This week was another awesome week!!! I got a new companion. Elder Gibby finished his mission and is headed home so this last week Elder Nicoll arrived. He is also going to be ending his mission soon. He is from Mesa, Arizona and is really tall. He is super funny and going to be an awesome companion. So there was a going away party for Elder Gibby this week at church which was super fun. A lot of members and investigators came and it turned out to be really successful.
Also, this week we got together with this famous musician here named Hamuana. He graduated from BYU-Hawaii but is not a member. He is a famous musician here and in some of the islands. So my former companion, Elder Gibby, was a really good singer and always wanted to sing some songs and put them on the radio here. We never were able to do it until this past week. We got together with Hamuana and he played guitar and recorded him and my companion singing together. We also finally got “I am a Child of God” translated completely in Rapa Nui so they recorded that. It came out really well! So we took it to the radio station and they should start playing it. It was cool because Hamuana recorded the song Rapa Nui style but still kept it spiritual and he loved it. He said he thinks that a lot of people are going to like it.
It has been raining a lot lately here. We can’t really do much but just wear our jackets. We get pretty drenched all of the time. It is fun though. We had one really cool experience this week. We went to visit this family that we started teaching a couple of days ago. We have been teaching the mom and her son recently because the dad didn’t want to talk with us and also there are some big problems in their marriage. But when we went, we invited the dad to join with us and he accepted. So we planned to talk about the restoration again to review it but then the dad started asking us a lot of questions and changed the subject to repentance. This is funny because we had originally intended to teach about repentance. This man has been unfaithful in their marriage and is destroying their family. It was a very spiritual lesson and it felt like the spirit was just struggling to touch this man’s heart but couldn’t. It was interesting. It was like a battle. Not a scripture bashing battle but a battle on a spiritual level. When it was kind of intense, we asked the wife if she had anything to say. She kind of hesitated. She never says anything when her husband is around. But then she started to talk and started to bear her testimony. She said that she knew the church was true because it teaches men to be trustworthy and to live without addictions like alcohol and smoking. She said that the world and especially the island is filled with so much evil and so many people that are bad examples. She then said that her only purpose now is to secure the well being of her children. She said that she doesn’t want her son to give into these things. Then she didn’t hold back and said that her son had unfortunately been influenced by the bad example of her husband. And she went on and ended by saying that all she wants is for her kids to be safe and grow up to become good people, not like their father. Ouch! It was intense. The husband didn’t say anything. It made me think about the Jacob 2:35 in the Book of Mormon that talks about the men that broke the law of chastity and committed adultery. It says that many of their wives “hearts died, pierced with deep wounds.” The “Law of Chastity” is a true principle instituted by God to protect his children and their families. I know that this principle is true.
So that was a little about my week. My companion and I also hiked to some more Moai today and saw some caves that have ancient Rapa Nui drawings on the ceilings. It was so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s it!