Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Fruitful Week

bula mama!

may day sounding like it was really fun! i missed not going to any may day programs and not seeing everyone wearing leis around on may 1st. but dont worry, i was still thinking about it in my heart :) and by the way....i wear a flower in my ear like everyday. im pretty sure the hibiscus bushes by the temple are going bare because i pick one almost everyday lol. and everywhere i go people call me ms. hibiscus :) i'll take that! haha

anyway...yeah elder wakolo is going next month to be a mission president is arkansas. and i think our mission president comes in at the end of next month of in july. not sure. but we have zone conference tomorrow and it will be Pres. and Sis. Klingler's last one. it's going to be so sad! at the end of every zone conference we have departing testimonies for all the missionaries that are having their last zone conference. and this time it will be the Klinglers sharing their departing testimonies as our mission president. the thing that is horrible is that i live right across and ill be seeing them leave! it's a blessing but at the same time i dont want to see them leave. it'll be hard for all of us and getting use to a new mission president. but im sure he'll be awesome because he is a man called of God and i definitely trust God :) 

well....this week was crazy! we had exchanges last week. (when i was in an area for 5 days) and then we switched back on tuesday when it was transfer day. so we went and picked up and dropped off sisters all over. then, we had to take the new sisters shopping and pick up a sister who flew in from Tonga for a interview at the U.S. embassy for her visa. man! so many people! we had 2 extra sisters staying with us this week and now we're down to one but the craziness just never stops. i guess that's the life of a sister training leader. we also were suppose to have a baptism on saturday but the person didn't come. we talked to him yesterday and he felt really bad and was sorry and just asked us to give him one more chance because he really wants to be a part of this Gospel. we told him that we are only disappointed because we love him and want to see him make those convenants with Heavenly Father so that he can return back to Him. he understood and so we're starting from the beginning. like from the first lesson. he knows what he needs to do and so now it's up to him to actually do it. we'll see how it goes. BUT we should be having a baptism on thursday for our awesome investigator! he had his interview today and he passed! we're so excited :) he has made so many big steps and changes in his life so that he can get baptized. we're so happy and proud of him. 

this week was an awesome proselyting week for us! we picked up 4 new investigators. one was a family which we started teaching. the parents and the eldest daughter who's 8. they already came to church 3 times and we actually met them at church. at a dinner appointment we asked one of our members to pray for a missionary opportunity and find someone that could hear the Gospel. obviously she actually did it and instead of finding us just one, she found us a family! we're so excited to teach them and love their willingness and want to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ. the fourth new investigator is also a referral from the members. it's a girl who moved here from Kiribati. she's 14 years old and came to go to school and is living with some of our members. she already had lessons there and so we're just asking her questions, seeing how much she remembers, and getting preparing her for baptism. perfect! she's really good though and she has such a kind, sweet spirit. she loves seeing us and wants us to come over like everyday :) we have already given her a baptism date for 7 june. and i know the Lord will help her prepare.

so besides all the crazy things going on we had a very fruitful week. we got new investigators, investigators preparing for baptism, we're back in contact with some of our recent converts who have been MIA for a little while. so i think i can say that it was a wananavu week :) hope all is going well at home. any news? i feel so out of everything over here haha. when does school end? what classes are the kids going to take at summer school? how's the rest of the family doing? well, i think that's all i have for today. love ya! pray for me because i have meetings 3 days in a row!! isa lei!! loloma yani! kalougata tiko!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Monday, May 19, 2014

My Heart if Full of Gratitude

bula mama!!

my heart is full of gratitude for the love and support of each and everyone of my family members and friends back at home who are supporting me on my mission. i know that these last couple of weeks i've been slacking on my letters but know that i am still constantly thinking about you all and working as hard as i can serving my Father in Heaven. i have just realized that now in my mission i am past my half way mark and am now starting to countDOWN. how scary is that!? i've seen so many thing change in myself and i've seen the love of my Father in Heaven every step of the way.

this week i've been reading through the conference issue of the Liahona. i've been reading through from the beginning trying to find talks that could help my investigators and myself in this work. it's amazing how much you miss during the actual General Conference. i was either half a sleep or they just talk way too fast! haha. but as i've been reading through the Liahona i can just feel the love of my Savior encircling me. He has given us a prophet and these apostles because He loves us and wants us to find our way to the strait and narrow. the more i listen and read the words of these prophets, seers, and revelators the stronger and firmer my testimony grows that they are men truly called of God. i encourage you to read the conference issue of the church magazines so that you can highlight and mark all the parts that influence you the most.

this week i have been on exchanges with the other sisters. we went on a special exchange for our mission president starting friday all the way til today. exchanges have taught me to listen. as a sister training leader a lot of the sisters are scared to go on exchanges and just don't want to do it because they think we're just going on exchanges to find everything that's wrong with their area, what their weaknesses are, and how they're being disobedient. BUT we're trying to change that. everytime i go on exchanges i just tell them im just a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on if they need it. almost every sister or even every missionary goes through a really rough time at one point in their mission and we all know for girls it just gets way crazy and dramaz! so as i've been called to this position i've been doing my very best to just be the sister's best friend. make them laugh and enjoy this missionary work as much as i do. gotta love ga!!

we had a baptism this last week. but because i was on that special exchange i wasn't able to make it. but it was for our investigator, Junior. he's a little 8 year old kid from Kiribas and he's so funny. on the day of his baptism Sis. Pyne told me that it took him like 15 minutes for him to get in the font because he was so scared! in order for him to get in they had to send his cousin in to stand there next to the Elder and then Sis. Pyne and his aunty had to hold his hands walking down the stairs. so funny! but he was finally baptized and confirmed on Sunday. Yaaayyyy!!! the Lord's kingdom is growing here in Fiji!!!! Bro. Saba should hopefully be baptized this Saturday so we'll see :)

okay lastly funny story.....so in town there's a place called tapoo city which is like a big american mall. and i went there on exchanges for lunch after a meeting and we had to go up an escalator and it took me about 10 seconds to get one because i haven't ridden one for like almost 10 months now!! i was freaking out!! but dont worry i finally got on and made it safely to this humungous food court!! actually it's the same size as the one at home but to me it was ginormous!! lol okay that's my story moce jo!!
au lomani kemudou!! kalougata tiko!! loloma yani!!

loloma levu,
sista chong 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day


No blog post for this week.  We were able to skype with Sista Chong and she is happy, healthy, humble, and Fijian!!  Her Fijian accent is so strong that her younger brother and sister couldn't understand anything she said.....and she was speaking English!! lol.

Mahalo for your prayers and for your support of Sista Chong.  

See you next week :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Half Way!!!

bula mama!

okay well this week was pretty good. we had exchanges again with some sisters. it was crazy though because we had to switch our schedule like 5 times in one day!! the life as a sister training leader lol. we always have to change our schedule in the last minute because the APs will call us and ask us to do something or tell us that we have someone staying with us that night. it's great! hahaha. it definitely takes some getting use to. 

but this week....first of all ill tell you my embarrassing story of the week. i pretty much proposed to one of our investigators :) isn't that great!!! we were in our lesson and he's suppose to get married to his girlfriend soon before he can get baptized. anyway...we were asking him if we found someone in the church that had the authority to marry, if he would be interested in getting married in the church. he asked how much it would cost and we told him it doesn't cost anything, we just need to find someone with the authority. what i wanted to tell him after that was..."if i had the authority to i would perform the marriage for you and your girlfriend myself." but instead i said, "if i could marry you, i would!!" as soon as it came out of my mouth i was like oh my gosh wait no!! him and sis. pyne was buss laughing at me and i felt so embarrassed. it was a really good thing that we prayed already so i literally just stood up and started walking away. he was like cracking up and calling me. ughhzz i was so embarrassed hahahha! we went back the next day to teach him and as soon as he saw me he just smiled and started laughing. im ruined!! hahahaha!! but whatever such is life i guess lol.

today we got to go to the temple. my first time in like 8 months!! it was so nice to be in the temple again. i needed that peace and quiet and just time to really think and ponder by myself in a place that was so close to my Father in Heaven. i was so grateful to have been able to go inside today and i can't wait for when i go again.

this week we've been really focusing on getting members at our lessons. we've been trying to pick it up since i got here and we're finding more and more people we can take. the other night we were waiting for one of our investigators at the institute and one of the YSA from the other next to us told us that she misses missionary work and the missionaries dont call her to go and so ofcourse we took her! it was so good to have her with us yesterday. and we just got a return missionary in our ward. she just came back from NZ so we'll defs be using her. AND we just got a new ward mission leader. he just got back from the Philippines and is awesome! so im sure our work will move faster now. im excited!!

but that's all i got for this week. everything is going and actually hopefully we'll have 2 baptisms this week. we'll see because they're kind of "iffy" lol. but au lomani kemudou!!

loloma mai,
sista chong