Many people here do not own a car; they either walk to where they are going or ride a bus. I took this picture Sunday after church let out. These are a few of the members walking home after church. This is on the Island of Savai’i and the ward is the McKay Ward. It is named after President David O. McKay because as an Apostle he had visited them back in 1921.
This is a picture of a small branch chapel of about 100 people that was recently formed. They are meeting in an open fale. The church would like to build a chapel here but the land owner who wants to give the land to the Church is having trouble getting clear title to the land. Notice the dog; dogs are everywhere.
Animals are everywhere. It is not uncommon to see pigs, horses, and chickens grazing in a family’s yard, with no pen or fence to keep them in. The speed limit here is 25 mph because there are so many animals and people in the road. Occasionally we get up to break neck speeds of 40 in the remote areas on the back side of the island.
This is one of two ferries that carry people and their cars from the main Island of Upolu to Savai’i. If the sea is very calm it can be a pleasant ride.
Finally for this blog, take a look at this group of Primary children learning a traditional Samoan dance. Every church house has a fale like this next to it for games and other church gatherings. You probably cannot see this using a hand-held device; you will need to open it on a desktop computer.
Elder and Sister McBride wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!