The One With The Airshow At Tangimoana

Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora Kotou Katoa!

This has been such a fun week! Lots of sun! Lots of miracles! Life is good.
The beginning of this week, we still had the mission trainers with us! Sister Ioane and Sister Wikaira were amazing! They stayed with us until Tuesday, and they taught us a lot about motivation, and how to be productive missionaries! I love being a missionary!
 
Let me share a little miracle of the week! On Wednesday, we had about an hour before we needed to be back to our flat for the night, and we were trying to think of someone we could visit. Sister Finefeuiaki suggested that we visit a less active family that lives fairly close to our flat. We both agreed, and quickly walked there. When we got there, the 2 less active daughters answered the door and invited us in. One, Suli, never talks to missionaries, and never really gives them the time of day. But we were talking to her sister, and she slowly came and sat in the room, and eventually started talking to us as well. We asked if we could share a quick message, and they BOTH agreed. We were shocked. We shared a message about faith, and we asked some really good inspired questions that got them thinking. After the lesson, the older sister, Suli, started asking us more questions about the church. She then said “I normally don’t like listening to missionaries, but I feel like tonight was different… can you come back and do a Family Home Evening with my family next Monday? I’ll even invite some of my non-member friends.” Sister Finefeuiaki and I were completely shocked! But we know that Heavenly Father has been preparing her. We told her that, and she thought it sounded about right. I am so glad that my companion was in-tune with the spirit that night to follow the impression to visit that family! I just love being a missionary!
 
Also, another miracle, this week there were 8 inactive families/couples at church! That was so cool to see them come back! MIRACLES. 
 
We also had Zone Conference this week! With President and Sister Hudson! It was good to see them, and to gain new knowledge from our leaders! 
 
Fun fact: In Feilding and Palmerston North (Where we spend most of our time) you always have to parallel park. It was a pain at first, but I am slowly becoming a pro! It’s funny to me now, how much I was freaked out about driving over here, because now everything seems normal. When I go home I am in trouble:) But all good, I have got a while to go! 
 
Lastly, yesterday we were looking for a family’s house that is in our ward, and there was an airshow going on so all the roads were blocked off! So, somehow we ended up at the beach! We just decided to make the most of it, and do our studies there, and eat some lunch, before trying to find our way again:) GREAT WEEK! 
 
Spiritual thought: Matthew 6:34. I am slowly learning while I have been on my mission, that there are some things you can control, and some things you can’t. The only way we are going to be happy and find joy in this life is to worry about the things we can control! Have a great week!
Arohanui!
-Sister Weight
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The One With The Potatoes

Kia Ora Whanau!

I hope that you are all having a FANTASTIC week! This week has been super long, but I have learned so much! First of all, we have the Sister Mission Trainers staying with us this week! Sister Ioane and Sister Wikaira! They are just 2 sisters that are called to stay with each set of sisters in our mission and train them on how we can be better! I have loved learning from them! This morning, Sister Ioane was in our backyard, and she just starts digging, and guess what she found! POTATOES! There were heaps! Heaps and heaps of potatoes and kumara for lunch today:) She’s so crack up. Who would have known there were potatoes in our backyard…. I thought they were just weeds. 🙂
Exciting News! One of our investigators, Gloria, set a baptismal date! For April 1st! (No joke;)!) That is so exciting for her! She has come a long way and we are looking forward to seeing her progress!
That is pretty much all for this week… been pretty busy! Sister Finefeuiaki and I are super exhausted from all of our running around this week! We saw all of our investigators, most of the members, did heaps of service, waved at some cute sheep, and smiled a lot! It was a great week! I just love being a missionary!
Sorry no pictures this week, I forgot my camera cord at home, but more to come next week! Love you all!
Spiritual thought: D&C 33:8-10. Heavenly Father wants to help us. He loves us so much. He wants us to be happy. Sometimes we just have to OPEN OUR MOUTHS and ask for help. Which I know is hard. Because I don’t like to do it either. But when we realize that we are not on our own, and that the help is there, we will be so much better off. It also goes along with one of my favorite scriptures. Alma 26:11-12. We just need to realize that we actually can’t do it by ourselves. We NEED help. And that is ok, all we have to do is ask.
kakite!
-Sister Weight

The One Where Koe Faifekau Palangi

Malo e lelei kaingalotu!

This week was interesting! First of all, I am not transferring! I forgot to say that last week! Sister Finefeuiaki and I are both staying in Feilding for another transfer! Whoop Whoop! It’s funny because our zone had almost 100% turn over, meaning everyone in our zone got a new companion, besides us… weird. But I am SO pumped for another transfer here! Feilding is so cute!!! Oh and to make it even better, I found an ice cream shop here in town that sells RUSH MONROES ice cream from Hawke’s Bay!!!! Day. Made.
Second of all, I am learning HEAPS of Tongan. Heaps. Because I have to teach my companion English, and sometimes I can’t explain it properly, so I have to use Tongan. It is so fun! I know so much. I was talking to someone the other day, and they said I was pretty good for a Palangi. (white person:))
Anyways, we had our first district meeting of the transfer on Thursday, which was fun because my old District leader from Flaxmere, is my district leader again! It was good to see him! My district is: Sister Malupeng and Sister Golden, Sister Finefeuiaki and I, Elder Fangufangu, and Elder LaMunyon. I love it already. It’s going to be a good transfer!
We have been doing a lot of service this week! Which I love! We have been helping this old man, named Edward, clear out his house for a garage sale! Sister Lewis-Clarke has been helping us! She’s a crack up. When he wants to keep something, she tells him he doesn’t really need it, and puts it in the other pile. She’s so cool.
Fun fact! I got fleas again this week… The mission office reckons I have really sweet blood or something, because they really like me! But I am getting really good at getting rid of them so that’s all good. It’s just that the people here love hugging and kissing you on the cheeks, (like when they greet you) so if they have fleas, it is pretty common for you to get fleas as well.
One of the members made us Mac and Cheese this week! It was so great. And another made us homemade Pizza! I love being American. Hahahaha, well,  I hope you all have a SUPER fantastic week! Sorry for the random email, but my life is just kinda random at the moment:) Kakite!
Spiritual thought: “Life is like an old-time rail journey- delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders,and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling speeds. The trick is to thank the Lord for the ride.” -Gordon B. Hinckley. So just look for those good moments, and if you are stuck in a bad moment, sit back, and enjoy the ride:) Positivity is key!
Happy Valentines day!
Tu Meke Aroha,
Sister Weight
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The One With The Bunny Po Po

Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!!!

HOLY WOW. So much happened this week, so little time. Most of it has to do with food… so try not to read this email if you are super hungry:)
Yesterday was a New Zealand Holiday, Waitangi day, so that is why I am emailing today! I’m not really sure what it is, but I think it has something to do with how New Zealand was started. Anyways…
So last Monday we went over to a member’s house, Sister Nicholas, (She’s secretly like my favorite person here;)) and SHE TAUGHT US HOW TO MAKE FRIED BREAD. Then she gave us all the extra dough to make some when we got home! She made us HEAPS of food, so we had a massive feed with her, and then just laughed about random stuff for the rest of the night. It was great! We are teaching her grandson that lives with her, and he is super cool! he is 13 and reminds me so much of my little brother:)
On Tuesday, we ate so much food I thought I was going to explode. In the culture here, it is rude to turn down food, so you just have to keep eating:) The Lewis-Clarke’s (A member family) fed us first lunch. They made Chop Suey, which is like the best Samoan food ever. Then Bishop Fa’amausili and his wife made us second lunch, Fish and chips. YUM! Then one of our investigators, Awhina, owns the cutest little cafe in town, and she taught us how to use her cappuccino maker to make some mean hot chocolate! I’m a pro now. So now whenever we go to teach her, we just go behind the counter, make our hot chocolates, and then wait for her to finish:) It’s the best.
Skip ahead to Thursday, Bishop Fa’amausili and his wife made us Bunny Po Po and cocoa Samoa! Bunny Po Po is like these buns that they soak in coconut cream, and it is the best! I just love this place… but at the same time, I gotta find a way to stop eating so much:)
On a more spiritual note, this was a great week! We talked with heaps of people! And I am slowly being accepted by the islanders in this ward! I may be Palangi, but I am not afraid to let these people know why I am here. The work is picking up, and I still LOVE being a missionary!
Spiritual thought: D&C 138:1-4. This is a section that was written about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement is something that is so personal and so perfect to me that I just love sharing it with others. How amazing is is, that when we ask for forgiveness of our sins, we are forgiven and given a complete second chance, because of what Jesus Christ did. How LUCKY are we? I love showing people that there is always hope, and that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can all be cleansed. I just love my calling.
I hope you all have a great week! Arohanui!
-Sister Weight
Photo #1: My fancy hot Cocoa
Photo #2: Bunny Po Po and Cocoa Samoa
Photo #3: Making Fried Bread!
Photo #4: Cutie little Feilding
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