Good morning starshine! The Earth says Hello!
I will start by wishing my Mother a happy birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!! I love you! I was thinking about you on your birthday. I miss you! I hope you had a great birthday.
This week was quite eventful. Tuesday was MLC. I love MLC. I love President and Sister Vidmar. They are so amazing. So that meeting was good. I love to see all of the other Zone Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders. They are all like my best friends in the mission. They are so great. So we learned a lot of great stuff from that meeting, but I don't have the time or the motivation to write it all up. Basically, work hard. When you are doing the Lord's work, it is not about you, so do everything you can. Even when it is hard. Especially when it is hard. That is when you grow the most.
Wednesday was normal, but I did an exchange with the Samoan elders. (we have a Samoan ward and a Tongan ward in our zone, so I get to learn a lot) I am at the point where I can have a very basic introduction conversation with Samoan people and throw in a few jokes at good times to impress them with my Samoan knowledge, then just pretend like I understand them the rest of the time. It is pretty fun. I got three dinners that night. This is why I have gained weight on the mission. The Samoan ward is Melton 2nd ward. If you remember, I started my mission in the Melton Ward and was there for 6-7 months. Back then it was just one ward. So it was full of Samoans. Now there's an english ward and a Samoan ward. So that was why I got chubby. Everyday, 2 dinners. KFC 5 times a week. This exchange brought back some good memories.
Thursday was our mission Christmas party. It was awesome. I got my Christmas package! I open it because I expected it would be individually wrapped items inside... I am sorry. Don't worry, I pulled out the stockings for my companions, found the Christmas decorations, and then closed it back up and wrapped it. The surprise is gone now but I will still have it to open for Christmas. Thank you so much! My companions also thanked you a lot. They really appreciated it.
We had a mini Olympics, and our zone totally lost. But that is ok. I am not really that competitive anyway ;) There was a talent show, and an awesome devotional with heaps of musical numbers. We also had time to just play sports so I was back and forth between rugby and ultimate frisbee! That was awesome.
Over the last two weeks I think I have received maybe 20 letters from friends and the family. Thank you! They are awesome! I got Riley's wedding invitation too. It looks awesome!
Friday was Temple day! I love going to the temple. It had been a long time, and it was much needed. I really loved being in there. That helped my week.
After that it was normal. Kiana and Jeremy are so solid. They come to church every week, they love the Book of Mormon and they are planning out the baptism. Kiana and Anisa's son Sebastian have asked me to baptize them. And Jeremy asked Elder Togia to baptize him. So that is going to be awesome. I can't wait!
Love you all!
Elder Calvin Chappell