Kia Ora Kia Ora Kia Ora!
Have you ever been so happy and so blessed and so amazed at all that you have been given, and you just don’t know how you got so lucky. Yeah, that’s pretty much me.
This is my last email from my beautiful New Zealand! This time next week I will be on a plane riding to the mission home, and then shortly after, I will be coming back home to the USA. I am having a hard time finding the words to articulate how grateful I am for the past 18 1/2 months I have gotten to spend here in Aotearoa. I have loved the people, my experiences, the food, the culture, the weather and most of all being a missionary. I am not the same person that I was when I left, but I am so grateful for all that I am becoming.
Enough with all the sappiness, This week was AMAZING! Tuesday was Waitangi day! (My new fave holiday…) We got welcomed onto a Marae, got to help our branch members make a hangi, I had to hongi a few people…..( Look it up….) and it was like FULL ON NEW ZEALAND CULTURE AWESOMENESS! I love this place. They had a huge Kai fest at founders park, and we got to walk around and talk to people and try all the yummy foods. (Perks of the badge, everyone knows missionaries and people kept buying us food, or just giving it to us for free <3)
Our Zone had a goal for this transfer to find 30 new investigators and we reached our goal this week! Sister Bishop and I definitely had a small dance party on the side of the road when we found out! YAY! We now raised our goal to 40 because we have another week left… I have faith that we can do it!
Our car was in the shop a few days this week so we were biking it all over those dang hills…. I think my legs are pretty buff now:) Hahahaha
I got a new companion this week! Sister Gibbons! I met her a few months ago when I was in Feilding! She is from Rugby, England. Sister Bishop is still here, we are just in a trio for the next week. It has been quite an adventure so far!
We got to go to a members house this morning and carve some blackstone necklaces! That was super fun! Black stone is pretty common here in Nelson, but it really only comes from Nelson for all of New Zealand so that was pretty cool!
That was probably way too much information, but I LOVE YOU ALL AND HOPEFULLY WILL SEE YOU SOON!
Spiritual thought: Romans 8:16-17 One of the coolest things that I have come to realise out here is that we are all sons and daughters of God. He loves us ALL. He knows us ALL. He is our loving Father in Heaven. We are joint heirs with Christ, and are capable of earning all the blessings that He can, if we choose to follow him. I love this gospel SO much.
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!