Sunday, January 25, 2015
Kia ora! And thank you so much for everything you have done for me while I have been on my mission. My heart is just so full of gratitude and joy. This has been the best experience of my life. I will never regret nor forget the time I have been able to serve the Lord with all my hear might mind and strength.
This week has been a miracle week: It started with the usual day to activities: talking with everyone, lessons, trying to find people to teach. We had an amazing Zone meeting and received much instruction on how we can improve as a zone. Then The Wellington Sisters came down for exchanges.... Amazing! We did juice finding: so cool! Gave away free juice and asked people in exchange to pick one question we would answer-- needless to say we have found a couple of potentials from this experience. We were blessed to go to two baptisms on Saturday. One was at sunrise 6 am.... An experience I will never forget. The other one was for a baptism for Maree, one of the member's daughters we have been helping teach and helping their family. The Spirit was so strong. So many people were touched by those experiences. One of the members spoke at the baptism and shared something I really liked. She talked about how we are all in our own Book of adventures. We are all the Hero of our stories, this life is our adventure, our tool and weapon to help us get through the hard things in life is the Holy Ghost. I loved the analogy. I thought it was pretty cool!
Joseph Smith said this quote I really love: "We are not just building "A temple" God is building us" Truly we aren't just building our own temples, families, lives, etc.... all in the process of this, God is building us.
Always remember never to let a problem to be solved be more important than a person to be loved.
You are all invited to my homecoming talk February 8th at 9am. The address is as follows :)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
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Delightful missionary sisters. Thank you for sending them on a mission. We love them.
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Okay okay okay, now don't get too excited this week alright? I am finishing hard and finishing strong. I don't think it has truly hit me that this is my last full week on the mission. I don't know if there is any real way to prepare for what is next, but I do know Heavenly Father has been preparing me greatly and helping me with this next transfer! I feel so blessed!
This week has been a wonderful week full of little small miracles and tender mercies from the Lord. We received a new investigator through a member referral. We were so excited! Truly the Lord is blessing us; we have been praying for a long time for a new investigator. Her name is Luanda. She is 13 years old and has a family member who is a member and knows the youth in our ward, which has peeked her interest. She is really ready to learn. The other big miracle of the week is a lesson we had with Teressa about goal setting and talking to her parents about getting baptized. It was so cool to see how the lesson we shared was the exact thing she had been thinking about that week. Some small miracles was that we have been able to have some good conversations with our members, increasing their trust, and doing some service for the members. On Saturday my companion and I did the best service project I have done yet! She taught everyone to play softball.... including myself and I am sold! It is so much fun! Can't wait to go play catch with you dad :D The other service I did was to help teach the members how to sew pajama bottoms. :) Too Much fun! :) Pictures to follow.... other news. we have a dinner appointment everyday this week except Friday and everyday next week too.... funny how people want to feed you when they know you are leaving.... I don't mind at all :) I am excited to be able to talk with them about missionary work and the gospel over a delicious home cooked meal--
Quotes for the week: Don't put a question mark where the Lord has put a period(or full stop as they say here in New Zealand)
"When we put God first in our lives other things fall into place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims of our affections, the demands of our time, the interests we pursue and the order of our priorities." Ezra Taft Benson
So time flies eh? I can't believe it is almost time for me to come home. I can't wait to see you all. Just remember that when the times get the tough the tough get going. Get to work, show your faith and Let the lord do the rest. I know this is His work. Christ Lives and He loves us indefinitely.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Kia ora!!!! :)
What is the news for today... glow worms! We are going to go to the glow worms cave just up the street from out flat today... can't wait! Should be pretty fun!
This last week was so fun and crazy! First we had exchanges and I got to be with Sister Farr!!!! Too much fun! I love it when I am reunited with previous companions :) We did some cool finding asking people questions of the soul.... and we did finding in our area me and sister Breshears using a beach ball and asking people to answer the question by writing on the Beach ball "What brings you happiness?" Let's just say that everyone thinks we are the bees knees in pram :) okay maybe not... people still cross the street to avoid us but that is okay we still love them :)
Also this week we had an awesome lesson with our YSA about Faith, went on spilts with a YSA and received a referral. Miracles! :) Also, this week I was able to do service for our primary presdient sewing chair covers with words on it like Prayer, Article of faith, scripture, etc... Unfortunetly when I sewed Article of Faith the "R" fell off so it became aticle of faith, but I quickly fixed that. Mom thank you "sew" much for teaching me to sew! I have been able to use my talent here in pram and they are having me help out this Saturday with sewing pj bottoms as a RS and primary... to much fun!
Our mission president sent this quote to us yesterday and I really loved it.
"Remember what Elder Pearson said. Everyone is between remembering and remembering. Our calling is to remind people who they are, and who they've always been"
Another cool quote I liked Elder Pearson told everyone when he was visiting what he told himself everyday which has helped him with his calling in the 70. "I've got to be who I neet to be... I am who I am and what I do will I will still be doing." These words from an apostle of the Lord have really inspired me. Truly when we remember who we are then it is never a question about if we will read are scriptures or if we will go to church or if we will pray. We will do it because that is who we are now and will always be. There is no changing that, ever. Elder pearson also told us to remember that when we take any number p,us an infiintie number we get still.... an infinite number. So no matter where we are on the scale of Discipleship if we combine our efforts with God we will always succeed in life.
D&C 4 I love what it says that we will Embark IN the service of God. When we focus on the word IN it makes me think about how Discipleship isn't a one time thing, it is something we will be doing for our whole life, and it is worth every minute of it.
So someone told me once, Everything will be all right in the end, and if it isn't okay it isn't the end.
https://www.lds.org/youth/theme/2015?lang=eng check out this cool video about embarking in the service of god!
My companion shared a thought her mom shared I really loved. Her mom said that their bishop had all the talks about singing because no one would sing teh hymns in church. She then talked about how the lessons were about singing but they weren't too. That really the lesson wasn't about singing but it was about becoming like God. Sometimes we are asked to do things we don't understand why, but let us remember that sometimes it isn't really about doing it, it is about doing it because it is the ONLY way we can become like God.
peace out Girls scouts :)
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Wow! What a great week! Happy holidays! And Yay! They are over for us here!!!! Everyone has left town, which is wonderful for them but not so great for us because no one was home when we went by to see them. But that hasn't stopped us! We have used the time to put together a new finding approach-- which includes Ice blocks(Popsicles), a thought with inspired questions, and a beach ball.... :) Yep! Don't worry, we aren't going to be on the beach eating popsicles, they wonderful people of Paraparaumu will and they will be telling them what makes them happy in life :D Get ready to see miracles!
This week we had to be in the flat at 7pm on ney years eve. It was so much fun because our mission president sent us texts with relay questions and assignments we had to complelete in a given amount of time and text back answers... great way to spend out day in the flat :)
We also have been able to see a less active who we haven't seen for a long time-- not only that we were invited into their home for lunch (neither of which has happened before!) Her husband reminds me of Tony Stark... they are both pretty funny. They are wanting to change their lives around, now might be the time for them! :)
Here is a quote I liked from a talk by Elder David A bednar "Ye ar ethe Temple of God."
21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
I know God lives and this is his church. I would encourage you all to keep the Faith. Be faithful to the end. Never forget how much God loves you. If you have strayed remember it is never to late to come back. Come join with us, come return with us to our God.