The One With The $800 Carrot Cake

Malo e’ lelei kinga lotu!

What another great week of living in the blessing! Sister Duce and I have been working with our ward mission leader to plan a ward activity as a follow up for the MMTC that we did. On Saturday we did a ward service auction that our members could bring their friends to! It was such a cool activity, and we got a lot of our investigators involved! One of our investigators even volunteered to be the auctioneer. It was a super cool experience because we could just feel the ward unity and the support of the ward. Now, all the services that were bought will be performed, and the ward members will be fellowship the nonmembers that were in attendance through their services! What a cool experience to be a part of! I have loved getting to see this ward grow, and even more, how much the ward has grown me in my time here! There is a master baker in our ward, and she was aucitoning off a huge carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, (That is Sister Duce’s favorite) So we were trying to get people to pool their money with us, so that we could win. We ended up spending $800 dollars trying to get that cake. (Don’t worry folks it was monopoly money:)) And it was worth every cent.
Other than that, our week has been a bit slow, but the work must go on! We have 4 progressing investigators, 13 other investigators and 2 investigators with a baptismal date. So, I can’t complain. I love my life. I love my companion. I love being a missionary!
I hope that you all have a GREAT week this week!
Spiritual thought: 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. This scripture has really come to life this week, I know that through our challenges we can become strong. Sometimes we feel weaker than we want to, and sometimes we just get pushed really far past our comfort levels so that we can grow. It may not feel like we can ever get out of the funk that we are in, or that we can never get past the trial we are currently facing, but if we can just take a few more steps. If we can just have a little more faith. If we can just be a little stronger than we were the day before. Relief WILL come. I can promise you that. God sometimes doesn’t will for something to happen, but He allows it to happen because it fulfills His higher purpose, and turns us into the person He needs us to be for tomorrow. Heaven is cheering us on yesterday, today, and forever.
Friendly Feilding
Tasting heaven (AKA it won’t stop raining…)
Just for fun!

The One With The Big Goodbye

Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!

WHAT a week. Sister Duce and I have been busier than ever, and Feilding New Zealand is just ON FIRE. I love it. Every day we get home, and we say “That was the best day EVER!” And then we some how beat it the next day. If any of you are considering serving a mission, I would whole-heartedly encourage it. Oku Faka Ofo Ho Uiui’i!!!
We had our very last zone conference with our beloved mission president, President Hudson and his wife, Sister Hudson. We all cried so much. It was very sad, but we look forward to the arrival of our new President, President Soloai! I know that this is all part of God’s plan, and that His plan is more perfect than ours.
On Wednesday this week, we helped out with transfers! There weren’t enough Sisters left in our areas when people needed to get transferred, so sister Duce and I went on splits with them so that they would all have a companion. I went with Sister Ami! I had to take her to the emergency room, because she fell off her bike, and fractured her elbow! That took forever, but she is all bandaged up, and she is doing much better! (She’s not allowed to ride her bike anymore though….) All good. She was a trooper.
On Sunday, Sister Duce had to play the piano at church, and I had to be the chorister because our normal people weren’t there. That was…. interesting. I now have a greater appreciation for all ward choristers. Hahahahaha.
This week we got 4 new investigators! Feilding literally is on Fire. I love it! We are now teaching 2 new couples, Matt and Claire, and Mike and Claire….. that’s not confusing:) But they are all so into it! I can’t wait to see where this goes!
I hope you all have a great week!
Kakite ano!
Spiritual thought: Micah 6:8. I was thinking about this scripture this week, and the different walks that we are all on with God. We need to make sure that we are walking humbly with Him, so that he can lead us. Like the primary song ” I am a child of God”. “Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way. Teach me all that I can do, to live with Him someday.”
-Sister Weight
1. Me and this random cat
2. Me and Sister Duce
3. We went out to lunch with the STL’s and couldn’t resist this photo op.
4. Another perfect photo op!

The One With The Back To Back District Finding

Kia Ora whanau!
What an amazing, miracle filled week! I feel like I say that every week, but it is truly amazing how closely the Lord’s hand is involved in His great work. This week we had an extra push as a zone to reach the zone goal of 80 new investigators this transfer, and through many miraculous events, we were able to find 4 more new investigators! Sister Duce and I have been teaching, teaching, teaching. I love it! Our members have been key in finding all of these new investigators, we truly could not have done it without their help.
We finished Sister Duce’s training this week, that was sorta bitter sweet. I am sure that she was excited to be finished training, but I loved having the opportunity to train her so much! It helped us both in our skills, and just building off of experiences that we have both had. I have a strong testimony of each companion that I have been placed with. Each of my companions has been perfect for me at that time that I was placed with them. I just love being a missionary so much. The fruits of the spirit have been present and in full force this week, as we have felt overwhelming joy and gladness for the opportunities that we have had!
We had a sister’s P-day last Monday with all of the sister’s in our zone! There were 8 of us, and we all went to the beach together! Besides that fact that it was freezing cold, and raining hard out, it was pretty fun!
We had back to back district findings this week! We went to the Feilding market on Friday morning, and then the the Whanganui market again on Saturday morning! I love talking to new people and meeting new people! It is a hobby of mine:)
I hope you all have a great week!
Spiritual thought:
Romans 8:28,31,35-37
PLEASE READ THESE SCRIPTURES. ALL OF YOU. These scriptures have helped me a lot this week, I know that when we are on God’s side, nothing can get us down. No tribulation, no trial, no challenge is too big. We can move forward with a PERFECT brightness of hope, because we are on the winning team. Always trust that God’s plan is perfect for you. Always trust that these things will work together for our good. Always trust that we can endure, and that our blessings will increase because of our sacrifice. I love these scriptures so much.

The One With The Whiteboard!

Kia Ora!
What a cool as week this week! I am just SO happy!
Last Monday, Uncle Rangi and Sister Elkington called us and asked us to come over and help them make dinner, because they are both not feeling well! So we did, and it was SO yummy! We made some Chicken/spinach/mushroom/creamy yummyness! I love doing service! Hahaha.
We had interviews with President Hudson again this week! and that went really well! He didn’t tell us about transfers… so I guess we will just keep making predictions, but hopefully Sister Duce and  I can stay together!
We also had a really cool finding experience this week on Saturday. We did some district whiteboard finding at a market in Whanganui. We wrote the question “Who are you?” on the board and then asked people to write up their answers. We had some cool as talk with’s and we were able to testify to people that although we are all different, we all have a purpose in this life. We are all part of God’s family, and we all play a unique part! I just love being able to share this good news with those around me!
Oh fun fact, I got lice this week! I guess it was just my turn, since Sister Duce had them last week! Hahaha I think we are finally rid of them now… hopefully!
One of my favorite moments this week was when one of our less active members that we have been working with, bore his testimony in sacrament meeting on Sunday! It was honestly one of the most powerful moments I have felt on my mission. He just knew the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ was real. And he had seen first hand how it can bless his life. I LOVE this work!
Spiritual thought: ALma 48: 13 &17. If we could all just be a little more like Moroni, there would be less chaos in this world! I would love to be as unshakable in my faith as him. Always strive to be better. Always know that there is hope. Always know that you are loved.
I hope you all have a SUPER amazing week this week! And just know, Sister Weight loves you!
-Sister Weight
1: What we cooked for the Elkingtons
2: What people think Sister Duce and I are like
3: What Sister Duce and I are actually like
4: My inspirational wall that I put up this week!