Temple This Week

Kia Ora!

So we still have to wait a week to hear conference, and I am so jealous that you already have had the chance to watch it!

We can do what ever we want on P-Days as long as we stay in our area and there isn’t a lot to do in Papakura!  Man this mission has a lot of rules because there has been a lot of disobedient missionaries lately.  We aren’t allowed to hang out with the elders on P-days! We aren’t even allowed to wear shorts outside our flat, or flip flops! Its pretty sad but hey the missionaries are the ones that bring the rules upon themselves. We also aren’t allowed to play sports if there is a sports night thing in our ward, oh and we cant play any music in our car (hahah).  There are a lot of rules and they just started last year in August!  Hey, if we can just be obedient to the new rules then maybe they will change.  I don’t know if they will but oh well!

My mission scripture is Alma 29:9!

“I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy

 

You guys are the best and I love you guys so much!  This week was awesome!  We were able to go to the temple!  I appreciate it so much more now that I can only go twice a year!  I go and I just try so soak it all in because its going to be a while before I go again!

Its been crazy busy here in Papakura, there is so much work to be done!

7 investigators came to church this week!  Wow that was awesome!  The girl that we were going to drop the baptism date for, she said she still wants to get baptized.  When we went on Saturday she said that she really wanted to go to church and we didn’t even have to ask her!  When we went to go wake her up Sunday morning she had been up until 4 that morning so we thought she wasn’t going to want to go.  No, she got up, got her sons ready, and she came to church.  Granted, we were 40 minutes late but that’s ok because she came!  It was just a really good week and the unity in our companionship is really growing. I just learn more and more from Sister Inia! She cracks me up!  Seriously, Aussies are the bomb!  They are just the best, and I already promised her I would fly down to Aus for her wedding (hahaha).  She has helped me heaps and I hope I am with her for 1 more transfer!

This week I am going to work on being more diligent in my missionary work, I think it is something I could really work on. The definition of diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and an energetic effort in doing the Lord’s work. Here are some scriptures that go along with it:

Moroni 9:6, D+C 10:4 and D+C 75: 2-5

So a question I have for you guys is how can you be more diligent in your missionary work? I asked myself the same question and I want each of you this week to invite a friend to church and be more diligent in your member missionary work.  I can promise you guys if you do this, you will see blessings in your lives and you will feel so good because you will have played a hand in the Lord’s work.  For Josh and Jared, its good practice for your missions! I hope you can do this and I want to hear back from each and every one of you next Monday telling me you invited someone! If they say no, that’s ok!  Just ask, you never know who will say yes!

Being on a mission has changed my perspective so much and I look at things a lot differently then I did before my mission. Seriously for those of you who are thinking about serving a mission, do it, it is honestly one of the best things you can do, it isn’t easy but it’s really worth it.

Something that we have been focusing a lot on with our investigators is trials.  Here in Papakura, people go through things that are really hard.  Man I thought I went through trials, but what these people have to go through is really difficult.  Lots of people in bad situations, but its really neat to be able to tell them that there is someone who knows exactly what they are going through and feels exactly what they are feeling and that is the Savior.  He knows our struggles our heartaches, our temptations and our suffering. For He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His atonement.  And because of this, His atonement empowers Him to succor us-to gives us strength to bear all things.  I can testify that he can lift us up when we are weak because he knows exactly how we feel when we have done all we can do.  Get down on your knees and pray to Heavenly Father, and through Christ’s atonement he will strengthen you.  I love reading D+C 122.  It’s a really good chapter to read when we are going through trials.

I love you guys!

Sister Vavla

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