|Elder Becker on the boat leaving for Lae.|
|Elder Becker, President Weir, and President Seremai|
|Lae Chapel, Elder's house, and Restroom|
|Relaxing under the palm trees on Lae Island.|
|President Weir and Elder Becker attending Sunday Priesthood Meeting.|
After being on Lae for a while I decided to take a tour of the little island. I started off by walking on the small sandy road. I ran into a few children playing and they all wanted to shake my hand. There were a few homes (huts) that one could see along the road hidden back in the palm trees. A couple of men passed by me on bicycles. Sister Becker told me to buy a souvenir and I did try, but I found out that there is not a single store on Lae where you can buy anything, not even a Diet Pepsi. There is no smog on Lae because you will not find a single car. What little electricity you will find on the island is provided by solar power or generators. There is also no internet on Lae. To communicate with the outside world they use radio which was not working while I was there. After walking the road for about a mile I decided to walk the beach back to the church. I ran into Modin and Limon Phillip who had ridden on the boat with us to Lae. Brother Phillip is the district mission leader and they had family on the island that they wanted to visit. As you can tell by the pictures the beach is more beautiful than words can describe. I have never been on a more quiet peaceful beach in my entire life. I was deeply touched by God's Hands in creating such a beautiful and quiet place for me to witness. I walked for about an hour on the beach and ran into one person. A young boy, about 10, saw me walking and joined me. We tried to talk but soon realized that neither one of us could speak the other's language. We immediately became friends and I took a picture of him and he took a picture of me. I tried picking up a few shells but they all crawled away when I went to pick them up. When I did pick them up they crawled out of my hand. I soon realized that every pretty shell I wanted was also wanted by a hermit crab. I did manage to find a couple of lovely broken shells that were not occupied.
President Weir and I woke up at about 3:30 AM on Monday morning unable to sleep. We quickly dressed, packed our clothes, and grabbed two folding chairs from the chapel and walked down to the beach. We sat there in the dark enjoying the beauty of the ocean, the stars, and the serenity of everything around us. We talked about a number of things including our families and work experiences. We both eventually laid down on the cool sandy beach and fell fast asleep. At about 6:30 other people started coming down to the beach for preparation of leaving Lae. Approximately 75 members of the Lae Branch came down to the beach to see us off. Before leaving we all gathered around and sang, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." We loaded the boat and left at about 8:00 AM. Oh one more thing, they tried to load a large live pig on the boat but from what I have been told live pigs are not allowed to be brought to Ebeye. The return trip on the boat took about nine hours and I took enough Dramamine to help me sleep for five hours.
|The only road on Lae. Notice no cars anywhere.|
|Gilligan's Island? No Lae Island.|
|The little boy I met|
|The beautiful blue waters of Lae.|
|Modin & Limon Phillip with Elder Becker|
|Elder Becker soaking in the beach, sand, and sun on Lae Island.|