Upcoming baptism

Hey Family,

Whats new in my life? I have a baptism next Saturday, so that’s pretty exciting. Her name is Saane. To be honest,  I didn’t really teach much. I would just touch up on small things like the importance of tithing and word of wisdom. And then I would just bear my testimony. I never realized how much stronger the spirit is during the lessons. Our zone leaders came and helped with our lessons, cause our Tongan is not very good….but I’m just excited that I finally have a baptism. She wants to serve a mission, and she’s wanted too forever. She’s been taught by past Elders, but I don’t know why she never got baptized before. But I’m so glad she accepted us. She’s a way cool girl, but kinda shy, but she’s definitely opened up too us now. It’s like I feel like being in this area doesn’t feel like a whole waste of time, ya know? I’m just happy. Me and my comp have another investigator this wednesday and he’s about to get married, so obviously temple marriage is going to be in the lesson! Everything has been going solid. I’m so happy things are getting better. The Tongan language is lacking a little, but it’s all good.

Yesterday was Sunday and I got called out from the Bishop to come share a spiritual thought and bear my testimony. I was kinda panicking, cause I wasn’t prepared for that, so I just found a scripture and went up there and did my thing. I was so nervous,  but it’s all good now.

I’ve been getting fed really well out here. Whenever I get a big protein meal (like a lot of meat) I get a big work out in. I work out every night on my stairs. It’s all about upper body out here? I don’t know why but all the Tongans are just solid up top! haha.

I’m so glad the funeral went well. The pictures looked amazing. I wish I could of been there. You guys were all on my mind a lot this week.

So, yes, I heard about the Fly boys. That’s a bummer. I just heard special teams didn’t do so hot. It’s all good, but I do feel bad for the seniors. I bet that was devastating. I hate dhills! I hope pv takes it now.

I love all your guys’ emails! I miss home so much. I hope all is going good. I don’t really know what I want from home – just pictures and letters – that’s really all I want. And that list I gave you from a couple weeks. I hope all is going well and I can’t wait to hear from you guys soon. I love you guys.

Love,

Elder Berry

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Boils…

Dear Famili!

The language is hard! I pray and ask god why am I not learning the language fast enough–does he not want me to be able to speak to the people here to teach them?  I’ve murmured a few times and have just been thinking maybe God is just humbling me, ya know? I don’t know. It’s hard. I just wish there was something I could do. I try to study as much as I can, but reading out of a book is just not my bread and butter. Sorry I keep complaining, but like I said, maybe God is just humbling me first.

It stinks having to get on here and hear about Reed. I miss and love him. He really was so good to our family. Tell grandma my love and prayers go out to her and that I miss her. I’m sorry this week had to go down like that, but like Tika said, “I hope there’s a track and golf course with unlimited holes up in heaven, cause he deserves it!” I love and miss you guys and I wish I was there.

Jake and Amy! How’s Baby E! haha it’s so weird I have to wait to meet my nephew… it’s like a movie or something, ya know? I loved the pictures. Carson and Eli looked cute! Give them my love.

Oh and [football] tips. To be honest, tell hosnor to tell his defense to listen to their count, cause thats honestly how we stopped them. They were calling out there plays and me and t streh figured out the number calling, and I just shifted the defense left or right. They may have changed everything so tell him that as well. They’re not as good as everyone thinks–everyone just has that mind set. We should have blown them out of the water, they’re just a very disciplined team.

I got stung by a wasp and it’s been spreading all through my leg. Kinda hurts, but I’m a wuss. And I have like 12 boils on my left foot and 5 on my right…so I’m dying over here.

Mom:

We have 2 meals a day from families. There’s a calendar that has a list for everyone in the ward.

Every companionship has their own house. It’s way nice. We have a room, 2 beds, a shower, 2 sinks, a table, 2 mirrors, 2 fans, 1 dvd portable and 2 closets. They’re way nice.  I’m very grateful for that. The weathers been good,  no hurricane has hit us. I heard it hit the Philippines and 10000 people are dead and 20 missionaries are missing. Pray for Connor, Mitch, Wilky and Tadd Challis. I hope those guys are safe, and yes, there are huge spiders and centipedes and just weird bugs. I have not had to cook once. I eat big meals and they’re mostly meat. It’s my protein so I lift every night so I don’t get fat.

Tell my dixie boys i miss and love them!

I love and miss all of you. You’re always in my prayers for safety and protection. Hope all is well. Tell Brett I love and miss him and to get better! Miss my best friend!

Love always, your missionary,

Elder Berry