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!