Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Companion and New License

bula mama!!

okay let's start off with the saddest news ever....SIS.PYNE IS LEAVING ME!!! we were so sad when we got the call. the cool/new thing that happened was that Pres. Layton actually called us and told us she was getting transferred and who my new companion was before we even got the transfer call. it was crazy! really cool though. the good thing about the whole thing is that she will be going to Suva 3rd ward, so ill still be going on exchanges with her :) she's just going to be right next door. she's going to be training again, so she'll die training meaning she'll end her mission training :) isa!

a little miracle that happened to me recently. it all started on friday...the mission office told me that they received the paper i needed in order to go get my license, so sis. pyne and i hurried and went to the LTA (transportation office thing) to schedule a driving test for me. we went and the lady told us that the next opening wasn't until 12 aug. we started to panic a little because we had a feeling sis. pyne would be transferred this week and so if i didnt have a license and she left, no car, which means struggle to get to other sister's areas on exchanges. well....we talked to the senior couple who is in charge of all this stuff and asked him what to do. he told us to go back to the LTA today and to just schedule the test for the nearest day. so we went and waited in line for about an hour, just praying there would be an opening. when we first got to the window the lady took copies of all my paperwork and license and passport and stuff and she told me the next opening was probably in august. well....when she opened the appointment book she told me she had an opening on thursday at 330pm. it was a tiny opening and it looked like she just squeezed me in between 2 other appointments. i was so happy when she told me i could test this week!!! blessings!! miracles!! 

last week we had the privilege of elder haleck (1st counselor in the area seventies) and his wife come to visit us here in fiji. on friday morning the zone leaders and us were able to have a small meeting with him and we talked about the mission and some strengths and weaknesses. he gave us counsel on how to be better leaders in the mission. after that, 3 zones were able to go over to the chapel to hear elder and sis. haleck speak to us. it was way good! he talked to us about being Christlike and that we can't just study about Him and read the scriptures, but we have to live like Him. we have to try our best everyday to better ourselves and to follow in His footsteps with exactness. 

we were able to have sis. layton (mission president's wife) come out with us for a day. it was awesome! she loved it! the amazing thing was, that was the only day this week we had no fall-throughs at all. another miracle! we went to see some of our recent converts, less actives, and a few investigators. the Spirit was so strong with her there with us. she even had the opportunity to sit on the ground with us in someone's home. something new for her. it was definitely an unforgettable experience.

well, this week ill have my new companion, sis. matheson. im excited to be with her and to serve with her as sister training leaders. im a little nervous to lead the area because i still dont know where everything is, but we'll learn together :) hahaha!! we'll see how it goes. pray for me, as i take my driving test this week...ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD!! aaahhhh!!! 

loloma levu,

sista chong

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christlike Attributes

Storm over the Suva temple

bula mama!!

well i cannot believe how fast these weeks are flying by. it's nearly the end of july already, my goodness!! what happened to the time?? next week there is a sister, sis. tugaga, who is leaving. she was my first sister training leader and she is one of the best examples to me in the mission. i can't believe how fast time flew and she's heading home already at the end of the month. she'll probably be staying with us her last couple nights and i can't wait to see what she has to say about her mission and how she's feeling. i wish her the best!!

this week was pretty crazy though. we were suppose to have a baptism on friday but what happened was the day of her interview we found out that she just got sealed to her parents that day. WHAT!? so we asked her parents and we were talking and they said that they found her records and so she didn't have to get baptized again. my goodness!! we also found out that our investigator that was going to get baptized next week doesn't count as a convert baptism, but a child of record baptism because her parents just got baptized and she's still 8. dont get me wrong, im so happy that she's still getting baptized but we're just not hitting our goals this month. but we'll try our best to make up for it next month!!

not sure if i told you but this quarter, july to september, we're focusing on becoming true disciples of Jesus Christ. in july we chose a christlike attribute that we wanna work on. we fasted about it at the beginning of this month and ive seen a big difference in myself as ive tried to become more like the Savior in that attribute. we also started reading all the "Gospels" and it'll continue into next month. it's my first time reading through the whole thing and i've enjoyed it every minute of it. in august we're going to focus on really teaching like the Savior. using His methods and techniques of teaching and just really trying to teach as if the Savior were our companion. then in september, we're going to be exactly obedient!! we're going to live our lives in harmony with the Savior's. im excited!!

Didn't their moms teach them not to play with their food?
one night we were sitting at dinner and sis. pyne decides that she wants to speak in her "brave" accent. hahaha!! it was so funny i died and couldn't get off the ground for about 10 minutes. it's these little moments that get me through the hard times as a missionary. counting my blessings!! au lomani kemudou!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Red Snappah fo Dinnah!

Suva Harbor

Monday, July 14, 2014

Zone Conf with New Mission President

bula mama!!

well another week has gone by here in samabula, fiji. my english is getting worse and worse every day, still getting choke mosquito bites on my leg (goodbye nice beach legs), and sis. pyne and i are still trying to get better tans by going door knocking in the burning fiji sun. i love my life!!!

this week, we had a welcoming zone conference with our new mission president, Pres. Layton, and his wife. it was amazing!! they talked to us about #1 interacting with as many people as we can and leaving a positive impression. they said that it takes about 7 positive contacts from the church before someone develops an interest to learn more. #2 to align ourselves as one with the Father, Son, Holy Ghost, prophet, apostles, our mission president, and then ourselves, the missionaries. if we do this then we won't have to worry if we're doing what we're suppose to or not and we won't have to ask so many questions of what is and is not allowed. whatever it says in "Preach my Gospel" and the white handbook, then that's exactly what Heavenly Father said we need to do. no questions.

we went out with our members a lot this week. since we got our ward mission leader, every correlation meeting, we assign a member/ward missionary to come out with us every day. so we have a member with us almost every day, which is awesome!! i love taking them door knocking. they are always way nervous at first but by the end, they are taking the lead and sharing a little bit about the Gospel. i remember in the beginning of my mission i hated knocking on doors. i was so scared that people would reject me and just shut the door in my face. but now that ive been out a little longer, I LOVE KNOCKING ON DOORS!!! i think it's so fun to meet new people and to find out what they believe, and then to let them know how much our message about the restored Gospel can help them and bless their lives.

one of the referrals we got from our ward was for a 9 year old boy whose mom is a member. she's been working a lot recently on sundays and so she can't come to church. well, we went and visited them and she was so happy that we did. she said it was the first time that missionaries had ever come over to their house without being called. she asked us to come and teach and visit her and her son because she wants him to learn more before he's baptized. we were so happy we found them because you could see the joy on her face when we just walked in the door. instead of her having to call us to visit, we just came on our own and she was so grateful.

so make it a priority to go and visit our less actives from the ward. we can't really do much on sundays so make it a day to go and visit our brothers and sisters who have lost their way. DO YOUR VISITING/HOME TEACHING!!! i know it might be a burden and you think it takes up too much of your time, but always remember that the Lord never complained and he never said, "I'm too busy" to someone in need. the Lord will always bless those who love and take care of their brothers and sisters. au lomani kemudou!! vinaka vakalevu ena nomudou loloma kei na nomudou veivukei ena noqu kaulotu. loloma yani <3

loloma levu,
sista chong


Monday, July 7, 2014

Hau'oli La Hanau e Sista Pyne

bula mama!!

IT'S SISTER PYNE'S BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! i made her breakfast, found her a can of spam from one of the senior couples and made her cookies and all that fun stuff. it was so fun!! some sisters brought her a cake and it was way good. hope she had fun :)

well this week we went and knocked on doors a lot!! we took some of the YSA girls with us and we just picked a street and knocked on every door down that street. it was really good and fun!! man it was so fun! in the beginning of my mission i hated knocking on doors but now i love it!! i think its so fun to talk to random strangers. i might keep doing it when i come home.

we had a ward dance on 4th of july. we made cookies for them and helped work the cookie booth. a lot of our members brought non member friends that we were able to talk to and it was really good. 

okay funny stories this week. so while we were knocking on doors we were walking past this dogs....which by the way, i hate dogs! and it was just lying there as we walked past and my companion decides to yell, "tiko vakadua!!" at the dog and all of a sudden it jumps up starts growling and gnashing its teeth at us and i literally almost jumped in the drain right next to me. it was so scary!! oh and did i mention that the dog only had 3 legs!! hahahaha!!

my second story is i was backing up my companion after an appointment one night and right as i was going to open the door to the car i saw that there was a gecko on the handle. so i jumped back and wouldn't open the sis pyne had to put the car in park and come around, grab the gecko, throw it on the road, and said "alright, get in the car." it was so funny!!! it still grosses me out that she just grabs geckos but im not gonna complain because i don't have to touch them. she's the bomb!!

sorry so short this week but life is good. 

i love fiji!! 

i love my mission!!!

loloma levu,
sista chong

Working the Cookie Booth

Hau'oli La Hanau Sista Pyne!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Aloha Pres Klingler

bula mama!!

wow that's way cool that everyone is there on oahu!! is it a special something going on?? i know why you're there!! you're all celebrating my 11 month mark!!! hahahahaha!! just joking....its nothing worth celebrating, rather you should all by crying that time is going by so fast.

all the kids look so grown up!! im pretty sure they'll all be almost taller than me by the time i come home, my gosh!! are the boys in the same class again?? how's papa and gramma holding up with all those crazy kids running around?? how's anna holding up?? that's the better question hahaha!!

well life here in the mission is going good. lots of changes happening this week. well, maybe not lots but a big change happened this week....we got a new mission president!! we got to meet them at church yesterday and they're awesome!! im sad that president and sister klingler left, but at the same time im excited to see all the changes and things that will happen in the near future with our new mission president.

also this week we had baptisms. bro and sis khanna got baptized on saturday! they were the indian family that we met at church through a member. their baptism had such a strong spirit there. after they were baptized we sang with them, "i love to see the temple" and then they bore their testimonies. the spirit was so powerful as they bore their testimonies and shared with us what they truly believed about this Gospel. they both said how happy they were to be baptized and to be clean and born again. bro. khanna said that there is no question, he is not turning back!! he is going to do all he can to follow Heavenly Father and His commandments. they're amazing!!

on friday we had the farewell for the klinglers and all the auxiliaries did a cultural dance. the young women did a hula. they danced to the "li hing hula". it was so cute!! they did a good job. it was hard for me not to jam out to the song hahahah!! small kine homesick but i got over it :)

well that's all i got for this week. au lomani kemudou valevu!! loloma yani vei na nomudou matavuvale!! kalougata tiko :)

loloma levu, 
sista chong