The One With The Sing Your Heart Out

Mauri People!

I hope this letter finds you all safe and happy! SMILE FOR ME! Last Monday, we  did a zone P-day and we all got together at the Hastings chapel for dodgeball. Hastings missionaries vs. Flaxmere missionaries! President Soloai even came to help us out! Then we played kickball and had a bunch of fun! We have some awesome missionaries up here in Hawke’s Bay! And only like 2 people got hit in the face with a ball so SUCCESS!
On Tuesday we had our zone conference with President and Sister Soloai! Sister Ami and I couldn’t sleep the whole night before because we were in charge… I had to conduct the meeting, and we had to do 3 of the training’s, (Like 2 of the 6 hours were for us….) But it went well, and WHEW… it’s over.:)
On Saturday we had our Stake, “Sing Your Heart Out” Music festival! Each ward competed, and we had to prepare a primary quartet number, a small group number, and a big group number. This years theme was Accapella, so we had to sing all the songs without music! Our ward performed “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King for our big number. IT WAS SO FUN!! There were so many people there, and we were dressed like African people, and they lights on the stage were so cool! What a cool experience! Our ward came 2nd overall!!! #GoTeam
On Sunday night we got to watch the General Women’s Broadcast! IT WAS SO GOOD. I am grateful for the technology that we have to be able to watch it.
Oh my lanta can you believe it is OCTOBER?? Where does the time go? I hope you all have a good week this week! OFA ATU!
Spiritual thought:
D&C 24:7-8 If we can just endure this mortal life well, and have a “come what may” Attitude, if we can just devote our time and our energy to the Savior, we will be blessed beyond measure. That is a promise.
-Sister Weight
1. Our Bishop for the Sing Your Heart Out
2. our african costumes
3. The mean Samoan food we made this week
4. Our backyard sunrise

The One In El Salvador!

Mauri Homies!

What a glorious week! So last Monday night, we exchanged with the Omahu sisters and Sister Oh came back to Flaxmere with me! She is SO cool. She is from Korea, and she just barely started her mission a few weeks ago. While we were on exchanges, we invited 3 of our investigators to be baptized and they said yes!!! #powerful. Sister Oh wanted to work on street contacting, so I took her to the village, and we tried some whiteboard finding. It was cool to be with a new missionary again, because she has got this fire inside her! I love being a missionary!
On Wednesday, the retirement home  that we usually volunteer at as a district, was having a party! So the elders and Sister Ami and I handed out cake and popcorn to the residents! They were so cute! Lots of cutie smiling faces.
It was daylight savings this week, so now the days are longer! Well, it is lighter longer, and it is starting to feel a lot more like summer! I love this place! (I’m never coming home!! Jokes, I probably will… at some point:))
We had a Relief Society Culture night on Saturday where each ward was assigned a different country that our stake has a missionary serving in. We had to make a display, a food, a drink, and perform a dance from that country! We were assigned El Salvador! We made over 200 empanadas with the Relief Society sisters on Saturday…. it took ALL day. Then we performed this really cool Spanish dance, and I got to teach them some Spanish! It was so fun! The other wards had Australia, Phillipines, Fiji, Japan, and America! (For the American food, they made pumpkin pie and hot dogs, and did a swing dance to some Elvis music…. so that’s what they think of us…hahahaha:))
Sister Ami and I spoke in Church Yesterday, I was the last speaker and there was 30 minutes left… so yep I filled the time. #Go Team!!!
I cut Sister Ami’s hair! Check out the pictures!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!
Spiritual thought:
2 Samuel 22:4,29. I found these little nuggets of gold this week in a personal study! The talk that I gave yesterday went along really well with them! It was about how the Lord can help us overcome our challenges. He has given us so many tools to help us endure challenges, and I am grateful for that knowledge. I hope you all have a great week!
-Sister Weight
#2: After
#3: Empanadas
#4: our dance!

The One With The Green Shoes


I am running out of ways to start these emails! But I hope you are all having a beautiful week! Are you well? How is your family? Email me! I would love to hear from you!!!!

My week was AWESOME. Like always. It was SUPER warm this week… welcome back to the Bay, Sister Weight:) I love the warmer weather, people just seem friendlier. Also, all the fruit trees in the orchards here have started to blossom, so the whole world just looks better when it’s covered in white and pink blossoms.


Sister Ami and I did a lot of service this week! We mowed about 4 lawns, and now our shoes are all green… but it’s good because “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) And there is nothing else I would rather be doing!

This week was also a week of miracles! The Zone Leaders and Sister Ami and I set a zone initiative to reach 40 new investigators by the end of the transfer. We have been trying to encourage new finding ideas in our zone, and trying to encourage our missionaries to be the best they can be. We have already found 15 new investigators as a zone! What a miracle. I am excited to see what the rest of the transfer holds.

We found 2 new investigators this week for the Kiribati branch, and that has been a huge excitement for the branch, they are already fellowshiped and loved so much. Even though we don’t really speak the language, we are trying our best to help them come unto Christ.


On Saturday, we had the Hastings Blossom Festival! It was a huge parade to celebrate the coming of spring! Our stake, did a float in the parade, and we had about 20 missionaries walking with us. We all held flags from our countries, and we had over 10 counties represented! Everyone thought I was a kiwi, so they handed me a New Zealand flag, and I just held it proudly… hahahaha pretending to be a native while all the other American missionaries have an American flag. So what else is new. I love this place.


That’s all for this week! Love you all! OFA ATU!


Spiritual thought: Proverbs 16:24. Read this one, it’s a gem. I think that what it is telling us to do is to give compliments freely! Appreciate those around you, and look for the good! One thing that Sister Hudson used to say: “SMILE. If you love what you do, notify your face.” I invite you all to do the same. Make someone’s day this week. Smile. Be happy! The gospel is true! I complimented this resident at a retirement home we volunteer at this week. She was wearing a red top, and I just told her she looked really nice in red. She responded that I had made her whole day! She said she was reconsidering her outfit choice because she thought the red looked too young for her, but after my compliment she said she would wear red more often! You never know what difference a compliment can make for someone. ​



Sister Weight



The One With The Dabbing Panda

Kia Ora!

This is going to be a short one because I have like no time… sorry!!
To start off, last Monday for our P-day, a member took Sister Amato, Sister Quinlan, Sister Nacar and I to cool as waterfall! *Pictures to come*
On Wednesday, we had transfers! Sister Amato got transferred to Wellington, and I got a new companion here in Flaxmere! Sister Ami! She is the coolest. She is from Samoa as well, and she is just so cute! *Pictures to come*
On Friday, we had meetings in Wellington, so we drove to Palmerston North on Thursday and spent the night. We woke up early Friday and went to Wellington, it was a good trip. Long, but good. We got a lot accomplished. On Saturday, when we made the trek back up to the Bay, it was raining hard out, and I was scared to drive…. but we made it safely:) Glad to be back in our area. Things are going really well in both of our units! I look forward to another transfer here! This was one of the busiest weeks I have ever had on my mission. Poor Sister Ami is probably exhausted… Oh well! There is work to be done, and we are going to do it!!!
The Subject line: ON the way to church yesterday, there was this little kid dressed up like a panda bear outside the chapel, and when we drove past, he just kept dabbing… hahahahaha we CRAKED up…. gotta love it here.
That’s all I got, have a great week!
Spiritual thought: Philippians 2:14. Try to have a good attitude in all things! It will make a HUGE difference. Don’t believe me? Test it out!

The One With All The Basketball

Kia Ora Friends, homies, whanau, and whoever else may be reading this!!!!

This week was one adventure after the other. Lemme tellya, it all started last Monday on our P-day. Sister Amato suggested that we play some basketball in the park, and I was dying for some outside time, so we went to the park in Faxmere. We started playing some basketball, and then the elders rode past us with a few members and asked if they could join in. We, being the kind and competitive souls that we are, let them. A few minutes into our game, it started pouring! Then, some Mongrel Mob members rock up and ask if they can join in too… we are all just looking at each other, and I’m like “Yeah Brother come on!” So yeah, we played basketball, in the pouring rain, with some Mongrel Mobbers… but they asked us about our church and what we believe… it was quite an interesting experience. You may be wondering why I am telling you this story, and there is a reason so just hold tight.

So Thursday nights we always have a sports night for our Kiribati branch, where we set up Basketball and ping pong and other various sports for our members to bring their friends to. This week, I decided to play basketball with the members. (Yet again….) Now, I’m not normally one to play basketball… It’s not my go to sport, but I thought I would give it a go. As I was playing, I was thinking about how cool it is that I get to try new things all the time. When we try new things, we get to see the blessings the Lord has given us and the opportunities He has given us to meet new people. Both basketball experiences I had this week gave me a chance to share the gospel. You never know what is going to happen! If you are considering trying something new, DO IT! You never know until you try. Ok, I am done sounding like a fortune cookie now, and no, I am not going to be playing basketball like Steph Curry or Michael Jordan any time soon.
Another adventure that I had this week, we had exchanges with the Omahu sisters! I got to go on an exchange with Sister Quinlan! She is the coolest. The weather was beautiful so we biked all day:) We had a picnic for lunch, and we got to teach some really cool people. I am blessed to know such amazing people.
OH AND GUESS WHAT! So there is this kid that we have been teaching, named Tyler. Sister Leonard and I found him the last time I was in Flaxmrere, well, HE GOT BAPTIZED ON FRIDAY! What a cool experience that was! His parents even came and supported him! He was grinning from ear to ear all night! Man, I love that kid! He is gunna make such a big difference in his family! i am so proud of him!
We also got to go to our Bishop’s daughter’s Baptism on Sunday! What an uplifting way to end my week. Well that is all I got, have a BEAUTIFUL week! OFA ATU!
Spiritual thought: Galatians 6:9 We will earn a great reward, if we just DON’T GIVE UP.
Parley P. Pratt once said “And when the Spirit of God is upon me, I think it matters but very little what I suffer, what I sacrifices- whether I secure the honor or dishonor of men, or where I die, if it so be that I can keep the faith, fight the good fight, and finish my course with Joy.” I think if we could all have this attitude, and fight the good fight all the way until the end, with a positive attitude, we will be well enough off.
-Sister Weight
Tyler’s Baptism!

The One With All The Traveling!


MAN OH MAN! It’s Sister Weight comin atchyou live from Beautiful sunny Flaxmere, NZ. Bahahaha I hope this email finds you all well!!! Thanks for all of you that email me:) I love hearing from you!
A lot happened this week so hang on while I try to articulate it all!
On Tuesday night we spent the night in Omahu with Sister Quinlan and Sister Nacar because they live closer to the airport. They had to drop us off at the airport on Wednesday morning at 5am so that we could fly to Christchurch!!!! It was a beautiful flight. I am so lucky. (If you ever get a chance to come to NZ, DO IT!!!) We went to Christchurch to meet with our mission president, other missionaries, and a member of the Quorum of the 70! (Elder Cardon.) That was a really cool, spiritually uplifting day, PLUS I got to go to the south island!!! Woowoowoo! We flew back into the Napier airport that night, and even though we were totally exhausted, that was such a cool experience. It was super cool because we flew out at sunrise, and flew back at sunset, so the views were unbelievable.
Sister Amato and I barely had time to unpack on Thursday, before we drove down to Palmerston North with the Omahu sisters to spend the night before mission tour! We stayed the night with Sister Wilbur and Sister Tupou, Sister Quinlan and Sister Nacar! Mission tour means all the missionaries in our mission from the North Island come together for a conference. It was so cool, I got to see SISTER DUCE! And SISTER BISHOP!!! AND SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT I LOVE!!!! My heart was so full. We drove back on Friday night, and we were all SO tired from the long drive. (correction, not all the Sisters in my car were tired, they all fell asleep, but I was so tired. Perks of being designated driver:)
Once all the traveling was over, SIster Amato and I finally had time to focus on our area. Our Kiribati branch had their dance competition in celebration of their 7 years of being a branch. (Pictures included). That was so cool. We are the only Kiribati branch in the world outside of Kiribati, and I am so proud of our branch for how hard they work.
Fun fact: Seth and Rebecca, 2 kids from a part member family we were teaching in Feilding got baptized this week! Sister Duce told me! I love that family!!!!
Well, that is all for this week! Hope you all have a great week!
Spiritual thought: Alma 38:2-3. I love these scriptures because Alma is complementing his son Shibblon on his faithfulness and steadfastness. I that sometimes when changes come our way, it is easy to focus on the negatives. I have noticed that in myself, as changes come on my mission. When things become unfamilar of uncomfortable, it can be easy to see all the things that are going wrong. Something that we can learn from the example in this scripture, is to be Faithful, steadfast, and positive no matter the circumstance. Look for the good. Seek it out of this ever darkening world. “we can either choose to be happy or sad. I choose to be happy.” Marjorie Pay Hinckely.

The One With The Mogamoga

Kia Ora, Mauri, Bula vinaka, Kia Orana, Malo e’lelei, and Talofa lava!!!!
Let’s get straight into it, because I have lots to tell!!! On Monday, we had a combined family home evening with our entire Kiribati branch! There were heaps of non-members there! It was super cool, because we got to talk about the Plan of Salvation, and the spirit was so strong. Plus there was HEAPS of food, so that’s always a plus;)
On Wednesday, we were going through our ward list to contact some families that have 8 year old children who are not yet baptized, and we came across this really cool family! Their 9 year old son really wants to be baptized, so he became a new investigator! We are going to be working with their family, to hopefully bring them back to church and make that a possibility. His name is Masao and he is the coolest! Definitely the Lord’s hand.
There were a lot of times this week when we were put in the right place at the exact right time. I know that the Lord’s hand is in this work. It is cool when you get to see a glimpse at how perfect God’s plan really is.
On Saturday, we got to go to Anahera’s Baptism! She is a teenager that I taught when I was in Bridge Pa last time!!! Her sister, Pattrisha, got baptized when I was here last, but now Anahera is baptized as well!!! She was absolutely glowing! I loved that I got to be a part of her special day!
On Sunday night, we had dinner with the Moate family! They are SO cool! Their daughter invited a friend over, and we got to share a message about how families can be together forever. She said that she wants to come to church next week! Miracles of member missionary work!!! I love this calling! Oku Faka Ofo Ho Uiui’i!!!!!
The meaning of the subject: So Mogamoga means Cockroach in Samoan. (I am practically fluent in Samoan now thanks to my beautiful companion;)) So this week, there were quite a few cockroaches in our flat, so I kept yelling for Sister Amato to save me… Luckily she always does:) I am so lucky to have her!
That’s all for now folks! Have a great week! Arohanui!
Spiritual thought: John 16:33. We can be of good cheer all the time, because God’s plan for us is always going to be in our favor. The plan of Salvation that our Father created for us is not an even playing field. It favors you. It favors not only your success, but the success of each and every single one of His children. Everything in this life has been organized and arranged to maximize your opportunity to succeed.
pic #1: With Pattrisha at Anahera’s Baptism
pic #2: Anahera and her parents
pic #3: all the Kiribati food
pic #4: Our weakness

The One With The Lion King


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!
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

The One With The Manuea Asofanu

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?
-SIster Weight