Update from Elder Berry! (Finally!)

Okay I’m so so sorry but like I’m seriously not able to email for long cause this is a members iPod at a house with wi-fi. But flip life’s been good out here in Ha’apai. Me and elder freer just committed a kid from this outter island for baptism just the other day. I’m so stoked!

But this past week I went out to five islands and taught 11 lessons. And like out here that’s a grip of lessons in a week for like motu. But like my main island we just wake up work out them study then go visit members then at 4 we feed all the members pigs and then we just play with the kids til the power comes on and that’s usually our day. We shower at night cause dats when the water can come on. Our MQ is tight though. It’s really big and has some couches.

My area is really cool. I love the members and there’s a little fale to like go lift. So that’s a plus. Some days I get home sick but like just missing the family and American food haha. So I serve on my main island but were over 7 islands and I’ve only been to 4 so I’m stoked to expand and check these islands out. But I’m getting fed well. Prolly too well but super grateful for all the blessing I’ve been receiving. Elder freer is a stud and so stoked I’m with this guy.

But I love all you guys so much and miss y’all like crazy! Hope I get to hear from you guys soon. Or I can come back to Pangai. I’m here right now for a meeting we just got done with. But ofa lahi atu a moutolu! Love elder berry

An update from Elder Freer :)

Well family I basically have the tightest mission in the world. Hands down. If you’ve ever seen kingkong I was on that island Monday till Wednesday… it was crazy! It wasn’t the literal island but it looked just like it. To get to the island you have to jump from boat to boat and then they pull you in and you have to jump onto the cliffs! There’s only one flat spot because the whole island is a huge rock so you have to time the huge swells and jump onto the rocks and then climb up some man made stairs on the cliffs up 100 ft to the small town of 100 people.

The islands called Fotuha’a. There’s nothing there but a small 400 sq ft church and little houses dotting the only road in town. We went and strengthened the members and tried to get some teachings but didn’t get any. We slept on the floor in the church for 2 nights ha! Wasn’t bad at all we had pillows and sheets.

After fotuha’a we went to ha’afeva for a day then got word we had a teaching in Kotu another small island so we went there this time with more supplies haha on the other Island I only had the clothes on my back and my book of Mormon. Kotu is beautiful and we again stayed in the church floor.

However we taught this boy Uluaki and we played a ton with all the kids at night on the church field so it was way fun! And we found the only snake in the islands out here and played with it for a bit… found out it was poisonous when we got back to town. Ha! It was way cool looking though. Black and white stripes! And there was a ton of bright blue starfish! Huge ones. I have a ton of pics but I can’t send them right now.

Well our trip to Kotu paid off and were baptizing Uluaki this Thursday in the ocean 🙂 loving it out here! We just got in today and had a great Sunday on Kotu.  I had to teach the priesthood lesson and I had some crazy questions coming in. Thankfully the branch president helped! Really being stretched out here it’s great! Berry is an amazing comp, there’s never a dull moment just like with Lao. It’s so fun. Truly am being blessed out here!

Well we have a zone meeting tomorrow so that’s why we’re here and it’s a dream cause we stay at harmons house and we have a blast telling stories and studying of course ha. Truly is the best mission ever. I’m glad you guys are all doing well! I love you all so much! Remember to Live in the world but not of the world. Avoid the sight of evil! You guys are the best! So thankful for the loving family I come from. I love you 🙂
Love
Elder Freer!

Message from Elder Freer

Hello! I’m alive! And loving it like crazy out here! I won’t lie its super tough out here in terms of work, probably the hardest of the mission. But I’m a firm believer that the more we go through in the now will prepare us for the future. The past 3 weeks or so have flown by it seems! Everyday is pretty much the same, they all seem to blur together. Upon arriving the district branch president informed us again Pres. Tupou said we were some of the best missionaries he had. That has been stressing me out lately because I feel pressured to do so much and yet there’s only so much in this area! But it’s all part of the experience.

Just some fun facts on Ha’afeva. We walked our islands beachline in 2 hours and that was at a slow pace. The town is just one road probably a half a mile long. We have the coolest Place to stay, biggest place I’ve stayed in. the ocean is 20-30 yrds in front of our house. Electricity is off and on from 7pm-11-pm sometime we get an hour sometimes we get the full 4. When the electricity is on you gotta get everything you can done in that time. Our members are some of the most amazing Tongans I’ve met. Our president. Pres Lavaka is amazing, he could crush me in a second cause he’s was big like muscle wise, but he’s the nicest guy ever and everyone wants to work. It’s just taking a lot of patience to get people. We’ve been doing a lot of service like every day.

Here’s our schedule.

After we wake and do our morning study we head out to check our meal, then after eating we visit some people and just try to find people who aren’t in the bush, then around 4 we change into pday clothes and we bought machetes and we cut them up and feed all the members pigs. It’s a work out, I feel more Tongan everyday. It’s great! around 6 everyone plays rugby and there’s tons of boys our age that are less active so for about 30min we play touch rugby with them and some may think were just wasting time but I feel so close to these guys and because of befriending them we have some coming back to church. This missions all about creative working! ha

Our first Sunday here we rode a boat the church, its amazing, you truly feel Gods love to all his children and how he really does remember the on the isles of the sea. Our church is way nice! It’s a great pace and imp learning a lot. I’ve read a lot about learning and how to learning by Bednar. Man it’s awesome, I’ve found a new love for knowledge. Since that’s the only thing we can take with us besides our family it’s pretty important we know our facts. Bednar puts it like this, we first gain knowledge then through learning and acting we gain understanding but it’s not until were obedient to the knowledge we’ve received do we obtain intelligence. I think about this language I’m learning. I’m not the best but it’s crazy to think back and see how in just a year I’m able to talk and understand everything Tongans say. Knowledge and understanding come as were faithful and then regardless of who we are if we hold strong he gives us intelligence.

Well I wish I had my camera id send some pics! But I did get grams big package! Thanks! I got sick after eating so much candy. Still feeling it a bit! Thanks for the healthy food though! hahaha

Well I love you all so very much and thank you for your support! times running down in the mission life! Don’t miss me because pretty soon I’ll be talking your ears off about the best 2 years of my life! Nothing can compare. You all hold a very special place in my heart and I thank heavenly father every day for you. I love you.

‘oku ou mate ‘ofa kiate kimoutolu! Keep on keeping on!

Until the next time, I love you all so very much!

Love Elder Freer or fear or falea or filia the r’s are hard to pronounce out here on this island! hahaha

Ps I’m here for a zone meeting I’m staying with Harmon, That man is amazing! Love you guys!!!!