An unforgettable Sacrament Meeting in Whitegrass, Tanna

This is the Church.  They will have a new beautiful chapel this year.  It started raining as we pulled up in the truck.  It poured rain and we were here for 4 1/2 hours waiting for meetings to be done and the missionaries to return to pick us up.  I have never seen so much rain.  A video will be on our Facebook page as this blog will not support it.

This is the Church. They will have a new beautiful chapel this year. It started raining as we pulled up in the truck. It poured rain and we were here for 4 1/2 hours waiting for meetings to be done and the missionaries to return to pick us up. I have never seen so much rain. A video will be on our Facebook page as this blog will not support it.

Notice the dog under the chair of the 1st Counselor.

Notice the dog under the chair of the 1st Counselor.

Relief Society Sisters.  There were only 34 people that came that morning when they usually have 250 to 300 members attending.

Relief Society Sisters. There were only 34 people that came that morning when they usually have 250 to 300 members attending.

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So wet and then it got cold.  the children were shivering

So wet and then it got cold. the children were shivering

Sister missionaries - they walk miles a day.  The trip before this one they had taught 57 lessons that week and had 11 baptisms.  This week 5 baptisms.

Sister missionaries are amazing. They walk many miles every day.  the last time we were here they had taught 57 lessons in one week, and had 11 baptisms.  This week 5 baptisms.  They are angels!

Sister missionaries are amazing. They walk many miles every day. the last time we were here they had taught 57 lessons in one week, and had 11 baptisms. This week 5 baptisms. They are angels!

If you look closely you will see the children in the back blowing bubbles.  I had brought two large bottles of bubbles and it helped pass the time.  Church was over and we were just waiting in the pouring rain.

If you look closely you will see the children in the back blowing bubbles. I had brought two large bottles of bubbles and it helped pass the time. Church was over and we were just waiting in the pouring rain.

Soaked to the skin.

Soaked to the skin.

As you could imagine. Cold rain I had to go pee.  I took my leaf unbrella and went over behind a tree.  The people were laughing at me but I have learned if you've got to go .....you've got to go!  No that is not peep on my dress.  There was a slit in the tarp and I didn't see them lifting the tarp to get rid of the puddled water.

As you could imagine. Cold rain I had to go pee. I took my leaf unbrella and went over behind a tree. The people were laughing at me but I have learned if you’ve got to go …..you’ve got to go! No that is not peep on my dress. There was a slit in the tarp and I didn’t see them lifting the tarp to get rid of the puddled water.

Leaving finally !  Children are so cheerful and always smile when you look at them!

Leaving finally ! Children are so cheerful and always smile when you look at them!

Dad  soaked to the skin.  He helped bless the sacrament.  He helped pass and he also gave a talk.  It was about the fishes and the loaves.  Also a story about how he knew Heavenly Father knew him.  His experience when he lost his favorite knife when he was a little boy.  I had grapes and cookies in our lunch bag and I kept thinking I didn't have enough to share.  Finally I kept getting prompted to give away the food.  I gave all the children two each and then again 2 each then everyone else 2 each and then the kids again.   I know there was not enough in that bag.  Also the same thing happened with the cookies.  A real faith promoting experience.

Dad soaked to the skin. He helped bless the sacrament. He helped pass and he also gave a talk. It was about the fishes and the loaves. Also a story about how he knew Heavenly Father knew him. His experience when he lost his favorite knife when he was a little boy. I had grapes and cookies in our lunch bag and I kept thinking I didn’t have enough to share. Finally I kept getting prompted to give away the food. I gave all the children two each and then again 2 each then everyone else 2 each and then the kids again. I know there was not enough in that bag. Also the same thing happened with the cookies. A real faith promoting experience.

A scruffy Dad after 3 days in the BUSH!

A scruffy Dad after 3 days in the BUSH!

Do you see what is on the cart to fly to Port Vila?

Do you see what is on the cart to fly to Port Vila?

 

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4 comments on “An unforgettable Sacrament Meeting in Whitegrass, Tanna

  1. Janet Wright on said:

    Oh my goodness, it is more primitive that I had even imagined! What an adventure. I loved the pictures of the Sacrament meeting, I can’t believe it was just a tent without sides. I am glad to hear they will be getting a Chapel.
    I can relate to your experience with having to go. You too are my heroes!! I know it isn’t easy, but it is great to see that you are having a good time . I admire your zest for life and you cheerfulness. I hope that we can follow your example.
    How fun to get to talk with you! It made me very happy.
    You are both in our prayer and we think of you always.
    Love,
    Janet

  2. Dale&Margene Shumway on said:

    Hi Hintons,

    Elder Foster spoke of a gentleman who had heard over and over the magnificence of the painting of the Mona Lisa and had a tremendous desire to view this masterpiece. He worked hard to earn and save enough money to fly to Paris. After several years he was able to reach his goal. He entered the famous gallery, worked his way to the painting, finding a small crowd gathered around the famous work. With great anticipation he gazed on the painting. His face fell in disappointment. He couldn’t appreciate its beauty. He couldn’t see its greatness. We can’t appreciate the things we do not understand. Understanding takes study and effort. Today we meet those who do not realize the greatness of Mormonism, families, the gospel, virtue, hard work, sacrifice and commitment.
    Elder Foster was interviewing and preparing missionary candidates at BYU-Idaho when he met a young man from Mexico named Pablo who amazed him. His attitude and testimony were superb as were his answers to questions about his morality and honesty. Almost unbelieving, the Seventy re-asked the questions, making certain the potential missionary really understood the meaning of his questions. He realized the Elder had complete understanding. He had to know more about this highly spiritualized young man.
    Elder Foster asked the young man how he had reached this level of understanding. Who had helped him along the way? “Okay, it was my father who was my main teacher and influence,” the boy replied. “Tell me how he taught you.” “For example, when I was eight, my Father said to me, ‘I was eight once. I know what it is like. There was cheating in school. Many kids swore, some told lies to their parents. Some classmates told dirty jokes. When you see these things happening, tell me and we’ll talk about it.’ Then, a years later he would say, I was nine years old once. I know what it is like. I know that some kids start experimenting with drugs, that some start looking at pornography, that some kids try to smoke cigarettes. When you see these things happening, let’s talk about it. Then when he was ten years old the father talked of neighbor kids and friends would not want to keep the Sabbath Day holy, some would sluff school, some would disrespect girls and parents, some would not show reverence God and quitegoing to Church, and when Pablo saw these things to come to him and talk. This kind of parenting continued through the years. Pablo said, “I do what I see my father do.”
    Elder Foster also spoke about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. He bragged on Helen but more on her teacher Annie who was a real “miracle worker.” Remember, Helen could not progress until her experience at the pump where Annie kept putting her hand under the pump flow and spelling out w-a-t-e-r! Finally, Helen received the insight—the inspiration—that allowed her to start figuring outs her life’s paradigm. The pump episode happened at noon and by six pm Helen knew 30 words. He said that we all have the opportunity and duty to be “miracle workers,” with our children and grand-children in helping them deal with the craziness of our contemporary world. He, Elder foster claimed, “It’s never too late to start or too early to begin as far as teaching our children.”

  3. Dale&Margene Shumway on said:

    Its wonderful to see you so happy and busy. Can we email you on your regular email address that we have?

  4. Dale&Margene Shumway on said:

    It is wonderful to see you so happy and busy. We Love You. Can we email you on your previous address?

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