Saturday, January 3, 2015

A lot of Fun, But Work is Slow!


It was great talking with you guys, but man it was so weird being called "Shad" on the phone.  I definitely wasn't used to it, it was kinda throwing me off-haha!  It was still good, though!  'Ol Uncle Craig trying to set me up....oh man, I'm not ready!  That's good you had a good Christmas.  It sounds like you had a lot of fun being with the rest of the family!  Hopefully, everything goes well down in Utah for Dad and you are able to have some fun, as well!  Ya, the singles ward is quite a bit different than family wards-definitely a lot quieter.  That picture you sent of "The Tree of Life" was pretty cool!  That would take a lot of work!  Christmas was great.  We had breakfast and opened gifts with the Hulse family in the morning, then called home, then went to the Fredrickson's for lunch and played ping pong.  Haha-I killed Elder Payne at that!  We then went to the Cook's, a Tongan family, for dinner and had a pig and delicious Tongan food.  It was great and they had me sing and play Silent Night on the ukulele-haha-it was alright, but a lot of fun!  The work was kinda slow this week since everyone was gone.  It's been fun having members' kids coming back from college for Christmas, though.  We had dinner with the bishop and their son just came back from Utah State, so it was fun talking to him, but he's going on a mission to Texas soon.  Right before that dinner, we found a super cool less active that we are going to probably start working with, so that's exciting, but no new investigators.  On Christmas Eve we had our mission Christmas party where we had breakfast and then we did our talent show.  We did a Fijian dance and song and a couple of Hakas-they were super fun to do!  We had a white elephant afterwards and it was a lot of fun.  After that, we had dinner with the Blake's and we were able to to be part of their 80 year old tradition of having a waffle Christmas Eve dinner.  It was a lot of fun.  We then went over to Sister Uluave and ate again-haha!  Elder Payne was dying!!  We also had another white elephant thing and it was a good week of fun, but not so much for the work!  That's the hard part of the holidays-everyone is traveling!  Well, I hope you have another great week!

Ofa Atu!
Elder Whaley

Elder Shad Whaley (3rd from the left) doing the Haka
or a Fijian dance

San Jose Missionaries
(Where's Elder Whaley?)

Elder Whaley with his son, Elder Jones and
other missionaries at the Christmas party 
Elder Whaley with other San Jose missionaries
at the Christmas party

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