Friday, August 12, 2011

Making Roti and Other Happenings

The members of our Effective Pedagogy class at the LDS Primary School.
(left to right) Brother Kumar, Sister Singh, Sister Rabuka, Sister Bunimasi

Joseph Ruben, he washes our car, and us at a fundraiser for his mission.  He is just a great guy and a hard worker.  He washes all the missionaries cars and will do just about any job to earn money for his mission.

Sister Hussain, the Bishop's wife in our ward, and her daughter, came over to teach me how to make roti.  Roti is the Indian version of the tortilla.  The recipe is a little different than tortillas. The main difference is with roti they use ghee (a type of butter).  Since Fiji is about 50% Indian, the Fijians eat a lot of Indian food.  

The roti was soo yummy hot off the griddle. 
Rolling out the roti.  Hopefully I will be able to do this on my own now.

Primary Interhouse Track Meet

The Primary Schools in Fiji have a track meet during the year just as the High Schools.  We went over for a few hours and watched a few races.  It was a cloudy day with temperatures in the high 60's, probably 68, with a cool breeze.  I had on a light sweater for a while.  Of course many of the Fijians were very cold and looked like they were ready for the Winter Olympics. 

Some of the teachers: Sister Tekabua, Sister Nathan, and Sister Rokobuludrau

The students were divided into 4 teams or "houses", and each team had their own color.  This is the Nephite house in red.  They had a really good cheering section.
Sister Rabuka (I love her!) another teacher, ready to keep the records. 

The Jaredite House dressed in yellow.

The Mulekite House had a good cheering section also.  Someone brought some blue face paint to share as you can see.
The Lehite House was dressed in green.  They had a hard time getting their group in one place.  But they were having a good time.

These boys have the spirit of the games!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Family Home Evening With Saints From Vanuatu, Kiribati, and Tonga

When the Fiji Temple has a large group of saints come in from other islands, the people usually stay for a week or more.  A few weeks ago there was a large group from Vanuatu, a group from Kiribiti, and some Tongan missionaries who were in Suva to get their visas to come to the U.S..  Most of the islanders have to come to Suva to get a U.S. Visa because Fiji has the only U.S. Embassy in this part of the South Pacific.  That Saturday the Temple did a record number of ordinances. 
Usually they will have a Family Home Evening (FHE) with the group and invite all the senior missionaries to join them  A few weeks ago we had a lovely FHE with them.  The people are so humble and kind.   They just love everyone.  It is just a priviledge and a blessing just to be with these good people.  The group from Vanuatu prepared a nice lesson, and then the saints from Kiribati sang a few songs for us and the Tongan missionaries also sang a song. 

President Wooley, the Temple President (standing on the far right)

The Saints from Kiribati (Kid-e-bus)singing.

Mike and President Soken (He was a missionary in Fiji when our nephew, Devon, was serving as a missionary in Fiji)  Now he is in the District Presidency for Vanuatu.  Vanuatu is a country west of Fiji.

Sorry I forgot this young man's name.  He is a Tongan missionary and his is going to the Riverside California mission.  We told him maybe we would see him when we got home - if he ever came to Corona.

This was just a really sweet family from Kiribati.  We met them at church on Sunday.  Their son on the left with the missionary tag just returned from his mission and met his family in Suva to be sealed in the Temple.  His brother next to him is getting ready to leave on his mission in a few months.

The Tongan missinaries.  The man on the far right isn't a missionary, but he is a Tongan.