn't have any food to bring. We will try this time.

Sea turtle meals in Tab North are the best, Kiribati is the best.
Yeah just thought I would say that.

Love you
Elder Dinsdale 

One of the sail boats

Our house in Tab North!!!  We have beds!!

Open water

Sea Worms!! Delicious

Loving my mission

Food is food!!

Teaching with Carrington

No need to explain

Looks like a fire!!