Sunday, November 13, 2011


Our math class at the Primary School
(front to back and left to right)  Bro. Nathan, Sis. Nathan, Sis. Rabuka, Bro. Tagicakibau, Bro. Qaqa, Sis. Vitinavulagi, Sis. Rokobuludrau, Sis. Talemaitoga, Sis. Bedesi


The new Singapore Math books.  We are hoping these books will be a great help to improving the math at the Primary School, which in turn will help the college.

Our Technology Class

Sis. Levaci, Sis. Qalovaki, Sis. Racule

Sis. Ram

Bro. Prasad and Mike deep in conversation.

We are finished up teaching our lessons for the technology class and now we are just waiting for everyone to turn in their assignments.  (That is the difficult part!)

Suva Stake Choir Festival

On Saturday, October 21 the Suva Stake had a Relief Society activity.  Each ward sang 2 songs.  A hymn and a "fun song".
I thought this group looked nice because many of them had coordinated dresses.  (The choir director is Sister Tapele who is the librarian at the Primary School.

This ward Suva 3rd had the biggest group.

Suva 1st Ward (Our ward is small, but you can't see all the people in this picture.)
Our ward had said to wear blue or yellow, but some didn't get the message I guess. 
It was a nice afternoon of singing and fun.  The Fijians love to sing.  Everyone sings loudly and with emotion.  It is a lot of fun to hear and watch them sing.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Diwali, The Festival of Lights

Diwali is probably the biggest holiday they celebrate in Fiji (in the Suva area anyway).  It is actually a Hindu celebration, but all the Indians celebrate Diwali even if they are not Hindu.  The Fijians also join in the fun of the good food, dressing in Indian clothing, pretty lights, and fireworks.  The Indians decorate the outside of their homes with lights, like we do at Christmas.  It's really pretty and many people go all out with their lights as you can see from the picture.

Our Diwali was very different from last year.   Bishop Nathan and his sweet wife, who both teach at the Primary School, invited us to their home.  Sister Nathan is so sweet and also very funny.  I just love her.  She had been cooking long hours for about 3 days to put on a wonderful Indian feast.  When we arrived  we were given some "sweets" as they called them.  There were about 6 different types of candies.  When it got dark we went outside and watched fireworks.  When we came back in, Sister Nathan had the table all set for dinner for us.

The feast

left to right - Sister Maiwiriri, Bishop Nathan, (his father) Brother Nathan, his mother, Sister Qalovaki

The kids

Me in my Diwali outfit (I know it's bright!) and Mike

Sister Singh and I. The day before Diwali, the Primary School had a dress up day.  They call the top of the outfit a kameez.  Then there are pants to go underneath.  Sister Singh was so excited that I had on a kameez.  She gave me a jewel called a bindi to wear on my forehead.  .