Monday, August 25, 2014

Loving the Work . . .

August 24, 2014

Dear Family,

Well, I'm loving it here in Guam. As far as address, just use the mission address, it's easier. So that is:

Elder Sean McEwan
Micronesia Guam Mission
620 W Route 8
96913 Barrigada

I was able to see some people in CHuuk before I left, but it was hard....I absolutely love them, and I want to come back. I do get to use my Chuukeese a little (in the ward here in Barrigada, we have a Sunday School class entirely focused on Chuukese people). Ummm...I have been eating more American food lately, and the living conditions are more manageable. I have HOT water to shower with, and I don't have to use a bucket anymore, along with a fridge a WORKING fridge and air con. Things are good thus far, we have a TON of work to do, both for investigators and the Guam Zone, but one thing that I love about Elder Afualo is that he is very focused on the work. He played football at SF High, so that helps for him to bring in his knowledge and experience in this calling. His first name is Richie, and he is Samoan.

Thnks for helping for college stuff, it seems that there are a lot of missionaries right now that are also trying to get all that squared away, but yeah, just let me know what you find.

Yeah, I do actually remember Halley. Me and Elder Afualo saw her picture in the office a few days ago and I thought "Man, I think I know this girl." Then I looked at the name and whre she was from and was like HELLO!! Yeah, just tell here that I'm here. Also, Elder Roberts is currently serving in Yap.

My release I don't know, BUT!!! I've heard that maybe the end of January. And you're right, I don't like to think about it. This whole thing has been such an eye opening experience for me, and I don't want it to end. I've learned so much and I don't want to wake up one day and not be doing what I'm doing. I've felt more at peace over the last few days and weeks than I have in my whole life, hands down, and I can't imagine a day when I'm not a full-time missionary. A big thing that I've learned lately comes from a question I've had for a long LONG time: What can I do to have people be happy with me? I've been talking about it with Elder Afualo and I've realized the answer that I wish I could've known forever ago, which is this: Don't try to make people happy. Make God happy. The world and it's standards are going to change all the time, but God's standards are simple and unchanging.

I hope that everything is going well for you guys. I love seeing pictures and hearing about what you guys are up to. Please know that I miss you guys, but that I'm loving being a part of this. Never before have I felt this type of diligence and determination to finish something (another thing I'm glad I've learned ;) ).

I love ya, Momma!!

Elder McEwan

OH!!! P.s. I just dropped off some Chuukese missionaries leaving for the MTC today. It made me feel really good to know that I helped all 3 of them to prepare for their missions and have taken care of them here in GUam. Made me feel like my own kids were leaving for their missions.

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