Thursday, November 5, 2009

Everything's A-okay.....










With 7 days left of Quinn's mission and counting I thought I would do a little tribute to him and his service to the people of Vanuatu. Quinn was very excited when he received his call to Fiji. It was not a place ANY of us guessed he would be going. He thought Arizona. I hoped third world--(Quinn needed a little humility). We then realized he would actually be serving his entire mission in Vanuatu. The only time spent in Fiji was the flight in and the flight home.... His call said he would be speaking English. Not true! The people of Vanuatu do not speak English. They speak Bislama.. A combination of English and French. Ne blong mi Elda Baka. Wanum nem blong yu? (My name is Elder Baker. What is yours?) He has learned to adapt. He hated fish and pineapple and coconut. He has eaten and learned to love much fish, coconut and pineapple. He has had companions that did not speak English or Bislama. He has had companions that have not known how to read. He has lived without electricity and running water. He has loved the people and served faithfully. Apparently Quinn has gone with a thumbs up sign to say, "I'm Okay..." and taught the people the same thing. We love you Quinn!!! See you soon!

8 comments:

Tiffany Fackrell said...

wow he comes home soon! I just have to say those kids there are DARLING...do you think he could bring a few of them back, seriously they are so cute!!!

Oh man you are going to have some serious happy holidays!

Stacey said...

What a great post. I love all of the pictures. They will be so great for him to look back on and remember the amazing experiences he has had. I am so thankful for missions and the way they shape these boys into the men that they need to become.

Cassidy said...

I can't believe he's coming home so soon!!! HOW EXCITING!!

Kathy said...

I love a new missionary coming home, I want to bottle that first week! ENJOY! I am proud of Quinn also, that is a tough mission.

Brandon and Lindsay said...

Wow, how exciting! I had no idea it was that soon. Newly returned missionaries are the best! Hope you guys are doing well :)

grandma to 15 said...

Oh my word, it's just like "Between Heaven & Earth"!!! He looks wonderful! what a mission where there is so much love for each other in that culture. I bet you are chomping at the bit to get him home!

the Horton Hurricane said...

job well done Quinn! we love you I'm sure there are many on his Island that will always remember him and his service. I hope to see him sooner than later, So is Danielle and fam moving home?

Peggy Dee said...

I'm so sad I am going to be gone when Quinn gets home! I can't wait to hear his stories. Those are great pictures. I'm excited for you guys to get him back!