Raining Cats and Dogs

Kia Ora Everyone!
Another week in the books! Holy cow I don’t even know where to start! So this week was pretty rainy! Looking at pictures of New Zealand before I left, I was amazed by how green everything was! Now I know why… Hahaha all good! The rain is not so fun to bike in though… Also, the reason I titled this email “Raining cats and dogs” is because of the rain, and the fact that there are so many wild cats here! They are always giving us a fright because they come into our backyard, and knock stuff over! It’s crazy.
Some of the weeks high-lights: We were able to attend another baptism in Napier on Saturday! His name was Hayden (Not as cool as my brother Hayden..though:)) Sister Matekeua and I always get asked to teach the “Wet to dry lesson” at baptisms. This is the lesson that is given while the person who got baptized is changing into dry clothes. I am getting really good at teaching these because I have probably done about 5 now. It’s so fun! This time we talked about the Plan of Salvation. We taught people where we came from before this world, what our purpose is here on this earth, and where we are going after this life. It was so cool!

On Thursday this week, we had Zone Conference! (This is where all of the missionaries in our area, Hawkes Bay, get together and get to hear from our mission president.) The conference was about 6 hours long, but I learned heaps! It was a very needed spiritual uplift. It was also good to see President and Sister Hudson.
Fun Fact: The best food ever is Fried bread. It’s the best. One of the less active members in our ward that we visit is teaching us how to make it! It is the best when you eat it warm, with melted butter and golden syrup! But it’s also good if you stuff the dough with chocolate, and then fry it. Heaven on earth right there. There is this guy who sells fried bread from a food truck. The food truck is called Floatos. Whenever we ride our bikes past him, he gives us some free fried bread. He’s pretty much my best friend. We are trying to convert him, but he’s not interested (yet…:))
There is this older lady who lives out in Bridge Pa who everyone calls Ma. I love her so much! She’s got to be like 80 something years old, and she is a better missionary than me! She inspires me so much! She told me to give her love to my family and friends. She always gives us so much food, because she thinks that we are too skinny! Man I love that lady!
Spiritual thought: I love being a missionary! This week was SO hard. Lots of people slamming doors in our faces. Lots of people yelling rude things at us. Lots of people who don’t understand that our purpose is just to help others. But you know what? I don’t care. I love being a missionary! If they don’t like me, so what! Don’t let anyone else tell you how to feel. I choose to be happy! Matthew 10:22 tells us that we must endure to the end. And that is exactly what I intend to do.
I hope you all have a powerful week!
Ofa Atu!
-Sister Weight
Picture #1: Disregard my wind blown hair, and look at how beautiful this place is!
Picture #2: Elder Barney, Elder Pese, Sister Matekeua and I at a service project this week!
Picture #3: My new bff Shawn.

Oh my life, what a GREAT WEEK!

Malo e’ lelei Everyone!!!

This week is pretty crazy so get ready!! Last Monday for P-day Sister Matekeua and I found a park with some bike ramps, and we rode around for a few hours which was so fun. I’m pretty much the new Tony Hawk. Watch out world, I’m coming for ya. After that we found another park and we played touch rugby with the elders and some members from our ward. It was a blast.
Tuesday: We had heaps of meetings all day. Since sister Matekeua is anSTL, we had leadership meetings ALL day and didn’t really get much done. But I learned so much from the meetings so I am glad that I had to go.
Wednesday: Sister Matekeua’s birthday! She told everyone that it was her birthday on Wednesday, and so EVERYONE made her a cake! I’ve never eaten so much cake in my life! We had heaps of cake left over that we just gave to the elders because we couldn’t even look at any more cake after that day. We even have a 9 year old investigator who loves to make fancy cakes. She made her a 6 layer chocolate cake with red butter cream (Sister Matekeua’s favorite color is red) and white chocolate drizzles. She’s incredible.
ThursdayOn Thursday I was SUPER sick, so we stayed at the flat all day. I don’t know what was wrong with me but I had such a high fever, and the chills, and I couldn’t get out of bed. I also have this horrible cough, but it’s going around our district, so I blame the elders for getting me sick.
Friday: I felt much better, so we were able to go back out and do some work! We had a district finding competition! There were 5 sets of missionaries, and we all picked a place in Flaxmere to go stand, and we were competing to see who could talk to the most people in an hour! Whoever got the most Potential Investigators, would get a free lunch from the Micheli’s. (The senior couple in our area.) Sister Matekeua and I talked to 32 people and got 5 Potential investigators! It was SOOO fun. When I first got here, I was so scared to just talk to people, but now it’s like my favorite thing to do.
Saturday: We attended 4 baptisms! The gospel is true people. It changes lives.

Sunday: What a powerful day! We went to church for the Flaxmere 2nd ward, then for the Kiribati branch, then the Karongata ward. The Karongata ward had a primary program! It was so cute. So much fun!!!

Anyways, I am going to try to send pictures, so this is all for now! Have a great week everyone! Ofa Atu from New Zealand!
Spiritual thought: Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through God who strengthens me. I know this is true. Elder Jeffery R. Holland said “Hold fast to what you already know, and stand strong until additional knowledge comes. You have more faith than you think you do.” I love that! Just because you are lacking direction now, doesn’t mean you will be in the dark forever. Take a few steps into the unknown and you will eventually see where you need to go. Make a choice, to take a chance, to make a change.
Ofa Atu,
Sister Weight
Picture #1: Me and Sister matekeua
Picture #2: Me and the car….
More to come:)

Kia Ora!

I hope that you are having a lovely week! I can’t believe it is already Monday again! My mission is going by SO fast, and before you know it, I will be coming home!!!
So last Monday afternoon, I drove all the way to Palmerston North. (2.5 hours away) I thought I was going to die, but we didn’t so that’s good! We were following the Zone Leaders (Elder Ahokovi and Elder Simpson). We spent the night with the STL’s down there in Palmy, (Sister Taylor, and Sister Ioane). They are so cool! We pretty much just all became instant best friends. The next morning we finished the trip to Wellington, but this time Sister Taylor drove so the trip was much more enjoyable. New Zealand is GORGEOUS. I love it here! Fun fact: There are 6 sheep for every 1 person in New Zealand, and every time we would pass a sheep I would go “SHEEEEEEP” and the other sisters would say “Yes we know sister Weight, there are heaps of sheep here”. They are just so cute, ya know??
Since I am not an STL, when we got to Wellington, I didn’t go to the MLC meeting with my companion, so I went on splits with the sisters serving in Wellington! (Sister Funaki, and Sister Quinlan!) They were so cute and we had such a powerful day! We got heaps of new
potential investigators, and talked to HEAPS of people! I love being in Wellington because there are so many people to talk to! (Unlike teeny tiny Flaxmere, where I actually serve.) But it was such a great day! When the conference finished, I met back up with Sister Matekeua, and Taylor, and Ioane, and we headed back to Palmy. We spent another night with them and left early the next morning to make it back to Flaxmere for our district meeting. We weren’t following the Zone Leaders this time, and our GPS kept taking us on sketchy back roads, like on the sides of mountains. It would have been fun if I wasn’t driving. But we made it back in time, and we are all safe.:)
This week we found a new investigator! We were going to visit someone that we found in our area book, and we accidentally went to the wrong house! We ended up meeting a girl named Tahlia, and she agreed to let us teach her! If she hadn’t answered the door, and if we hadn’t gone to the wrong house, we never would have found her! God is good.
Also, I don’t know if I said this last week, but we are teaching an 11 year old girl named Cindy! Her mom is a recent convert, and she agreed to  be baptized this week! Her date is October 8th, so we are SO stoked for her. We are also teaching another family, and the 3 kids want to be baptized! Their mom is a smoker, so we started the Stop Smoking program that the church created, and so far the mom is 4 days smoke free!! We are so excited for them, and we are going to ask them all be baptized tomorrow! Maihi (14), Anahera (12), and Patricia (8) are their kids, and they are just so great. I love that I have the opportunity to share this gospel with them.
On Saturday we had the opportunity to attend 3 baptisms in the Napier District. (It’s not in our area, but we were invited to go.) That was such a powerful experience. I love it when people decide to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. It is such a powerful thing to witness. And even though I haven’t been here for very long, I can see the difference that this gospel makes in peoples lives. You can see their countenances change, and they have a stronger desire to do good. It amazes me how much I have learned in this short time, and I look forward to continuing my service here to the wonderful people of New Zealand.
Yesterday (Sunday) was fun too! Since we oversee 2 wards and 1 branch, we attend all 3 churches. It feels like we are at church all day, but I love having that time to ponder about my week! The work is hastening here in Flaxmere and I am so happy to be a part of it! Lucy (One of our recent converts) made us home made dumplings for dinner last night, (She’s from China). They were DELICIOUS. Also, we get fed by the members every night here! It is awesome, but I am going to be SOOOO fat. Haha oh well.
Spiritual Thought for the week: Mark 8:35. This is my mission scripture. I picked it because I know why I am here. I am here to share the blessings that I have in my life with others. President Gordon B. Hinckley had this same scripture for his mission as well. He said “Forget yourself and go to work”. This has been a struggle for me this week because I want to think about home, and how everyone is doing, and what I am missing at school. But I don’t let myself think about that stuff. I don’t let myself get distracted because I know that these people need help. And even if I personally can’t help them, I can open the door for someone else to help them. I love my mission, and I love New Zealand!
Sorry for the long email, but I hope yous all have a powerful week! Whenever you feel down just remember that good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don’t give up.
Let me know if there is anything I can do for any of you!
Ofa Atu!!
-Sister Weight

Blessed Weeks in Flaxmere

Kia Ora Everyone!
I hope you are all having a super amazing week! My week has been CRAZY! So first of all last Monday, we drove out to Bridge-Pa (one of the areas that we cover) and did some service for a recent convert named Lucy! We have been teaching her daughter Cindy this week, and she agreed to be Baptized on October 8th! That is SO exciting! On Wednesday, we had a bunch of meetings to go to, and when we got back to our flat that night, we were exhausted! But when we were doing our planning, we thought we heard someone in our kitchen. Sister Matekeua and I were SO scared. We ended up calling Elder Barney and Elder Fafita (They serve in the Flaxmere 2nd ward with us, and they were the closest set of elders to us.) They came and checked it all out, and we kept hearing noises in the kitchen, but we never found anyone. They said a prayer on our flat, and blessed that we would be watched over and protected. That was a really cool experience.
There was an earthquake this week, but we are all okay. Sister Matekeua and I felt our beds shaking in the middle of the night, but we didn’t actually know much about the earthquake until the next morning. So all is well.
Another fun story, Tomorrow my companion has a Mission Leadership conference in Wellington because she is an STL. So guess who gets to drive 5 hours on the 4 lane motorway, all the way to Wellington. If you guessed me, you are correct. Please pray for me :/ Anyways, so we leave tonight to drive to Palmerston to spend the night with some sisters there. And then tomorrowmorning we will finish the drive to Wellington. Yay.
I have actually not had to drive too much this week because I got my bike! That was a nightmare to put together, but Elder Moy (Our district leader) helped us. My legs were pretty sore the first couple of days that we biked, but now I am good.
Something that I love about this area, is that we have dinner appointments every night! The food is always so good, and even though I am probably going to be super fat soon, I am grateful for the members and their willingness to feed us.
We are also teaching another recent convert named Debbie. I love her so much! She makes me so happy when I see her! I just love this gospel so much! And I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve the people of New Zealand. It is still hard for me to fit in because I am white, but having a  Maori companion has really been a blessing.
Spiritual thought: John 16:33. BE OF GOOD CHEER. There are a lot of bad, nasty, annoying things in this world to get upset about, but don’t let it get you down! Just CHOOSE to be happy. It is your choice. This life was not meant to be easy! Just because you have a bad day does not mean you have a bad life! Just look up! Just smile! Just be happy!
I Love you all and hope that you have a powerful week!
Ofa Atu,
Sister Weight