Monday, February 3, 2014

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.

bula mama!

wow! my heart is full right now. every email i received today has brought tears to my eyes. they were all words of encouragement for me and a push to keep pressing forward. it's like everyone knew i was having a rougher week than usual. i just want to say how eternally grateful i am to have a family that supports me so much as i serve the Lord. everytime i hear stories of missionaries who dont have the support of their family, i dont know how they do it. im pretty sure i wouldn't be able to do this without the love and support from my family and friends at home. sitting in this internet shop i can feel the love of everyone at home and especially the love of my Heavenly Father through all of the emails. i know that Heavenly Father answers prayers through others, and today all these emails and people were the answers to my prayers from this last week. no words can express my gratitude and joy right now.

this week was pretty rough. training has definitely been the hardest part of my mission so far. compared to training everything else was "baby stuff." no joke! as you know as missionaries we pray a lot haha. and i really thought it was not possible to pray more then i already do everyday. but let me tell you it's possible!! this week i was on my knees more then i was on my feet. this is the first time in my life that i have turned to the Lord in EVERYTHING! i guess i never took the scriptures seriously when it says "trust in the Lord with all thine heart." from this week i now know what it means to trust in the Lord with ALL my heart. i cannot train without the Lord helping me. i cannot teach this sister everything she needs to know about missionary work unless i have the Lord's help. my full trust is in Him, i need Him at all times. im definitely learning patience, that's for sure! :)

well, this week we pretty much almost had a hurricane. seriously! although ive never really seen a hurricane before in my life, im pretty sure it was close...from what ive seen in movies. it was crazy rain and wind for 2 days. on wednesday it was raining and windy but me and my companion still went out to proselyte. we caught a taxi into town and were dropped off at the shop across the street of our chapel. we prepared ourselves to walk in the rain with our umbrellas. we opened them up and started crossing the street when this huge gust of wind came and we almost flew away with our umbrellas and our skirts blew straight up! how embarrassing! in the middle of the street!! well we made it to the other side laughing when we didnt realize that there were a bunch of indian men watching us the whole time and started laughing as the drove past. gross! haha but on thursday the rain was really bad and the wind was ridiculous. i have never seen anything like it. we ended up staying inside because it wouldn't have been very good if we went teaching that day. we definitely would've got sick or flew away or something. and then to make it even better....the power went out!! isa!! so we sat in front of our window, eating wi (kind of like mango), waiting for the niu to drop from the tree so we could go run and grab them for food storage. haha! it was fun :) then we lit a candle and were lucky to go to bed early that night!!

we had a lesson with our two investigators, Nikhil and Navneet. the 2 young boys. we were talking about baptism and they asked us, "sisters! you said we were getting baptized in march, but can we have a day!" in my head i was like, perfect that's what we planned on doing today. so we gave them 1 march. they got so excited! the older one said, "im excited to baptized! i want it to be march already!" we then went on and i asked them some of the baptism interview questions which they should know from the lessons we already had. one of the questions i asked was if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. they both said yes. and i asked the younger one, Navneet, how he know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. his answer amazed me. he said, "the day you asked us to pray to know if it's true i did. i prayed before i went to bed and asked God, that if Joseph Smith was a true prophet He would make it rain tomorrow. AND IT RAINED!" i was so amazed at the courage and how much trust He had in Heavenly Father in answering his prayer. it made my testimony grow that Heavenly Father truly does hear everyone's prayers. no matter how old or young, he hears them and answers them. 

funny story.... actually 2. the first one we were having our meeting with our branch mission leader and we were talking about our fireside we're planning this month. we were talking about what refreshments we were going to have. one of the elders mentioned ice cream sandwiches. we all agreed because it was something different that we haven't had before at an activity so we all agreed to have ice cream sandwiches. we went on with our meeting and at the end our branch mission leader reviewed all the details. we got to the refreshment part and said, "okay so we're having ice cream sandwiches. so we're going to need ice cream and how much bread should we get?" we all started buss laughing!!! we later explained to him that an ice cream sandwich was 2 cookies with ice cream in the middle. he started laughing at himself and we all started laughing again. hahaha! it was so funny! the second story is about my companion. we were at a members home and they asked us in fijian where we ate dinner the night before. i let my companion answer and she said, "keirau kana na kai india matavuvale." which means "we ate an indian family." the family started laughing so hard! the husband (a former branch president) was on the ground rolling! it was so funny. she was trying to say that we ate at an indian family's home but instead she said we ate an indian family. 

but enough about me. it sounded like sarah's baptism was amazing! i was thinking about her all day. i was telling everyone, "my sister is getting baptized today!" i am so proud of her and happy. she probably loved getting dunked 3 times rather than just once haha. im so proud of dad as well. 2 months ago i witnessed a father get baptized and then couple weeks later i saw him baptize his wife and son. the spirit was overwhelming as im sure it was the same at sarah's baptism. to see a father being worthy to baptize his children is such a blessing. 

im also glad to hear of aunty kelly's interest in taking lessons from the missionaries. make it happen! she's ready now. tell the missionaries this week! don't wait, don't let her interest be forgotten and slip away. missionaries love referrals!!! have uncle jay sit in the lessons as well. it'll remind him of everything he learned in church and help him find his testimony again. im proud of nalu for praying in front of everyone. he's starting to realize that he needs to gospel :) now is their time!

au lomani kemudou sara valevu!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Proselyting in Boca

The Hills are Alive, With the Sound of Music

the ratulevu matavuvale. they always feed us on fast sundays and always too much haha. they take good care of us sisters :)

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