Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Short and Sweet

Mauri mum,
This week has been great and we have had a decent amount of time to teach which is good.  We have also been really busy doing a bunch of other stuff, but it has been a really good week.  
Kianteiti (one of our recent converts) just got his oldest son who is super less active to come to church last Sunday!  So that is super sweet.  Hopefully little by little his kids and his wife will be able to join the church and go to the temple.
We have a new senior couple Elder and Sister Belens.  They are really cool.  We also have 2 additional senior couples coming in today which will help out a lot!!  I am sure they will be good.
There were 2 new Sister Missionaries that came in the other day but no new Elders.  They won’t be coming until July 27th.
We have a new mission office, (I don't know if I have told you that yet) and it is pretty sweet.  We don't have to ask to go into someone’s house to use the computer/mini office.  Now we have our own key and we can do our stuff whenever we need.
Not too many crazy stories this week that is sweet.
Elder Ellis and I head out to the Island Onotoa tomorrow!  I am pretty excited for that, my last outer island.  After that I will come back and just keep working till the end!
Well, have a great week!
Elder Dinsdale

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunbeam Preschool

     This week has been real good.  Missionary work is just going as good as ever. These last couple weeks one of my biggest focuses is on trying to help all of my recent converts get calling or responsibilities so that when I leave here they will stay active. We have also been pushing the home and visiting teaching so hopefully that will help keep the activity rate up.         

We have a bunch of people we are teaching...  A couple investigators that we have been working with came to church yesterday so that was sweet.  Nawere and Tourakai came so that was sweet too!  Tourakai is the husband of the lady with the preschool. They told me the other day that they are going to have a goodbye party for me at their preschool with the teachers there.  She also told me that  she is going to give me a bunch of cool Kiribati stuff (which I have already paid her for) so that should be really fun.  They also asked a bit ago what we think the preschool should be named and we suggested Sunbeam preschool, and we taught the them the song ‘Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam’ and they loved it!  So their preschool is now Sunbeam Preschool.  It is pretty awesome and it even has a sign that has the name on it.

We had a way great lesson with Tourakai and we just talked about how important his testimony is. (He has a testimony but his dad hates the church and tells him that he cannot join the church) .  As we were teaching him and his wife they just took the lesson so well.  He realized how important his testimony is and when the lesson got over he had a smoke right next to him and he just gave it to me and told me to take it that he didn't want to smoke.  It was way sweet and awesome but the problem was, he gave me a smoke!  So I just put it in my pocket and planned to get rid of it.  I wanted to make sure nobody would ever use it, but I didn't know where to get rid of it.  We were at one of our people's baptisms later that day and I reached into my pocket to try and find the chalk and realized that I still had a smoke in my pocket!  (For some background information you taught me to never touch smokes or anything so I felt horrible just having it with me) so me and Elder Ellis went and found a place and buried it.   So... Yeah that was a really cool experience.  I have never had an investigator give me a smoke to get rid of.  Pretty sweet!

President Larkin said that for a final party we can have one in the chapel and the people in the ward can come.  So we are going to have a recent convert fireside for a goodbye party where the people saying the prayers, leading the music, speaking and bearing testimony will all be recent converts.  I think that will be way sweet because hopefully the ward will better fellowship them as they see them in the fireside. I am pretty stoked.

Next week we go to Onotoa so that should be pretty sweet!  I will be here for P-Day and then the day after I will leave so I will talk to you next week. Have a great week!

But I hope you have a great week,
Elder Dinsdale

PS You asked what I wanted you to prepare for my return.  Prepare.. Hmmm... Food?  That is probably it. Food is good to prepare, thanks mom.

Steak is way good, but I have told myself the first meal I want is Arby’s.  That was my last meal and that will be my first.  After that whatever meal works but I just want to eat some Arby’s
Teaching others is one of the many things I love about Missionary Life!!

Of course he took my picture as I took his!!

Just a little dinner!!

Happy Baptism Day!!

Investigators getting married!!  Great Day!!

Who would have thought I would be a barber?

Just chilling with a few of the Sister Missionaries!!

Nothing is better than seeing a family enter the waters of baptism!!

Yep a everyday event with a pig laying around!!

Kiribati kids are the best!!

P-day fun!!  I am still a Ninja!!

Teaching couples is the best!!

Just one of the many spiders here!!

Life as a missionary is GREAT!!

Last meal before entering the MTC at Arby's!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Making a gardern and lots of pictures!!!


I am doing really good out here this week.  I just love being a missionary!!   I didn't travel at all this last week and we won't for another week or two.  Our next trip will be to Onotoa on June 27th.   We go June 27th and we will be coming back July 1st.  That will probably be my last trip to an outer island for a long time.  I have heard it is pretty sweet though so I am excited.

One of our investigators just got interviewed for baptism and another should be interviewed this Saturday so I am pretty excited.  One of our recent converts Tenimarebu passed the sacrament for his first time yesterday so that was super sweet.  He is 13 but he looks like he is 7 or 8.  He is a super great kid though.  His mom got baptized with him and his dad is now active again in the church so that is pretty sweet.

Another cool story that happened this week has to do with a less active guy named Bainrebu.  He is super cool; he just doesn't come to church.  He joined the church a really long time ago, he went to school in Tonga before Moroni High School was made and he has been to a bunch of places around the world.  I remember visiting him in July of last year when I worked here and since November of when I started to work here again until now.  I always seem to be telling him to come to church. Well, he came yesterday!   He has been pretty inactive for the last 10 or more years, so it was super sweet to see him at church!

Last week for service we went and made a garden at this one member’s house.  We got some good dirt and put it in his garden and then we made a little rock wall to keep dirt from falling in it and after we put a fishing net all around it so kids won't get it.  It looked pretty sweet and it was really fun to do.

The next transfer has been finalized and so we announced it and it should be good.  All the Elders from my intake are coming in from Kiritimati this Thursday so it will be fun to see them. Other than that not much crazy has gone on. You have now sent me an email so I will probably respond to questions that you have send. Have a great week though!

Time has gone really fast for me.   I have been in Tarawa since November and  I feel like time is just flying.   Administration is pretty fun, but sometimes we miss going out and just being a part of the team.  I love doing both things though and am learning a lot.  It would be nice for time not to go so fast though,

Have a great week
Elder Dinsdale

Digging out a well!!

Elder Harrison (MY MTC companion) and me in Tarawa!!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It's only January here!!

Hi mum!
Mauri! I nang kukurei bwa e reke ngkai au tai ni koroboki teutana n tamaroan te bong aio, ao imwaain N na waaki N na kamauringkami ni kabane, kam na bane ni mauri!

Well, I hope you liked my letter about my week last week (in Kiribati) I guess that is it from me today. Have a great week!

Just kidding this last week has been good!   We have been really busy.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday I didn't teach a single lesson.  Not because of being out of it just because we have been busy doing other stuff!  We have been doing transfers with the mission president and we have had so many meetings that we just didn't have time to teach.  After that though we have been having more time to teach so that is good.

We got 5 new investigators last week so that was good!  Here in Kiribati most people will agree to have lessons if you chat enough with them and you ask in a good way.  It has been good.

So I gave most of those books that you sent to that lady that has the preschool and she was super grateful to have them.  She told me to tell you thanks for them!  Her preschool is going to be checked by the education today so it was perfect timing to get them to her before they are going to come to check her house.  I kept the star wars books and gave them to Kaiea (one of our recent converts) so that he can become a star wars fan. He always goes to the library and gets books to read so I figured he would really like them.  Now I am just trying to find someone who I should give the Dr. Seuss books to.  I gave the bracelets and some of the stickers to the primary president in our ward and she was excited.  A ton a little kids kept coming up to me and telling me how they like their bracelets.  They were pretty happy!

A couple of our investigators have been doing good!  Nei Nimwanoa wasn't really progressing, but the other day we talked about her baptismal date and she really wants to get baptized.  She came to church yesterday and she is really close to being ready to be baptized!  Her husband is still less active but we are working with him.  There are a couple less actives I have visited a bunch here, and I feel like one of them is really close to coming back to church.  I am pretty sure he hasn't been to church in many years but he looks like he is about to come back.  If he doesn't my last Sunday I am going to get him and wait for him till he gets ready and I will go with him to church.  That is my goal.  I know so many people here and I am going to try and help a bunch of them before I leave.  The time is short and I am really busy with other stuff, but I am for sure going to try. 

I liked the picture of Sarah with my countdown chain but I don’t understand why there are only a few chains.  It is only January here and I still have 7 months.  Haha  time is going way to fast here. 

So to answer some questions, when you get called to be a Zone leader or a District leader or an AP you don't get set apart by the laying on of hands.  You just get called and whenever the day comes that you are to be that you are it.  

Right now we are trying to plan another trip to go to an outer island, but it looks like we might only get to one more before my time ends.  Hopefully we will get to 2 if I am lucky but I am guessing only one.

Nei Teraimoa in my ward made me a way sweet lava-lava so that is cool. She has made me a bunch of cool stuff while I have been here.  I really should be trying to find everyone in the family cool gifts but I really haven't had much time to try and find stuff.  

Things are going really good here. I love being a missionary and doing this work.

Have a great week!
Elder Dinsdale

PS  You asked what I would miss about Kiribati.  I will miss everything but one thing is I will miss the breeze but also in Utah there isn't much humidity there so that should be nice.  An Elder just came back from America last week and he said he is just sweating so much here and he doesn't like it, and he is from Kiribati.  So it will be nice to not be sweating all day in America.  By the way Happy Birthday DAD!  I forgot to tell you last week but I hope you had a sweet party or at least you had some cake.