Happy New Year!
Grandma Record: What is the history of the Samoan people in Alaska? It seems so odd to have such a large Samoan community in Alaska.
Benefits and opportunity is all I've noticed so far.
Dad: What is your companion's full name?
Elder Junior Leota
Dad: How do you spell the town he is from in Upolu, Samoa? I didn't quite understand you on the phone.
Dad: What is his rapper cousin's name?
I don't remember I'll have to get back to you.
Dad: Would you ask Elder Leota to share with us his conversion story, if he is willing? I would like to know what one of his defining moments were that solidified his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (This is a common question I ask missionaries in Stake High Council who are reporting on their missions.)
Dad: What are some of your 2012 goals?
Still thinking about that, I want to be ready to train though.
Love, Elder Record
We did not get an audio update from Elder Record this past week. However, he will be studying Ether 12:27 for a topic to study for the year. In a separate email, he said:
The families in the ward are becoming very friendly towards us. More and more as we associate with them and go to their activities they look for ways to find us people to teach. I’ve noticed that one of the biggest things to the Samoan people is friendship. If you can become their friend, which isn’t too hard, and associate with them a lot, they almost do the work for you. They particularly love Elder Leota. He is very funny when we visit with people, very good at sports when we play, and they love him for that.