Wow Wow Wow. What a week. I feel like it’s been AGES since I wrote last Tuesday. I hope you all had a FANTASTIC week! So here was my week:
On Wednesday we had exchanges again, but I was in Flaxmere with Sister Pulsipher. Which means that I had to lead the area. WHAT? I was so nervous! Sister Pulsipher doesn’t know anyone or anything in Flaxmere, and so we were relying on what I could remember. It was so stressful, but by the end of the day, I was able to get some sort of a grip on everything and I was able to be less stressed out. Heavenly Father is so good. He was able to help me out when I felt like I was lost. Blessings on blessings, people. It may have been something small, like helping me remember a street name, or helping me figure out who to visit, but I know that I was not on my own.
On Friday we had Zone Training! All of the missionaries in the Hawkes Bay zone gathered in Hastings to be trained by our AP’s (Elder Baer, and Elder Tui’pulotu) and our Zone Leaders (Sister Matekeua, Elder Simpson, and Elder Ahokovi.) It was a powerful day! After Zone Training we had to go back to the hospital because Sister Matekeua’s dog bite was still really causing her some pain. The doctor sentenced her to bed rest for 2 full days so that it could have time to heal properly. So the Napier sisters took turns switching with me so that I wouldn’t be stuck in the flat all day. I love them so much. I spent most of Saturday with Sister Tanner, and most of Sunday with Sister Pulsipher. So not only did I lead the area once this week, but pretty much the whole week I was leading. I think it made me appreciate my companion more, and all that she does for me. (And don’t worry, the dog bite is MUCH better, and we are back to work again today!)
Fun Story: So when I was with Sister Tanner, We knew that Sister Matekeua hadn’t eaten anything all day because she was stuck at the flat, so we ran to the grocery store, and there was a nice man there named Peter Billman. He was so cool! He is a member from the U.S. just visiting NZ, because he served his mission here a while back. Anyways, when we got to the check out, Brother Billman paid for all of our Groceries! He wouldn’t let us pay! It was such a miracle. I love that guy. Sister Tanner and I were so grateful, and we have made an extra effort to pass the kindness forward to other people this week.
Also, the reason for the title of this email: Cocoa Samoa, is a drink that Samoans make here. It is very strong, and most white people can’t handle it. But I LOVE it. The Lauvou’s always make it for us when we go over, and they are always surprised when I finish it all. I don’t even know how you make it, it is very strong… but I like it.:)
Spiritual thought: I had to speak in the Kiribati branch again this week, and we were asked to speak for 20 minutes! I spoke about the importance of the Book of Mormon. It is our most powerful resource in conversion as missionaries, and it is something that we should not take lightly. If you have not read the Book of Mormon recently, or at all, I challenge you to make time to read it. Make it a priority in your life and I promise you, you will be blessed. “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, has the healing power to nourish Starving spirits of the world.” -Boyd K. Packer.
Sorry for the long email again!
Hope you all have a WONDERFUL week!