Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 29, 2017

This week was kinda crazy!
It was pretty normal for us but the whole week everyone else was in an uproar preparing for a wedding! There was a huge Tongan wedding this week and it was like an all week event for the family!! 
Starting on Friday there was a dance (I'll send picture of that in this email!)  it was freaking crazy they had more speakers than the Mother's Day party! 
So that was pretty cool!        

 And I don't know if I've told you all about Tongan time but it's like Mormon time on steroids. The dance was supposed to start at 6:00. We got there and it was still pretty empty so if a Tongan party starts at 5 it really starts at 6:20 to 7:00!  So we stopped by the dance but didn't stay for long. The next day was the wedding reception!

 We got there at 3:00 it started at 4:00 but it was super cool! There were a ton of traditional things and they even had a cava ceremony! Ask a Tongan I don't really know how to explain that one. All I know is that is has to do with the girl being pure and so it was pretty cool!  But during it they brought in a full size freaking pig!! The thing was freaking huge!!!

 It was really cool and everyone was in traditional garb too. The people who pay for the wedding- I can't remember what they are called- but it's like the uncle of the girl and the aunt of the guy- I think. They had on these huge robes like crazy long dragged behind them for like 15- 20 feet! They were pretty cool! It was just a really cool wedding and I'm forgetting a ton! Hopefully some of the pictures and videos will help!! Oh also we missed it but at part of the dance people threw money while the newlyweds dance and it's crazy!! I'm trying to find a video of it but I haven't yet! I got one when they did a little bit! The money goes to the couple! Also they aren't 1's, it's like 20's and 100's! 
Then the next day everyone was at church and it was like a Stake Conference not a normal meeting! After church they had another huge eat and I got a pig head again! This week was just super crazy!! 
So on a non- wedding note, we had a miracle find last night! So after the eat we went and stopped by like freaking everyone  we teach or are supposed to try and teach and nobody was home! And we cover a huge area so we were doing a ton of driving!! But nobody answered till the last person we tried at 8:30! And at first we were disappointed because the person we were looking for wasn't there! But then her cousin who answered the door said he had always wondered what we teach and he wants to learn more!! So late night find after a ton of driving and nobody being home was a great way to end the night!! 
Here is a sweet scripture from my personal study,
Matt 27:23-24 
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
And here is what I thought about it! 
Never give into the fear of the crowd. 
Don't let others influence you to do something you know is wrong just because it might be unpleasant if you don't. 
Always pick the harder right over the easier wrong! Always! 
 Love you y'all!! Hope you have a great week!!! 
 Elder Caleb Dewald

May 22, 2017

Mālō lelei everyone!! 
This week has been really good!! Not a ton happened but we had a pretty cool miracle! So we were out on Tuesday trying to stop by some people and we weren't having any luck! But as we walked down from a house a guy named Anthony came up to us and starts talking to us and asked us if we could teach him!!! So that was pretty awesome!! But he was in a rush because he had to go so we gave him out number and we got his major cross streets! But he didn't text or call the next day so we decided to go try and find him, and after following the spirit for 10 min we found his exact apartment and he happened to be home because he'd been in a car accident earlier that day otherwise he would've been at work! God doesn't do random as B Rauch would say!! So that was pretty sweet!! 
Other than that not much else happened! 
Here are some awesome scriptures from my personal study this week and some things I thought about them! 
Matthew 25 is really cool!!  It's three parables and they are all super good! So the last parable is the parable of the sheep and the goats and this is a note I took while I was reading it! "Christ felt everything we have ever felt or ever will feel when He was preforming the atonement. 
This verse talks about that. Normally when we think of the atonement, at least for me we think of the pain he felt for each of us. But in this verse he talks about how he felt the kindness, charity and compassion we have on others too. He suffered the same pain as the starving man and then also felt the same relief as someone reached out and fed that person. 
Every act of kindness no matter how small, the Savior experienced that. The relief people feel from any of those experiences He also felt on a very personal level and in a very personal way. 
Never pass up the chance to serve someone because if you do you are simply passing up the chance to serve your savior. It's as simple as that. Show Him Love through others." 
Yeah this scripture just changed the way I thought about service. Like I knew serving others was serving God. But this just kinda explained why that is  to me and how much it means!  
Hope you all have a great week! 
Love y'all!  
Oh hey I almost forgot!!!! I had horse this week !! It was super good!! Those are plantations in there with it!
Elder Caleb Dewald                                       

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