This week was an amazing experience. We had a little girl baptised on Friday, and her family is Samoan. Let me tell you something about Polynesian culture. They go ALL OUT. First of all, the baptism service was pretty cool. Most of the people there were from Samoa, and so we prayed and sang in Samoan. Normally we only speak English at the church, so the prayers (said in Samoan) were pretty long, I think they wanted to take the opportunity while they could :) I wish you could have heard us singing. You might have been able to, if you were listening closely, I thought something might break :) and then there was a party. And remember, this girl, her name is Lupe, was only turning 8 years old. The parents had put up so many decorations in the hall, there were balloon arches, cupcakes, party handouts, and the FOOD. A pretty good blend of cultures, there was just a lot of it. No such thing as small portion sizes. So we all loaded up our plates with chinese food, pizza, crab salad, cassava (kind of like a potato root thing?) and taro leaves with lamb, I forget the name of it... Yum yum.
We also have a new couple we are teaching who are from South Africa!! They are super cool, I keep learning more about that place every time we see them.
Most important this week I have seen the power of the Atonement. I know that Jesus Christ truly suffered for us and felt all that we feel, no matter what. He wants to help us, and that help is so close, it comes from prayer :) I look forward to all the chances I have to pray and talk to my Father in Heaven.