Halo from my island of Efate!!! (February 24, 2019)

Halo beautiful famle blong mi we mi luvem tumas!!!
Afta?? Mi glad tumas lo prea blong yufala. Hem i mekem hart blong mi i fulup glad mo joy!

Mama: Oh how much I adore you!! Etas in wonderful. The people are just beautiful. The sun has been so strong! Alice and Richard were both there when we storied with Willy! We are teaching him one principle at a time and using all of the teaching tricks with pikinini that we can think of. It’s so much fun!
Papa Samwell. He loves the Book of Mormon. We read 1 Nephi 1 with him this week. It took a while to explain everything but slowly and surely. He will love it.

Skyping with you was the greatest! It made my heart so happy.
You make my heart so happy.
No update on the fly-home yet… I’m almost positive about the 27th though after looking at flights in the past of other leavers going home to America. (It usually takes a long time for people flying home to America to get their travel plans)
President Duquette sent this in our email about the four elders…
Thank you for keeping them in your prayers!
Elder Temaiana: Has been released from the hospital and will return home on March 2nd where he will work with a speech therapist to overcome his mild amnesia for a period of approximately two months.

Elder Champoux: Will likely be released form the hospital on March 3rd and will return home for an indefinite period of time to recover from the surgery.

Elder Kimball: Is doing well. It is expected that he will stay in the hospital one more week under observation. We are hoping for a release this coming weekend as well. To be confirmed.

Elder Hable: Had to undergo a procedure to repair his spleen. The procedure went well. Date of release has yet to be determined, hopefully very soon as well.

Oh I did know Brennan Conrad! He was one my friend Kazlie’s younger brother. I am so sorry to hear of the tragic accident! That is heart breaking. I’m grateful for God’s plan. I know that is easier said than done. They will be in my prayers. Thank you for keeping me posted.
I will listen to the spirit mama. I promise. I love you!
Mama keep writing. You have such a gift and it only becomes richer the more you use it.
I’m so grateful you got to go to Nate’s homecoming talk! He still looks tall and blonde, and happy. Thank you for going! I love what you said about seeing the change in people. It is SO true!
I think the kisses arrive with the letters. They hop on the back of the seal and ride the waves across the salwata.
I love you so much my beautiful mama!
Have an amazing week!

Daddy: Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorning sunshine!!!!!!!!!
I love the double letters! There is a countdown at our little home in Etas. It really is hard to believe that March will come like a lion this week. I’m so grateful for God’s love. Thank you for sharing the experiences that Nate shared in his talk. Thank you for the picture too! It made my day. I love the scripture in Romans where it talks about how we may abound in Hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. God really does care about each little detail. I am amazed. I have been praying that you will be able to have the physical, mental, and spiritual capacity (which I know you do!) to finish the bathroom. I know you can do it. You’ve done hard things before. While we were sitting in Jos there weren’t any sacrament cups so the bishop went to the next jos (which was about 20 minutes away) to find cups. It was a tender mercy in disguise. The ward sang hymns for about 30 minutes! My soul was filled with so much energy and hope. These people are incredible. I love them so very much.

From the email to President…

We had a neat experience teaching mama Finneth. She loves learning about Joseph Smith and has a desire to continue learning about the gospel. Sista Otukolo and I felt prompted by the spirit to invite her to pray about being baptized with someone having priesthood authority of God. The feelings that the spirit brought to our hearts were very special. I also finished reading the Book of Mormon this week! I started reading when President Nelson gave all of the sisters the challenge back in October. When I prayed I was expecting perhaps a different, more angelic, answer. As I prayed I felt the same thing I have felt for years. I felt peace and happiness. My mind recalled the joy that I felt as I read the story of Abish, the queen’s maid servent in Alma 19. She has often been a figure of faith that I look up to. I realized that this pure joy is felt whenever I have a little glimpse of heaven and the love God has for me.I have learned this feeling to be the spirit. I am so grateful for the gospel. I am so grateful for Sista Otukolo who has so much patience and love for me.
Thank you for the lives you bless.

Thank you for all of your prayers and for blessing my life.
I pray for you each night. You are so special to me.
Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Sista Carter