The One With The Lion King

Mauri!!!!

What a whirlwind week! Our Kiribati branch is having a branch camp next week, and they wanted to have a dance competition at the camp! It will be the Flaxmere members vs. the Hastings members, and the practices this week have been pretty intense! Sister Amato and I went to one of the Flaxmere rehearsals, and learned all of these Kiribati dances! It was so fun! They were laughing at how well we were doing…. Don’t underestimate the power of the missionaries!!!
On top of those practices, our Flaxmere 2nd ward is entered in a music festival! We are going to be performing acapella, “The Circle of Life” From the Lion King. I am  so pumped! We had practice on Friday, and the music coordinator for our ward, Sister Lawrence, asked me to sing the solo…. Ummmm I don’t sing! She ended up asking our bishop to do it;)
On Saturday, one of our member’s husbands passed away, so we went over to visit her. They were hanging in there, but they hadn’t eaten all day, so Sister Amato and I made them dinner. We made Chicken Curry, and while we were in their kitchen, there was this massive shark in a bucket on the floor. They wanted me to gut it…. but we ran out of time… drat! Bahahaha Next time;) Islanders….
MIRACLE OF THE WEEK!!! There were about 40 members at our Kiribati sacrament meeting on Sunday! That is more than we have ever had! I was so happy! Sister Amato and I were just looking around, like EVERYONE is here! It was so cool! Hopefully we can keep the numbers up! That’s pretty much all for the week… another week of random happenings with sister Weight.
I Hope you all have a great week! Thanks for the love!
OFA ATU!
Spiritual thought: 1 Peter 1:7, The trials we have towards our faith, are far more precious than gold. They make us stronger, and they build us towards Christ. “To our Father alone could we turn for comforting support, not to ask for relief from, but strength to endure what was to come.” Although these trials may push us down, there is one person we can turn to for strength. There is one person who can lift us up out of that place, and make us stronger! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Faith can move mountains!!!
-Sister Weight
Pic #1: Shark,
Pic #2: Kiribati Branch Relief society
Pic #3: Sister Amato and I
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The One With The Manuea Asofanu

Talofa!!!
How goes it in the real world?? Hahaha here is how my life is going:
BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY. Busier than ever! I love it! We had DLC on Tuesday, which is a meeting where the leaders of the zone train all of the District leaders on what we learned at MLC. That was pretty fun! We talked a lot about the new rule changes that President Soloai is making… should make things interesting for the mission.
On Saturday, It was my beloved companion’s birthday! ( I think I have literally been with all my companion’s on their birthday… I LOVE IT) We did some service in the morning for a member, Debbie. The elders helped, and we built her some garden boxes, and dug up some old plants! The weather was BEAUTIFUL! Oh how I missed my sunny Hawke’s Bay.
On Sunday, at church, I ran into 2 of my favorite families from the last time I was up here! It turned into a tear fest, and lots of hugs. I love this place. It has really felt like I am coming home.
Among other things,  we have 2 baptisms coming up! Both of them we set the dates this week, (Tyler, and Tewia) so that was cool! They are both people that I taught last time I was here, so it is cool to finally set them with a date! I was like… What are you waiting for??? ☺

 And we got 2 new investigators, from contacting former investigators! We had our first district meeting of the transfer this week, and we did some service at the rest home here! What a great week! 

Well that is all I have time for, I hope you all have a GREAT week! KIA KAHA! Tu Whitia te hopo!
Spiritual thought: Ecclesiastes 1:1-8 Heavenly Father’s plan for us is SO perfect. Sometimes it may feel like all is going wrong…. trust me I know. When I rains, it pours. BUT, if we can just take a FEW more steps, if we can just make it around the corner, we will be able to glimpse just how perfect His plan. We will get to see just how much He truly loves us and is aware of us. We will get to see that all is well. There is a time and a season for all things. Our job, is to learn to trust that. Come what may, and love it. “And all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.”
I love you all tu meke! Alofa atu!
–Sister Ashly Weight

The One With All The Deja-Voo

Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!!!

This is Sister Weight, coming to you live from FLAXMERE, NZ. I never thought I would get to say that again!!! Hahaha, I am back in the beautiful, sunny, Hawke’s bay! It is still cold here, but it has been sunny everyday (unlike rainy Feilding) so I can’t complain.
Saying goodbye to my beloved Feilding ward, and especially Sister Duce was so sad. We had to pick up her new companion, Sister Moek, (from Cambodia) on Tuesday, and then I spent that night in Palmy so that I could make my bus on time on Wednesday morning. I rode the bus to Hastings with Elder Ragsag. (He is the funniest Philippino I have ever met) We ended up getting off the bus at the wrong stop, and we were stranded because our companions didn’t know where we were. We decided to use our mad skills to ask some cute lady if we could borrow her phone. She was so helpful! AND luckily I remembered my old phone number here to call them. It was a miracle for sure. But now we are here, safe and sound, with our companions.

My new companion is Sister Amato! She is from Samoa! We served together in Palmy, so it is cool that I get to be her companion now. She is the best!

We had to leave Hawke’s Bay on Thursday night to drive to Wellington for MLC. That was super fun! Nothing like a 6 hour road trip to get to know your new copmanion;) She’s cool as. MLC was awesome! President Soloai is changing a lot of the rules and organization of our mission, so it is cool that we get to be a part of it all.
We got back to our area early Saturday morning, because we had a baptism in the Kiribati branch!  Her name is Nikirara! She got married last weekend in order to be baptized on Saturday, and it was cool to see her progress since I was last in this area.
Among other things, I am so behind on my Kiribati now so I will have to study up, and being back in these units has brought back a lot of memories. It feels like I have deja-voo all the time. It is good to be back here, and I am just so grateful for all the experiences I have had on my mission so far. We attended a Kiribati Birthday party on Saturday night, and man it was crazy! I love the cultures here so much! Sorry for the long email, this isn’t even all that happened this week, but I will stop torturing you now:) Have a good week! OFA ATU!
P.S. sorry for the no pictures 2 weeks in a row! I promise I will make up for it next week!
Spiritual thought: Matthew 27:22. Ask yourself: “What shall (I) Do with Jesus Who is called Chrsit?
I LOVE YOU ALL!
-SIster Weight

The One With The Dairy Farm!

Kia Ora friends and whanau!!!!

I love being a missionary, I love being a missionary, I love being a missionary!

Sister Duce and I are on fire! Feilding is really where it is at! We have been helping a member family in our ward pack up their stuff because they are moving this week, which has been really sad, but really cool because they are like our second family! One day, after we were done packing, they took us to this dairy farm! We bought milk straight from the cow! It was SO cool!  Have I mentioned how much I love New Zealand?
We went to another baptism this week in Whangagnui, and  we taught a lesson there. Our mission president, President Soloai, came! It was his first convert baptism as our president, so that was a cool thing to be a part of!
This week our STL’s gave us a finding challenge to do each day! Like, on Tuesday, we weren’t allowed to use the car, we had to bike everywhere, and talk to everyone that we passed. Then on Wednesday, we had to use the Book of Mormon in every contact. We had to talk to everyone about the power of that little blue book. On Thursday, we had to doorknock around all of our members houses, and then on Friday, we had to use whiteboards in all of our lessons and contacting! We took a small whiteboard door knocking with us, and we wrote the word “love” on it. We asked people what love was to them. Then we changed it to “God’s love” and asked them how they have felt God’s love in their lives. Then we added “God’s plan of Love” and got to teach about the plan of Salvation! Each day that we pushed ourselves to try new things, we grew a bit more, and had som cooler experiences! We got to talk to some really cool people and I know that those people really needed t hear about how much God loves them. It was incredible to see the miracles that came from those challenges! I am forever grateful for our STL’s and the way that they motivated us to see our potential!!!

P.S. I am transferring on Wednesday! Sister Duce will be training a new sister from Cambodia, and I am SO PROUD OF HER!!!! I will miss her terribly, but the work will go on! I will be going back up to Flaxmere, to my first area! Adventures lie ahead! Stay tuned!!

Spiritual thought: 1 John4:18-19

I know that every week I write about how we need charity and love, but honestly it is so important. If we can just learn to love ALL those around us, despite our differences, we can be so blessed, and we will be so much happier.
I Love you all Tu meke! Have a good week!
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The One With The 20th

Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!!

WHAT A WEEK! It was SO cold and rainy here, so if you are complaining of heat where ever you are, just remember that some of us are experiencing the wettest winter, so count your blessings!:)
Last Monday, we went to the Manuatu gorge and did a hike! It was SO beautiful! I will have to send photos later! (But google it, because reals, it was cool as.) We went with all the other sisters in our zone, so that was a really fun day!
On Wednesday, it was Sister Solo’s birthday, and she took us out  to breakfast! (We tried to take her out, but she wouldn’t let us…) But it was cool because some of her work mates came, and we all got to talk about the gospel! Sister Solo is just so cool, she is such a good missionary and we love her!
On Thursday it was MY 20TH BIRTHDAY! What the heck. I am no longer a teenager… where did the time go??? Thank you to everyone who emailed me! I hope that I have time to reply to all of you, but if not, I LOVE YOU! My district surprised me at our district meeting with balloons, and a big sign. They are the best. I literally have the coolest district!
Minus the torrential rains and dreary weather, it was a great week! We have been driving all over our area to deliver invitations to a relief society activity that we have coming up! So that was cool. Usually on the North island, they don’t get snow, but some parts of our area got a couple inches this week! We keep hearing about the poor missionaries on the south island that are snowed in… heehee at least we just have rain!
Well I hope you all have a great week! I am thinking about you!
Spiritual thought: Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is something that we can’t see. It is something that we all have to develop. It is something that we all need, because it becomes our foundation, and our hope. I am grateful for the faith that I do have, and I know that if we act on our faith, our faith will build and we will eventually be able to have no fear. Because faith is the opposite of fear! Kia Kaha!
Arohanui!
-Sister Weight
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The One With The Homemade Slippers!

Kia Ora Whanau!

WHAT a week! First of all, Happy 4th of July! (For those of you who are American and actually care about this holiday… hahaha).
This week has just been full of surprises and twists and turns… I love it! We found 3 Less Active members this week on accident, and now we are teaching them, and helping them come back to church! One of them lives on a Marae, and she was just so sweet when we found her! We were actually looking for her husband because he is a former investigator, but we found Marylin instead and she is just such a miracle! The Lord’s hand is in this work!
Speaking of changes, we got our new mission president this week! We had a Zone Conference with the Soloai’s on Friday, and it was good to meet them! They are nothing like the Hudson’s, but they seem cool! It was just weird to see them sitting there at the front of our conference instead of President and Sister Hudson, but it is for a reason, and all will be well!
We got to go to a baptism in Whanganui this weekend! Sister Duce and I did a little lesson at that, which was cool! The 2 kids that got baptized were so excited! It was cool to be a part of that! Baptisms have such a special spirit about them.
On Sunday we had 2 sacrament meetings! We had a palangi one in English, and then we did another one for our Samoan members in Samoan! That was pretty cool! We had no idea what they were saying, but it was cool because it reminded me of the Kiribati branch in my last area! Have you ever sat in a room full of people that were speaking a different language? It is a very humbling experience. I loved it!
One of our favorite members (Not that we have favorites…. they are all our favorites!) Made us some hand knitted slippers this week! They  are so warm and fuzzy! I love the people here!
Well that’s all for this week folks! I hope you all have a good week!
Spiritual thought: Luke 6: 27-28
This scripture has helped me heaps in the past. It is something that I often forget, because we usually remember to pray for the people that we love, like our families and our friends. But sometimes we forget to pray for those that we maybe have a hard time loving. I know that when we have the Christlike charity to pray for those that it is hard to pray for, we will be blessed, and our hearts will be softened. I pray that we may all be able to do this, and one day be filled with enough Charity to love all those around us.
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The One With Canada Day!

Why hello there my wonderful family and friends!
I so much hope that you all had a good, safe, week this week!
Being with a Canadian companion, this week I was exposed to a new holiday! CANADA DAY! Sister Duce taught me how to sing the Oh Canada, and we wore Canadian shirts, and it was pretty crack up. She’s the coolest! Wait till we get to the 4th of July…hee hee hee.
We started off our week with exchanges! I was on exchanges in Palmy with Sister Leonard! She is the coolest. On our exchanges, we got to teach a lot! And we gave away 4 Book of Mormons! We also climbed a sketchy as ladder to get to a really crazy door, went on a road trip to a windmill farm with a member, and held baby rabbits! It was an interesting day to say the least… Never fails to be an adventure with Sister Leonard and Sister Weight. We both had a good cry because she goes home soon, but then we forgot about that and went to work!
Once we exchanged back, Sister Duce and I had a really great week! We were able to keep ourselves busy and warm! It has been getting so cold here recently! I love winter! Bring it on!
We got to teach Sunday School for the youth yesterday at church, and then we taught Relief Society. I also had to be the ward chorister again… face palm. Our poor ward….Hahahaha. I love going to church! One of our investigators from a part member family came, and her kids both got blessed! It was a cool thing to witness, and Sam, (our investigator), definitely felt it, she was crying! I love her so much!
After church, we had dinner with a member, Sister Solo. She is moving to Auckland, and she was so sorry that she won’t be able to feed us again, so she woke up at 5am to start cooking us a MEAN island feed! She is Tongan, so she made us heaps of Tongan food! She made Makioke, Kasava, taro leaves, and so much more! We all laughed and then cried… I will miss her! She has been such a
blessing to have in our ward.
Well folks, that’s all the time we have! I hope you all have a great week! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Spiritual thought: Joshua 3:5. This has been our mission Zone goal for this transfer! Sanctifying ourselves is not something that is easy. Especially when it means we are aligning our wills with God, but when we do that, the Lord will work WONDERS among us. I testify that this is true. Focus on the good. Look for the blessings, and always know that there IS a God out there, who loves you more than you will ever know.
Kakite!
-Sister Weight
Photos: Tragic biking in the cold with  Sister Leonard, and climbing that sketchy ladder…. Then the BOM, and My beautiful companion
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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.
Photos:
Friendly Feilding
Tasting heaven (AKA it won’t stop raining…)
Just for fun!
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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.”
HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!
-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!
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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.
I AM SO AFRAID OF GOATS, BUT I GOT A PHOTO WITH ONE. #proud
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