|A Green Orange?|
As it turns out, we are used to seeing an orange with orange skin in the U.S. but the color of the skin depends on where it grows. Orange trees grow well and produce fruit in temperatures ranging from about 60 to 85°F. In more temperate climates, the green skin turns orange as the weather cools down. This is because the green pigment chlorophyll is removed from the fruit, similar to what happens when the leaves of trees turn brown in the autumn. However, in tropical climates, like Tonga, it is always hot so the chlorophyll is preserved and the skin of the oranges remains green (isn't this blog so very educational?).
|L-R, Sister Vakalahi, Elder|
Johns and Sister Peterson.
|Can't bear to look. Actually,|
Lepeka is protecting her face
from the metal ring shavings.
|Passion fruit given to us by|
(mission finance clerk)
We also had our first passion fruit. You just cut the top off and eat with a spoon. They are a little bit bitter-sweet but both Lepeka and I enjoy them. We have a bag full on our counter ready to eat along with some more avocados ready to be turned into guacamole.
|Lobster at Chef Zero|
|Senior missionary couples dinner at Chef Zero along the water front. Some of|
the couples are not called as missionaries and are actually working here in Tonga.
We enjoy our association with them as well.
|Sione Lauti and his son at one of our|
The highlights for us here are getting to know people ... missionaries and locals. We feel like kings and queens here as everyone wants to help us. When we go to buy our 5 Gallon water jugs, none of the young ladies want me to carry the jug to the car and often just push me to the side to carry it out for me. Hurts my pride a bit but at least I don't have to feign a bad back and they can pick it up and carry it to the car without even breathing hard.
All is well here. We are having the time of our lives serving the people of Tonga. Even so, we miss our family and friends so much ... so don't forget to write! ;-)
|This sign is a little bit hard to read but evidently Mon - Sat 8:00am - 6:00 pm|
does not actually include Saturdays as we discovered this tailor shop is
closed on Saturdays. But they are fast, so we love them anyway.
|Balloons are used to decorate cars for special occasions. This is for a wedding.|
A few hours later we saw these cars parked in the Temple parking lot.
|A young boy serving some table scraps to his pigs. The fence you see is around |
the house. We are driving by on the road (you can see the edge of the car mirror).
|The pigs here will actually go out into the ocean at low tide to search for food.|
You can sometimes catch them swimming.
|Simi We'eleli (Jim Wheeler) in training as a young child.|
School crossing guards can be young children. This is along one of the main highways.