Tues. Dec. 4, 1917
Ironed. Went with Terai to have her tooth pulled. Martha called in the afternoon. Mr Alexander Drollett brought us a picture that he had taken years ago of some of the elders & saints at Takaroa, thinking it would be interesting to us.
Thurs. Dec 6, 1917
Went to dentist & called to see Terai on the way home. While I met one of her neighbors Madame Gorbett who asked me to call on her. Afternoon Pres & I called to see Coles, Miss May Edwards, an Australian artist and her brother were staying there, they are very nice people & hope to meet them again. Also called to see Mrs. Etwater, who gave me a bouquett of verbenias when we left.
Fri. Dec 7, 1917
The S.S. Moana arrived from New Zealand. Pres & I called to see Mr Falco on business & we spent the whole evening talking gospel with them. They were very much interested & asked for some church literature.
Tahiti Sat. Dec 8, 1917
Held a pure lamahanahanaa for Kauko one of our aged saints who had died early in the morning. It was held at Mr Graff’s home (who is the official interpreters of the court) and many prominent Papeete people were there & we had the privilege of preaching the gospel tot hem. there was also a Protestant & Catholic preacher there, who briefly expressed their thoughts.
Sun. Dec. 9, 1917
Hired an auto & at 7: am rode out to Graffs to conduct the funeral services. also conducted a short service at the cemetery. Kauko was Madam Graff’s stepfather. Elders Stephens & Heslop returned form Raitea, reported being very poorly received. Attended S.S. & Sacrament meeting. Gos conversation with Hei
Mon, Dec. 10, 1917
Washed clothes & went to dentist. Tecopu & madame Garbett came to spend the afternoon.
Tues. Dec. 11, 1917
Ironed. Mrs & Miss Edwards our Australian friends & Mrs Coles called to see us. Had quite a talk with them about Christian Science & Mormonism. In the evening we all walked down to their place & spent the evening. Took Mrs. E. a can of native honey I had rendered out during the day for her.
Wed. Dec 12, 1917
Dentist. Called to see Lena.
Thurs. Dec. 13, 1917
Lay down most of day, suffering from a severe cold & sore throat.
Sat. Dec. 15, 1917
Cleaned house. Went shopping & to the dentist, also called to see Terai & Hina. Madame called in the afternoon. Held priesthood at 4: pm.
Sun. Dec. 16, 1917
Held usual Sunday meetings, Madame Graffe & mother daughter, also Sophie & her daughter.
Mon. Dec. 17, 1917
Pres. and I are fasting. Bought some material & embroidery thread for Ruita & Rawana & stamped two dresses to be embroidered for Marie. Mended some trousers for Elder Burbidge (Sa [?] tutua I roto I tou rouru.)
Tues. Dec. 18, 1917
Washed & mended.
Wed. Dec. 19, 1917
Ironed. Elders Burbidge & Heslop left for Tautira & Stephens & Tillotson for Vairao. Hei called in the afternoon.
Thurs. Dec. 20, 1917
Am trying my luck at drying bananas. Have a large board of it out in the sun now. It sells here for 50c for a very small roll (doing my war time bit)
Fri. Dec 21, 1917
Made two new nightgowns.
Sat. Dec 22, 1917
Heavy rain all day. Went to dentist & called to see Teata & her new babe.
About 11 pm Elders Burbidge & Heslop returned from the trip around the island. Their feet were so sore & blistered that they had walked the last 7 miles barefoot. Had also had to swim rivers all the way on one side of the island.
Sun. Dec. 23, 1917
Elders Stephens & Tillotson also returned during the night, but we knew nothing of it until this morning. Held regular Sunday meetings.
Mon. Dec. 24, 1917
Washed clothes, mended sheets & hemmed some dish clothes.
Tues. Dec. 25, 1917
Ironed & called on Terai who had the toothache. Had a nice Christmas dinner & made ice cream. Pres & I were invited to spend the afternoon at Falcos with some other friends & have ice cream & cake. The royal family next door sent us over some pine apples, taro, bananas & two kinds of native poi.
Wed. Dec. 26, 1917
Called to see Salmais, Terai & Mrs. Etwater.
Thurs. Dec 27
Called to see Terai again. Had toothache all day.
Fri. Dec. 28
The Elders are putting a cement walk in the front path. Called to see Terai twice.
Sat. Dec. 29, 1917
Cleaned house. Held priesthood meeting in which Elders Stephens & Tillotson were appointed to go to Takaroa & Elders Burbidge & Heslop to Tubuai. At 5: pm Pres & the two Elders for Takaroa left on the “Vahine Katapua.”
Sun. Dec. 30, 1917
Held our usual Sunday meetings. Mrs. Estell & a young half caste girl & the Stewart children came in in the afternoon.
Mon. Dec. 31, 1917
Washed clothes. Went to dentist. Terai & Tecopu came up in the evening.
Tues. Jan 1, 1918
New Years Day. Terai, Tecopa, Teroro, Teua & Vairao called to see us before we had finished breakfast, to bring us New Year Greetings & decorate the house with flowers & flags. Tecopu brought me a beautiful snow white straw hat that she had woven herself & Terai a gaudy native patch work cushion cover. We had a nice New Years dinner & made chocolate ice cream & cake to serve our callers. Just as we were about to sit down for dinner, Elder Burton dropped in on us. He also brought with him our Sept mail from home which he had been carrying from island to island for the past 3 months. We received a letter from Ern’s Aunt Mary Wellman in London telling us that her husband was dead. Also received a beautiful picture of Ell & Bobbie. Among others who called during the day were Mrs Sophie Carlson, a Mongeravian [sic] woman and her daughter. Mrs Stewart one of our neighbors sent me a beautiful bouquette of ferns & roses.
Jan 2-3-4, 1918
Rained torrents nights & day. Usual routine.
Jan 5, 1918
The Navua arrived from New Zealand on its way to the states.
Jan. 6, 1918
Held Sunday School as usual & Fast meeting at which Teata a Toae had her new babe blessed. It was named Lucien Harvey Buniere.
Jan 8, 1918
Finished my letters to send on the “Navua.”
Wed. Jan 9, 1918
The Paloona arrived from America, bringing Elders Grant Benson of Grantsville, John Leonard McCullough of Salt Lake & Andrew Steedman of Mammoth, to labor in this mission.
Thurs. Jan 10, 1918
Did not get our mail until this morning, as there was three months mail to get out. Received the sad news of the death of my dear grandmother White. How I had hoped that she would live until I returned home again. We also received our Christmas box. Received $20 from the 10 ward missionary society, $5 from sister Libbie, a swell pair of shoes, 2 house dresses and a small confectionary store from Mother & Sadie, a pair of silk hose from Pheobe, some linen handkerchiefs from Rye also a picture of Bryant in his army clothes, a box of candy from Bro & sister Geo. E. Burbidge & also one for Bro & Sister David W. Evans of Ogden, and a magazine & tatting book from Margaret, a[nd] last but not least a lot of home pictures. Ern received 2 shirts, a pair of shoes & some linen handkerchiefs from mother, a whole box full of goodies from Sadie, & a belt from Pheobe & handkerchiefs from Rye.
(To be continued)