Is it required of all missionaries to stand in front of the world map at the MTC and point to their mission? Probably not, but it seemed like a good idea. There it is, east of Australia, north of New Zealand, and west of Tonga -- the Fiji Island group!
We flew all night to Aukland and awoke to this beautiful sunrise . . .
We then flew to Nadi, Fiji and later in the night arrived in Suva where the Church has a complex of buildings which include the beautiful temple, mission home, patron housing, mission office, distribution center, and "service center" which manages all the Church business and buildings in the mission area.
The mission staff has been generous with their time and training. While doing errands we stopped at a large open market with hundreds of vendors and an endless variety of local fruits, vegetables, and imported goods including fabulous Indian spices. The bananas are cute little sweet treats and the pineapple is fabulous!
"Moce" for now! ("good bye" in Fijian, pronounced something like "mowthey")