Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!!!
Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora from Aotearoa!
I am running out of ways to start these emails! But I hope you are all having a beautiful week! Are you well? How is your family? Email me! I would love to hear from you!!!!
My week was AWESOME. Like always. It was SUPER warm this week… welcome back to the Bay, Sister Weight:) I love the warmer weather, people just seem friendlier. Also, all the fruit trees in the orchards here have started to blossom, so the whole world just looks better when it’s covered in white and pink blossoms.
Sister Ami and I did a lot of service this week! We mowed about 4 lawns, and now our shoes are all green… but it’s good because “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) And there is nothing else I would rather be doing!
This week was also a week of miracles! The Zone Leaders and Sister Ami and I set a zone initiative to reach 40 new investigators by the end of the transfer. We have been trying to encourage new finding ideas in our zone, and trying to encourage our missionaries to be the best they can be. We have already found 15 new investigators as a zone! What a miracle. I am excited to see what the rest of the transfer holds.
We found 2 new investigators this week for the Kiribati branch, and that has been a huge excitement for the branch, they are already fellowshiped and loved so much. Even though we don’t really speak the language, we are trying our best to help them come unto Christ.
On Saturday, we had the Hastings Blossom Festival! It was a huge parade to celebrate the coming of spring! Our stake, did a float in the parade, and we had about 20 missionaries walking with us. We all held flags from our countries, and we had over 10 counties represented! Everyone thought I was a kiwi, so they handed me a New Zealand flag, and I just held it proudly… hahahaha pretending to be a native while all the other American missionaries have an American flag. So what else is new. I love this place.
That’s all for this week! Love you all! OFA ATU!
Spiritual thought: Proverbs 16:24. Read this one, it’s a gem. I think that what it is telling us to do is to give compliments freely! Appreciate those around you, and look for the good! One thing that Sister Hudson used to say: “SMILE. If you love what you do, notify your face.” I invite you all to do the same. Make someone’s day this week. Smile. Be happy! The gospel is true! I complimented this resident at a retirement home we volunteer at this week. She was wearing a red top, and I just told her she looked really nice in red. She responded that I had made her whole day! She said she was reconsidering her outfit choice because she thought the red looked too young for her, but after my compliment she said she would wear red more often! You never know what difference a compliment can make for someone.
Kia Ora Friends, homies, whanau, and whoever else may be reading this!!!!
This week was one adventure after the other. Lemme tellya, it all started last Monday on our P-day. Sister Amato suggested that we play some basketball in the park, and I was dying for some outside time, so we went to the park in Faxmere. We started playing some basketball, and then the elders rode past us with a few members and asked if they could join in. We, being the kind and competitive souls that we are, let them. A few minutes into our game, it started pouring! Then, some Mongrel Mob members rock up and ask if they can join in too… we are all just looking at each other, and I’m like “Yeah Brother come on!” So yeah, we played basketball, in the pouring rain, with some Mongrel Mobbers… but they asked us about our church and what we believe… it was quite an interesting experience. You may be wondering why I am telling you this story, and there is a reason so just hold tight.