In our front yard we had a banana tree that had a large bunch of bananas that was ready to harvest. We cut them down a couple of weeks ago and then let them hang to ripen. Bad idea in all sorts of ways, all the bananas ripened at the same time so here we are with 30 or more ripe bananas. When a full bunch of hanging bananas ripen, you make banana bread. I invited the zone leaders, Elder Faletoi on the left and Elder Lamoreaux on the right, over to help and we made six batches. We could not find small aluminum baking pans so we made our own from aluminum foil. When resources are lacking, you have to figure out a way to make it work. We baked 35 or so loaves, I lost count.
We then had some "silly" stuff like moving an oreo cookie from your forehead to your mouth without hands. The 10 second rule for cookies that hit the ground was applied by most of them.
Elder Faletoi and Lamoreaux, the zone leaders for the West Zone, designed the green shirts.
In the interim, Theron and I set up the cultural hall to serve the missionaries lasagna (I made 4 largeeeee ones), garlic bread, green salad with grapes in it, and cocoa Samoa brownies with cocoa Samoa hot fudge sauce. We set up a gift table in the center of the tables and after eats we gave them each their gift bag. Then, after they had eaten, they started giving back - best Christmas presents ever (well except for our son Marc).
Saturday, December 5, was our ward Christmas party, now this isn't your typical ward Christmas party because it's held at the beach and the temperature outside is a balmy 85 degrees with sunshine. The Relief Society sisters were asked to bring salads and desserts... On the table was a LARGE white cooler full of barbecued chicken and as we settled in eating our salads and chicken, the pick-up with the umu cooked pig arrived. Three men with woven baskets carried it to the table and began pulling it apart - there was a rush for the skin! You don't use knives but hands to pull a pig apart.