Wednesday, June 22, 2016

week 102

Last Week!

No email this week.  But that is okay because he gets home on Thursday!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

week 101

Getting Close!


How has your week been?
My week was good.  We had divisions last week and I got to stay in
Carti and Elder Wrigley came out here.  He has been my DL for 5
changes now and he has done divisions with my companionship only once.  Oh
well, I guess he figures we are doing things right.

Tell me about fishing.
Here, they don´t use rods.  They just buy reels of line and tie a hook
on the end.  If they want big fish, they go out in their canoes to the
deep water and start fishing.  It is really interesting sometimes. My comp loves to fish.

Tell me about the ladies that own your house.
I don´t really know them.  One is really old and makes really nice
mola.  She only speaks kuna and if you can understand her, she is
really funny.  The other isn´t as old, only 60 something.  She speaks
basic Spanish and she is the one that talks to us.

Tell me about the food.
Normally, our food here is fried.  It is usually fish and platano.
Sometimes, we eat Dulemasi.  It is a kind of soup that I will explain
when I get home.

Tell me about teaching.
Here, you have to use examples and your very limited kuna vocabulary.
If you have ever heard really bad Spanglish, it gets worse with Kuna.

Do you have a calling at church?
I am the ¨Assistant¨ clerk.  I am trying to teach the real clerk how
to do tithing and stuff.

What was the best thing this week?
We are getting more people to come to church.

I'm doing good.  Just a little tired.  We just got back from a private island for p-day. The islands are really cool.  We just went to the Branch President´s
island to hang out.  It was fun.  There were lots of little cabins all
over it.  It is $60 per person per day.  Not too bad of a price. When we come back to visit, we can go there.  So for all three of us, it is $180 per day.  That includes
food and cabin.  Out there on those islands there is sand.  Here, it is just corral.


I am taking lots of pictures.  I will take pics of people this week. And I will try to be in some.
I will go in to the city next Monday.  I probably won´t email next week.  I have
to go to a couple of areas to say bye to people.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

week 100

Internet!


Hi Sister Broadhead.  It´s Elder Broadhead.  Your son just wanted me
to tell you that he is alive and well.  He also wanted me to tell you
that he got his internet back...  Hehe.  Hi Mom

I´m doing good.  We have been working and doing lots of stuff.  I have
been trying not to die (missionary talk for quitting work) until I get home.

Now answers for 5 weeks of emails....

What was the alarm in your Mother's Day skype?
We have a line of batteries that we use to power the church.  Whenever
they get really low, they set off an alarm so that we don´t fry the
church.  That was just telling us that we needed to turn off the power
really quickly.  There wasn´t any problem

What did you do while your comp talked?
We took turns sleeping.  It was nice.  Just a nap in the middle of the
day.  It felt really good.  Especially since you don´t sleep much
during the city trips.

How are the water levels now after the flood?
The water levels were normal when we got back from the city.
Especially now, everything is normal.  There was no damage.  They are
all used to heavy rain storms. Our spigot started working this change.

How was your trip to the city?
The trip was good.  We left Carti early on Monday morning and went to
port.  Then we sat there and waited for the cars to show up to take
people back in to the city.  After a long drive, we were back in the
city and getting ready to start our normal stuff.  We went to a store
called Pricemart to buy  our food.  It is mostly pasta, canned meats
and stuff like that.  Then we went to the temple to buy white ties and
church supplies.  We went to the Super 99 to buy more food, and we
went to Albrook mall to buy cameras and stuff.  We stay at the
Assistants house the whole week.  It was good.

Have you been teaching?  
We have been teaching lots of Less Actives.  A guy named Elio is the main one,
but pretty much everyone on the island.  Almost everyone on my islands are members
of the church,  just inactive.  We have about 20 active people.
Oh, I don´t know if I told you, but I have a new companion.  It´s
Elder Green from my last 3 changes in the Office.  He knows most of
the youth on the island from his time in the city so he is having a
great time.  He´s a good last comp.
Now only one person from each area dies at the end of this transfer. (goes home)

San Blas missionaries in their last transfer


Have you been doing service? 
We helped fix some walls on a house and that´s about it. Sometimes we are building new houses and other times, we are replacing walls.

Have you had any adventures?
We went fishing last week.  I only caught about 6 fish, but I did ok.
We went in a canoe. Elder Green likes to fish, so we eat lots of fish. I don't know
what kind, just fish.

Have you had any blessings?
I got my internet back after 5 weeks.  I count that as a big one. The internet stopped working because someone broke the satellite.

Have you had any challenges?
Stubborn people  Drunk people.  That´s about it.  That and I am getting
ready to come home.  That comes to mind a couple of times a day. I try not to think about it, but people are all telling me that I am leaving.  President Alvarado
(branch president) announced it over the pulpit yesterday.

Have you had your big district conference?  
President came and spoke.  He talked about the difference between
Power and Authority.  He also told the leaders that he had called them
to lead the church, not the missionaries.   He told them that we are
there to help.   We are not there to do everything.  He did my last
interview as well.  After that, I just think ¨I´m about to go home...¨

The Adult Women's Choir in San Blas District with Pte Carmack and Elders B and G



This is what pte said about our conference

Ayer y el sábado tuve la gran oportunidad de participar en la
conferencia del Distrito de San Blas. Pude sentir el gran amor que la
gente Kuna (o Dule) tiene para Dios y Jesucristo, y el gran amor que
existe entre ellos y sus muchos hermanos. De verdad es un pueblo
humilde y preparado por el Señor. También me tocó hacer la entrevista
final con tres misioneros allá que terminan su misión al fin de este
cambio. De verdad han servido al Señor fielmente y serán bendecidos a
lo largo de su vida.

Yesterday and Saturday, I had the great opportunity to participate in
the San Blas District Conference.  I could feel the great love that
the Kuna people have for God and Christ and also the great love that
exist between them and their many brethren.  It is truly a humble
people and one prepared by the Lord.  It was also my responsibility to
do the final interviews with three missionaries out there that finish
their missions at the end of this change.  They truly have served the
Lord faithfully and will be blessed for the rest of their lives.


It´s been a good two years.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

week 99

Again?

My email for the week...

Hi this is Elder Wrigley. Your son wanted me to tell you this.

¨I'm still alive. I don't have internet still here on Carti. I'm doing
good¨


Monday, May 23, 2016

week 98


Alive


My entire message this week....

No time to email.  I am alive and fine.  We are at ZC in Ukupa.  I
probably won't email for a couple of weeks.  Tell Nathan that he has
full control of classes and stuff because I can't email.  Bye Love
you.  Talk to you when I can.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

week 97

Internet?


No email this week. I am guessing it is all the rain.

Friday, May 13, 2016

week 96

Mother's Day!


Andrew got to skype home on Mother's Day so no email this week. He was heading into the city to buy supplies and get himself a new camera this week. I told him to fill the memory card with pictures of the island!


The Skype connection was not great, but I got to see him smiling!!!


He is doing well. There was a storm that blew through the night (and day) before his call. It rained hard from 9pm to 5pm. The whole island was flooded, but fortunately he was still able to call. He said everyone had a foot of water standing in their homes. They cancelled church that day. He is on the second floor above a store, so no flooding but he said his roof leaks. Luckily hammocks dry quicker than a mattress would have.

He did tell me about a tradition in the islands. The grandmother of one of his friends died last week. He was able to see the traditions of their funerals. They do not embalm the bodies. Her body was kept in her home until the funeral the next day. They dig a grave about 6 ft deep, 6 feet long and 2 feet wide. They stand a stick at either end. Then they take the hammock of the person and lay it out. They place a tarp on it, then a sheet. They place the body on top and wrap the hammock around them. Then they go to the cemetery (on the mainland) and hang the hammock between the two sticks. They place boards above the hammock to protect the body and place a number of traditional mola clothing on top. Then they cover it with dirt. The clothes are because they believe they will need them in the next life. They still wear the traditional clothes daily on the island.  It was interesting to experience.

He is on his last transfer now. Time is flying by.