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.|