Friday, January 31, 2014

Nausori Beach–February 1, 2014

Elder Collins told us the other day that he had “googled” Fiji and had located a beautiful beach.  They then checked it out and found it and also found that the people who lived right there only charged $5.00 a car to use “their beach”.  And it was beautiful.

So today the Collins, the Petersons, the Wells and the Jacksons loaded up the Peterson’s 12 passenger van and headed out.  And there it was!

We parked the van and hopped out.  We walked the beach, we swam, and down the beach we spotted a group of people so we hiked down to check out what they were doing.  It was two men and a group of small kids and they were net fishing.  So we all hung around and watched and played with the kids and helped them pull the nets in and took a gazillion pictures. 

It was the kids job to grab the fish out of the net and put them into a bag.  And when they got the nets in they sprang into action and went after the flipping fish.  But they didn’t grab a hold of them, they pressed their hands down on the sides of the fish and grabbed them by the gills.  We discovered that they had sharp spines on their backs and you didn’t want to grab them.  Then to keep them from flipping around so they could grab them they threw sand on them to weight them down.  You could tell they had done it before.  They kept all the fish, even the tiny little ones. 

While they waited for the men to get the nets positioned they played and some of us played with them.  We drew a line in the sand and broad jumped and they dragged Sister Peterson down in the water several times.

We sat down on a sheet to eat our lunch and while we were saying the blessing a chicken snuck up behind Elder Peterson and just at “amen” raced over and grabbed a hunk of his sandwich which he was holding in his hand.  So we had to watch those dang chickens and then the dogs came to beg also.

As we finished our lunch out of the trees came a taxi.  They drove around on the sand, and then backed into the shade for a picnic.  So as we left we also had to drive out on the sand and show off a bit.  Should have done a little less showing off – for not 2 miles down the dirt road we got a flat tire.

So how many senior missionary men does it take to change a flat tire?  4 and two good Samaritan Fijians.  And it’s always exciting to get passed on those dirt roads by large trucks!  The spare was a bit flat, but useable and it held out until we could find a gas station and get it more air in it.

It was a beautiful blue sky day – our favorite kind – with large puffy clouds floating around and by the time we got the tire changed and back to Suva it had clouded up and we had a few rain drops.  But it was such a fun day and this beach was just what you expect to see in Fiji from reading all those guide books.  Wonderful day!

Suva North Stake Musical–January 31, 2014

Our stake really enjoys singing and dancing (you can probably make that all of Fiji loves singing and dancing).  They sing without accompaniment and the men really sing out, it’s pretty amazing.

They bus the members in so they can attend the different activities.  The stake priesthood musical was scheduled to start at 7pm, and in reality it started around 7:30pm (which is Fiji time).

We have nine wards and each was assigned to have a trio,a quartet and then the entire priesthood were to sing one song each.  They drew names and sang in the order of the drawing which was Lami 1st, Samabula 1st (our ward), Lami 2nd, Wailoku, Samabula 2nd, Tamavua 1st, Tamavua 2nd, Navua, and Tacirua.  It was a great evening of listening to people that love to sing.

The only problem is the people get really loud and it went until 9pm and then there was a dance following.  When we came home our security guard had a chair sitting out in the middle of the drive strip and he had been listening to the music and wanted to know who it was.  We told him it was our church and the men had a concert and weren’t they good.  He readily agreed.  It was a long night, but it still was a great evening of men and boys singing.

And that is another thing, all the young boys came dressed in their white shirts and ties and sang their little hearts out along with the older men.  It was pretty amazing to see.  One of the quartets was 3 older men and one young man of about 12 that sang about as loud and as well as I have ever heard anyone sing.  Love the men’s voices here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Swimming at Pacific Harbor–January 25, 2014

We have had a busy, busy week.  So we needed a little down time, so we ran all of our errands early in the morning and then headed for Pacific Harbor.  We planned on going swimming, but as we got nearer and nearer to Pacific Harbor the sky got darker and darker.

But we got there before the rain hit and got in a quick swim – and let me tell you it was perfect temperature water.  But the lightening and thunder got nearer and finally were directly over head.  So we sought shelter and waited it out.  It rained pretty hard, and the clouds heading towards Bega Island were amazing.

After the shower the Pearl had a demonstration of net fishing for their guests and we got some pictures of them catching 3 small fish.  Hope they had other food for tonight, they weren’t going to feed many people with just those fish.

Then we headed for my favorite restaurant– Baka Blues and had a Mexican Explosion salad – YUM!  Back home with refreshed brains, ready to begin a new work week.  And this week will be a challenge, last Thursday we were asked to arrange a full day of meetings for a fellow from Salt Lake and one from New Zealand.  We had to find business men, and school officials for them to meet with and have it all arranged by Friday.  Dew was able to pull it off – now we will see how it all works on Monday.