Sunday, September 21, 2014

Aotearoa and Her Rainbows

This week has been crazy!! The weather especially! Everyday this week the weather has been as follows.
6:30-> Rainy as, windy as, cold as.
8:00-> Sunny, not a cloud in the sky.
10:00-> Rainy, windy, cold.
For the Rest of the day, it alternates sometimes in minutes between warm and freezing cold. And today we are in the middle of a cyclone...welcome to New Zealand. (:

On Tuesday this week, we had District Meeting and it was seriously the best District Meeting that I have had on my mission. Elder Roberts is our District Leader and he gives such inspired trainings. This week's was on faith. This area has been testing my faith and so the training was so inspired. Elder Roberts split us up into two groups and one of the groups talked about faith and my group talked about hope. It was so good. There are so many things that I need to work on and the longer I'm out here the more I realize that I do not have enough time of my mission left to learn and develop them all. But I have learnt so much and I am going to continue to learn until the very last second of it all. I will learn and grow and get better. (: I love it. I love feeling the Atonement working in my life. I love feeling the Spirit testifying to me that what I am teaching is truer than true. I love watching the light pop on in my investigators eyes when they feel the Spirit for the first time. It is such a beautiful thing and each and every time, it strengthens my own testimony of this Gospel and the many things that Heavenly Father has done for us to show us His love for us.

On Thursday, we went on exchanges. Our Sister Training Leader is Sister Mann and her companion is Sister Taiseni. Sister Taiseni has been sick for the past three weeks and Sister Mann just needed to get out of the flat. Sister Mauia went out with Sister Mann first and I stayed with Sister Taisnei. Then at 2ish they came with lunch. (: We ate and then I took Sister Mann out to Beachlands to proselyte out there. Beachlands is seriously so beautiful. All the people are rich as though and most of them don't want to listen to us. But we found a potential who seems pretty interested. We also met this really old man named Ron, who had really vivid blue eyes. We were standing in the doorway and we were talking and he kept getting really close to our faces and speaking really loud. It took a lot of self control not to laugh through the discussion. But seriously, his eyes were so blue! It was a lot of fun going on exchanges. I always learn so much and see so many miracles on exchanges. (:

Our ward is having a luau in October and they have asked the missionaries to do a Samoan dance. So, our ward mission leader's daughter in law is teaching us this dance. But my companion, who is Samoan, said that we are not doing a Samoan dance. It's like she's teaching us a dance for children. It's hilarious and kind of embarrassing while we're dancing. Plus the fact that in order to do Islander dancing, you have to be able to sway your hips and let's just say that dancing has never been my forte..(:

Well, I officially have had the most awkward moment on my mission. I won't give you details, but it involved a dinner appointment with a 26 year-old single adult who still lives with his mum, who is taking an eternal marriage class at institute. And let's just say that he has A LOT to learn about being a socially acceptable human. (: He has a special spirit!

Well, that's about it for this week! Pray for me. I am in need of some extra divine help. I feel the prayers you do offer on my behalf and than you for them. I am so grateful to be out here on a mission. This isn't my time that I am on, it is the Lord's and I am working as hard as I can to find everyone that the Lord has prepared for me at this time. And the longer I am out, the more I am learning that the Lord has prepared me. (;

Ofa Atu,
Sister Pearce

IMG_6072-> This is when we were on exchanges and Sister Mann and Sister Mauia brought us McDonald's (which is 20,000x better than in the States) and they gave them we wore them. (: Monopoly, much?
IMG_6081-> The Rainbow that answered my prayer. (: (:
IMG_6076-> This is us and the Tongan Elders, Mafi and Tatafu. They are the best!
IMG_6063-> This is the really beautiful sunset that we saw as we were waiting for our English Class to start. (: There is something about New Zealand and her sunsets. I just love looking at them!
IMG_6057-> The Elders gave us sidewalk chalk and so Sister Mauia had a lot of fun with it.

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