Monday, December 29, 2014

2nd Christmas in Fiji

bula mama!

well christmas as i predicted was filled with food! we started our day at a zone activity where we played a bunch of games and had white elephant. it was fun! right after that we made our way to our first counselor in the bishopric's house. they had lovo there with chicken, pig, palusami, dalo, tavioka, and all kinds of things! right after that we walked for about 30-45 mins and then caught a bus to the next house, where they had same thing! lovo #2!! and this house had even more then the first one! i struggled so much just to finish my plate. i almost passed out. but after enduring that we walked about half an hour to our bishop's house. when we got there straight away we just lied down on the ground because we were so full. after letting us rest a little while, we then read the Christmas story together. it was nice. we shared with each other and sang a hymn and had family prayer. then it was time to eat again. but thank goodness our bishop's wife had sympathy on us and just said we had to eat ice cream. thank goodness!! we would've blew up!! lol but Christmas was awesome!

we didnt have very many lessons this week because of Christmas but we the ones we did have were very powerful. we got a text from one of our investigators asking if she could meet with us that day. we haven't been able to see her for a while because she had a wedding to help with and stuff and so we were stoked that she texted. we met her at the chapel and opened our lesson with a prayer. right after that she said, "i know that you didnt have a lesson prepared because it's last minute but can you tell me about temples and baptism?" we were shocked but started to talk about the blessings of the temple. in the middle of our lesson she told us that she had a powerful experience and had stayed up til 6am that morning thinking about everything. when she texted us is when she made up her mind that she was going to take that leap of faith, despite what anyone says, and was going to be baptized. WOW!!! what a lesson!! we all cried because we felt the Spirit so powerfully, it was an amazing experience.

we had a baptism on saturday!! it was sis. crichton's first baptism so it was very special for her. she was so excited! a good amount of members came to the baptism, which is always a blessing, and the speakers did an awesome job! she bore her testimony at the end and it was the first time we ever heard her share her testimony because she always told us, "next time sisters." so finally we got to hear it and it was beautiful! she shared how she felt so clean and happy and that she knew this was the Church of Jesus Christ. that's probably my favorite part about baptisms is hearing their testimonies at the end. 

i hope you all have a happy new year!! sis. crichton and i plan on wearing a poncho everyday because here in fiji, on new years they throw water on each other throughout the whole month!! cant wait!! :/ pray for au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! sota tale!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Christmas at Bishopʻs House

Christmas Kanikapila

Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka!

bula mama!


i can't believe that it's christmas already! how fast the time has gone by. it doesn't even feel like Christmas but ofcourse it's not gonna feel like a normal Christmas when you're a missionary lol. but im grateful that i have two Christmases on my mission because it gives me time to really focus on the Savior and the true meaning of Christmas. in church the relief society presidency spoke in sacrament. one of the counselors asked us the question, "why were the shepherds and the wise men chosen to go and see the Savior?" she explained that the shepherds were chosen because they were humble people. it made me think....would the Savior ask me to come and see Him at His birth? would i be humble enough to accept and understand His invitation? 

this being my second Christmas on my mission i really am starting to understand the true meaning of it. as we've been reading through preach my gospel and looking up all the scriptures in it, ive really seen how much our Heavenly Father loves us. it really showed me that the Book of Mormon talks about our Savior, Jesus Christ. every scripture that i looked up in the Book of Mormon talked about Christ's life and how we should follow Him and about His Atonement. ive realized that sometimes i forget that i dont have to do things on my own. a lot of the time we think that we have to do everything on our own, forgetting that we have the help of the Savior and His Atonement. that's what it's there for. those times when we feel like we just cannot go any further or that we cannot do it alone, those are the time that we give it to the Savior. He asks us to give it to Him. He invites us to let Him help us in our lives. so that's something im trying to apply in my life, let the Savior help me and let his Atonement carry me.

this coming Saturday we have a baptism. it's for the girl that the elder met like a month ago and invited to church and she hasn't missed one since. she is awesome! she is so excited and looking forward to be baptized. she is just so scared that they won't pull her back out of the water haha. she's so funny but she's ready. her mom was saying that this is the first time that she's even interested in religion. so her mom is very excited!

we've been trying to get her mom to agree to be baptized as well. she is the one that said she had such an amazing feeling our last lesson and couldn't wait for us to come over....well she changed her mind. she told us that she doesn't know what came over her and when she thought about it after she felt like she just wanted to stay catholic for now. she said that maybe the more she learns then the more she'll want to be baptized. so we'll see what happens.

yesterday we had a lesson and we were extending to her a baptismal date for january 17th. it was so weird giving someone a baptism date for when i won't even be here. what in the world!? that's when it really hit me that i dont have much longer. we have baptisms set up for every weekend until the week i come home which is awesome but will make the time go by too fast. it's scary!!

but i hope you all have a merry merry christmas!! im pretty sure we got the mouse out of our flat so it'll be a wonderful christmas for us :) and there's like a million people that want to feed us...wish us luck!! au lomani kemudou!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Counting Down

bula mama!

well this week was exciting!! we had no water for three days. we had our missionary christmas party. i gave my departing testimony. we had our ward primary program. we had flat cleaning inspections. and there's a mouse in our house!! aaaahhh!! 

so we'll start with the water. our water got cut off on sunday all the way until wednesday. they said that there was like 211,000 people without water this week. from what i heard, it's because of the heavy rains that have been happening that it's messing with the clean water and all that stuff. im not really sure. all i know is that i have never appreciated water so much in my life!! 

on tuesday we had our zone conference/christmas party. it was way fun!! well the second half. i had to give my departing testimony in the zone conference section and it was really hard. plus i had to go first!! i just shared things ive learned in my mission and some experiences that ive had. let's just say im glad it's over. lol. the whole conference was about Jesus Christ. Pres. Layton gave a training about the atonement and spoke to us about the last supper. he walked us through it and you could really feel the Spirit that was in the room. i pictured myself and what it would be like if Christ was serving me the sacrament. our mission president then told us that we would be partaking of the sacrament. a couple of the zone leaders and the assistants got up and administered the sacrament. i was just crying and crying because the Spirit was so overpowering!! it was an amazing experience.

after the spiritual part we had our christmas party. we had a good lunch and then we played games. the zone leaders came up with the games. we did a relay race. way fun!! we sang christmas carols and had to act them out. and then we built fijian gingerbread houses. ill show you pictures. but the games were way fun! and then we watched FROZEN!!! it was soooooo good!!! i like that movie a lot :) and im sure the kids like it, so we're gonna watch it when i come home. lol. but over all it was a fun day. our mission president and his wife gave us fiji suva mission sulus. it was so much fun!

we got to see our most progressing investigators this week. one of them is preparing to be baptized on december 27. her mom is the one that said she really wants to know that the plan of salvation is true. well we went and taught them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week and she shared with us that she wants to be baptized. she said that she knows that the things we share are true and that she feels something inside that she's never felt before. she was excited for us to come and visit and couldn't wait for us to arrive. the only hard thing is that she can't come to church because of some medical problems so we asked our leaders and they said that if brethren from our ward can take her the sacrament, so she feels the Spirit of the sacrament, then she can be baptized. so we're excited to tell her the news this week and we'll see what she says.

last thing. there's a mouse in our flat. oh my gosh it's the worse!! it's the second one since ive been in this flat and our flat is clean, so i dont know why they're still coming. but ofcourse i screamed and freaked out but we're gonna catch it tonight, dont worry. eeww mice!! 

well i love you all!! time is running short, so gotta word hard! serving with no regrets.

loloma levu
sista chong

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bula Maleka Mama!!

bula maleka mama!!

im gonna be honest, this week was a loooooooong week!! haha but we did so many things. on monday we had 2 of the new sisters stay with us. it was nice to hear of the MTC experiences and their excitement to go to their own areas and start their missions. they were able to spend a day proselyting with us and got a big wake up call with the amount of walking we did lol. by the time we got back to the flat they showered and just knocked out, those poor girls. 

we also had zone training meeting this week. they talked about the attributes that a leader should have. they mentioned that there were 23 new missionaries coming in in january and so there'll be about 38 missionaries training at once, so the mission is trying to get all the missionaries prepared and ready if they called to train or to a new position. they talked about being obedient, charitable, bold, and diligent. they also had a training on being grateful, after the talk by pres. uchtdorf. about being grateful in whatever circumstance we're in. 

i also got to meet sis. kelemeti, who is the lady in charge of like all the genealogy of Rotuma. her son is in our ward and one day when we were at their house i told him that i was part Rotuman and that i had my family history but didnt know anything about it. he said that he would tell his mom because she's the boss of all Rotuman family history. so this week i met her and she was able to go through it with me and told me some things about my family. she said that i have a lot of cousins in Suva and that i was lucky to be Rotuman haha. one of my ancestor's names is "Hualta" and she said that she is the only lady with that name ever. the name is like comparing that woman's beauty to the beauty of the moon. she said that my ancestor must have been a very beautiful woman. she also gave me some extra family history papers and charts and things which ill bring home.

starting on friday it was raining like crazy!! there was flooding on saturday and there's one place in our area that floods really bad. the river rises above the bridge and no one is able to go in or out. when we walked up there yesterday we saw the damages from the flooding and saw that there were police men in the river looking for something. we later found out that there was a 19 year old boy missing and they were looking for his body. i felt sick in my stomach. it was so sad! after church we went and visited the families thats homes got flooded and lost everything and we took them some food from the bishop's storehouse. they were so grateful and it was sad to see how much they lost. when we went back to the chapel to give our visiting report, some of the young men that went up to the area that flooded told us that they found the boy's body. they took a video and you could hear the mother crying at the loss of her son. my heart broke and i just prayed that the rain would stop and that there would be no more flooding. the rain has now stopped and we just hope that it'll stay like this. i know that the Lord will comfort those that have lost so much.

we went and taught one of our investigators about the plan of salvation. her mom was there in the lesson with us and listened as we taught. as we went through the plan of salvation she agreed with everything that we said. she is a catholic.  she enjoyed our lesson until we started talking about the 3 kingdoms. she didnt reject them but she paid a lot more attention. we explained it slowly and tried to help her understand why there were 3 kingdoms. at the end of the lesson she shared that she wants to believe the plan of salvation because it gives her more hope and comfort rather then just heaven and hell. she said she would pray about it and told us that usually people from other churches would come and share but she would just shut them down. she admitted that she was a very hard hearted person. but at the end of our lesson she told us that we had just softened her heart and weakened. she thanked us and told us that she really wants to believe the plan of salvation is true. 

au lomani kemudou!! sota tale!! vinaka ena nomudou masu.

loloma levu,
sista chong

Monday, December 1, 2014

Working Hard in Lami

Looks Like Kapahi!!!!

bula mama!

this week was invitation sunday! it's where all throughout the pacific the area seventy has asked all the wards to set aside 30 november as a special sunday to invite all of our non-member friends and families and our less actives. we had an amazing turn out!! a lot of the members brought friends to church and we also saw a lot of less actives come back. we had 5 of our investigators come to church!!! we almost had a party!! lol two of them it was their first time to church and they enjoyed it. we also may have gotten a new investigator from sunday that we'll go visit this week. so we were so happy and invitation sunday was a success!! 

the theme for the sacrament meeting was matthew 11:28. one of the speakers was one of our returning members. he did an awesome job!! it was amazing to see how far he came, from not even living church standards anymore and falling away to standing in front of a congregation bearing such a powerful testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. it was blessing to see. i learned that it is never too late for someone to come back into the Gospel. we should never give up on visiting them or inviting them back. eventually they will back. 

on thursday as we were walking through one of our areas a guy called us over, wanting to know more about the church. we sat down where he was and asked us, "so what do you guys believe?" i was like whoa man, it'll take more than just one meeting to tell you what we believe. so we asked him if he had time and we had a lesson with him. we started teaching the first lesson, the Restoration, and were talking about prophets when all of a sudden he tells our member present in fijian (thinking we dont understand)...."can i have guys come because they can actually teach me something." i stopped and just said "you have anything you want to share or a question?" he then opened up to the scripture "i am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...." he repeated the same things over and over and said he wants men to come and teach him because only men can tell him what that verse means. we sat there for a little while and he went on and on and then my companion just jumped in and told him what the scripture meant. she told him that no matter if you have men or women come and teach you, we teach the same things. he got quiet after that and finally listened to what we had to share. he tried to prove the Book of Mormon wrong and told us that he just wants to understand Christ's life and why He came and suffered for our sins. i asked him if we could share a scripture from the Book of Mormon and he agreed. we opened to alma 7:11-12. after we read it and i explained it a little and all he said was, "who wrote this book!?" with such excitement. we knew that now he was ready to listen to us. we explained more about the Book of Mormon and invited him to read and pray about it. he said he would and asked us to come and check up on him every time we walked by to see how his reading was going. so we will go back and see him this week and see if the Holy Ghost has pierced his heart yet :)

our new investigator that we met last week when she came to church is doing amazing! we went to her house after church on sunday and was able to talk to her mom and her sister as well. they are such kind people. the mom told us of all the hardships she's gone through and is currently going through. she asked us about our missionary work and if we go through hard times as well. we told her that this is hardest thing we've ever done in our lives but it's also the most rewarding. we taught them the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they believe everything. in that same lesson we committed the two sisters to be baptized on 20 december and they accepted. so we're really excited for that!! they love coming to church and activities and love learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. we're excited for them!!

the work here in lami is going very fast and we're barely keeping up. definitely keeping us busy :) a new intake came in today and we'll have 2 of the sisters staying with us while they're doing orientation and stuff, so that's exciting!! i think that's all for this week. au lomani kemudou!! sota tale!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Missionary Homecoming Dinner

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bula Maleka!


bula mama!
well this week was a pretty busy week for us! we were working hard all day from morning until we had to go home at 9pm. we felt like we didnt have enough hours in the day to visit all the people we wanted to. 

yesterday at church we had some people come to church that we never expected. one of them being a guy we never taught yet, but one of the members brought him. another one was a lady who met the elders yesterday and told them that she wanted to go to church. so they told her the times and she came to our ward because she doesn't speak fijian. so now we're going to start teaching her!! yaaayyy! she has been through a lot and im so excited to get to know her better and see the Gospel bless her life.

this week there was a girl in our ward that came home from her mission in the Philippines. we went to her homecoming dinner at their home. they had sooooo much food!! (ill send you pictures) but i was watching her all night and she just looked so sad and lost. like she only wanted to talk to us about the work and how everything was going. she scared me man!! but it was cool to hear her testimony on sunday. she shared about how much she learned to rely on the Savior and His Atonement and to use the strength that comes from it to get through the hard times. and it made me think about myself and how ive learned the same thing. to truly rely on the strength of the Lord when i feel i can't go any further or do anything more.
as a mission we're reading through preach my gospel and marking every scripture that's in it. we're trying to finish it before christmas. but this week i was reading through chapter 4 which is "recognizing the Spirit." as i was reading through it i got stuck on the section that talked about the Spirit of Promise. i never really heard about it so i decided to take some extra time and study it more. it took me took D&C and i learned that it's the spirit of promise that seals the covenants we make in this life for the life to come by those who hold the keys to do so. i also learned that when we dont keep our covenants then that sealing doesn't exist anymore. how scary is that!? it made me think, am i keeping all the covenants ive made so far? what can i do to make sure i keep my covenants? so i challenge you to ask yourself that question and really think if you're keeping all the covenants you've made.

one day as we were walking to one of our appointments and we saw this old palagi lady standing by her window. so we waved at her and she told us to come in. when we went inside she was very nice and she introduced us to her son, who had some real crazy long hair. as we were talking to them, we got real excited and thought we would possibly have new investigators......but oh how wrong we were. after a couple minutes she started asking us the same questions that she asked us when we first got there, we realized she had short term memory loss. and then her son started bible bashing us and talking about all these things in the bible that i had no idea what he was talking about. after a while we realized that we wouldn't be getting 2 new investigators, but we were grateful that we met them :) they gave us some good laughs for the day.

well i think that's all for this week. just plenty lessons. and many more to come this week. good to come us busy :) au lomani kemudou!! sota tale!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Great Week

Hawaiians in the House

bula mama!!

well this week was amazing!! we had mission tour. which is when one of the area seventy presidency comes and goes around our mission visiting different areas and speaking to us. i dont know if you remember but last year elder pearson came, and this year we had elder haleck. he was the one that spoke about the sacrament in this last general conference. but he and his wife came to talk to us and visit our mission. sis. haleck and sis. layton talked to us about simplifying our teaching so that our investigators understand better. they talked to us about asking inspired questions, using object lessons, making sure we use words they understand, especially the Gospel terms. it really helped and so that's what we're focusing on a lot now. 

MTC Intake
we then had elder haleck and pres. layton talk to us about using our missions to prepare us for the rest of our lives. it was pretty intense but it really opened my eyes and helped me to see how important it is to do everything you possibly can on your mission. they also talked a lot about exact obedience. which is something that my companion and i have been working on and i must say we're doing pretty well. lol. but you know there's always room for improvement. so we're going to really focus on being exactly obedient so we can get the most out of our missions. they helped us to see the lessons we've learned in our missions. things like learning how to study effectively, the power of prayer, blessings and miracles that come from obedience, and so many more. something that the mission has taught me was to grow up. haha! it's taught me that i needed to develop my own testimony and to lean on my own faith and beliefs. i've learned to really appreciate the Restoration of this Gospel. it was an awesome mission tour!! also i got to see a lot of missionaries ive served with before and also elder nawahine.

we also had stake conference this last weekend. we got to go on sunday only because it was out of our area and the theme was "hastening the work of the Lord." there were really good speakers. one of the speakers was the principal of the LDS college and he talked about how we need to make sure that before we go out and convert others we need to first convert our souls. he talked about how our spirituality level never just stays the same. we're either strengthening our testimonies and becoming more converted or it's slowly disappearing. so we need to constantly be increasing and strengthening our faith and testimonies. then pres. and sis. layton talked. sis. layton talked about how when we have something exciting then we just die to tell other people, and that's how we should feel with the Gospel. pres. layton told the story of Joseph Smith and how the same church Christ established is back on the earth again and how lucky we are to be a part of it and to be living at this time. it was a really good talk for our investigator.

A-Town Represent!!
as for lami this week it was awesome!! we went around with a member and just went looking for former investigators and we found about 5!!! they were really excited to see us and are looking forward to seeing us and having lessons again. so we're way stoked and excited to sit down with them tomorrow. 

lastly i had an elder ask me if i was from the "ghetto" of hawaii. hahahaha!! he asked where i was from
and i told him hawaii and then as i was talking to him and other missionaries he was like, "um sis. chong are you from the ghetto of hawaii?" what in the world!? lol he said it was because of the way i talk so i guess i just sound like a ghetto girl!!!! as you can see not much has changed :) well au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! 

loloma levu,
sista chong

p.s. on saturday it was burning hot!! no joke!! i have the worse tan lines ever!! ill take a pics and send it next week. lol everyone thought we went to the beach or something hahahaha

My Mission Daughters

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Missionary in Fiji.... Now that's the Life!!

bula mama!!

i can't believe that you guys are in disneyland again!! that's like what...the tenth time!! my goodness. but it doesn't matter because im in the best place in the world. haha...but really. a missionary in fiji.... now that's the life!!

but this week just flew right by!! i can't believe it's monday already. we had exchanges this week and so when you have something out of the ordinary in your schedule it just makes the days fly right by. it's ridiculous!! but im enjoying every minute of lami. the other day we went and visited our investigator, whose husband is a member, and we taught her about the Restoration. when we walked out of that lesson we didn't feel very good about it and we felt like we could've taught it a whole lot better then we did. so we studied and role played the next couple days until we were going back on saturday for our next lesson. as we taught the lesson you could feel the Spirit there. you could tell that it was something very different and new to her and it's going to take her a while to receive her answer. in that same lesson we committed her to be baptized when she came to know these things were true and she accepted. she said it'll take her some time but when she receives her answer, she will be baptized. 

we also went and taught another one of our investigators who the elders before us made a notes saying that she asks plenty questions!! so ofcourse me and my companions are like "oh yeah!" haha so we went and asked her if she had any questions about the plan of salvation, which was her last lesson. she had a couple really good questions. she asked us to explain more about the 3 kingdoms and the differences, she asked us, if there's a guy who does everything that was right and just but just didnt have a religion compared to another guy who had a religion and was baptized and everything but sinned and then repented all the time, which one would Jesus Christ take? as soon as she asked that question the talk, "his grace is sufficient" came into my mind. we explained to her that Christ doesn't only want some of us, but all of us! he's going to ask us to use His Atonement in our lives. also that first guy would have the chance to be baptized in the spirit world. as we answered her question it helped her realize and see that Heavenly Father's plan is perfect!! there are no loop holes!! isn't that amazing!? Heavenly Father loves us so much that he doesn't leave us wondering, but gives us a way that if we follow it, we will return to Him. 

on thursday we went and did service for this one fijian family. the have a teitei (farmland) kind of by their house and they took us out there to go cute the grass and weeds growing around their dalo and cassava and stuff. so we went to do that, oh yeah and did i mention that we did all this with a cane knife!! so you see 4 sister missionaries, obviously not from fiji, walking to the teitei, each with a cane knife in their hand. what a sight aye!! lol but we worked out there for like 2 hours and i got so dark! and the worse tan lines! ugh but it was a lot of fun. the old fijian lady that we helped is bu bibi. she's like this cute, old fijian lady, that's hunched over because she worked in the teitei her whole life. but we kept telling us, "dou sa oca, sa rauta!" which means, "if you guys are tired, then enough." haha she was such a funny lady. she sang to us and just kept talking and at the end she had her grandson climb the coconut tree and get us some coconuts to have after we worked. it was nice :)

we're still trying to find all of our investigators from the elders before, but they dont answer their phones and stuff so we're hoping a member will show us their house this week. im making every day count :) crazy how fast time is going. it's already november, say what!? and in sacrament our ward is already singing christmas hymns....making me nervous hahaha!! well au lomani kemudou!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Work in Fiji Continues

Dinner at Bishop's

bula mama!!

well nothing really new this week. we're still wandering around with the Spirit hahaha! it's really fun :) and we've been able to meet so many different people from it. 

this week we were able to visit a husband that's less active, but his wife and kids are not members. he came to church last week for the first time in over 20 years and he told our bishop that he is committed and is ready to come back. so we went and visited his family on saturday. before we walked out of the flat we said a prayer (as usual) and then something told me to grab 2 book of mormons. so i went and grabbed them before we left. when we got to their house we talked story and got to know them and then we started our lesson. as soon as we finished the opening prayer the husband asked us where they could get a book of mormon. when he asked that inside i was like "oh my gosh!! this is crazy!! i got 2 book of mormons in my bag!!" so i opened my bag and gave them to him. i told him that something told me to grab them before we walked out the door and now i knew why. he was so touched and we started to teach him and his wife more about the book of mormon. we shared with them moroni 10:3-5 and they both committed to start reading it as a family. we then invited them to church and he was like, "dont worry sisters, im never missing another sunday."

the next day was sunday and we walked into the chapel and guess who was sitting there already.....the whole family!!!! he brought his wife and kids with him to church!!! oh my gosh my companion and i wanted to just like jump up and down and scream haha. best feeling ever!!

we are also teaching another less active. he's an older man and has been a member for a while. we taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ this week and the Spirit was so powerful!! it made me realize how important it is for us to endure to the end. enduring to the end is what we pretty much do our whole lives!! if we dont endure to the end then we can't go back to our Heavenly Father. it is such an important step that we need to take. it hit me real hard in that lesson and i told myself that i will do everything i can for the rest of my life to endure to the end.

well i love you all!! sorry it's a little short this week. ill do my best to write more next week, but no promises :) hahaha au lomani kemudou!!

This Toko, aka TOKS!

This is Kanani!  We 'olelo in Hawaiian.  hahahaha.
Fijian kid's favorite game "Vaqiqi Taia"

Monday, October 27, 2014

Training in Lami!

bula mama!!

well im gonna be honest, this was a long week!!! i swear we did so much this week. partially because i had to help sis. matheson with transfers all day wednesday and so we woke up at about 430am two days in a row!! and you know how i am waking up early in the morning hahaha! but we made about 3 or 4 runs to the airport to pick up and drop off different sisters and then we were just driving back and forth transferring all the sisters to their new area. then finally we are here in our new area :) I LOVE IT!!! 

my new companion is sis. crichton and she is from australia. she came pre-trained!! no joke. she has just jumped into the work and is getting the hang of things already. sometimes i forgot that im training her because it's like she's been out for a while. until she says, "ummm what are we suppose to be doing now?" then i remember that she's still in training and is still learning missionary life haha. but she's awesome! our first lesson together she was already teaching right along side me which im so grateful. we get along a little too well haha. people probably think we're crazy when they see us walking down the road because we're always laughing and jumping around. so fun! also everyone thinks we're sisters or cousins or something. it's way funny.

our new area, lami 2nd is amazing! the members that we were able to meet so far were so nice and they showed us around a little. it's an english ward but everyone speaks fijian!! our first day in the area i was kind of overwhelmed because i didn't speak fijian in my last area, but now that's all we speak. and i love it!! it's fun helping sis. crichton learn fijian. she has a desire to learn and im learning as well! i already feel my fijian getting better and better everyday that we go out and meet members or just anyone. 

on thursday it was our first full proselyting day together in lami. so we looked at our map and picked an area called "qauia" and decided we were just gonna follow the map there and wander around. so that's what we did. one of the members we met the night before was so nice and dropped us at qauia and then we just walked in and wandered around BY THE SPIRIT :) we called one of our investigators that lived there and were able to go visit her and found out she was getting baptized on saturday! so good thing we went and saw her. then she told us she wanted to be baptized by one of the members that lived pretty close. so we went to their house looking for him and found like 3 houses full of members!! what a blessing and a miracle! we met a huge family that were all members and they helped us to find some other members and even one of our less actives. it was definitely a day of miracles.

so if you haven't noticed yet, yes i am walking again. haha! me and sis. crichton are on the same level, both out of shape. it's her first time walking long distances (like all the missionaries when they first get here) and ive been driving in a car for 6 months. soooooo we're working on it together. the first day we walked we were both dripping with sweat and it looked like we just ran a marathon and really we only walked for like 20 minutes lol. but it gets easier and easier. but its been raining everyday!! saturday we were walking to qauia village and it was pouring! by the time we got to our appointment (who wasn't home) it looked like we didn't even use an umbrella at all! haha it was fun though...sis. crichton had a lot of fun. to start of our new area we had 2 baptisms on sunday. they were suppose to be on saturday but there was no water in the chapel so we had to move it. so sunday we had the baptism and it was really special. good thing we could find those 2 investigators before the baptism haha. but the ward was very supportive, so im grateful. 

well that's about it for me today. i love my new area!! i love my companion!! and i love my mission!! maybe not walking in the pouring rain so much but we can't have everything we want :) au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! sota tale na macawa mai qo!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Getting Transfered!

bula mama!!
well i finally watched conference!!! it was amazing as usual!! also im getting transferred!! also i got a call from the office on friday asking what airport i was flying home to. and lastly, i got into a mini car accident on saturday!! so you can see i had a fun filled week.
so let's start with transfers. i have been released as a sister training leader and i will now be training and white washing an area. can you believe this will be my last area!? anyway let's not think about that. but im not moving too far from samabula, im actually still in the same zone/stake. i dont know who i will be training yet. there are 3 new sisters coming in today and the funny thing is i have to take them shopping in town and so im gonna get to know them real good so that no matter which one i train, we'll be friends already haha. so im actually white washing an elder's area. so we'll see how that goes. im a little nervous, okay very nervous, but i know the Lord will help me!
so the car accident.....dont worry nothing major, im fine!! we were driving to pick up our member present and we were about to turn right off of the main highway when all of a sudden we heard like tires skidding. and i looked in my rear view mirror and saw this taxi just coming right at us. and then *BOOM* he hit us from the back. we didnt know what to do so we pulled over and he did too and we talked and had to call the police for a police report for the church records and stuff. so we called the police and waited there for 1 hour!!! no one came!!!! PLUS while we were waiting this fijian guy walked out of the house we were parked in front of and he was real nice until he started preaching to us. seriously!! i was not in the mood to be bible bashed!! so we just let him go off and finally decided that we were just gonna drive down to the police station. so we went there and the police got mad at us because i guess the law in fiji is if you get in an accident you just park your car right there, dont move! even if you cause traffic or anything you just stay there. but we got all that taken care of and only had time to do one lesson after that. goodness!
now conference!! sis. matheson and i felt like it was christmas!! we were so excited!! i enjoyed how a lot of the talks were about parenting, coming unto Christ, sustaining the prophet, and the sacrament. i could write a whole book about what i learned but what i want to share with you is the talks about the sacrament. one of the questions i had going into conference was "what can i do more to finish my mission strong?" the talks about sacrament were given i knew that as a missionary i needed to focus more on the sacrament. really thinking about the bread and water and what they represent. i want to make the sacrament a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, and a renewal of my soul. i like how sister cheryl a. espin said that when we ponder during sacrament, we dont just think about all the mistakes we made and the temptations we gave into, but we need to think of all the opportunities that the Savior gave us throughout the week. when she said this it made me think about an experience i had about a month ago. we were on exchanges and had all fall throughs. no one was home and no one wanted to see us so i was like okay we'll go to this less actives house that ive never met. the one chinese family on our list. so we went. as we pulled up the son was right by the gate. so we were able to set a time to visit him and his family. that was an opportunity the Savior gave me because that family is never outside!! so we went back that Sunday and met that boy's uncle who is not a member and you know what!! now he is going to be baptized on sunday!!!!! right opportunity from the Lord. lastly, i loved when sis. espin talked about when the aaronic priesthood passes the sacrament. when they stretch out their arms to pass the sacrament, they are representing the Savior, as if He were stretching out His arms to us and telling us to come unto Him and be made clean. what a thought!! i loved that!! 
well i hope that you have watched all the sessions of conference! there's good stuff in every single one. remember to sustain our beloved prophet by standing behind him and praying for him. au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! sota tale na macawa mai qo!! moce jo!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This is how we do it!

bula mama!
well this week was crazy as always. on monday we got to go to pacific harbor, which was way fun. we played volleyball, rugby, and football on the beach. also sis. matheson and i built a sand turtle, named him "Mong." haha. but we were playing volleyball a little bit and then the elders started to play football so i jumped in. the only sister. and you know it has it's
advantages because as missionaries we gotta keep our distance, elders and sisters, you know? so
all i had to do was get about an arm distance away from the elders and they were down. (we were playing touch that's why) and then when i had the ball they would get too nervous to come too close hahaha!! so you know what.....i scored 2 touchdowns!! they thought girls can't catch,  well they learned they're lesson after i scored twice lol. it was a lot of fun!! it reminded me a lot of home, plenty temptation to jump in the water, but good thing i love being a missionary so much!! haha

oh yeah....well we were driving to the beach which was like a 45 minute drive and guess what happened. i got my first speeding ticket!!!!!!!!! of my life!!!!!!!! it was so scary, i thought i was gonna get arrested but then i remembered that's not how things work for speeding lol. but you know what i was only going 64kph in a 50kph area. that's only 8mph over the speed limit!!!! but no matter, i still had to pay for my speeding ticket haha. good thing im friends with the senior elder in charge of the cars and stuff :)

for family home evening we went to our recent convert's house and had family home evening with her and her sister who came to church for the first time last week. it was a good lesson. we talked about temples and how important they are because their family can be together forever. after they fed us and my goodness i almost fell over and died, they made us eat so much!!! haha.

on friday it was fiji day!! so pretty much no one wanted to see us unless we were just there to eat hahah nah but i think that's what they were really thinking but they're just too nice. but we worked hard this week and were able to get 2 new investigators!! which is a huge success for us. we've been really trying to find new investigators for a long time and i feel that since we've been doing our part, the Lord is now blessing us and helping us. 

a huge lesson that i learned this week from many things that happened is, there's always
someone else in this world that has it worse than you. recently, ive been really low because we haven't been able to find people to teach and just so many things ive been worrying about and stressing about. but this week i learned first hand that i don't have it the worst! not at all! it
was kind of a slap in my face and a good lesson learned that i need to stop worrying about myself and just serve others and forget about myself.

on thursday we didn't have any electricity, which is very common here in fiji. but we ended cooking dinner in the candle light. it was fun!! we made curry, tomato chutney, and it was delicious!! good times. 

but that's all for this week. one more week before the next transfer. let you know if im staying or going next week. loloma yani!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Our Beautiful Hawaiian Girl

Monday, October 6, 2014

Strengthening the Members

bula mama!!
well, we're a little early today because we're going to pacific harbor as a zone. i think it's like a beach or something but lucky us....we can't go swimming!! ugh!! dont know if i like this idea or not but then i remembered that not everyone has a beach to go to when they get home hahaha!! but ill take plenty pictures for you when we go. not very good beach weather but whatevs, charge large!!
this week was a pretty crazy and stressful week. we went on 3 exchanges because we're trying to hit all 9 companionships we cover before the next transfer which is in about 2 weeks. we have another 3 this week and then we get a little break and only have to do 2 next week. also sis. matheson and i are really having a hard time because we cannot find people to teach! we have been parking our cars at home and walking down the roads just trying to talk to as many people as we can. actually on thursday we did this on exchanges. i had sis. levave with me, who is in her like 10th week of training. we saw a man raking the grass in his compound and so we were walking over there to see if he needed any help. well....we saw his son about 7 years old maybe and waved at him as we walked to the fence. he just looked at us and put up his fist like he wanted to fight us. i was like oh my gosh this crazy child!! so we started to walk away and i turned to look at the kid and he was picking up rocks and started throwing them at us! some people's kids!!! i was like what in the world...AND...his dad didn't do anything about it. and then as we continued walking we decided to cross the street and as soon as we did a dog came running out of the first house and so i turned right back around and crossed back over. this one fijian lady walking by saw and was laughing so hard, so we joked around with her and started to talk to her more. so im not a real big fan of street contacting right now.
we met with our bishop yesterday in church and he asked us to go and start visiting the members. he said that we need to start to try to strengthen the members in our ward so that when we either bring people back or bring new investigators to church they can feel the spirit there in the chapel. so that's something we're going to start doing a lot more. hopefully as we do this the members will start to want to share the Gospel to their friends and family. i encourage you all to do the same!! think about how much the Gospel has blessed your lives and how you want it to bless your best friend's life just as much.
we also had one of our recent converts bring her sister to church yesterday. it was amazing!! we didn't even tell her to do that. her and her sister had been reading the book of mormon together and already in 2 nephi. and then yesterday they both came to church and stayed all 3 hours. her sister's oldest daughter, about 4 yrs old, loved primary!! which i was so happy about!! we took the sister to sunday school where she actually shared and felt really comfortable. then we took her to relief society and the lesson was about the 10 virgins. it was about the little things we need to do, to add more oil to our lamps. i think she really enjoyed her time in church and hopefully she'll be ready to learn more soon.
we did a training this week as well and talked about matt. 11:28-30. how we need to yoke ourselves with Christ. how we need to take all the worries that we can't do anything about today and cross it off our list. we need to focus on the things that we can change right now and only if we yoke ourselves with Christ and seek His help. we also talked about how as missionaries we are more stressed then ever before, even though this is the Lord's work. but it's because as missionaries we also learn to rely more fully on the Lord and really yoke ourselves with Him. we need to become like Him, follow Him, so that we are right in line with him. 
well, i hope you're all doing amazing!! life is going good here. au lomani kemudou!! 
loloma levu,
sista chong