Monday, January 6, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

How are you all doing? I'm doing well thank you. First week in the Samoan Ward down! It's been nuts. We get tons of food and tons of gift cards. I don't even need to buy groceries this week because I didn't eat any of the food that I got last week! Isn't that fun? My new companion is awesome too. He's from Utah. Third one in a row...It's cool though. He's been in the ward for a little while so he knows some Samoan and I've been learning. I know the numbers and how to say hello, how are you, and goodbye. That's it. It's a party learning Samoan! We even have Samoan Preach My Gospels, Book of Mormons, dictionaries and textbooks. WE GO HARD. The work here is very interesting. We pretty much just go over to members houses and share spiritual thoughts until the give us people to teach. Either that or do less-active/ recent convert work. Either way we end up being pretty busy and it's awesome. We had a lesson during church yesterday. Our ward mission leader, Brother Tia, brought a family that he's friends with to church. Almost the whole lesson was in Samoan so we don't know exactly what was being said but we knew what was going on. At the end of it the guy was talking about how he wants to skip the lessons and be baptized! Also his wife said that she will go to the church that he goes too and she says she feels the spirit here! It was so awesome!
It was a good week and I'm super pumped to be here in Long Beach!! I hope you all had a fun and safe new years!

Keep it real,

Elder Sanderson