Sunday, February 16, 2014

I love my mission. I am learning a lot and enjoying every moment!

i cant even believe that another week has gone by. i feel as though i was in this very chair at this internet cafe just yesterday not a week ago! i love my new area. the people there are so wonderful and kind. It's interesting the different responses you get from people. Some don't know who we are, some do, some don't want a word to come out of out mouths! ha but we go with it and try and declare the word to everyone! I want to be as obedient as possible and i've noticed as i do that then i am happy. My companion shared with me and she has never been so happy on her mission. she feels it's because we are always being exactly obedient and looking for ways to be obedient. i' think that is really cool. i love talking with everyone about the gospel. We found 5 new investigators this week, that was exciting. i just hope that we will be able to progress with them and do it right. Not sister birds way but the Lords way with the spirit. It's really cool what happens with the spirit there. 
Each night we come home knackered(exhausted, it's a word they use here for that) ha i love it! you know you worked hard when you come home feeling that way. 
We ate at the bishops this week and they introduced us to dessert crapes. We put nutella, icecream, bananas, custard and then maple syrup. It was pretty good! i would've liked it better without the nutella because i don't like that stuff. but my companion went crazy on it and her stomach was sore for a while. ha she took some home and had some for lunch the next day! crack up.
yesterday sister Samataua matched all day! it was fun. whenever people said something she would act surprised like she didn't know! crack up.
Being a sister training leader is amazing  [ly hard]!!!! I have a problem with coming off wrong and people don't like me for that. i'm concerned about how to gain the trust of the sisters when they don't like me. they judge me before they know me and they judge me based off of what others have said of me previous of them actually getting to know me. It's a bit discouraging. But through this discouraging time, i've had a great companion to help me out first of all and second ive been able to walk a bit of the path the savior walked. Think of how many people didn't like him. Think of how many didn't like him before they even got to know him, they judged him based on what they heard from others and they never took the opportunity to get to know the true him nor did they want to. on top of this Jesus was betrayed by his friends, denied, spit on, whipped, beaten, despised, slapped, yelled at, bruised and crucified. if i  put myself in his shoes with just my companion betraying me or not sticking up for me i would be so down. But christ on top of that went through so much more. And then he still loved those people. i't so hard for me to completely love these sisters when they don't like me. i try so hard but you can just tell they don't like you... ya know. i don't know how christ did it without shedding tears.. maybe he did. i love christ for what he did. i now understand more of what he truly went through because i can relate. i can still love even those who hate me because christ does.
dont' worry about me i really am doing fine, i just thought i'd share with you what i've learned already through my experiences. 
  a few of the sisters who didn't like me finally took a leap of faith and asked for my help. it was amazing to be able to help them and fulfill my calling. some wanted to go home, some wanted to kill themselves. it was amazing to see the spirit work through me:) i love this work!
There is a group of kids 21 and down that this guy has started a youth group with through his organized church. He meets with them everyday to lift weights and play rugby to get them off the streets. it's so cool. so we talked with him about sharing a message with those kids and we did the other day. we started off with some games and card tricks. it was fun and then we shared a message. we then told them if they ever see us on the street to say hi. so this past week we've run into them or seen them 3 times so far and we hear from a distance "hey sisters!!" and there they are calling out to us. it was way cool! i love it! i think we have potential with these kids.
One of our new investigators had just lost his leg. His name is mana. He is 21 and now either in a wheel chair or on crutches. We think he might just actually have a crush on us.. its weird so we are going to bring members to his lessons now. So we showed him how to pray at the end of the lesson and we pointed to the part in the pamphlet that gave examples of how to pray and so he started the closing prayer "dear heavenly father(he then began to read what the pamphlet said) address your heavenly father" sister samataua just started laughing so hard! and because she was laughing i started to laugh. Poor guy. but after we taught him better he still ended up saying the prayer. ha we taught him the plan of salvation and at the end we were asking questions to see if he understood. So we said what did adam and eve eat that allowed them to have children. and he said "animals... humans..... oh oh seafood!" hahahahahahaha i don't even know where he got that! obviously he wasn't paying attentionl. i'm pretty sure he was lost in our eyes and i don't know if he is all there... ha it was a funny experience!
Well family i sure love you! i love my mission. i am learning a lot and enjoying every moment!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I have been called to be Sister Training leader

Wow i have so much to tell you. Last Preparation day after i email we got calls for transfers, so if i would've waited i could've told you where i was going then, but oh well. So the big news is that i got transferred. I am in Papakura, which is south Auckland where all the polynesians are. It's is so cool! I am in an area called Pukekohe (poo-keh-koe-ee) first ward but it's so big that there are three sets of missionaries in that ward. 2 sets, elders and sisters in the pukekohe main town and me and my companion are on the outskirts and in the town of Tuakau (too-uh-cow). It's a great place to be, i love it. My companion is Sister Samataua (sama- towa), she is samoan and very beautiful and a very good missionary. She has been out in the mission field as long as sister Prince, so like a month less than me. We get a long great.   
But the biggest news of all this change is that i have been called to be Sister Training leader. This is the equivalent as a zone leader. However, i am just over the sisters in my zone. I watch over them and help train them . I take care of any concerns, conflicts, problems, and disobedience that may be occurring. This position is quite difficult but it has definitely already brought me closer to the Savior. I care so much about all the sisters that i'm over. It's scary thing to deal with disobedience,i am bold but this is hard for me to confront someone and tell them that they are doing wrong and need to change. i need some tips on how to handle this please! My companion is a great strength to me, i am so grateful for her. She gives me good insight and keeps me positive and helps me remember all the things i need to do. 
I miss sister Prince but i know i am where i need to be. She is seriously like my best friend. We were so close. I think the hardest thing about getting a new companion is not being close like you were with someone else and starting all over again. But it's doable. :) 
I am happy! i absolutely love full time proselyting! the VC was great but to be honest i was so ready to get out. i felt like i was not progressing and now that i am here i have so many ways to push myself to progress. Being the STL i find that i need to EXACTLY  obedient. i am the example for my sisters to look to. I need to be working extra hard so that i can reflect a good missionary but not just a good missionary, a consecrated missionary. I have been studying lately how to be a consecrated missionary and it's going to take some work, especially because i see all my weaknesses and things i need to be better at but i know that i am willing to work on it and try my very hardest to be it., so that makes it easier. Especially with a companion who supports me and does her best to do the same as me. It's amazing. If you can look up and find the talk "becoming a consecrated misisonary" by TAd R. callister and read it you will see what i am trying to become. It's an amazing talk. I am trying to inspire the missionaries around me, my sisters and district and zone, to become this. We all came out saying we wanted to be the best missionary out there, however, things change when that actually happens. Disobedience creeps in, satan creeps in, and big things that are wrong don't seem wrong anymore so we don't change it. Many things are happening in our zone that are not good, so with our example as leaders we hope to help. i must stay positive about them.
I am excited to have this position. i am honored that the Lord has called me here. i am excited to learn and grown so much more:) it's exciting. i push myself so much harder so that i can be what the Lord wants me  to be for him and the other missionaries. 
We have had so many miracles happen out here in tuakau already, it's amazing! Just yesterday we were going to contact this lady, a former investigator, and she ended up not living there and we met the new lady that lived there. She has been so prepared to hear and accept the gospel. she had just gotten into a bad as car accident like 3 months ago. She fell asleep when she was driving. She died. when the ambulence got there she was dead but they were able to revive her. she died two more times after that. She is now alive and well. part of her skull is missing, so if you touched her head you would touch brain not bone. it's really neat. But she now see's life differently than ever before. she does not take anything for grantid, she hard out believes in God and wants to do anything to follow him! she is so excited to learn from us and wants to come to church hard out! it's so exciting! the Lord is preparing his children. 
Well, i love you all. i love my  mission. Most importantly i love the Lord. That is my motive for everything now.:) hopefully it stays! ha