1. The mission covers the island groups of The Fiji Islands, Wallis and Futuna, and Tuvalu.
2. The languages found in my mission are English, Fijian, Fiji-Hindi, Tuvaluan, French, and local Polynesian languages. For now, I’m speaking Fijian.
3. There are about 875,000 people in Fiji, and most are either “Ethnic Fijians” or “Indo Fijians” (Indian).
4. According to the mission pamphlet, I’ll be making lots of friends.
“Fijians are very friendly and outgoing people. They are also very kind and generous in their relationships with others. Fijians generally lead a casual lifestyle, and are a leisurely and fun-loving people. The Fijians also observe cultures and traditions strictly. Most Fijians come from small villages. Each village has a chief and its own regional dialect.”
5. They’ve got all kinds of fruit in Fiji, and they sound deliciously tropical.
“There is an abundance of pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, watermelon, local oranges, breadfruit, and local root crops such as cassava and dalo.”
6. The weather is tropical too, meaning that there’s no snow and at least one very happy sister missionary.
7. The Fiji Suva Mission Motto goes like this…
“Faith is the Power
Obedience is the Price
Love is the Motive
The Spirit is the Key
Christ is the Reason”
8. The scripture 1 Nephi 19:16 is not the mission scripture, but it did inspire my blog title. (We’ll consider it my mission scripture for now.)
“Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth.”