Monday, March 24, 2014

Fiji Nei


well well well it sounds like home is the same. crazy kids, volleyball, and song contest. hahaha!! from what you told me about the boys volleyball, i so want to come and watch them! it sounds like they might be going to states!! isa!! im so happy for them. and i totally agree with you that kapule is the reason they are playing the way they is that guy anyway!!?! lol

anyway it has been a beautiful day in fiji nei. jk it's not it has been raining almost every single day. but it's not a good rain, it just gets more and more humid when the rain comes. oh well im not gonna complain :) but this week we had the ba sisters come and do splits with us. i had the opportunity to be companions with Sis. Tuahiva for the day and i learned so much from her! what we decided to do was go and visit our old investigators, like the ones that have been our investigators for a long period of time. so we went and saw Sis. Bull and Felipe. We went to Sis. Bull's house and had no idea what we would be teaching her because she has been taught all the lessons over and over again, we've been reading the Book of Mormon with her so that's what we decided to do. we chose a chapter that we would read with her but didn't feel very confident about it. so i said a little prayer inside to have the Spirit guide us on what we should teach her. when we got there we asked her about her Book of Mormon reading and she said she read Alma 34, which is what we gave her last time. i had totally forgot about it because it had been such a long time. so we opened up to alma 34 and as soon as i opened my Book of Mormon i knew that that was the chapter we needed to talk about that day. as we talked about what she read, about the atonement, and preparing ourselves to meet God, we asked her what were some things she needed to change before she met God. she said many different things but we then reminded her of the law of chastity and she started to cry. i began to bare testimony to her of how important baptism is and about the power of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. the Spirit was overwhelming and she knew that she needed to be baptized but first she needed to get married. we will see her again this week to check on her progress.

after we went to sis. bull's, we went to visit a boy named Felipe. we found his teaching record in an old area book that we found in our flat. so we decided to go and visit him one day and asked him all the baptism questions...he knew it all! but what we failed to do was go into debt about how much he knew. so sis. tuahiva and i went to visit him and had a lesson with him. we had planned to read mosiah 18 with him and talk about baptism again. what ended up happening was us asking him a lot of questions. well sis. tuahiva asking a lot of questions about Joseph Smith, priesthood, etc. he told us that he had been baptized already and we asked him where his pastor got his authority from and he didn't know he said he thought he got it from God, but really he had no idea and i dont think he thought about it before. we then retaught him the Restoration and how Joseph Smith restored the priesthood of God. we asked him where Joseph Smith got his priesthood from, which he answered "Pita, Jamesa, kei Joni." we then asked him where they got there priesthood from and he said, "Jisu Karisito" Qori!! but for some reason he still didn't fully understand how only our church has the priesthood power or the proper authority to baptize, so we'll be going back and teaching him all the lessons again.

it was so fun to be with sis. tuahiva. she's from tahiti and i stayed with her when i first came to fiji for that first week we stayed in Suva. so it was like a reunion lol. she's hilarious!! we get along so well and the Spirit was so strong when we taught together! i think it's because she reminds me of aunty abby, that's why we got along so well. i felt like i was just companions with aunty abby for 2 days. in fact!! i found out that sis. tuahiva is cousins with aunty abby's mom!! so i showed her pictures of moehau and matu and she said, "oh my gosh this is the moehau abby's mom always talks about!" haha so funny i was like yup that's her!! but we had a good time together. hopefully we can be companions one day :) but no matter what i will definitely go and visit her in tahiti...some day...haha.

yesterday was an awesome day as well!! we went to church and ended up getting about 2 referrals which is very rare!! and will start teaching them this week. one is a less active's step children. and the other is a girl from a part member family. we're excited and definitely have seen the blessings of hard work. it is true when joseph smith said that after the trials come the blessings. i have witnessed it myself this week.

funny we were walking down this street, salusalu st. at 7 pm for our dinner appointment and it was dark already. anyway when we were walking and i heard a dog from the side and i looked and there was a gate so i was relieved. but then i heard a dog from behind and i didn't know if there was a gate or not so i automatically threw my scriptures at my companion and was about to book it!! my companion grabbed my arm and stopped me from running because come to find out the dog was tied up, but only i didn't know that. ugh i hate dogs!! i carry my scriptures in my hand now because it is literally my sword!!

au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! kalougata tiko!! how's your book of mormon reading!?!?! we'll be finishing the book of mormon this saturday as a mission. fastest ive ever read it in my life...2 months hahaha!! and it all flows together and is like one big story now...i love it!!! the things in the Book of Mormon are so real!!! all the things they talk about and the things that they foresaw are all coming true, its crazy!! like i just read mormon 8-9 today and he talks about whoever will bring the book of mormon to light and whoa!! he nailed it!! joseph smith did all that and is that person he described. wow!! my testimony has definitely grown so much. 

and lastly mom dont worry about me. im fine.  I LOVE MY MISSION!!! I DONT WANT TO COME HOME!!!  i love everything about my mission. love you chokest!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy 20th Birthday

bula mama!!

WE HAD TRANSFERS!!! AND GUESS WHAT!!!!! im staying in labasa......hahahhaha!!

happy birthday to me!! hahaha its crazy to think that i just had my birthday here in the beautiful islands of Fiji :) that's not something everyone can say. but i had a good birthday. i pretty much planned everything myself. we went over to joana's house for lunch and we made some fijian food lol. some fish, tavioka, baigani (eggplant) in lolo (coconut milk). i made that myself :) husked, scraped and squeezed the milk myself lol im going native yo! then we watched "the legacy" while eating. it's a church movie about one of the woman who traveled to Zion. you should watch it. but after lunch we went to the chapel because the Relief Society had an activity and it was volleyball!! so ofcourse i told my companion that all i wanted to do for my birthday was play some volleyball, so that's what we did :) and then when we were finished, we were on our way home and ma (my fijian mom) called us and said Asaeli had made me dinner for my birthday. woohoo!! so we went over and he made me chicken, dalo, and ice cream for dessert. it was so nice. so my birthday was good. it feels weird to tell people that im 20 now instead of 19 haha, throws me off.

Happy Birthday Dinner

as for the rest of the week, it was pretty good. we went and saw one of our new investigators. we were trying to figure out what to teach him because we felt like we didn't need to start from the very beginning of the first lesson with him but we didn't know where we needed to start. so we moved on to our training for Sis. Alaga and this week we're focusing on using the Book of Mormon. as soon as we finished training we both felt that we needed to just teach him about the Book of Mormon. we had given him one when we first met him and so we decided we would just go over and talk about where it came from and then read 3 Ne. 11 with him. we read through the whole chapter before we left so that we could think of some questions we could ask or what verses were most important to mention. the one thing we forgot was that we would be teaching him in Fijian. so i had all my questions and verses in my english! we got there and started our lesson and i realized i didn't know how to ask all my questions in Fijian. right then i said a short prayer in my heart asking the Lord to please help  me with my Fijian. throughout the lesson i knew it wasn't me speaking. many of the words ive never heard of in my life and i could understand everything he was sharing with us. at the end of the lesson he told us that he knew that the Book of Mormon was true. we invited him to pray about what we read that day to know without a doubt that this book is true. it was a very powerful lesson.

yesterday in church we had branch conference. the senior couple, the walkers, came from savusavu to attend our conference. it was a nice conference, we combined with one of the other smaller branches in our area and it was good to see all the saints in labasa come together. the topic was tithing. different but it was good. the senior couple that came is awesome! elder and sister walker always have smiles on their faces and you can just see their love for the work and their strong testimonies of the Savior. after the conference sister walker talked to us about helping the primary. i have to learn a song that's not in the primary songbook or hymnbook. it's called "the family is of God" or something like that. but sis. walker asked me to learn it and to really help the primary to learn it so they know if for their primary program at the end of the year. so i got a lot of work to do. but it'll be fun!

well that was pretty much our week here in Labasa. funny story...the elders had to give their truck to some other elders in a different area. anyway so on saturday i had to show them how to catch the bus up to boca. it was funny because they were so tired lol. but we caught the bus and i told them that we needed to be at the bus stop at 5 to catch the last bus back to town. well we go and teach and me and sis alaga get back at 5 exactly. we here the bus coming and the elders were no where in sight. we called our district leader to call them to tell them that the bus was coming already and they needed to hurry. well the bus pulled up to the bus stop and we told our investigators who were catching the some bus as us to go ahead because we have to wait for the elders. suddenly as they were getting on the bus they said, "sister! the elders are coming!" me and my companion come out on the road to look and you just see to guys in white shirts and sulus running as fast as they can, sliding through the mud, with their arms flapping everywhere trying not to fall hahahaha!! it was the funniest thing!! but they made it to the bus in time and they were dead tired and all sweaty...gross! lol it was fun though. we were cracking up because they were like "wow sisters walking is a whole new kind of mission." i just laughed and said "now you're serving a REAL mission" hahahaha!!

our district leader is getting transferred, he leaves on wednesday. and guess who our new district leader is....our assistant to the president!!! woohooo!! hahahaha im scared lol. but it'll be good fun :) au lomani kemudou valevu sara!!

loloma levu,
20 year old sista chong :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 9 - Zone Conference Weekend

bula mama,

well this week was a really good week. busy but good :) first of all we went to savusavu for zone conference. president klingler came down and we caught a 2 hour bus to get there because president took my seat in the elder's truck haha jk. but fo real. anyway... it was a really good conference. all the training we got was to help us as we strive as a mission to get 100 new converts to the Gospel. the zone leaders talked about introducing EVERY investigator to the Book of Mormon because that's the evidence that we have about the whole Restoration. they had one of their recent converts come to conference and bare her testimony about how she came to know the Book of Mormon was true. her testimony was truly inspiring. she is the only member in her family and has just put her mission papers in...she's amazing!!! anyway, it really encouraged me to make sure i introduce the Book of Mormon to everyone. the APs (assistants to the president) trained us on positive daily contacting. making sure that we go and make some type of contact with each investigator everyday. whether it be giving them a pamphlet, movie, scripture to read, leaving them a note, giving them a call, or asking a member to go and visit them. the reason for this is so that they don't lose that excitement and Spirit they had in the last lesson. if we only see them once a week it gives Satan time to drive them away and lose that excitement and the Spirit. sis. Klingler trained us on diligence. to never give up and keep going. it made me thing of "Finding Nemo" when Dori says, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming..." that's exactly what diligence is! just keep swimming!! don't stop because you're tired or scared. the Lord is on our side, we are on the winning team. so just keep going! it really got me motivated, it was a kick in the butt to keep pushing to the end. lastly, pres. Klingler talked to us about repentance. he showed us all these scriptures in the Book of Mormon about the conditions to repentance. he helped us to realize that we are the ones that help our investigators make those first steps of repentance and in order to ask them to repent we need to repent ourselves first. makes sense! but conference was awesome!

also at zone conference my zone leader, elder andrews said his departing testimony. out of my 2 first zone leaders, one left and now elder andrews who is the second of the 2 is leaving next week. it was so sad. he has done so much for all of us in this zone and has definitely inspired me to keep going. he is honestly one of the most humble elders i know. he loves the people, knows the language, loves the work, and is truly a disciple of Jesus Christ. i hope to be like him when my time comes to bare my departing testimony. he's the!! 

well after zone conference me and my companion thought that after we had our interviews, we were getting on a bus and heading back to labasa. then we found out that we were staying one night in savusavu. oh my gosh! we didn't bring anything!! so we made our district leader drive us to town and told him all we needed was a sulu and a toothbrush. as soon as those words came out of my mouth i knew that i had been in fiji too long. before i would complain and complain that i need this and that just for one night but now all i need is a toothbrush and a sulu to sleep in. that's all, simple. wow! haha.

when we got back from savusavu (in the same clothes) we just went straight to work and started preparing for our baptism on the next day. Nikhil and Navneet were finally baptized on saturday. they were so happy and loved coming to church in namara, in town, on sunday. usually they go to our little unit up in boca where they live, but they had to come down to namara to be confirmed and they loved it! they sleept at a members home saturday night and came to church with them on sunday and were confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. they also were able to stay for our missionary musical fireside last night. it was all about the Restoration, which was perfect for them. we had different members speak on various topics. we also asked different members to sing in the program. we had the Bull family sing "joseph smith's first prayer", the primary, including Nikhil and Navneet, sang "books in the book of mormon," mission prep class and missionaries sang, "we'll bring the world his truth," the young men sang, "praise to the man," and lastly the whole congregation sang, "we thank thee of god for a prophet." the fireside was so powerful and the Spirit was overwhelming. the Restoration always brings such a strong Spirit no matter where you teach it or how you teach it, it just has that power.

this week was a crazy but blessed week. many blessings. many smiles. and 2 more souls brought unto our Savior Jesus Christ. au lomani kemudou!

loloma levu,
sista chong

one thing i forgot to tell you was last night we were taking the boys home in a taxi and there were 4 of us so i had to sit in the front seat. i haven't sat in the front seat of a car for over 7 months. i got so scared during the ride because everything was so close. it was just weird and i wasn't use to sitting in the front anymore.

The beautiful Fijian baptismal font

Really BIG dalo!!!

Shout out to ELDER HIGA's Ohana!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Roughest and Most Amazing Week

bula mama~

thanks for the lu'au videos. isa! the missionary haka was hilarious!! hahahaha!!! i loved it!!!! of course the video of hawaii aloha made me cry haha! no surprise there :) can't wait to hear that again when i come home. sorry i was so late today, we had to clean our flat like really really good because we have flat inspections on wednesday. and i cleaned under the sink and counters in the cupboards and i killed about 15 cockroaches!! gross!!! now i can say i have no problem killing cockroaches :) i still dont like them touching me but i can kill them with one slippah with no problem. 

as for me here in fiji we had the roughest amazing week ever! i dont know how that works but that's exactly how our week was this week. the amazing part was we had a baptism!! anjala finally got baptized this past saturday. she's the sweetest, cutest little girl. she's only 8 and she's tiny but her faith in the Gospel and her Savior Jesus Christ is bigger than most of the rest of our investigators. she had the biggest smile on her face the whole program.

it was rough because there was just so much stress planning this baptism. starting from friday we got a call from our branch mission leader who said that he met Nikhil and Navneet's father in town and he said they weren't coming to the baptism. so we called them and they said that their dad said that they were going to a funeral. when i heard them i understood and they said next week they would be baptized. well after the baptism we went up to boca to teach our other investigators up there. as soon as we get out of the elder's truck we see Navneet and his dad getting off the bus with groceries. sis. alaga and i followed them because we just wanted to talk to them about the baptism and just see what's going on. they were pretty much running home because they saw us, but we just walked slowly and got to their house and only Navneet came out to tell us to come back because they have to bath. but we told him we weren't going to have a lesson, we needed to talk to them and their dad about when they will have your baptism. he went back inside and next thing we know we see him run down the hill to the river to have his bath and his dad didn't come out and talk to us. he hid in the back of the house and never came out. me and sis. alaga were both very disappointed and didn't know what else to do and so we just left hoping we'll be able to meet them on tuesday. so we'll see what happens. 

besides the baptism we have been focusing on finding this week. all we did was knock on doors all day, every day. and you know what.....i OYM'd in all fijian this week after a really long time. we always OYM indians for some reason but this week majority of the people we met were fijian and we spoke to them in fijian. many times i was tempted to speak english once i found out that they spoke english but something told me to just speak fijian. just do it!! so i did and i realized that i knew a lot more than i though i did. some of these people we will be going back to and visiting, which means we will be teaching in fijian which im really nervous about but really excited at the same time. 

we have zone conference in savusavu this week thursday and president will be coming down. so im excited for that. we always have meetings with president when i most need it. it's like he knows exactly what's going on every day lol.

but that was my week. the roughest amazing week i have ever had. lol. au lomani kemudou sara valevu!! 

loloma levu,
sista chong