Getting Ready for Transfers

Lot’s of pictures in the slide show below!


Yes mom I am getting your emails! I have been doing well! I think I am just ready to go somewhere else (haha).  It’s all good, I love Papakura, but I am ready for a change (haha). We should find out news tomorrow!   The next time I email I will probably be somewhere else!  Yes, the weather has gotten way better.  It’s nice and warm during the day, but still pretty cold as soon as the sun sets.  Hey, I will take a 3 month winter over a 6-7 month winter (haha).  Sorry, I don’t tell you guys my scary stories.  I promise I will start telling you guys.  If you guys would like to know the craziness of Papakura, there has been 2 shootings, 1 stabbing, someone found dead in a creek, someone found dead in a park, and heaps of fights all the time.  Most of them are gang related, but man God is watching over us because we have never had to deal with anything out here, and we walk around all the time.  I promise to keep you updated on the scary stories 🙂   Yes Dad, the black sand beaches are in my zone, but its about a 30-40 minute drive.

Man I can’t imagine school.  I’ve forgotten what that is!   Wow I can’t believe the kids are back in school.  Time is flying by!  Makayla is in college, and she is going to be a grade ahead of me (haha) that’s weird!

I saw pictures of the Fort Collins Temple inside, man its beautiful!

It’s been a bit of a slow week.  Nothing too crazy going on, just kind of getting my comp ready for transfers and everything.  A few neat things did happen, first we have one investigator named Evelyn she is in her 60’s, and she has been investigating the church for about 5 years now.  The only reason she hasn’t been baptized yet is because her partner doesn’t want to marry her because of some mental illnesses he has.  Well we have been praying for her, and we have been fasting for her.  We got this impression that we just need to set a date, and get her ready, so we went over to her home, and told her about what we had been talking about.  We said maybe what we do is pray and set a date, but she turned it down and so we left it at that.  Well the next time we went over to her house, out of nowhere, she told us she wants to get baptized on October 7th!  We were really surprised…we were not expecting that!  Second one, the bishop told us to go meet some new members in the ward and go get to know them and stuff, so we went over and introduced ourselves.  Then we decided to invite them to church and well they came!  We didn’t think anything of it, but we learned that they are all really less active, and they haven’t been to church for a while.  They said it felt really good to be back, and their mom who is the only active one in the family, was really happy to see them in church.  So heaps of miracles in Papakura.

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The mission has been really refreshing.  You guys know how it was for me before the mission, how my friends treated me, and how I got really walked all over and stuff.  Man I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for all the experiences I have been able to have, and the friends that I have been able to make.  Nice people who don’t walk all over me, and treat me well.  Man it’s just been really good.  The elder I sent a picture of, and his comp Elder Johnson, have become some really close friends along with both of my comps and some of the other sisters and elders.  It’s just been really nice.  A lot of gratitude to Heavenly Father.

I am really enjoying myself out here, man things are just really good right now!

Love you heaps!

Sister Vavla


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