Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Elder Gage is now in American Samoa

Dave's email this week said he had been transferred to American Samoa. This is only his 3rd area to be in and the first time to be in American Samoa. He has already been to Carls Jr, McDonald's and Pizza Hut! His new companion is Elder Michael McKell from Orem, UT. (I've already looked them up and talked with his mom! Sounds like they will get along just great!). Elder McKell has been out for 4 1/2 months, so Dave is the senior companion. We got his really sweet letter from the mission president letting us know this.
Dave is in Tafuna, Tutuila, American Samoa. He said in his email, "Our house is on a families land, on the side of their house. And our house is really nice. Its big for missionary houses and its got tile and stuff in the bathroom. The only thing is, it doesn't have hot water. For 6 months in Pesega, I had hot water for showers, now I'm back to cold showers and I feel like a wimp, haha. We have a washing machine place right next door to where we live, so this morning was the first time in about 10 months that I've used a washing machine."
He also recently said that he is very comfortable with the language, English or Samoan it feels the same.
He ended his email saying, "I was nervous coming to a whole new island, in a new area that we are going to be opening, with a new comp, that I will be training. But I am really excited because it is going to be such a great experience. I'm really excited! I hope I can be a good influence on my comp". "Neither my comp or I are familiar with this area, so it will be a fun little adventure."
It has been over a year and I can't believe the diffence in the way I feel. It was so hard at first! My heart ached for him daily. But now I feel wonderful! I feel so happy that Dave is in Samoa serving a mission for our Heavenly Father! We have had so many amazing blessings! It has been worth it all!!!