Most of the people in South Auckland are Samoan and Tongan and I’ll hold true to what I said I love Samoans and Tongans! They are just the best! They treat the missionaries like royalty and we are most definitely not royalty. They just have so much love! This morning we were in the store buying groceries for the week and this couple from the Samoan ward saw us and after they were done shopping they came out and had bought us all of these muffins! It’s stuff like that, or there is this other family they are the Lungis and they make sure everyday we have had dinner, if not they will go buy us some Mickey D’s or something like that. They are the nicest family ever they would do anything for Sister Inia and I. My Book of Mormon started to fall apart and Sister Lungi took them and she is having them fixed! They are our parents here in NZ so don’t worry we are being watched over out here. We go to their house every night for family prayer which is really nice! I actually appreciate family prayer and miss having it with the family! Man people just feed you and feed you here! Yesterday we went to a family home evening (FHE), it was in the middle of the afternoon and they fed us a whole dinner! Then afterwards we had our dinner appointment! I’ve kind of given up on the whole “I am not getting fat thing” (hahah). I am just going to roll with it.
So this week we set two people for baptism! The one girl her name is Cheyenne, she has two boys and she is 20 years old. It was really neat because we were in a lesson with her and we where trying to figure out where she was. She was telling us how she really wanted to change, move out of her house and just get a fresh start. My companion was talking to her and I was just listening. Then all of a sudden I could just feel the spirit whisper to me, “invite her to be baptized”. In my head I was like “heck no, I’ve only been out here for two weeks”! The thought wouldn’t leave me so before you know it the words were coming out of my mouth (haha) and it didn’t come out very smooth (haha). You could feel the spirit and she was like uhhhh I dont know. My comp asked her what was holding her back. She said she didn’t feel like she knew enough and stuff, and we just told her that understanding would come over time. Then I asked her again and just told her of the blessing that would come from joining the church and then she almost started to cry. It was really neat and I really hope she sticks with it because we can just see how much this would help her and what the gospel can do for her life. So far she is still wanting to get baptized, so we are just going to keep on working with her and get her prepared.
The second girl, her name is Teawa, and she is 18. I don’t know very much about her and she had already been set for baptism but everything feel through because her Uncle died the week of her baptism. He was the only family she had besides her siblings because her parents died. She still wants to get baptized so we have a date for her too.
I just want to say how grateful I am for the gospel and how focused the church is on the youth. There are so many teens out here with children at the age of 16 or 17, and that’s pretty normal. There are so many people who just have no direction. It’s so sad but I am so grateful for the fact that we know who we are, and we have direction in our life. If there is one thing I could say to you guys it’s this, the gospel is such a blessing and I am so grateful that each and every one of you are a part of it, don’t take it for granted. There is this girl we met, she has to turn to drugs everyday, she doesn’t feel like anyone loves her and there is nothing better then being able to tell someone that there is someone who loves you so much and only wants the best for you. I am so grateful to know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us so much. I didn’t realize how much of a difference that can make in your life knowing that, but it makes a huge difference. I am also so very grateful for you guys, seriously thank you mom and dad for pointing me in the right direction and all you crazy kids for being my siblings!
I love you guys!
Here are some new pictures sent over including her current apartment: