Elder Dawson

Elder Dawson

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Picture Says 1000 Words

I love this area. I love these people. I LOVE this gospel. I know that it is true. I know there is a living prophet on the earth today. I KNOW that because of our Savior Jesus Christ we can live with our Heavenly Father and our families for eternity. I love you all. Moce toka.
This is me, Valovei and Filo. Filo is the little shaved head one and Valovei is in the green. They are sisters from Nakawakawa. We are pretty much like best friends!

This is our water tank. We use this to shower, cook, drink, flush, paint with water colors, and basically anything else you need water for.

Everyone thought I looked really cute without my glasses. They thought they were even more cute WITH my glasses. 

I'm going to be honest, I don't actually know what is going on in this picture. I'm not nearly as annoyed as I look. 

This is Unaisi Racora (she prefers to go by her full name). She is our latest baptism. Her parents are bothe memebers and are so cool. The Qase family. Qase means like "old" or "elderly", like we have been called Qase instead of Elder before.

They love the camera!

They love the camera!

They love the camera!
This is Ane (pronounced similar to Annie). She is a girl from the Branch. She's told me her plan how she's going to go on a mission, after, go to BYU Provo for school and look for me to marry. She's a sweetheart.

She loved trying on my glasses!

Our Primary Program in Nakawakawa.

This is Atu, a member here. I swear he is a nice guy. 

Some of my little homies from Bua. I gave the kids my camera and they went a little crazy. 

#selfiegame #keepitalive #neverstopbeingbeautiful

The shore in Saolo. It's funny when I introduce myself because I can say "Oh, the place that I'm from is next to the ocean, like this one." And everyone just freaks out.

Our financial situation. We keep it real up in Nakawakawa. I wouldn't trade it for anything though.

Elder Dunn. This was the fanciest place I've eaten in a very long time. It's a hotel in Labasa called Grand Eastern. We had some very expensive, very sub-par pizza for Josh's last day with us. Josh is a ward missionary who is leaving for the Australia, Brisbane mission today. 

This was when we tried to get back to our area after some rain. We had to take the long way which added a whole 2 extra hours to our journey back into the veikau.

This is my, "what's up future Mrs. Dawson" picture. #needahaircut #veikauprobs

A New town Hall was opening in a koro near us called Saolo. It was such a big deal the hype killed all the work for the day in like a 15 km radius. 

Clouds rolling over the Bua mountains. Bua is such a beautiful place.

These are some of the young men from the Nakawakawa Branch. They are crack up.

Week 61, November 13, 2016


So just to start out with some answers for you...

President reviewed my blog and just told me to be careful is all, in fact he said for me to keep doing it, just to be cautious.  It seems that my description of my bathing situation and my teaching of local kids American slang upset someone.  I apologize if it was anyone reading my blog right now.  I had no intention of being disrespectful.

 I guess because I'm so loved by my fans, I'll continue, but I have a way cool idea for doing it, at least for a while. I'll just send pictures with little descriptions of everything and then a sweet little testimony at the end.  We will see how that works out.

No, I personally did not feel New Zealand's earthquake. 

Dude, Elda Dunn is the FREAKING MAN!!! I've loved this past transfer. He's just such a funny guy. I've learned some about dirt bikes and racing and stuff. He's been an awesome companion. 

So school is just ending so all of our students went home, but most of them are within driving range. 

We will hopefully open up a new koro soon called Sawani and then another one called Nadua. 

We don't fish for food...often.

We do lots of service; building houses, working in farms, building and delivering water tanks.

Yes, I want lots of Warheads!!! It's great to see the kids here eat them!

So, package ideas....WARHEADS and TACO BELL SAUCE!!! Also, I know this is going to freak you out, Mom, but if you guys could send me like a hoodie or something like that it would be cool. (Like an XL or a L. 2XL or 3XL would be to baggy.) Honestly, if you could just send money for shirts. I'm down to 5 and they are pretty gnarly and they have good shirts here that aren't to expensive. Micro SD Cards. Maybe like a family picture album, I mean I have my brag book, but more would be cool, especially current pictures. Stickers. Honestly I've been missing my guns and airsoft lately, so send some photos of that stuff to me kerekere.. Other fun little things, I don't know, I would say be creative. Things that would blow Fijians minds. Isa. I love you guys. Get ready for some pictures. I love you guys tale. Moce mada.

Elda Dawson

P.S. I found a place in FIJI called Dawson Bay. Sadly it's in an area, I'll probably never go to. 

Peace Be Still
Keep it Real

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 60, November 6, 2016

Isa noqu itubutubu,

Man, I feel like it's been a while since I've actually talked to you. I'm doing good. Like pretty good, kinda bummed.

So President Layton told me that someone complained about my blog.   It makes me sad because I feel like I am just being myself and people like it.  He's reviewing it.  I'm pretty sure he will let me continue but for the next little bit I am going to just send lots of pictures.

Anyways, my week was pretty good. It wasn't anything to special. To answer a few of your questions:

Our secondary class...so we teach in Fijian and English, like we speak in Fijian and then if someone doesn't understand we switch to English. 
Yes, Mom, there is a girl in the class, Maraia. She is so awesome. Man, she is so cute too. I mean, I still know the rules, and I understand that it's important for me to stay focused, so no need to worry. She's just my special friend here.
As for the rest of the girls, yes, it's very apparent, and they flirt on purpose. They say things like "I want to go to America" or  "I want to marry a white guy" all while just staring me in the eyes hard. The vibes are always thrown at me bro. It's pretty funny actually.  If I weren't a missionary I would be a hot commodity!  Isa noqu lewa.

I love it here. It's such a great place. I'm not looking forward to any chance of me being transferred, but we'll see I guess. 

I love you guys. I hope you are all doing well. I miss you. 

Elda Dawson

Peace Be Still
Keep it Real

Yes, that's a picture of my big brother.