This letter starts with the answer to my question about telling us a little more about her everyday life in Bourail.
We live in Bourail village in an apartment that is super nice, full of sunshine and a constant breeze. We keep the windows open constantly because we're on the second floor and we can always hear birdsong and the sound of the babies of our neighbors playing downstairs. This week being in Noumea for meetings has been an adjustment. I was sitting trying to do studies yesterday in the other sisters' apartment and couldn't focus. Then I realized it was because I couldn't feel the breeze or hear the birds. I went and sat on the balcony and immediately felt more peaceful and able to focus. Crazy the little things about me that are changing too. I need to feel like I'm outside pretty much constantly now or I feel uncomfortable.
We walk everywhere, obviously, which means were out by about 10 or 1030 each morning and back by nightfall at 7 at night with just a one hour lunch break. Most of our walks are a minimum of 30 minutes but sometimes it gets up to an hour and half one way. Hitchhiking is a thing here so pretty often people pull over and offer us rides. If they are nice looking women alone in the car we accept and always have a great moment to contact them and to also speed up our routine a little :)
We shop at a little discount store in town about a 10 minute walk away. The town center, aka, the main street, is only a 5 minute walk from our house. Other than that if we need something else we go to the little store across the street from us and they have all the basics food wise. We're good friends with the girls who work there.It's fun to just go buy a baguette every now and then
This week with the mission president I will talk about looooads. It's been 3 or probably more months since I got to talk to him, so I am beyooooond excited and ready to talk with him: I love and respect him so much. I'll ask about school and mostly give a report on the work in Bourail. They just opened up another secteur up north because we have been having so much success up here. It is really exciting and rewarding to know that our work is making a HUGE difference on the work and the progress in the whole north. So so happy. We will talk about things that need to get corrected or tweaked up north, as things are still getting started up north in all aspects.
We have the one active member here who I LOVE.. She is so giving and humble and sweet and hilarious and real. She's the straight up islander from the tribe near Bourail and she is hilarious. She just eats the shrimp heads and hands and everything during dinners together and is just completely herself and I love it. Not enough room to describe her but one day. Sometimes on pday we get to go to the beach with her which is the bessssst. Her kids went camping on the beach the other day and speared some fish with homemade spears and then smoked river eels on the beach as we ate the river shrimp they had caught that day for dinner. I'm not kidding when I say SO STINKING LEGIT aaaaaah obessed :)))
Hope that gives you a little picture of my life..
Here is the rest of her email…….
sorry vite fait! quick email
We are in Noumea this week, yes allllll week. We have ZONE CONFERENCE this week!! I am so very very excited to see President and Sister Brewer! It has been much too long. We have to stay down in Noumea all week as a result of all of the meetings and interviews and such that will take place. While I am very excited for the spiritual edification of this week, I already yearn for the people of Bourail and doing the everyday missionary work up in our very own secteur. It's just not the same when you're tagging along in other soeurs secteurs.
We had an interesting experience this week, one of my most passionate moments on my mission thus far. We were in the middle of a lesson with our recent convert and he was getting a little fired up about some questions. Some questions we were able to answer, but others we just didn't know. For the latter, we simply said we don't know. He questioned how we could come all the way around the world if we don't know all the answers. And my heart was pumping like crazy and the Spirit almost bursting me as I testified that I DONT knows everything. There is a lot I don't know; But I KNOW that this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I may not know everything, but what I DO know is enough. More than enough.
Well unfortunately that's all I've got time for. I love you all!!! Read the scriptures. Pray with sincerity. Thank your Heavenly Father for all He gives you.
Love you endlessly
photos-- working on my tan, untouched sunset