Monday, August 19, 2013

A few fun tidbits...

Hello Everyone. I love life, as always! Yes, it's hard but it's great! My companion is great and we have a lot of work to do to activate a lot of members but also bring nonmembers into the church! Her name is Sister Simkins and she is from New Mexico! She is very beautiful! She just turned 19 before she came out and she has only been out for 3 months. She is very ovewhelmed with being a trainer and in a new area where she has never been and driving and all but it's working out. We are learning very quickly. I am becoming quite the navigator! She is the driver and it's her first time so things have been interesting! Ha we've gone on the opposite side of the road a few times;) ha don't worry God is watching over us! and she has also done something called the "American solute". it's where you turn the windshield wipers on instead of the blinker becase that is where is would be in the cars in America! So funny! Good times.
  The ward is great but only half attend church and the other half are less active, so we have a lot of work to do there. Our ward has some islanders in it but not many. I haven't quite felt a culture shock yet. They say you would more up in Auckland. I love it here, the people are so kind and it's fun to talk to everyone and hear their stories.

We found a new investigator at church yesterday. Her friend Kharslee has been bringing her for 3 weeks now and Mal(new inve.) likes it so far. She wants a change in her life, so we went to Sunday school and the elders were teaching gospel principles and we were in there and then Kharslee and mal...then later a member came in. So the lesson was actually on baptism but we were basically able to teach her like it was a lesson and it was great. The members kept going off in some questionable directions but it turned out okay and she felt the spirit really strong. She committed to pray and I am so excited to see this gospel changed her life. She wants something new and different bc she had a bad life and she feels like moving to Hamilton was inspired and things are going a lot better now. We are meeting with her tonight for a lesson and we will teach her more about Jesus Christ and hopefully invite her to be baptized depending on how the lesson goes. It is so wonderful ! I am so happy!

Idk my address yet, but we have a nice flat! it's really nice except we share it with 3 other sisters who are in a 3-some. so 5 girls and 1 bathroom. that's fun! ha but we work it out.
My investigator from online... I emailed her the other day and am anxious to see how that went. I felt really good about all the things I said in it.. hopefully she took it well. I'm not hooked up to call from here yet, so hopefully I'll get that soon! 
All the new missionaries came from the NZ MTC and I can't remember where most of them are from, but they are great! We slept in a hotel the first night and that was fun because they were like cottage hotel rooms, super cute. 
So..... the toilets here don't even spin the water it just gets flushed and sucked down. It's weird. Ha also all of them you just push a button at the top of the toilet and the light switches are backwards. You flick it down to turn on, that was an interesting adjustment!
Well love you! Have a great week.
Sister Bird:)
Her flat

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