Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 9 2017

This email just came in from Matthew a couple of minutes ago.  Make sure you read his July 4 post as well below and check out the photos.

Woo! this week was awesome! So on Tuesday was our last p-day so i guess this one will be a little shorter i guess i dunno. But Wednesday we went up the mountain to do some awesome service as always to cut some grassy foliage stuffs.

When we got up there she wasn't there so we pretty much just went on a quick service finding trip which isn't hard to do because literally every one is doing something and you can always just jump in and help them. (that's what we do pretty much everyday, just today we were not in proselyting clothes and we actually had our machetes with us.) 

So we went to this one old lady's house where her relative of some sort was chopping down a coconut tree, so we helped him with that.  There is a rule for the missionaries that we are not allowed to climb trees specifically coconut trees, so we just get around it by chopping them down instead;) haha it was super good though, they really appreciated the help and we chopped it up in pieces and carried them to jungle for them. 

In return they showered us in Nuu (coconut) and ooch (banana) which was awesome. I can't remember what else exactly happened otherwise... (BTW Chuukese people literally do everything with machetes ~ cut grass, chop trees, wood, people, take apart cars and fix them, literally everything. I honestly would not be surprised if they used machetes in the hospital to perform surgery or something.)

Thursday- We had district meeting and I was pleasured to give a training on the talk and Jesus beholding Him loved him. Super awesome talk, I encourage all to read it. We also had an awesome beginning with a spiritual thought and white handbook and Ewe Ngun mi Fen a fakkun kuu netipach. After we began another exchange cuz exchanges are awesome. Elder Haduet came down to Neou with me and Elder Robertson went to Nantaku with Elder Ervien. Later that day we went to a member's house and they gave us food to take home because they thought that their son was coming home that day from his mission but he was actually coming home the next day, so they gave us a ton of food and told us to come back the next day for the actual welcoming home. So that night we chowed down pretty hard on some awesome fish, pork, kon, puda, ooch, pretty much every type of islander food.

Friday- we went out in the morning and taught an awesome lesson to a new investigator, and after we met with the Zone leaders on the road and the two returning missionaries, Elder Ichin and Elder Atkai. Elder Ichin served in Logan Utah and Elder Atkai served in Vanuatu speaking Bislama. Elder Kiapen taught me some Bislama so i was able to talk to him for a bit in Bislama. It was pretty cool. But we went to Elder Ichin's welcome home like we said we would and Elder Robertson and I were the guests of honor. Literally they served us before Elder Ichin. And all they were worried about was us and all Elder Ichin sat with us. haha its hard to explain but that's the culture of Chuuk for ya. They sang some awesome songs and they LOADED us up with food to eat. The picture didn't show it but we had our own table that had like 4 huge fish, rice, tipen and some other awesome island food. We were so stuffed we didn't really eat anything for lunch or dinner that day.

Saturday ~ was just full of a bunch of AWESOME lessons. Got a lot new people on date, found some new investigators and did some major work in our area. We also destroyed some kids in basketball which was awesome. If you have not noticed I love the word awesome and that's pretty much what describes everything here and serving a mission. Just AWESOME. I love it and there is absolutely nothing better that I could be doing with my time. Ugh typed words don't do anything.

Sunday ~ Did A LOT of walking to get investigators to church, but it was all worth it. After church we went around and gave the sacrament to people which is fun as always. 

Running out of time so im going to have to shorten things up a bit.

Talk to you next week!
Elder Zebley

July 4 Post

This week has been super good! 

It has been a super calm and kinamwe week which was pretty nice actually for a change. Monday was P-day and then on Tuesday we just did normal proselyting  and I cant really remember what happened exactly... 
I'm pretty sure it was just a get to know Elder Robertson day for everyone in the area so that was always fun. Elder Robertson is from Canada, Alberta from a little town called Sterling. He is a newer missionary in Chuuk so he is still working hard and learning so he can get their language mastery. 

But I love him to death, so its awesome. He actually lived in the Neou house before when he was with Elder Anderson but then they moved out to another house for a transfer, but now he is my companion! So he's back in the good ol Neou house. 
Wednesday we had district meeting and I was able to give a training based on the talk by Robert D. Hales from this past general conference, called Becoming a Disciple of Jesus Christ and it is an awesome talk, so I encourage all to read it and live the principles it talks about. Then Elder Robertson stayed up in Wichap while Elder Ervien, my Zone Leader, came down with me to stay in Neou. One of my favorite things about being a District Leader is all the exchanges. I love having opportunities learning from other Elders and coming closer to them and helping the people in their areas come closer to God. 

While walking, we met a girl named Mare who is SUPER AWESOME and has come to church before and pretty much asked us why we haven't baptized her yet. This is just one of the cool moments of being a missionary, where you can see God's hand in doing his work. Haha i always thought she was a member sooo i never really expected her not to be. So hopefully she will be baptized within some time! Its super funny cuz she knows English and she wanted to be taught in English so any time we teach her or talk to her look like an idiot because I pretty much forgot English and then everyone laughs at me and calls me the missionary from America that doesn't know English.. great..

Thursday we just continued the exchange and had a BOMB lesson with the mother of a bunch of our investigators which was SUPER BOLD but with the Love of God felt through the Holy Ghost it was AWESOME. Having these moments where we as missionaries help others to open their spiritual eyes to see a little glimpse of Heaven is easily the best part of being a missionary. These moments happen all over the world, it doesn't matter where we teach the people, but when we devote our whole hearts to the work and love the people, that is when these moments will happen over and over and over again and it is AWESOME!
Friday was some service with a member where we just otot(ed) where we just cut pretty much everthing in sight which is always fun. We then got some well deserved ramen and rice, and of course some delicious coconuts. BTW coconuts in America stink. They are nothing like the ones here or on any other island. They are literally magical here. We also did some weekly planning which is always a blast... haha everything here makes you sooooooo tired so sometimes it is a  little tricky to stay awake for the whole thing... But weekly planning is super important because it helps us to plan and conquer the week in a more effective manner and help our investigators more.

Saturday I know something happened but I'm to rushed to try and think of it right now.

Sunday was fast sunday which are the best Sundays in the month by far. Its just an opportunity to come close to God through fasting and prayer like the sons of Mosiah talk about in the book of Alma.

And Monday again we had an short notice Zone conference with President Zarbock over Skype because he got a week extension to his mission and wanted to do one last one. So our day was pretty much filled with that which was awesome, inspirational, and emotional as ever. President leaves this Thursday and the new President, President Posten, comes in on Wednesday. So we are sad to say goodbye to our wonderful mission president, but the work must move on. With President K (some hawaiian name) getting sick, there was an emergency calling to president Posten. He got his call and about a week and a half later he entered the MTC to become our mission president.
An elder from another island brought me this huge conch shell that we turned into a horn and its awesome. He is from Tahiti so he is pretty skilled at this kinda stuff. He also wants me to visit him and stay with him for a bit after the mission so be jealous.

Anyway got little time so Ima log off!

Love Elder Zebley

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 2, 2017

Matthew only wrote very brief letters for the past couple of weeks. We talked to him on Mother's Day and he is doing very well and loves the Lord's work. Below is a letter he sent earlier.

So I can't remember what I wrote all y'all last week so I'll just talk about the last two weeks or this week.

So last week was a really good uplifting week! We had Zone conference with President Zarbock, which was awesome as always. Then we had District conference with all Chon Chuuk! I always love seeing all of the boats from the outer islands come in with all of the members and investigators. 

There was something like 20+ boats all moored up at the dock. there was 1024+ people that came to conference and it was jammed packed and it was awesome! We did the Medley of as "Sisters in Zion" and "Army of Helaman" and it was awesome! We made everyone cry and it was even more awesome.  The prophesies about the Isles of the Sea are coming to pass!!

Then on Monday we had P-day and the assistants came to Chuuk so we went on splits with them and that was guess what, it was awesome. On the way up to Wichap we drove past this house that was on fire and we were all like show time and we all flew out of the car and grabbed these containers that were conveniently right next a water tank. So we put out the fire and got to play fire fighter that day.

Tuesday was awesome with Elder McComb (the assistant) and then that night with Elder Carter and Elder McComb in our house that night. It was so much fun as always and we dined cuz I made some Chicken Sopas😎  

Wednesday I'm sure something happened but all the days are always a blur so I can never tell the difference. I did Try Tobun though, which is sea cucumber. It tasted pretty good but the texture was that of a rubbery gooey slimy booger kinda thing which made it a little harder to down... 

Thursday- we did some service with papa Soy-G  where we go out into the jungle and go collect firewood for him. We also are delving into the area called Garbage, where we got a sister out from the clutches of her family so she could go serve her mission. And they are still totally against the church and they make threats against us and the uncle has said some pretty.... dangerous things.... against us. So now by the power of the Holy Ghost we are going to convert them all.

Friday- Elder Ervien got arrested! and then thrown in jail! So we had to go break him out and it was pretty intense, but everything is all good now, moral of the story always have the registration to your truck when you hit a child ~ the kid was fine though.
If you want to read more about it just read in Alma 21:13-16 When it talks about Aaron being arrested.

Saturday- Im pretty sure that Saturday was pretty normal. Maybe.

Sunday- I went to Fono with Elder Robertson and did church there and that was awesome as always.  Then later in the day we went to a member's house and they were just digging up Epwuet, which is bread fruit that they buried over 1 1/2 years ago in 2015!  It smelled so bad, like some fancy cheese or something. So he gave us some and I took it home and pounded it for like an hour and it smelled soooooo bad. I'm pretty sure my nose is burned because of it. And then I cooked it for another hour and cleansed the house from the stench, but now my hands are stained with the like smell of... I dunno what. But I ate it like a champ that's for sure. When ya cook it, it looses it smell kinda so it is easier to down.

Anyway that was pretty much my week I think  I'm gonna go now. 

And hey what's with these wars and rumors of wars? I hear a bunch of stuff from the Chuukese about the US and the wars they are getting into and that like North Korea and China invaded Japan blah blah blah I have no idea what's real and not so if you would like to help me out that would be superb:)

With all the Love, Elder Zebley.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 19, 2017

We didn't hear from Matthew on April 16.  Hopefully this coming week. We'll see.

April 2 & 9 2017

April 9
Alright this week has been good, And guess what!!! I have like no time again!

Transfers! andnndndndndnddnd....  I'm still in the same area! with Elder Kiapen! So its been 7 something months here with Elder Kiapen which is a new record in the mission for longest companionship! and with the way that things are going it is possible that I could be here with Elder Kiapen for the next 3 transfers until he ends his mission in August. But i dunno cuz of the new mission president coming in. (Matthew's new mission president who wiil arrive in June is from Hawaii ~ he was born and raised in New Jersey.)

There is a a lot of stuff that i wish i could say and tell y'all about but time does not permit, so y'all will have to wait until I get home, or letters get to you.. Anyways thank you for all all that you do for me! REMEMBER i like letters...

Oh we also may be hatching baby turtles.......

April 2
Check out those shoes ~ they wear clogs because it is so wet.
I have little time left but one thing that I really want to talk a little about is our Lord, Prophet, Priest and King Jises Kraist. This week I finish Jesus The Christ and the next day was Fast Sunday and literally the combination was just a spritual mindbomb! And it was AWESOME. 

What a gift we have to be able to study our Lord's life and be able to follow his teachings and ways in this modern day. Such a gift our Heavenly Father has given us for an example for us to follow. And let us all remember what He has done for us this Easter season, that we may also rise again and become perfect like Him through his atoning sacrifice.
Thanks my peeps, time is short so I'll talk to y'all next week maybe i dunno... 

Love, Elder Zebley

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

This week was a good one! Nothing too abstract from normal life happened. 

This week I got Elder Kiapen's sickness or some other sickness and it was bad. I pretty much just had a headache and my throat was killing me and what have you but its gone now and it's all good. 
This week though I did go on an exchange to Wichap where a bunch of crazy stuff happens but those will be stories for after the mission... any way Wichap is super pretty but I couldn't take any pictures cuz it wasnt P-day, but I'm gonna head back up there next week so I can take a bunch of pics and what not and send them to y'all. 
On top of the mountain there are some bunkers and caves and some huge guns left by the Japanese that are super cool. There is a ton of history here from WW2 and it's super cool. There is just random stuff that you find in the jungle like a crashed plane, caves, guns or what have you. I'm definitely going to spend a P-day just going around exploring. I just wish I could go diving here cuz there are 64 sunken Japanese ships here and they are super cool! We talked to some people that have dove down there and told us about it.

Haha thats weird that Jack is in Lehighton, I keep on forgetting.  And yea you guys are getting closer to my kinda weather. In the jungle right next to our house there is something like spring peepers, and ah I love that sound. 

Oh and this isn't an immediate thing but I kinda want to try my hand at wood carving... there are some really cool things that come out of Chuuk that I will send home but I kinda wanna try some on my own if ya know what I mean. So if there is a kit or something of the sort for my b-day or something like that, that would be pretty cool ;)

With all the Love,

Elder Zebley

March 20 letter

 This week was swell! very very uplifting week!  and yea my companion got better, but then he passed it on to me. It only really effected the work though on Saturday where I stayed in during the morning and then went back out later. 

I made the Chicken a'la king recipe a couple times and everyone LOVES it. For some reason everyone wants to come on exchanges with me:)....  I've picked up a couple other recipes and it's a real nice change compared to canned food and ramen.  But the actual local food is delicious though. (If anyone has good recipes, please send them.)

What the heck is snow?!?!? that world is all but unfamiliar to me right now. I really want to go skiing right now though.

This week was awesome as always.

Monday ~ was still P-Day

Tuesday ~ Was regular proselyting which was good like normal.

Wednesday ~  President came to our island and we interviewed with him and it was good as always! The MGM mission is a little different cuz you don't get to see your mission president all that much unless he comes to your island for a couple days every few months. That's what you get for being the biggest mission area wise in the world! We may have the biggest but we also have the smallest areas in the world. Look up Fono or Fonoton and that right there is the literal smallest area in the world. Then some of our other islands are #2 and #3.

Thursday ~ Zone Meeting! So for the past 2 weeks president has challenged us to memorize 2 Nephi 31. The training was based off of that chapter and how we can use the teachings of Nephi in our everyday lessons. It's really cool to do something like this because when you memorize it and become so familiar with it the doctrines make themselves so present in your mind that they just jump right out when you are teaching.

I mean have you ever wanted to speak with like the Prophets? Then just memorize Scripture! and then boom! You're automatically speaking with the spirit and power in your voice.It has been a blessing in my teaching as I've been on my mission and the same goes for just knowing the references. So kids stay in seminary and LEARN THOSE SCRIPTURE MASTERIES!!!! We also had a barbecue, which as always, was marvelous.

Friday ~ We had Zone Conference! (Like Zone MTG, just no president) and that was also super duper good, and then after that we FINALLY got to listen and watch Elder Holland's address from when he visited the mission. It was SUPERB beyond belief!! Its always awesome to hear from an Apostle of the Lord and it's cool to see the Apostles in a different light because Elder Holland was real funny, a real man with real, real, real, real, real testimony of our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ. 

One line that i took away from his talk is that "The path of Salvation always goes through Gethsemane." It's just like if you want to gain eternal salvation we have to go through our own personal Gethsemane, and suffer for the truth like the Lord did for our sins. He also talked about Shadrack, Meshach and Abendnago (I totally butchered those names) and how they were with the Lord in the furnace. If we want to be with our Lord we must go into the furnace, we must go through our trials and suffer for the Lord and for the Gospel. That is where He is. Anyway, I can go on about this forever but i have no time soooooo I'm gonna skip Saturday and Sunday.

Anyway thank you for everything yall do for me! I'm going to try to send out some more letters this week to people


Elder Zebley