|One of the cute little guys that adopted me|
as his chosen guardian. He is "faka'ofo'ofa"
|See .... we do have extreme weather conditions in Tonga. (I guess|
you can't believe everything you read on the internet.)
It has been fun to reflect on my life and relate some of those experiences. I think I am the master of the , the... and (parenthesis) but I guess since they are not being published anywhere besides here I get to do whatever I want, so I write how I think (which is full of -'s ,'s ... and (parenthesis). If some of you have suggestions I am willing to listen and learn.
We had zone conferences this week and Lepeka and I spoke in each of them. She continues to extol the virtues of drinking vai (water) and the importance of cleanliness in all aspects, personal hygiene, Missionary Quarters (inside and out - including spraying for bugs) as well as not eating undercooked meat or food that has been sitting out. The missionaries are getting much better but some still have a ways to go. We have bribed them with candy and cookies and most are improving.
|Sister Matakaiongo and Elder Pakilani sing.|
|The three white shirts are our guys, |
from L-R, President Tui'one, Elder
Waddoups, and Brother Parr.
|Fasi Primary School|
We have mentioned the one of the other projects sponsored by the LDS to build homes for some of the local families. The photo below is the final home being built for this year located in Puke (Pronounced: pooh kay). This was taken on day three so they are about half-way done at this point. They are not large homes but frequently have large families living in them.
|Handwritten license plate. Not uncommon here.|
|Mission Presidency L-R, |
President Fatani (1st Counselor), President Makai (2nd Counselor), President Tui'one (President)
|Tevita Pola'apau Art|
Pounding Tapa cloth and typical Tongan design patterns.
|Typical Tongan patterns used on large Tapa Mats. Different patterns may represent|
a village, an event, or perhaps a specific family. Tapas are prized possessions and
one is considered poor unless they have a large collection for different events.
|You can see the texture of the Tapa cloth quite well in this painting. The ink|
is made from the mango tree by cooking the sap and providing a few additives.