Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Skibby sent us the following email & photos on Monday, November 20, 2017:

Date:  November 20, 2017 at 11:26 AM
Subject:  Live

Life is great. It's one of the greatest gifts we have. Probably the three greatest gifts we have are these: life, agency, and the atonement (not ranging in importance as listed previously). But they are so interconnected that one without the other would be outer darkness. Think about it. I think I am living more than I ever have. And that's because I get to see how agency and the atonement affect people. I'm very grateful to be serving a mission. I love really getting to know the people. We met with a lot of people this week and taught about the liahona and the plan of salvation and a bunch of other things. It's been a fun week and a lot of things have happened, but I don't have time to tell it. Sorry! I'll just send pictures from what we did last week. Maybe next week I'll send this weeks pictures. Love you all.

P.s. tengan en cuenta que todos estos regalos nos son dados de nuestro padre celestial..  [bear in mind that all these gifts are given to us from our heavenly father..]

Hey! There are 28 missionaries in the islands. As sister training leader, I help a little bit with zone conference, and we have all the hermanas come here and do intercambios. Which is hard because we have to prepare two days in one. But it's good. We're just supposed to see over the welfare of the hermanas. But almost all of them live on different islands.

Don't worry about a Christmas package mom!!! I will be home very soon after that! 

Note:  Several of the photos below were sent to Peter and me by an old friend of ours who currently resides in the home ward of Hermana, Sam (Skibby's companion in the foreground of the photo below... she appears to be the designated selfie photographer for all group shots!).  Our friend told us she heard that Skibby, Hermana Sam & Hermana Wihongi were called the "Trio of Power"!  :) 

Skibby is on the front row, far right

Skibby is 4th from the right, at the very top

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Skibby sent the following email and photos on Monday, November 13, 2017:

Date:  November 13, 2017 at 11:13 AM
Subject:  Another week in wind city

Well, it's been a rather long day, but quite lovely, so I will try to sum things up in about 20 minutes. We've spent the whole day up in the mountains with a very distant uncle of Hna Wihongi's. They are from England. So please take an account because I'm writing in my very best imitation of the way they speak. I'd be pleased if you'd all formulate your words in the proper manner when you say them. You see, they come and live here every 6 months because it gets cold in England. The aunt has quite an extraordinary story which I'll have to tell at a different time. Anyway, they've got a car and offered to drive us up to roque nublo, the highest point on the island, which just fits its name. It was brilliant. Lots of winding roads and trying not to get carsick, but the view was absolutely delightful.

Now, here are the things that happened during the week. Tuesday we had zone conference and had a great time with the whole zone. We flew back that night and Wednesday we met with a really cool guy named Luis who is in English class. He was going to miss class that week, so we saw him and taught him future tense. He told us he's in 1 nefi 8, which was great news. He is reading in the bom and can now conjugate all verbs into the future tense. That's a success if I've ever heard one. Friday we had intercambios with the hermanas from la Laguna. It was fun. We got to visit Sammy who left the next day for Sweden! We're really sad about it because he'll come back in January, but we'll try to visit his girlfriend. And besides, I've got his piano, so we must stay in contact. Then we knocked on a finish person's house on accident. We may try to pass by again, he was lutheran. Sound familiar dad? Can you please send me a few phrases in finish? All I know is kooler and hete luolua. Just some nice light conversation would be fine. Can you believe we have Norwegians, Swedes, Finish, and all other countries present at church? I had the opportunity given to me to translate at the pulpit on Sunday. It was rather difficult, but the Scandinavians said I did all right. I couldn't remember some words in English, so I just said them in Spanish. And when their sentences didn't quite make sense, I just threw in a few details to round things up. All within limits of the spirit, of course.

Well, we also got to teach a lady named Viviana from Venezuela, which was nice because we brought our member Luciano (venezolano) to the lesson and they related very well. We taught the restoration and she said she would read in the bom, so we'll see how she gets along.

Please forgive my terrible English writing. I did the best I could, you know. Their voices have just been ringing in my brain since we've left, but nkw I think I'm going to switch over to good ol' rebellious patriotic American.

Get PUMPED! we spent some time trying to get things planned for this year's ilumina el mundo [Light the World]. GREAT opportunity to share the light of Christ.

We also played futbol and met with a member whose husband died last week. She has a really strong testimony of the plan of salvation. She has kids ages 7 and 6 months.

That's pretty much all. I love and miss you! Thanks for all your prayers!
Have a splendid week.

Skibby with her companion and Sammy

Gran Canaria--the island where Skibby is currently serving

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Skibby sent us the following email & photos on Monday, November 6, 2017:

Date November 6, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Subject:  Guayani achaman (o something like that)
Hello Family!
I am writing from our smartphone. Currently we are on a bus taking us from where we went hiking to the Santa Cruz church. We are on Tenerife. If gran can is Nevada, Tenerife is Hawaii. We have zone conference tomorrow, that's why we're here. And with the whole zone!! We went to a look out point and on the way up they told us the story of how the islands were conquered. There were a whole bunch of islanders that converted to the conquistadores, so they decided they were gonna come to Tenerife and convince the King to give in. But like a diehard patriot, the King didn't give In, so they took him prisoner to gran can. (That was punishment enough) jk I really like gran can, I just didn't know it was so much prettier here. So apparently there is a famous call that he said when he felt abandoned by God. He yelled, "God, where are you?" And that is the title of my email in his language. The spelling is a little questionable though. Anyway, he didn't win and ended up coming back to Tenerife to die. Our guide said his prayer wasn't answered for 1500 years, but about 40 years ago missionaries started coming and answered his prayer. Probably not in the way he was thinking, but we'll take it!

This has been a fun week! On Monday we dressed up as the 3 nefites, and had a party with the district. Tuesday, Halloween. We carved pumpkins that night, but that's about it. We had intercambios and visited the coolest guy in the world (I didn't believe my companions till I met him) named Sammy. He sings really well. He is memos activo and is addicted to smoking and drinking. He gave us a piano. Score.

We helped a family clean the walls on their house. Jean Pierre is her 11 year old son. I like 11 year olds. 

There was a funeral and I played the piano. The bodies here can't be preserved so everything happens really quickly.

We played soccer. Good bonding moments. Love you all, have a great week, the church is the BEST
Skibby is in between her two companions in both photos

Note:  Just FYI, here is a map of the Canary Islands.  Skibby is serving on the island of Gran Canaria, in the town of Vecindario, but she traveled to the neighboring island of Tenerife for her zone conference.  She sent this week's email from Tenerife.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Skibby sent us the following email on Monday, October 30, 2017.  In her first paragraph, she said, "We were in Madrid and flew back...".  We're not sure why she went to Madrid (because she didn't say!), but we think it may have something to do with her recent call to serve as a Sister Training Leader in the mission.  Her mission president sent us an email informing us of this call, and he said that Skibby would be serving as part of the Mission Leadership Council which meets monthly with him and his wife, the AP, and the zone leaders.  So, we are guessing that Skibby had to go back to Madrid to attend this meeting.  But maybe we're totally wrong.  Anyway, she's back in the Canary Islands now!

Date:  October 30, 2017 at 12:09 PM
Subject:  Week 2 in and out of the neighborhood

This has been a long week that flew by. I'm not really sure what to say. We were in Madrid and flew back, so some time was lost for that.

This was the best thing that happened:
We had English class, which is always really fun, and we'd wanted to share the gospel with one of the guys in class, but we hadn't figured out a good way to slide into the conversation, so we decided just to teach everyone after English class. It went a little long, and then we asked if they'd like to stay and listen to a message about what we believed. They all stayed!(3 people) so we taught the restoration and 2 of the 3 took a Book of Mormon and said they would read. It was a big miracle for us. We felt the spirit and got to testify.

The rest of the week we were visiting members and running down mountains and traveling and sometimes getting failed. 

I'm grateful to be with the companions I have. They are great examples and we get along really well. We're trying to find random acts of service we can do every day.

Have a great week!