Sunday, October 18, 2015

First transfer!!!!!!

Malo lava!

Well I have been in the mission for 4 months! its so crazy to me because it definently hasnt felt that long haha! But the crazy news is on sunday was transfer calls and well thats the "hold your breath day" haha! We got a call at 9 from the AP's and I have been transferred to Tulaele and Elder Johansen is getting transferred to Siumu which is backside Upolu! So that means also that they are whitewashing our area in vaimoso so thats crazy! I love our area in vaimoso sooo much! I am going to miss the families so much and it will be so sad to leave all these people! 

And well this week was.... RAINY! It rained all week! And when it rains... IT POURS! haha! and one of the funniest things here is that when it rains all the moms take their kids clothes of and tells them to go shower outside so when it rains there is just a bunch of naked kids running around and well its a different world out here! haha 

On Tuesday, We got the oppurtunity to go to the temple and well it was one of the best temple trips of my life! And not just because the temple is air conditioned and it was hot outside! haha but because we really needed it! With all the changes and everything it was nice to be there and just be in the peacefulness! well and it was in samoan so you can imagine how I felt haha! It was really awesome though! The temple is truely the house of God and I have never felt so close to him then when I walk out  the doors! I love the temple! 

My studies this week have really been just in Preach my Gospel and learning the best ways to teach all the lessons! 

Yesturday at church it was one of the happiest moments of my entire life! We went to our church and we had so many investigators and less actives come to church! it was so awesome! It was kinda like all of our hard work was paying off! We did so many visits and worked so hard this week especially because of transfers and the uncertainty of it and so we just worked harder this week then ever and well it was so awesome because most of the people we visited this week came to church! Words cant describe how awesome it is to see them there! 

Overall, This week was awesome! Im so excited to start a new adventure of my mission in my new area! I am going to miss Vaimoso soo much and all the awesome families! Thank you guys for all the love and support and love for me!

Ether 12:27

Love, Elder Fawson

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Malo Lava!

Malo Lava!!

Well this week was one for the books! General conference was so flipping awesome! Its crazy because being on my mission has really put things in perspective for me! Such as Conference! I was sooooo excited to watch it and take notes and to just learn from modern day seers and revelators! I think my favorite talks were President Uchtdorf's and President Eyring's! They are just such awesome guys! The new apostles are going to be awesome and its crazy to see new apostles becuase I feel like as long as I can remember it has been the same apostles and everything haha! One of the biggest overall themes I got out of conference was FAITH and the holy ghost! And how we need to be trying all the time to recieve person revelation! Another one of my favorite talks was Devin G. Durrant! and him talking about Ponderizing and I am definently going to try that now! President Monson's talk was really awesome too in the sunday morning session! We all need to be examples and a light in a world of darkness! 

This week I finally got to meet the new mission president! President Hannemann! He is a great guy will lots of energy and drive to do the work! We had interviews with him on tuesday this week and we really got to sit down and get to know him and he is a great guy. And with a new mission president comes lots of new rules!  So this week was a lot of adjusting and hearing lots of new rules haha! 

It rained a lot this week and well needless to say.... We had to bike through lots of rainstorms and showed up to our house soaked at the end of the day haha! 

This week has been lots of finding new investigators and we have this girl named Sega! She is about 24 and we just finished teaching the first lesson to her and she loves it and says she knows its true and that it just sounds familiar in her mind and heart! it was really cool to see how she just opened up and loved the gospel! 

This week we have actually had lots of fish in our dinners so it was really good! And of course we had the best food ever too..... OKA! Its seriously my favorite food ever! 

And well sadly the food is getting to me! I have gained 21 pounds and after a dinner this week I got up and popped the button of my pair of pants! it was the funniest moment of my life! And needless to say... Elder Johansen and I went on a run this morning! lol! 

The mission has been so busy this week and I have never been more tired or worn out in my life but the good news is it is on the lords errand and in his work! So I guess you could say I love that I am tired haha! I love being a missionary and putting that white shirt and tie on with the black tag every morning! 

Thank you guys for all the love and support for me and I hope you all have a good week and have fun and be safe! love you guys!

Love, Elder Fawson

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Busy week!

Malo Lava!!

Well this week was super busy! It felt like we were going every which way! We had 2 baptisms this week for Fa'aleo and Vealeui! They are some of the coolest people ever! (Pictures to come)! They love the gospel and love love love church! haha! We have been teaching them for about 6 weeks and they have come so far it was so awesome to see the happiness the gospel brought them! It was sad because after the sacrament we confirmed them she came up and asked us if this ment we couldnt meet anymore and it was one of the best things ever and we told her of course we could still visit them! And she lit up and just like grabbed us and hugged us!

Well here in Samoa we are reaching the HOT and HUMID time of year! it is just crazy because I have never sweat so much in my life! And riding bikes up hills all day doesnt help! its funny because Elder Johansen and I have to keep our washclothes with us to wipe the sweat off when we get to visits haha!

And one of the really cool things is it is now mango season! and well mangos are probably one of the best foods ever created! sooo good! Fa'aleo and Vealeui gave us a huge bag of them after one of our visits and it was sooooo good! Its like a tropical peach! haha

One super funny thing is that Samoans always TRY to speak english to impress everyone in sacrament meeting when they are giving talks and it is sooo funny! So yesturday this guy gave a talk and he was just rambling on about something in samoan and then all of a sudden he starts almost yelling in english, "It was a highlight" and he was like pulpet pounding it was sooo hilarious! Elder Johansen and I couldnt stop laughing! funny stuff!

This week I have been studying lessons 4 and 5 in Preach my Gospel and just really trying to learn how to teach them! Its so cool how much you can learn and how much there is to be learned in the gospel! Never ending supply of learning!

The language is coming! Its crazy to look back and see how far I have come! I can understand a lot more and speak kind of what I want to say! The gift of tongues is real! I have seen it so many times on my mission so far!

So they show General conference the week after here because of the time difference but we are so excited to go watch it!

Well thats really it this week! I have some good pictures from this week that I will send here shortly! Thank you guys for all your support and love for me! I love you guys so much and miss you all! Love you!

Love, Elder Fawson