I suppose it would be nice of us to share what a typical week for the Jones looks like - as much to show you that it's not ALL sun and sand here and to share the fact that even though it is not the 'typical' proselyting mission, we still find our ways to share the Light of Christ. I tried to throw in a bunch of pics so that it doesn't become too ... dull?
Let's use this last week as an example:
Last Sunday was General Conference. For those not of our faith, General Conference happens twice a year. It is broadcast from Salt Lake and is two days longs; two 2-hour sessions on Saturday and two 2-hour sessions on Sunday. It is an opportunity for us to hear inspiring talks and instruction from our church leaders. I love General Conference. I love our leaders. They are such find men and women - wonderful examples of wisdom and service.
|Watching conference (old pic, but still our dear Prophet)|
Keni's mom and dad showed up too. Danny and Robyn Kalama are our age and we consider them good friends. It's always a delight to spend time with them.
We got a few other things done around the apartment for an hour and then it was off to church to watch the other 2 hours of conference which they show via satellite and Internet around the world.
After that we met with all of the other missionaries in the area for a potluck (oh, the food we eat.....I'm seriously considering getting back on the diet soon.....) and then back home to write e-mails and prepare for the week. Sometimes there is a fireside at the temple visitor's center (either a talk or musical presentation). Love that. There is also the genealogy library. On top of that, I've been working with my Bam (Amber - one of my favorite grandchildren.....lol) on her family's genealogy.
|All the senior missionaries serving in Laie. Elder Jones is the nonconformist on the right|
Monday morning I'm out of bed at 5:30 am to get my exercise in before work. I go to the the gym 2 times in a week, the pool 2 other times and walking the big hill behind the temple one day a week. While exercising (except for the pool), I'm plugged into my phone listening to scriptures and gospel manuals trying to soak up as much information and inspiration as possible. Ron gets to work at 7:00 a.m. and I'm at my assignment shortly thereafter.
|The BYU-H pool. Same size as the SARC facility pool in Sequim, only 'buggier" :-p|
|....and the gym - only 'rustier"|
I've already shared that I am working with the on-line marketing department. In order for the Polynesian Cultural Center to be able to help the students to their fullest, they need to be self-sustaining. We have some really unique, beautiful, fun items for sale in the PCC shops (i.e., where else could you possibly find a selection of shark toothed edged weapons as were used in bygone times....hmmmmm?)
|My latest 'creation' on shop.polynesia.com|
Every weekday we spend lunch exploring the PCC. Here are some pics:
|Lunch outside of Hawaii|
|Sitting in Fiji, looking at the fishing hut by Tahiti|
|Poi Balls is a common game both girls and|
boys play in Aeoteroa (New Zealand)
|Presentation to 'welcome the guests'|
|Fiji on a very, VERY wet day|
Monday nights we have Family Home Evening with all the other missionaries which consists of someone - usually a guest to the island or local leader - presenting a fine gospel centered talk.
|Ended up being a full house at the latest |
Missionary Family Home Evening meeting
|Elder Pollock - Our Senior Missionary Coordinator|
He's really amazing - and he and his wife are
going home in January. I just don't know what
we'll do without him
|A beautiful Hawaiian dance from my vantage point|
|Time to uncover the baked piggy!|
|Yes, it is that beautiful everyday. And we live 1/2 a block from it.|
I try very hard to get Elder Jones into the water at least twice a week. If I don't he starts getting melancholy and grouchy. Wednesdays and Saturday were our snorkel days last week. We explore various beaches trying to find the perfect combination of snorkeling opportunities and a place for me to swim without bumping up against coral. Still looking for just that right spot, but the exploring has been fun in and of itself. Things are going to get switched up here now, because Elder Jones just bought a used surfboard. Oh joy for me.
|My surfer dude|
There is a campus-wide devotional once a week also, and many times there are health or information fairs, concerts and presentations that we senior missionaries try to support.
Shopping on any scale higher than the local farmers market is usually done in the big city - which is an hour away. I'm trying to get us down to going once every other week. I have so many other things I'd rather do than spend my day in Walmart and Costco, believe me.
Well, lets see - church, work, taking tickets at luaus, meetings, special events, photoshoots, exercise, getting Ron in the ocean, temple, eating, eating and more eating. Yep. That's our week. Most mornings it just feels like the eyes open, the starter's pistol sounds andddddd, we're OFF.
Speaking of which, it' time to run. Much love to you all - and hoping to hear from you soon. Let us know how you are doing, the latest news from your corner of the world - and if you have any questions for us, we'd be happy to answer them! Thanks for reading!
Here is an excerpt from my favorite talk (Elder Lynn G. Robbins) from General Conference (they all were good, but this really struck me):
and another really excellent talk - by our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/ponder-the-path-of-thy-feet?lang=eng
I hope these great words bring you as much inspiration as they did me. We love our mission. It's not always ideal. We're human, afterall. All this togetherness is quite the adjustment for two independent souls like ours....and we're still getting used to the fact that we purposefully made ourselves 'homeless' and wonder every few days what will become of us in a couple of years. But we wouldn't be anywhere else. We love the Lord, we love the students we serve.... and we love each other - 100% of the time!