Kia Ora Everyone!!! I am not quite sure how to use these computers so if the format seems a little off, sorry! But hey, I don’t care because I am in NEW ZEALAND!! I still wake up everyday and think that I am dreaming! First of all, I love it here! I love my district, and my companion and the people here are SO GREAT. My companions name is Sister Pega. She is from the Phillipines! She is the only active member of the church in her family, and she inspires me so much! She speaks 3 lanuages, and we get a long really well! When we teach our investigators there is a bit of a language barrier, because her english is broken, but we have been working on that together. I am so grateful that I was paired with her! She is like the best friend that I needed to help me get through the MTC! I Love here! Ok next, my district! I am in the Nephi district. (We are all named after different Book of Mormon Prophets!) Our district is Sister Pega (Who will also be serving in Wellington), Sister Tanuvasa-Fuaga (From Hawaii, goes to BYU provo!, and will serve in Aukland), Sister Molupeng (From Phillipines, will be serving in Wellington too!), Elder Ellsworth (From Oregon, serving in Hamilton), Elder Rakatia (From Fiji, serving in Fiji), and Elder Mohetau (From Tonga, serving in Papau New Guinnea). I love them all so much! This district was definitely inspired! So far in the MTC we have taught 4 different investigators! I love them so much! I really hope we can help them come closer to Christ through our lessons! Our district’s teachers are Sister Famietau, and Brother Ailuai. I love them! They are seriously just the greatest! (If you haven’t already noticed, I love everything about being a missionary!) The missionaries here are from all over! Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, The UK, the USA, and some little obscure islands that I’ve never heard of before! There are 3 languages spoken here: English, Samoan, and tongan. So we have lots of translators. The MTC presidency and their wives are seriously so great! (President and sister Gibson, President and Sister Terry, and President and Sister Morris.) They have been like loving parents to us here. There is only 1 zone in the whole MTC. Our zone leaders are Elder Grow and Elder Gijultos. The Sister Training Leaders are Sister Welker and Sister Petty. They are all so Great. So the MTC works like this: Every 3 weeks all of the Missionaries are sent out to their missions, and the next day, the next intake of missionaries arrive. So every 3 weeks they are cycling through about 70 missionaries. (Unless you are an ESL (English as a second language) missionary, then you stay for 6 weeks.) The sisters are 2 to a room, and the elders are 4 to a room. We all either have a blue dot on our badges or a red dot and that tells you what shift to eat in, and what shift to go to sport in. We have sport everyday, and I love it! I have been playing volleyball with the Samoans and the Tongans. It is intense. They say I play good for a white person though, so that makes me feel good. (My arms are pretty much just permanently cherry red from playing so hard core). It’s all good. Elder Alof’aae and I started a game of soccer the other day, but someone stepped on my ankle and it got bruised so I think I’ll just stick to volleyball from now on. The weather here has been mostly cloudy and rainy. When I first got here, I was freezing all the time because this is their winter. But I think my body has adjusted now. Oh, the FOOD here. This is important: IT’S SO GOOD. The only hard thing is that we have to eat everything on our plates! Sister Gibson stands by the rubish bin to make sure that we don’t throw anything
away. But, the chefs here are so talented! I love the food! I have gotten to be good friends with the chefs, so they usually only make me eat half of a serving. But I am still always STUFFED. Friday morning breakfast is my favorite because we have French toast, bacon, and fried bananas. It’s pretty much like eating heaven. (Also the Samoans and Tongans eat like 2-3 peices of bread with EVERY meal. Not toast, just bread.) The first few days I ate the bread too, but then I got sick so the chefs bought Gluten Free bread for me. They are the best. They always take care of me, and make sure that I have a dessert that is Gluten free. I Love all of the missionaries here! I am going to be so sad when I have to leave! We are all so close, and everyone knows everyone. I wish I had more time to write, but I want to send pictures so I am going to figure that out now! Have a great week everyone and thank you for your e-mails! If I don’t have time to respond to everyone I am so sorry, but know that I love you and that I am thinking of all of you!!! Oh and P.S. We went to the temple yesterday! All of the missionaries were in the same session. It was so cool. I will try to send pictures!! BYE!!