Our Christmas wish was fulfilled and even came early! We received some pictures of Jacob from a senior couple serving in the Marshall Islands. Elder Sien has had a combination of camera issues, charging issues, and an Internet connection that crashes every time he tries to send pictures so we haven't received very many. So this made us so happy!
We sent Elder Sien a birthday package and included some early Christmas gifts. If you know Jacob one of his favorite things is to decorate for the holidays. It looks like he put the (lightweight and small) decorations right to good use. Jacob is also very generous and loves to share with others, so we sent a lot of little trinkets and gifts he can share with Marshellese kids. He asked for new pants because he outgrew his old ones and wanted some skinny ties. And we filled the rest of the box with as much Toberlone, Cheese Its, and Chow Mein as would fit.
Elder Sien is currently serving in Ebeye which we love because we can send him a priority mail package through the postal service that he receives in about a week and it only costs $18.00! Amazing! He is the senior companion and is training his companion Elder Demke from Tennessee. He had a great Thanksgiving, and even had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and stuffing. As well as rice taro pudding for dessert. Every night he practices a dance called "BEAT" with Ward Members in preparation for Christmas. He loves learning the beat and is having so much fun. He eats a lot of fish, spam and rice.
He would love to hear from you! His current address is:
Elder Jacob T. Sien
P.O. Box 5939
His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a letter he sent on December 4, 2017:
Iokwe! Iokwe! Ro Jeiu im Jatu!
Wow! I cant beileve its christmas already. I cant wait to have christmas in ebeye. I hope I stay here for christmas. The transferr bigans on the 20th of Decemba. I hope I saty in ebeye. It is so fun here. Our ward is practicing biit every night, its so fun. I like doing biit cause it is the action of doing stuff. Like our biirt we have to do the action of getting the ma from the tree and make bwiro we have to dance the action also we have to make the crown for the girls and the girls make the neclace for the guys and dance it out and put it on the them, its all a dance but we act out those parts. its so fun. on christmas we will do that biit.
Also this past friday was Gospel day, all of the marshall islands celebrates when the missionaries from the morning star boat taught the marshallese people the gospel, cause before ,marshallese killed alot but after they became christian they changed and loved each other. On sunday at the protestant church they did a biit for gospel day. also at night they did a parade and threw candy for the kids.
It has been great hopefully we get this family of three baptise this saterday i am so happy for them. Thank you guys for your support, and love for me. I love all yous and miss yous! have a great week!
Ij iokwe kom!
Jan Elder Sien