December 23 was set aside on our island for all the missionaries to gather together and celebrate. The zone leaders organized a service project of cleaning a large yard and arranging for the missionaries to play rugby, table tennis, and water balloon volleyball on the cleaned yard.
|There's an old white guy in the middle with the Rugby ball..|
The house in the background was build by a former NFL player for his mother. Two of our sister missionaries live on the third floor.
We then had some "silly" stuff like moving an oreo cookie from your forehead to your mouth without hands. The 10 second rule for cookies that hit the ground was applied by most of them.
Elder Faletoi and Lamaroux, the zone leaders for the West Zone designed the green shirts.
In the interim, Theron and I set up the cultural hall to serve the missionaries lasagna (I made 4 largeeeee ones), garlic bread, green salad with grapes in it, and cocoa Samoa brownies with cocoa Samoa hot fudge sauce. We set up a gift table in the center of the tables and after eats we gave them each their gift bag. Then, after they had eaten, they started giving back - best Christmas presents ever (well except for our son Marc).
The Christmas program at our Church on Sunday in the Mesepa International Ward (MIW) was terrific. The young children sang 'Silent Night' in sign language, English, and Samoan. The two elders assigned to our ward were asked to give talks and we were asked to bear our testimony. We are so thankful for the birth of Jesus Christ and the love he offers us.
We talked to all of the family and what a joy to receive a phone call at 3:30 a.m and watch Mason, Ali, Tyce, Kacy, Marc and Brittney open presents. Then a couple of hours later, Adrian called and we watched Cameron and Taylor, Adrian and Todd open their presents. A little later that morning, we were greeted with this picture on our ipad of Brookelyn, Jessie and Lauren along with Curt and Melanee. We have the most beautiful family in the whole world!!!!!!!!
Merry Christmas one and all. Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in October.