Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kakite Ano

Wow, this week was definitely way fun! We get fed almost every night and sometimes for lunch too. Our ward loves us. (: We have been fed HEAPS of KFC. Man, it is crazy how much the love KFC here. And it is heaps better in America. (: But we eat it to be polite! I have been eating heaps more of Samoan food, but I have really started to enjoy it. (: Oh, how the tables turn! Mom! You're not going to believe this, so you might want to sit down, but I LIKE TOMATOES. Can you believe it? I used to hate them, but they eat them so often here that I have grown to like them. (: BAM. (: Oh, and I'm getting better at letting my food touch...that one is still a work in progress.

We got our flat sprayed for bugs! It has been so much better since then! Our fleas have pretty much disappeared and our cockroaches are much less of a bother. It did make our flat smell pretty rank though, so we had to air it out for a LOOOOOOOOONG time. (: But it was a small price to pay for the reward of no more bugs. (:

So, this week...I got to drive! Sister Whiting, our Sister Training Leader, took me out to certify me! I don't think I can accurately describe how different it is! In America, we are used to having the rest of the car on the right side of us, and here the rest of the car, meaning the passenger, is on the left side. It was pretty rough starting out, but then I got the hang of it! I really enjoyed it! And Sister Whiting has a really nice that helped too. Right turn is left turn, left turn is right turn. I just had to keep telling myself that. But really it's not that hard to get the hang of it when you're actually on the roads because everyone else is setting the example. (: What kind people. (:

So, we have a couple of investigators, Ruby and Blaire. They are best friends and their partners are brothers and less active members of the church. Ruby's partner is Whitianga, or Fitz and Blaire's partner is Rupes. Well, basically Ruby and Blaire would get baptized, they just don't want to get married, and you have to get married to get baptized. They have labelled themselves the eternal investigators, which is slightly annoying because they are practically members of the church...they come to church every week, they have strong as testimonies, they know all the things. They just don't want to get married. But last Friday, they invited us to come to the Temple Visitor's Centre with them and so on Saturday we got to go down to Hamilton and go to the Visitor's Centre! It was so fun!

So, real life transfers are this week. So, I might be getting transferred again!! Sister Leung-wo is convinced that I'm going to be staying in Puke 1st Ward with a new companion, but she thinks that she'll be leaving. I have grown to love Sister Leung-wo in the past 2 weeks. We are really great friends and I have loved having a companion that wasn't American. (: She has taught me a lot about Australia and the Samoan culture. (: Just for clarification, her dad is Asian and her mom is Samoan, so that is where the Asian last name comes from. She has 8 brothers and sisters of which she is the oldest! And she has siblings the same ages as Becca and Nate. (: AAAAND Her sister is preparing for a mission too!! Anyway...just a random side note. (:

This week I learned a lot about how the atonement works. And also about grace. I actually wrote a heap down, but I forgot my notebook unfortunately): But basically Brad Wilcox's talk, "His Grace is Sufficient," sums up all the things one could ever need to know about grace. It is a fabulous talk. FABULOUS! I read it before my mission, but it didn't really impact me like it did now. I really have become dependent on spiritual nourishment being out here on my mission. I love studying and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can't even believe that it's almost been 3 months since I left home! I am a changed woman. I only say that because I know yous would say it, I feel the same. I probably talk a bit differently now, Sister Leung-wo says that I sound like a kiwi now. (: Which pleases my soul. (:

So, in our ward there is this adorable woman named Emma, but everyone calls her Auntie Emma. She is 93 and she is in the final stages of her life. She is living in a rest home and she is tired, but she has the sweetest spirit that I have ever felt in my entire life. You can feel her spirit emanating from down the hall. She is a devoted member of the church and she is the most wonderful woman that I have ever met. (see img4426) I can't even describe her, she's that amazing. She's a Maori woman and so we sang Whaka Ria Mai to her. (: She loved it so much and she just lit up when we started singing and she sang along with us. It was a really spiritual experience for me and I am really glad that I got to lift her spirits. (:

I love you all so much! The saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," is probably the most true of all statements ever to be said on the face of the planet. Besides gospel sayings, anyway. I have grown to love all of you even more through my growth in the gospel and through my increasing love for the New Zealanders. If you have a few seconds this week, read the hymn, "Savior, Redeemer of My Soul." The lyrics are really beautiful. (: Also, "I Need Thee Every Hour," is another good one. (: Really, all of the hymns are amazing, so read all of them. (: But I do love you all! And I am really so blessed to be serving a mission! I wouldn't change it or trade it for the world. (: You are all wonderful and even though I miss you, time is flying and I am having the time of my life!

Sister Pearce

4434 -> Sister Leung-wo and I in front of the Christus.
4436 -> Ruby and Blaire and I, Ruby is the one on the left and Blaire on the right. (:

4432 -> This is all of us including the VC sisters who taught Ruby and Blaire, Sister Brown on the far left and Sister Laban on the far right. (:
4448 & 4450 -> Sister Leung-wo and I today before emailing. We're pretty awesome. (:

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