Pine Baptized!

Kia Ora Whanua

Man, I am so proud of you guys and the missionary work you guys are doing! Makes me happy to hear it, and keep it up the Lord needs you guys!  The missionaries will love you because the best way to find investigators is through the members, and so mom, I would say refer the neighbor to the missionaries!  That’s a perfect opportunity right there!  And man dad cool aye?  That’s neat that you were all able to be there to see it and honestly it really is that easy, the key is following the Spirit.

Man it was a really good week! Pine got baptized! Wow she is amazing honestly. She was so happy and excited, and it was really neat because the baptism was on a day that none of the members or the youth could show up. There was a stake temple trip and the youth were at youth conference.  Well it was neat because there were quite a few members there, and we didn’t think any would show up.  It’s neat how Heavenly Father takes care of even the littlest of things, even if it doesn’t seem like they would be a big deal to Him. And man, when the Lord prepares his people, He prepares his people. She is going to do great things, and she wants to serve a mission!

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Man I swear everything I thought wouldn’t happen to me has happened to me (hahah).  So I got lice last week.  Let me tell you I have a pretty strong stomach, but nothing prepares you for a big fat bug taken out of your hair, so gross, but they are gone now.  So all good.

Sorry this is so short I didn’t have any money to pay for more minutes on the computer!

Love you guys!

Sister Vavla

Awesome Week!

Man crazy week! Awesome week!

First Mom, mother in Tongan is fa’e you would say it fa-eh.  You crack me up 🙂 Man things have been crazy, transfers are this week, and I don’t know if I will be staying or going.  I think I will probably stay one more transfer and then leave good ol Kura. Man, I have really grown to love Papakura and the people here.  I love our ward and it almost feels like I am home in that ward.  It’s going to be sad leaving but I am excited to have you meet everyone when you come. Oh that reminds me, so I learned that when you come pick me up you have to pay for my plane ticket home but the Church will reimburse you.

So awesome things happening!  Penny (which is actually spelled Pine) is getting baptized on the 23rd!  Man, she is keen as.  So we met her looking for a former investigator, and she and her cousin were out front smoking.  We started talking, and we all just kind of clicked and got along.  Well we found out no one there had ever had the missionaries over, but she told us that she was just looking around, just kind of checking other religions out.  That’s how we get them aye? (haha)  Anyways, she was like alright come on over, and lets hear what you have to say.  Had a great conversation about the word of wisdom the next time we saw her, and then invited her to church.  It was a good experience, but she had to leave after sacrament.  We taught the Plan of Salvation at a FHE (Family Home Evening), and she really liked that.  Well we didn’t get to see her for a bit and then learned that she went to the hospital.  We waited a few days before we went to go see her again, and when we did she told us that she had tried to commit suicide.  She suffers from depression.  Well she said she was starting to read to help with stuff, and so we were like well would you like a BOM (Book of Mormon) and she was like yes!  She was so excited when we gave it to her!  We testified of how it would strengthen her life and help with the depression.  We also testified that prayer would help too.  Then she was like come in, and we started to teach her about the restoration.  She told us that she had stopped drinking coffee and tea and stopped smoking because she learned it wasn’t right.  We invited her to be baptized and things are going well.  She comes to church, and she told us after sacrament yesterday she already considers herself a member even though she isn’t baptized yet!   We learned about temples in Relief Society, and she told her boyfriend to hurry up and get baptized too so they could get married in the temple!!!  Man, she is solid, and so ready to be a member. It’s amazing how the Lord prepares his people, and he prepared Pine that’s for sure. She is amazing and my comp and I just love her. Man, it’s cool to just see parts of the blessing dad gave me come true.  The church is true.  I am with you on that one mom.

It’s been nice because we went through a pretty big rough patch and its neat to see how the Lord just gives us little things to boost us up and keep on going.

I am loving my time with Sister Ofa, she is just awesome and I have learned so much about Tongans.  You know being out here on my mission in NZ, man, I don’t know if I am going to be able to go to BYU Idaho.  I am honestly considering going to Hawaii now.  There is just a different feel here on an island, and I don’t know it I could go back to Idaho and be around a bunch of white people (hahahah).  So I’m still thinking about it, but I think I might do my generals at BYU Hawaii (haha).

Love you and I will pray for the family….sounds like the boys need it (hahah).

Sister Vavla

Crazy Experiences in Papakura

Hey!

I’ve been doing good!  Things are still a little slow, but that’s ok because it gives us room to find new investigators and well just talk to a lot of people.

Had a few crazy experiences this week.

First there is this less active lady named Sadie.  She called us up and asked us to come over, when we went over she just started crying.  She had gotten wasted the night before, and she is just tired of falling into this cycle of drinking, smoking and getting high.  We were able to sit down, talk to her and read her some scriptures.  It’s crazy how the spirit will just put scriptures in my mind, and I can just be like oh yeah and here is this scripture and oh this scripture.  Definitely couldn’t do that before.  Well anyways, we had a really long talk with her, and then she was like can you help me?  She took us to her room, and pulled out a bunch of beer, alcohol and a bong.  We dumped out all the alcohol and threw out the bong.  Man, I am so grateful that I have the gospel in my life, and have had direction on what is and is not ok.  The cool thing is she came to church the next day, and went and talked to the bishop.

Later, we went to this door, and the first thing this 60 year old man says to us is, “What would it take to get you two in a bikini in this weather?”  I was like mate oi its never going to happen!  Then when he shook our hands goodbye, he kissed Sister Ofa’s hand (hahaha). Man, it was a crack up.  I couldn’t stop laughing all the way down the drive way!  Something new everyday!

Then we were walking down this street and this guy comes running out of his house with an can of beer in his hand, yelling hey, what do you guys do, and in the back of my head I am like oh great here we go (haha).  Luckily, I am pretty sure it was only his first can so he wasn’t drunk yet, but man let me just say the Lord is watching out for us here.  The lord blessed me with a Tongan companion so I feel a lot safer (hahaha).

We have a really keen investigator, her name is Penny and she is the best! Oi she is keen as and she came to church last Sunday, and she pretty much asked us if she could get baptized, it was mean.  She is 19, and man we get along so well.  You know how you are sent out on your mission for certain people that need you, honestly, that’s Penny!  She is the bomb, but the other night she was admitted to the hospital.  We don’t know why, but we have been praying that she will be ok.

My favorite part of the mission so far is just being somewhere completely different than home.  My favorite part is learning, living and experiencing something completely different then what I am used to.

Glad things are going well! Love you all!

Sister Vavla