October has two holidays this year. Friday was Fiji Days – their Independence Day. The office was closed and we were invited to lunch by our two home teaching ladies. We picked them up and headed for the big buffet at the Holiday Inn – wrong – no buffet! So we went to a cute little place called - Governor. It was a fun way to spend the holiday. (My lunch was delish – Dew’s Caesar Salad was awful! He will have to choose better next time!)
We were invited to a wedding as well. Elder Shinal Singh’s brother got married on Saturday. The temple closed at noon and they got married at 11:30am. Talk about being the last of the last!
We got a call from Elder S. He got to go to the wedding and wanted to know if we were home. Yes, we were and we would love to see him. And so he and his companion came over for a visit. He brought us a gift – all wrapped up like Christmas. As I opened it there was a box from an iron – and he had written “No, it’s not an iron!” on it. He had bought Elder J. the cutest turtle – engraved with their favorite comment – it said “To Elder HUM BLE! And he brought me a cute little bag made of tapa cloth. Such a cute Elder, we will certainly miss him.
And we went to the wedding reception that evening. Having learned from the last Indian wedding we went to, not to mention it’s in Fiji - we told the Peterson’s we would pick them up – not to be there at 7 as the invitation said it would start, but at 8. And we were there a half hour too early!!! All the other couples wanted to know how come we knew to come late! :Experience” was all we could say.
But it was fun to see the mix of LDS/Indian cultures. They came in to the beat of drums, had the families and others speak, cut the cake and then had entertainment. And just like the other wedding – all the women were dressed up in their finest – the men – not quite so much! Dinner was served to end the evening, and there were no eating utensils – until someone asked for them, so most people ate with their fingers. We were lucky enough to be on the utensils end of the line!!! It was a fun, interesting evening.
And today – Sunday – Fokie’s son, Manoa, dropped over to say good by as he flies out tonight to the Provo MTC for his mission to the Philippines.
All in all it was an eventful week end! Oh, and on Saturday we drove out to find a small village that is across the river from the main road and they have to cross the river to go to school or anywhere else they want to go. Last week LDS Charities donated a boat to them and we wanted to go see it. It was in a beautiful little valley and they have a big mountain behind them. I am sure when they picked the location for this village it was for safety reasons, but it sure makes going to school and church hard. We do enjoy riding around on the back roads, we will miss that when we leave.