Sunday, July 26, 2015

One more day!

Talofa Everyone!

So this week has been kinda crazy with everything that has been going on with us leaving on Saturday. 

Our Tuesday devotional was, in my oponion, the best one yet! Elder Walker of the Emeritus General Authority and he was awesome! He talked about he 10 steps in missionary work and it hit me so hard knowing that I was going to be leaving a doing this in less than a week! We alwasy have a devotional review after and it hit us this week that we were all leaving this week and going our own ways because we have all been so close! (In our district, there are 2 elders going to Hawaii and a sister going to Oakland Samoan speaking)

On Wednesday, My companions and I got picked to teach an investigator in front of like 60 new missionaries so that was kind of nerve racking but it was actually one of the funnest and best experiences I have had here! 

On Thursday, we had in field orientation for 9 hours and well that was.... fun! haha! They talked to us a lot about how members work hand in hand with missionaries. And also they talked to us a lot about how referrals are one of the biggest tools missionaries use when out in the field!

Thursday night, our teacher showed us lots of pictures and stuff he got in Samoa and this is definently going to be an adventure! The food he eats is pretty crazy looking haha! We also taught a lesson over skype to a lady in Samoa and that was the coolest experience too! 

The Samoan is definently coming! Everyone says that when you get there you wont understand what anybody is saying for the first month so this is going to be fun.. haha!!

So we leave the MTC at 4 pm tomorrow and we are so excited! This week we have just been counting down! haha probably cuz we are all excited to call our families! If any of you have international plans and I would love to call and talk to you in New Zealand because I have a 8 hour layover there haha! 

As much as I love the MTC... I am beyond excited to start the work in Samoa! Even though I wont be able to speak the language very good are know anything about anything... I am so EXCITED!! Atleast I know Heavenly Father is on my side!

I am so excited to fly because it will be fun being in the real world because its crazy how secluded from the world you are at the MTC!

Well I cant wait to send you my first email from Samoa! Thank you all for your support and love! I love and miss you all! 

Love, Elder Fawson

Friday, July 17, 2015

One month down!

I love Fridays!  One more week and it will be Mondays! I can't believe he heads to Samoa in a week!  So excited for him!  He said that he has already gained 12 pounds!!!! Yikes,  we might have to send him a new wardrobe! Here is his letter for this week!  Thank you all for your love and support!

Talofa Aiga! (Friends and Family)

Well I got my travel plans! I leave to Samoa next Saturday! I fly to LA, 2 hour layover, then to New Zealand, 8 hour layover, then to Samoa! I will send a pic of the exact times! Time literally seems to fly now! Its crazy! As much as I love the MTC... I am beyond excited to leave to Samoa!!

The language is coming along! I can translate sentences right over and we are conversating in Samoan and talking as much of it as we can! This week in class we have talked a lot about the Samoan culture and it is SOO cool!!

It is all about respect. Before you enter on to someones property you yell this speech to them:

Ia! Fa'malulu atu le solivale i lau fanua nei. Ae pe maua se avanoa i le ma talatalanoa ma fa'amasani. Ona tu'umule ai lea ma fa'aauau a ma asiasiga!

It basically just says that we would love the oppurtunity to come onto their land to converse or we can leave and go on our way!

And then once you get in the house there is one you say that is like three times longer! haha! And when people ask you questions you say thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to answer your question! There is just lots of stuff like that and much more! But man I couldn't be more excited!

Our devotionals are so awesome! This week they just talked a lot about how we teach people, not lessons and what the most important parts of the gospel are most important to talk to investigators about! 

This week I got to host new missionaries again and I got to bring in one of my friends so that was super duper awesome! I got some Elders that were going to the California Santa Rosa mission too! Some of my friends are starting to come in so its nice to see fimiliar faces! Speaking of familiar faces... I see Noah more now so thats awesome! 

We have so much time to study so I have found lots of good scriptures like Moroni 7:33 and Luke 1:37!

We are having TRC lessons will members who want inspiration from the missionaries that speak Samoan and it is the coolest thing of my life! Its a little taste of my life for the next to years and I am so excited!

Thank you for all your support and I love and miss you all!

Love, Elder Fawson

Friday, July 10, 2015

Two weeks till Samoa!

Talofa Everyone!

The days seem to fly by now! As much as I love the MTC Im ready to go to Samoa already haha! I have to admit that the 4th of July was definitely the hardest day because all I could think about all day was family. But I guess I got through it! haha! We got to stay out from 9:30 to 11:30 to watch fireworks! We then went back to our resdience and a couple of these new elders from Samoa and Tonga in our zone showed us how to HAKA and it was THE COOLEST THING!! 

The Devotionals on Sunday and Tuesday were awesome! On Tuesday, Elder Condie of the seventy spoke to us and he was hilarious! He was talking about the importance of the first vision and how it is the base of our religion and he said, "If you ever question if the First Vision happened, Ask God.... He was there!!!!" Everybody was like crying of laughter!

The Samoan is coming! We are starting to form our own sentences and starting to understand a lot of what our teacher is even saying now! haha!

On Wednesday, We got the opportunity to host new missionaries and holy cow it brought back a lot of memories! But its crazy how many tears there are when Elders and Sisters say goodbye to their families but then as soon as they turn around they instantly go away and they have the biggest smile on their face! I was looking for Noah to go host him but sadly couldn't find him. I did see him when was getting taken to his residence! It is so cool to see lots of friends coming into the MTC!!

So we will be departing the MTC saturday July 25th! So we have a calendar on our wall counting down the days!! 

Man I love my companions and my district! I know for sure that there is a reason we are all together!

Before I came here, well lets just say I didnt like to read... AT ALL! But now having 3 hours to study after dinner I have come to actually like reading! haha! I have read Our Search for Happiness and half of the Book of Mormon! And I know without doubt it is TRUE!

Thank you for all the letters this week! They really mean a lot! I love and miss you all! 

Love, Elder Fawson

Friday, July 3, 2015

Week Three!

Talofa everyone!

Happy 4th of July! This week has been pretty crazy! Sunday was the best experience of my life! I shook Elder Russel M Nelsons hand and said said hello to Elder David A Bednar and President Uchtdorf! And the best thing about it all was being within feet of the prophet! I know this church is true just by standing by him! He has the strongest spirit and you can probably feel it a mile away! 

My companions and I got called to be the zone leaders so that pretty awesome! We just got 13 new missionaries in our zone that are going to Fiji so now there is 22 Elders and 10 Sisters in our zone! Its filling up quick!

Its fun to see new missionaries every Wednesday because it makes me feel like Im so cool cuz Ive been here for longer haha!

At our Tuesday Devotional, Elder Sitati of the Seventy spoke to us and talked about the trials we all are facing and will face in the field and how to get through them. He said how we need to go out with courage because we have all been called of God to go do the work and it motivated me so much just to go out to Samoa already! Every night my companions and I just talk about how badly we want to just go out and we also talk about how we are going to wash our clothes in buckets haha!

MTC basketball is still the best thing ever! We always have gym before or after lunch and It is my second favorite part of the day!... Behind going to bed! haha! My Samoan district is so awesome and I know that Heavenly Father wanted us all together for a reason! And I love my companions! They honestly make me a better missionary each and every day! 

For the 4th we get to go out till the field and stay out there till like 11:30 to watch the fireworks so that was pretty cool news! 

This week has been awesome too because we are now teaching are "investigator" in Samoan with no notes or anything! The gift of tongues is so real and there is no way we would all learn this language this fast without it!

We will be leaving on the 25th of July now so in 22 days!!!

Thank you all for your support and everything you have all done for me! I miss and love you all!

2 Nephi 31:20

Elder Fawson